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Is Trump Truly ‘Insane’?

The media chatterati seems to be of one mind: Donald Trump is mentally incompetent and may have to be removed from office before he blows us all to hell.

They say so on Vox [1], the New York Review of Books [2]CNN [3]The Intercept [4]CNBC [5]The Nation [6]Bill Moyers [7]Salon [8], and the New York Times [9]. A new book, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President [10], concludes that “Trump’s mental state presents a clear and present danger to our nation and individual well-being.”

The solution, to their minds, lies in the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, which creates a mechanism outside of impeachment to remove an “incapacitated” president. Trump’s mental state, some believe, qualifies him. Is there a case?

Dr. Bandy Lee [11], one of the editors of The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, says [12] yes. Her evidence includes tweets that Trump sent threatening Kim Jong-un. She really has no other ammunition: no doctor who says Trump is insane, including Lee, has examined him. No doctor that has examined him says he is insane. All that’s presented are third-party anonymous accusations [13] of incompetence shot through with gossip. A book written by a Hollywood trash reporter is otherwise held up as critical [14] evidence of the inner workings of the president’s mind.

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So is there a case without the tweets? Not really. Lee adds [1] that while Trump has not committed violent acts against himself or others, his “verbal aggressiveness, history of boasting about sexual assault, history of inciting violence at his rallies, and history of endorsing violence in his key public speeches are the best predictors of future violence,” and thus concludes he will destroy the world. Lee also weakly points [15] to Trump “being drawn to violent videos.” Oh my.

We might instead look at the actual decisions Trump has made, and those of his predecessors. One president used nuclear weapons to decimate two cities’ worth of innocents [16], and a set of presidents squandered hundreds of thousands of American lives washing Vietnam with blood. Ronald Reagan was famously caught on an open mic saying he was going to start bombing the Soviet Union in the next few minutes. Another president spread false information about WMDs to launch an invasion of Iraq and mocked North Korea’s leader as a pygmy. Obama said [17] he “will not hesitate to use our military might” against the North, knowing that meant Armageddon. Historical psychiatrists say half [18] of our past presidents may have suffered from some sort of mental illness. If Trump is dangerous as president, he would seem to have company.

But how can we know? Trump will never voluntarily undergo a mental competency exam, though courts can order people to submit. But even Lee, who met with congressional representatives to press [15] the case that Trump is insane, admits this is unlikely to happen. “Many lawyer groups have actually volunteered to file for a court paper to ensure that the security staff will cooperate with us,” Lee said [1]. “But we have declined, since this will really look like a coup, and while we are trying to prevent violence, we don’t wish to incite it through, say, an insurrection.”

Still, those arguing Trump is insane and must be removed from office will point to the 25th Amendment as just what the doctor ordered.

The framers did not originally include rules for what happens if a president dies or becomes incapacitated. It was just assumed the vice president would serve as “Acting President.” The 25th Amendment, passed after the Kennedy assassination [19], created the first set of protocols for this sort of situation.

The amendment has four [20] short subsections. If the presidency goes vacant (for example, after a fatal heart attack), the vice president becomes president. If the vice presidency goes vacant, the president chooses a new VP. If the president knows he’ll be incapacitated (due to scheduled surgery, for example), he can voluntarily and temporarily assign his duties to the vice president. If the president is truly incapacitated (unconscious after an assassination attempt) and can’t voluntarily assign away his duties, the VP and cabinet can do it for him, with a two-thirds majority confirming vote of the House and Senate.

In the minds of the “Trump is Insane” crowd what matters most is that never-used fourth subsection, the incapacitation clause. People claim because Trump is insane he is unable to carry out his duties, and so Mike Pence, et al, must step in and transfer power away from him. Trump would legally exist in the same status as Grandpa Simpson [21] in the nursing home, and Pence would take over. Among other problems, this imagines that the 25th Amendment’s legally specific term “unable” means the same thing as “unfit.” An unconscious man is unable to drive. A man who forgot his glasses is unfit, but still able, to drive. The 25th Amendment only refers to the first case.

The use of the 25th Amendment to dethrone Trump is the kind of thing non-experts with too much Google time can convince themselves is true. But unlike much of the Constitution, where understanding original intent requires the Supreme Court and a close reading of the Federalist Papers, the 25th Amendment is modern legislation. We know the drafters’ intent [22] was an administrative [23] procedure, not a political thunderbolt. The 25th Amendment premises that the president will almost always invoke succession himself, either by dying in office or by anticipating that he will be unable to discharge his duties, as in 2007 when George W. Bush went under anesthesia for his annual colonoscopy and signed things over to his vice president for a few hours.

The reason the 25th Amendment is not intended to be used adversarially is the Constitution already specifies impeachment as the way to force an unfit president out against his will, his unfitness specifically a result of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” The people who wrote the 25th Amendment did not intend it to be an alternate method of impeachment or a do-over for an election.

The Constitution at its core grants ultimate power to the people to decide, deliberately, not in panic, every four years, who is president. Anything otherwise would mean the drafters of the 25th Amendment wrote a backdoor into the Constitution that would allow a group of government officials, many of whom in the Cabinet were elected by nobody, to overthrow an elected president who they simply think has turned out to be bad at his job.

Accusations of mental illness are subjective, unprovable in this case, and alarmist—perfect fodder to displace the grinding technicalities of Russiagate. Denouncing one’s political opponents as crazy was a tried-and-true Soviet and Maoist tactic, and a movie trope where the youngsters try to get the patriarch shut away to grab his fortune. We fear the mentally ill, and psychiatric name calling against Trump invokes that fear [24]. “The 25th Amendment would require, for mental incapacity, a major psychotic break,” said [15] one former Harvard Law School professor. “This is hope over reality. If we don’t like someone’s politics we rail against him, we campaign against him, we don’t use the psychiatric system against him. That’s just dangerous.”

Trump’s time in office is finite, but what happens around him will outlast his tenure. It is dangerous to mess with the very fundamentals of our democracy, where the people choose the president and then replace him with a cabal called into session by pop psychologists. This is an attack on the process at its roots: you yokels voted for the wrong guy so somebody smarter has to clean up.

Peter Van Buren, a 24-year State Department veteran, is the author of We Meant Well [25]: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People and Hooper’s War [26]: A Novel of WWII Japan. Follow him on Twitter @WeMeantWell. [27]

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43 Comments To "Is Trump Truly ‘Insane’?"

#1 Comment By Brunchify On January 25, 2018 @ 10:47 pm

Yes, the concerns about Trump are all political, nothing at all do with concerns about his mental state as he said himself he is a Very Stable Genius.

Very Stable Genius

Very Stable Genius

Very Stable Genius

Very Stable Genius

#2 Comment By Alex (the one that likes Ike) On January 26, 2018 @ 12:15 am

Brunchify,

Judging by the fact that he’s still the only president after the end of the Cold War who hasn’t yet dragged the country into any new costly and unnecessary war, it indeed must be that either he’s a genius or his predecessors are mentally challenged. Your choice.

#3 Comment By EliteCommInc. On January 26, 2018 @ 12:20 am

” . . . and a set of presidents squandered hundreds of thousands of American lives washing Vietnam with blood.”

Total US losses in the Vietnam War/conflict: 58,300

It is sad that plans were made to remove the Pres. even before he was elected. It has been the use of a special prosecutor has certainly been a factor
in damaging our republics democracy.

#4 Comment By b On January 26, 2018 @ 2:32 am

I remember hearing a reporter comment upon Obama and Bush meeting on inauguration day that the “Peaceful transition of power is what makes our Democracy great.” Now 8 years later those same people are saying we need to oust the Democratically elected candidate. The danger here is not against the offices of our government but against the press itself. As the media continues down this path they paint themselves as lunatics, hypocrites and partisans. I think our institutions will survive this and much worse. But I don’t think the media as we know it will. Trust is at an all time low in most all of the media outlets. The question that needs to be asked is will our Democracy survive the death of the press and what if anything will replace what used to be called investigative and informative journalism?

#5 Comment By Fran Macadam On January 26, 2018 @ 4:14 am

There’s a NeverTrump and Resistance checklist that’s being worked through, and this was the next gambit if Russiagate failed, which was the gambit if the Electoral College revolt didn’t work… The next in line will be something along the arc of a politicized MeToo… They’re making a list, and they’re checking it twice…

#6 Comment By Fran Macadam On January 26, 2018 @ 4:15 am

There’s a NeverTrump and Resistance checklist that’s predictably being worked through, and this was the next gambit if Russiagate failed, which was the gambit if the Electoral College revolt didn’t work… The next in line will be something along the arc of a politicized MeToo… They’re making a list, and they’re checking it twice…

#7 Comment By connecticut farmer On January 26, 2018 @ 9:04 am

Reading this only serves as a reminder that the ones whom we really need to fear are the masses of the great Unwashed Elite (Vox, CNN, etc.), not Trump.

#8 Comment By Elizabeth On January 26, 2018 @ 9:44 am

Slightly off topic, but “the youngsters try to get the patriarch shut away to grab his fortune” is, sadly, no movie trope; my family is living it right now. Trying to right this outrageous wrong on behalf of the forcibly shut-away patriarch is costing us non-grabby siblings tens of thousands of dollars in legal and court fees. Justice has a crippling price in modern America and those who can’t pay don’t get much justice.

#9 Comment By John Gruskos On January 26, 2018 @ 9:49 am

In East Germany, Stasi leader Markus Wolfe took things a step further with the “zersetzung” tactic.

The idea was to *induce* a “personal crisis” through clandestine harassment, including at the hands of acquaintances secretly recruited by the Stasi.

In other words, while the Frankfort School was content to merely *label* their opponents mentally ill (“Authoritarian Personality”, “Paranoid Style”, etc.), Markus Wolfe was actively trying to cause *real* mental illness by relentlessly gaslighting selected individual dissidents until they cracked.

How many centuries will it take for the reputation of the mental health profession to recover from their association with various repressive left-wing regimes and pseudo-scientists such as the Freudians and the Frankfurt School?

#10 Comment By Dan Green On January 26, 2018 @ 10:00 am

HRC warned us of all the dumb white male deplorable’s , as being a major threat. Wonder where the pop psychologist have these Americans slotted, possibly not allowed to vote ?

#11 Comment By Allen On January 26, 2018 @ 10:42 am

What’s insane is that a married FBI agent and an FBI lawyer hooked up and conspired to bring down a President, yet both still work for the FBI! That’s really insane.

Trump? He’s just grumpy.

#12 Comment By mrscracker On January 26, 2018 @ 11:17 am

It’s just silliness re. Mr Trump. He’s perfectly sane.
We had a former governor- whom I actually admire- but his behavior was authentically erratic. If Pres. Trump ever acts even half this way, then we should take a serious look at his mental health 🙂 :

“… Long spent ninety minutes ranting and lashing out against his opponents. Spotting Rainach in the crowd, Long launched into the salacious details of the murder of Rainach’s uncle, killed by a black man who had caught him in bed with the man’s wife. In one of Long’s most famous remarks, he told the crowd, “After all this is over [Rainach will] probably go up there to Summerfield, get up on his front porch, take off his shoes, wash his feet, look at the moon, and get close to God.” Pointing and shouting at Rainach, he continued, “And when you do, you got to recognize that n**gers is human beings!” When he concluded his tirade, Earl was rushed to the governor’s mansion and locked in a bedroom where he grew violent. At one point, he stood in the smashed bedroom window shouting, “Murder!”

Concerned about his mental health, Long’s family had him institutionalized in Texas before transferring him to the Louisiana State Hospital in Mandeville. With the assistance of his subordinates, however, Long won release from the asylum, firing the director in the process, and proceeded on an interstate buying spree trailed by national press agents. Many have speculated on the cause of Long’s apparent breakdown, with at least one biographer convinced the politician suffered from bipolar disorder. Others speculate that Long’s all-night escapades in New Orleans, including dalliances with dancer Blaze Starr, coupled with the regular ingestion of large amounts of alcohol and the powerful stimulants Dexedrine… undermined Long’s perception of reality. Regardless of the cause, it was clear to many, including the national press, that Long needed an extended vacation.”

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#13 Comment By BobS On January 26, 2018 @ 12:07 pm

Trrump’s as sane as any other 71 year old man-baby.

#14 Comment By Nelson On January 26, 2018 @ 1:49 pm

If one day Trump wakes up and decides it’s a good day to launch nuclear missiles at some country because their leader said disparaging remarks against him, then the 25th should be invoked. But not before then.

#15 Comment By JK On January 26, 2018 @ 4:14 pm

One of the hallmarks of mental illness is that a person’s personality or behavior change and people close to them that love them are most alarmed by it and want them to get treated. None of this holds in Trump’s case. His behavior is the same as it’s always been, which is what people voted on. And the ones trying to use it are his enemies which don’t care about treatment, but simply as a machination to depose him.

#16 Comment By Susan Dawkins On January 26, 2018 @ 4:44 pm

The author has made several errors. He assumes that discussing the possibility of a psychiatric disorder making Trump unfit means proving insanity. In reality, the most likely disorder does not meet the legal definition of insanity, but does make a person incapable of competently or faithfully performing the duties of office.

The suggestion that this is some type of superficial soviet style political maneuver ignores the fact that good diagnosis is done nowadays based to a large extent on observed behavior, history, and the reports of third parties. This is especially important when the individual shows signs of being a pathological liar. In these cases, information gained in a face-to-face interview may be virtually useless.

The condition that Mr. Trump should be assessed for is Antisocial Personality Disorder with Psychopathic Features. (Alternative PDOs in DSM-5, pg. 761-765 Some of the signs and symptoms which make such a person unfit for office include-
 Dishonesty and fraudulence
 Embellishment or fabrication when relating events
 Anger or irritability in response to minor slights and insults
 Mean, nasty, or vengeful behavior
 Boredom proneness and thoughtless initiation of activities to counter boredom
 Lack of concern for one’s limitations
 Acting on the spur of the moment in response to immediate stimuli
 Acting on a momentary basis without a plan or consideration of outcomes
 Disregard for—and failure to honor­–financial and other obligations or commitments

No one imagined that someone with this possible disorder would ever make it to the White House, however, the 25th Amendment provides an avenue for him to temporarily be removed from power while he can undergo proper evaluation by military psychiatrists and neurologists. This is all mental health professionals are requesting. These individuals can do tremendous damage when give power over others.

#17 Comment By karsten On January 26, 2018 @ 8:56 pm

“The condition that Mr. Trump should be assessed for is Antisocial Personality Disorder with Psychopathic Features. (Alternative PDOs in DSM-5, pg. 761-765 Some of the signs and symptoms which make such a person unfit for office include-
 Dishonesty and fraudulence
 Embellishment or fabrication when relating events
 Anger or irritability in response to minor slights and insults
 Mean, nasty, or vengeful behavior
 Boredom proneness and thoughtless initiation of activities to counter boredom
 Lack of concern for one’s limitations
 Acting on the spur of the moment in response to immediate stimuli
 Acting on a momentary basis without a plan or consideration of outcomes
 Disregard for—and failure to honor­–financial and other obligations or commitments “

An Orwellian comment like the above just proves the point of the article, and then some. As if there isn’t anyone in the world who couldn’t be shoehorned to fit such a diagnoses, with a crafty narrative reconfiguring of their actions.

If there are indeed any witch doctors (excuse me, “psychiatrists”) pathologizing people on the basis of a laughable list like the above, then I consider them to be far more undeserving of the power they have, and far more toxic to society, than Trump in any of the actions or utterances that he has made.

#18 Comment By Peter Van Buren On January 26, 2018 @ 9:04 pm

Susan Dawkins, who claims my article has mistakes, didn’t read it. Her amateur diagnosis that Trump has “Antisocial Personality Disorder with Psychopathic Features” does not make him UNABLE to be president, which is what the 25th Amendment is for.

She claims he is UNFIT. Fitness is judged primarily by the people, who elected him. If a president somehow becomes unfit while in office it must be because of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” That’s the only reason the Constitution provides for. And impeachment is the only answer.

Sorry kiddies, the 25th is a not-over for an election Rachael Maddow doesn’t like.

#19 Comment By karsten On January 26, 2018 @ 9:07 pm

This is all mental health professionals are requesting.”

“All”? That’s rich.

Indeed, is that all that they’re requesting? My goodness — what a modest request! — a request merely to have complete veto power over America’s entire citizenry, in terms of who is allowed to be President; a request merely to be able to remove any President who is not to their liking.

In short, a mere request to be able to legally perform a coup d’etat at will, to overturn any election that does not yield their desired result.

How gratified we all should be that their request for power is such a small one. Imagine if they asked for something just a bit more ambitious. “Omnipotence” comes to mind.

#20 Comment By Dale On January 26, 2018 @ 9:38 pm

Trump is the one who messes with the very fundamentals of our democracy. Remember his voting commission and the crap they wanted? Force states to provide all the 2016 voter information to his CosaNostra buddies. And remember when they wanted all Americans to fill out a registration form similar to the one used when purchasing a gun? They said they wanted to make sure only those qualified were on the voter registration lists.

#21 Comment By Alex (the one that likes Ike) On January 26, 2018 @ 10:31 pm

Bob S,

Trrump’s as sane as any other 71 year old man-baby.

Obviously saner and infinitely more mature than a 70 year old woman-baby, who wrecked a havoc all over the Middle East, was laughing like a bloodthirsty child when watching an old man’s violent death in the hands of a barbaric crowd as one of the results of that havoc and then, out of a sheer infantile negligence, caused an American ambassadors similarly violent death in the hands of likely the same crowd as another result of the same havoc.

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Susan Dawkins,

So, you claim that something that something that doesn’t meet the legal definition of insanity is somehow a basis to invoke a legal mechanism that would require someone to be legally defined as insane? How pathetic. Do you know that this mere writing of yours can be a sign of at least three mental disorders, assuming it was written in good faith and not as an umpteenth attempt of a comically maladroit political hackery? Note that I have certain knowledge in psychiatry and can highlight the signs of these disorders step by step, not by hysterical shrilling “I’m an MD, you philistines”, which can be a sign of yet another mental disorder.

Though the most comical part of your hackery is that every point of your list meant to “describe” Trump perfectly fits Hillary Clinton. You should try better. Seriously. You have just shown that your knowledge of psychiatry is abysmal, no matter the degrees you might have.

#22 Comment By Furor On January 27, 2018 @ 5:39 am

Ultimately to the leftists everybody is mentally ill because they don’t understand the necessities of history and they don’t possess “secret” knowledge.

#23 Comment By B On January 27, 2018 @ 11:36 am

Susan Dawkins, that list of symptoms reminds me of most all of the people that run for political office or spend a majority of their lives up on the hill. I immediately thought of several people on both the left and the right. Let’s see how HIllary does:

1&2: embellished/lied in saying she was personally shot at by a sniper in Bosnia? [29]. Might I add that she said this while other Americans were on battlefields half a world away actually getting shot at.
3&4: Calling American Citizens deplorable 5&6&8: Voted for Iraq, pushed for action in Libya.
Hmm, I guess there is a reason voters didn’t pick her.

#24 Comment By Sid_finster On January 27, 2018 @ 2:27 pm

Lordy, how naive.

What matters in this narrative is not law, not ethics or sanity, not anything else but power.

If those who want Trump removed will have the power to do so, they will do so. Whatever law is invoked will merely be an excuse, a cover story, if you will.

#25 Comment By cylindrical crown On January 27, 2018 @ 2:29 pm

Question: How many anti-Trump psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb?

Answer: Only one. But the psychiatrist will take a very long time, and believes the light bulb has to want to change.

#26 Comment By Mia On January 27, 2018 @ 3:51 pm

“The suggestion that this is some type of superficial soviet style political maneuver ignores the fact that good diagnosis is done nowadays based to a large extent on observed behavior, history, and the reports of third parties. This is especially important when the individual shows signs of being a pathological liar. In these cases, information gained in a face-to-face interview may be virtually useless.”

So what happens when the third parties or the psychiatrist in question are pathological liars? Would a face-to-face interview help in that case?

#27 Comment By Thomas Hobbes On January 27, 2018 @ 8:19 pm

Susan Dawkins,

I agree with you assessment of Trump and made it myself years ago when he agreed more with my politics. BUT, that is the man we elected president, not something that has happened to him since. I cannot see any legitimate legal use of the 25th here.

I actually fully agree with this article pretty much entirely. Trump is psychopath, but we elected him. If he does something illegal he can be impeached, otherwise focus on convincing the general populace that he is a psychopath by the next election so he isn’t re-elected.

#28 Comment By tzx4 On January 27, 2018 @ 9:29 pm

@karsten . . . .
“complete veto power over America’s entire citizenry” (???)

What percentage of America’s entire citizenry voted, and what percentage of those voted Trump?

#29 Comment By BobS On January 27, 2018 @ 10:40 pm

Bob S,
Trrump’s as sane as any other 71 year old man-baby.

“Obviously saner and infinitely more mature…”

To other man-babies, probably.

#30 Comment By BobS On January 27, 2018 @ 10:44 pm

“Hmm, I guess there is a reason voters didn’t pick her.”
The electoral college didn’t.
Voters did (2.9M+).

#31 Comment By Beesoc On January 28, 2018 @ 11:42 am

Here’s a bit of technical jargon to describe medical professionals who assertively offer diagnoses of patients they have never examined; unlicensed incompetents.

The diagnoses of these armchair insurgents says more about their own mental states than about President Trump’s. It is disturbing that unstable crackpots, antisocial losers, and foaming morons make up a major political constituency in our nation.

A large part of the root of the problem is the left-wing insistence that incompetence should be actively promoted by putting unsuitable people into every possible position. Do you have no idea what the standards are for a medical professional? Great, you are now a consulting doctor for CNN. Do you have a track record of destroying functioning governments around the world in places like Honduras, Libya, or Syria? We must have you as our president! Are you an academic underachiever? You are exactly who Harvard wants! Are you a raging racist? Congratulations! Your new job is berating the rest of us for our intolerable racism.

#32 Comment By positive thinker On January 28, 2018 @ 2:26 pm

Let’s see…
I know another certain ‘almost President’ that fits the criteria list defining insanity, Hillary Clinton

#33 Comment By EliteCommInc. On January 28, 2018 @ 5:52 pm

There are entire books that engage in diagnosing historical figures and presidents. I don’t have any issues with these speculative explorations. I don’t even have an issue with such explorations of contemporary figures. But when these become tools for denying others post and position as political ploys for power, revenge or what have you.

They are going too far and the psychiatric professions lost much of its credibility in 1973. They have further eroded it by the careless unrestrained assault on people of faith where they aided, abetted or led witch hunts for child abuse.

Certainly their is abuse. Certainly it is tragic. However, the unrestrained cottage industry to make careers and fear mongering unchecked by other professionals in the field, leaves their standing in some disrepute. heir inability to correct errors in judgement but instead double down is disturbing and damaging.

#34 Comment By Wezz On January 28, 2018 @ 6:56 pm

REALLY??? Perhaps it’s Trumps supporters who are mental cases…

“Republicans say 72 – 22 percent that Trump is a good role model for children.”

January 25, 2018 – Quinnipiac University National Poll

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#35 Comment By Alex (the one that likes Ike) On January 29, 2018 @ 2:08 am

tzx4,

What percentage of America’s entire citizenry voted, and what percentage of those voted Trump?

So, you’ve just admitted that you want only those who share your preferences to have the voting rights. How sweet. And how mature. Always glad to see people merrily falling into such simple verbal traps that highlight their real intentions.

Bob S,

To other man-babies, probably.

… said by an admirer of a woman-baby who wasn’t even able to refute a single point of mine, all of which were highlighting Hillary Clinton’s childish behavior. You have just proved that these are you, progressives, who are children that never grew up. And now are plainly melting down over the fact that you were not the ones who won the pack of candies. Continuate così. You’re handing 2020 down to us yourselves, no matter how bad Trump might turn out to be.

The electoral college didn’t.
Voters did (2.9M+).

Ah. So, you had no problems with playing these rules before the elcetion, but keep on melting down now, after your lost? Yet another example of the fabled and unmatched progressive “maturity”.

Though such complaints of yours are specifically sweet after your pink unicorn-riding elven queen stole Sanders’s nomination via superdelegates. Hell hath no fury like the progressive “maturity” running amok.

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Wezz,

REALLY??? Perhaps it’s Trumps supporters who are mental cases…

“Republicans say 72 – 22 percent that Trump is a good role model for children.”

January 25, 2018 – Quinnipiac University National Poll

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Oh, good grief. And now check the retrospective of such pollings regarding every single president since these pollings began to take place.

#36 Comment By LovecraftinBrooklyn On January 29, 2018 @ 2:32 am

Some of the signs and symptoms which make such a person unfit for office include-
 Dishonesty and fraudulence
 Embellishment or fabrication when relating events
 Anger or irritability in response to minor slights and insults
 Mean, nasty, or vengeful behavior
 Boredom proneness and thoughtless initiation of activities to counter boredom
 Lack of concern for one’s limitations
 Acting on the spur of the moment in response to immediate stimuli
 Acting on a momentary basis without a plan or consideration of outcomes
 Disregard for—and failure to honor­–financial and other obligations or commitments “

Wow..Hate to break it to some of these
self appointed “experts” but this list sounds like Hla the Political establishment
right now.Sens Graham,Feinstein,McCain,maybe
even Dicky Durbin.After they are done serving legal notice on Trump,can they do Congress next?Might wanna add Joe Biden too.His selective recall of his fun times with The late Senator Kennedy could be a sign of Alzheimers or Dementia.

Lack of concerns for one’s limitations..How about a now former U.S. President who insisted he had the right to Kill American Citizens on “the battlefield.Then refused to define Battlefield?or is that just old fashioned goalpost moving?

#37 Comment By BobS On January 29, 2018 @ 9:23 am

Alex (the one that likes Ike) says:
January 29, 2018 at 2:08 am.

Wow.
You should take your tantrums to twitter.
Like that other man-baby.

#38 Comment By b. On January 29, 2018 @ 2:01 pm

The People were not directly culpable for the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2000, or even 2003. They only became culpable in full on Bush’s re-election in 2004. The People were not responsible for Obama’s criminal acts until 2012.

Trump should be defeated in 2020, in the primaries or the general election, or he might be re-elected. Each outcome, however much one might be preferable over the other, are much preferable to the McCarthyist farce that the “loyal opposition” has chosen for their term of discontent.

A farce chosen because they prefer their own version of birthergate to offering voters an actual alternative on the issues that matter. You can paint the doors differently every four years, but the owners of the republic will make sure there’s always a goat behind each of them.

Too bad Trump is such a hollow reed of a man, too pliant to even serve as a madman. If he were to act a truly driven villain, the ‘crats could no longer be content to wait for him to tear down the ‘pugs, all the while they are claiming he’ll tear down the Republic and world peace any moment now. Why, they would actually have to admit they’ll have to fight to win an election.

#39 Comment By Alex (the one that likes Ike) On January 30, 2018 @ 12:07 am

Bob S,

Wow.
You should take your tantrums to twitter.
Like that other man-baby.

So, an inarticulate woman-baby admiring child unable to refute a single factual point of his opponent keeps on casting monosyllabic Freudian projections of his tantrums? Poor kid. Get a grip and stop making a laughing stock of yourself. Your childish meltdowns look more and more pathetic each time.

#40 Comment By frank williams On January 30, 2018 @ 1:58 am

If there is one thing I hope we can all agree upon, it is that NO ONE PERSON SHOULD HAVE THE UNCHECKED POWER TO DESTROY HUMANITY,as the Presidents of China, Russia, and the US now have. In the case of each nuclear power, new checks and balances must be instituted such that the informed consent of one other person (e.g.the vice president) must be obtained before a launch can go forward. One need not invoke scenarios of presidents going suicidal or senile to see the wisdom of having such a provision. Early warning systems have been known to give out false signals of incoming missiles that one person may respond to too impulsively,

#41 Comment By Alex (the one that likes Ike) On January 30, 2018 @ 11:17 am

frank williams,

Even rank-and-file operators of those warning systems were able to avoid impulsive responses during the entire Cold War. It means that checks and balances that are already there work more than adequately. As you may have noticed, the “standoff” between Trump and Kim resulted in a big fat nothingness.

#42 Comment By Unjoo On March 17, 2018 @ 2:15 am

Trump is an insane, disgusting bully. Just a horrible terrible human being.

He is the ugliest picture of an American, full of greed, lies, and narcissism.
It is so sad because I always had a very good image of Americans.

#43 Comment By civisisus On March 18, 2018 @ 12:26 pm

So what “conservatives” have left in their increasingly desperate defense of the odious creep in the white house is “no fair calling him insane!”

THAT’s what you’ve got?