Over the last couple years there has been extensive discussion concerning the fact that Donald Trump demonstrates characteristic of the clinical diagnoses of psychopathy and Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). (See for example this important June 2016 article which appeared in The Atlantic.)
Here are three more links about invoking the 25th Amendment to declare a sitting President impaired. The first one is from a conservative website calling for exactly this move against then-President Obama, which shows that this kind of maneuver was not invented by Trump-hating liberals. Continue reading “More Links about Impairment”
Robert Kuttner is co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect, and professor at Brandeis University’s Heller School. His latest book is Debtors’ Prison: The Politics of Austerity Versus Possibility. He writes columns for The Huffington Post, The Boston Globe and the New York Times international edition.
Our fearful leader is quite the insult tosser. The NYT is keeping track.
On Thursday, the talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw joined the panelists of The View for a discussion of Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD).
She asked McGraw whether he believes that NPD is a real mental illness and whether Trump is showing signs of it. Watch the video below to see his answer:
Comedian Sarah Silverman has called for the military to overthrow President Trump:
WAKE UP & JOIN THE RESISTANCE. ONCE THE MILITARY IS W US FASCISTS GET OVERTHROWN. MAD KING & HIS HANDLERS GO BYE BYE❤❤❤❤ https://t.co/Y2WZbL012A
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) February 2, 2017
Whether this was a joke or a serious comment, this is not okay. We have mechanisms to remove a POTUS from office: impeachment and impairment. There is no need to advocate a coup d’etat. Given the divisions in the country, this is not helpful.
Dan P. McAdams is a professor of psychology and the director of the Foley Center for the Study of Lives at Northwestern University. He is the author of George W. Bush and the Redemptive Dream: A Psychological Portrait and The Art and Science of Personality Development. In the June 2016 issue of The Atlantic, he offers an interesting perspective on Donald Trump.
From the article’s conclusion:
Who, really, is Donald Trump? What’s behind the actor’s mask? I can discern little more than narcissistic motivations and a complementary personal narrative about winning at any cost. It is as if Trump has invested so much of himself in developing and refining his socially dominant role that he has nothing left over to create a meaningful story for his life, or for the nation. It is always Donald Trump playing Donald Trump, fighting to win, but never knowing why.
We, the undersigned mental health professionals (please state your degree), believe in our professional judgment that Donald Trump manifests a serious mental illness that renders him psychologically incapable of competently discharging the duties of President of the United States. And we respectfully request he be removed from office, according to article 3 of the 25th amendment to the Constitution, which states that the president will be replaced if he is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”
According to legendary Watergate investigative reporter Carl Bernstein:
It’s apparent to all but his most serious defenders and those who are his greatest defenders and advocates. But for Republicans on Capitol Hill, who I’m talking to who are doubting his abilities, doubting even his stability under pressure. This is an extraordinary series of events.