Last week, rep Karen Bass (D-CA) filed a petition on change.org calling for an examination of President Trump’s mental health. The hashtag reads #diagnosetrump.
Bass’ cronies Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), and Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), are supporting this measure. The 25th amendment was created in the event that a president becomes mentally unfit or incapacitated, and dems on television are gleefully throwing this out there.
The dems say that some of President Trump’s statements during press conferences are concerning, especially the fact that President Trump is calling out fake news when he sees it.
According to Breitbart News’ legal analyst Ken Klukowski, “Any law that would transfer the ability to take away presidential power from a group of Senate-confirmed group of senior Republicans and hand it over to a body mostly made of up Democrats is a naked attempt to invalidate the 2016 election.”
The Hill further reports:
Thirty-five psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers also signed a letter to The New York Times saying that “the grave emotional instability indicated by Mr. Trump’s speech and actions makes him incapable of serving safely as president.”
Lieu argued it’s justifiable to scrutinize the mental health of anyone in control of the nation’s nuclear codes.
“I think it is a legitimate issue to raise. I am not a mental health professional, so I don’t know in terms of any sort of medical expertise on this. But I do see and hear the same things that other people see and hear, and a lot of people have concluded that what’s going on is not normal. So what do I do with that as a member of Congress?” he told The Hill.
“Anyone who can launch 4,000 nuclear weapons in minutes absolutely should be questioned on any matter related to their physical and mental health.”
Blumenauer is starting a working group, which he says at least a half-dozen colleagues have expressed interest in joining, to review the presidential removal procedures.
He also plans to introduce legislation that would empower former presidents and vice presidents to determine, in coordination with the sitting vice president, if the president is unfit for office.
The 25th Amendment currently says a majority of Cabinet members must make that decision with the vice president, which Blumenauer says isn’t enough if a mentally unsound president simply fires them all.
Asked if it’s appropriate for members of Congress to question the president’s mental health, Blumenauer replied: “All I’ve said is that this is strange behavior. It’s not normal in the circles I run in. And it raises questions. People can make their own diagnosis. I’m not.”
Simpson, the Republican congressman who initially laughed off the Democrats’ remarks, said it’s fair to question Trump’s judgment.
“Now, to question his judgment, that’s a different story,” Simpson said. “The behavior is somewhat disturbing.”
He also said Trump’s false statements could end up hurting him at some point.
“The concern I have — how do I say this and still be respectful? Every presidency, no matter who it is, there’s going to come a point in the presidency where you’re going to have to go to the American people and get their support for something,” he said.
“If this continues much longer, he’s going to lose the ability to rally those people.”