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Saying What Must Be Said: The President-Elect is MENTALLY ILL

Trump's latest Tweet-storm about millions of illegal ballots having been cast in New Hampshire, Virginia and California highlights the strong possibility he is in the full grip of delusional thinking. I think it may be time for Trump's critics to switch from perpetual excoriation of the man to suggesting professional help for him and a concurrent concerted effort to convince the Electors in the Electoral College to invoke the 25th Amendment of the Constitution preemptively to deny him the office.

I would simply remind DU and its sympathizers to remember that someone who is mentally ill, like the evidence now suggests Trump is, is actually suffering from an illness. He or she is not fully or even legally responsible for his words and actions. A couple of my friends who have had parents slip into dementia report that their parents were quite capable of saying incredibly hateful things, words completely at odds with the parent my friends thought they knew before dementia set in. I'm not a trained psychologist, but my family has a history of chronic mental illness and, after awhile, you start to recognize the signs. This paranoid delusion about millions of illegal votes reminds me of things one of my psychotic family members might have said.

In some ways, a mentally-ill Trump is far more serious and worrisome -- and sad -- than the caricature of Trump as some Bond-like villain. At least the villains in Bond's films acted based on an understanding of the facts; their interpretation of those facts failed to take into account Bond's expertise, but the villains were never out of touch with reality. Trump's tweet suggests to me he has lost touch with reality.

The question is: what are we going to do about it? Can and should the 25th Amendment be used preemptively as a rationale by the Electoral College to deny Trump the office?

Edit to Add: NY Times columnist Paul Krugman just tweeted out today (January 24, 2017) that President Trump is mentally ill. Krugman is referencing two articles from the past 24 hours:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/23/us/politics/donald-trump-congress-democrats.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/the-first-days-inside-trumps-white-house-fury-tumult-and-a-reboot/2017/01/23/7ceef1b0-e191-11e6-ba11-63c4b4fb5a63_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_trumpturmoil-0902pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.2911cbe14108
Posted by KingCharlemagne | Mon Nov 28, 2016, 09:19 AM (199 replies)

It's 7:25 a.m. here in California and there is already a line of

25 voters at my precinct in West Los Angeles. In LA-LA Land! Wow! Will post pics when I get home.
Posted by KingCharlemagne | Tue Nov 8, 2016, 10:33 AM (5 replies)
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