The House now has legislation that would have President Trump undergo a physical and mental health exam in order to determine if he is capable of still serving as President of the United States.
The resolution has the 25th amendment in mind, which states that the Vice President and a majority of his Cabinet can jointly declare if the president is unfit for office. In order for that to happen, they would have to testify to his mental state, which the exam would confirm.
The legislation states:
“Quickly secure the services of medical and psyhciatric professionals to exame the president to assist in their deliberatons under the 25th Amendment to determine whether the president suffers from a mental disorder or other injury that impairs his abilities and prevents him from discharging his Constitutional duties.”
Rep. Zoe Lofgren’s office, who introduced the measure, released a statement full of questions that it hopes the mental examination will answer:
“Does the President suffer from early stage dementia? Has the stress of office aggravated a mental illness crippling impulse control? Has emotional disorder so impaired the President that he is unable to discharge his duties? Is the President mentally and emotionally stable?”
In addition to the measure, several members of Congress are in the process of setting up an expert panel to review and advise on Trump’s mental capacity. This is practically unheard of in presidential politics – Trump is set to be the first. They are expected to have a closed meeting on the matter in September in the coming weeks.
Per Scientific American:
“On Friday, Lee and four other psychiatrists sent a letter to all members of the U.S. Senate and House arguing that Trump exhibits “severe emotional impediments that … present a grave threat to international security,” and asking Congress to “take immediate steps to establish a commission to determine his fitness for office.” The letter signers are staunch Trump opponents and believe his presidency should end.
Lee and the other signers of the new letter, including Dr. Lance Dodes, recently retired from Harvard Medical School, argue that Trump’s “alarming patterns of impulsive, reckless, and narcissistic behavior — regardless of diagnosis … put the world at risk,” posing an “imminent danger” that psychiatrists are ethically obligated to warn about.”
Some say that Trump may suffer from Alzheimer’s, the same condition that plagued former President Ronald Reagan. Others aren’t sure of what he has but want to find out.
Jeb Bush, who ran against Trump in the Republican primaries once said:
“I’m not a psychiatrist or a psychologist, but the guy needs therapy.”
Chelsea Handler, who has a show on Netflix, posits another theory: She thinks Trump is suffering from syphilis, which is a sexually transmitted disease that in later stages can cause neurological problems, personality changes, dementia, the list goes on.
“He doesn’t have a value system,” she said to CNN’s Jake Tapper onstage. “He’s not interested in the American people. He lies constantly. He’s also unstable, and I believe he has syphilis.”
Currently, there are several petitions circulating, one having 24,000 signatures, calling for Trump’s removal from the presidency because he “manifests a serious mental illness that renders him psychologically incapable of competently discharging the duties of President.”
Another with over 36,000 signatures says Trump is probably suffering from another kind of disorder entirely: “Trump appears unable to control his compulsion and displays characteristics of all nine criteria to officially diagnose an individual with Narcissistic Personality Disorder.”
In any case, most are in agreement that a mental exam is long overdue.