Impeach Trump Now

Anyone who has observed Donald Trump at work, or even read his daily hateful and disturbing tweets, must be painfully aware that these things point to a pathological obsession with narcissistic perfection, and are not what we should be learning about a man who is representative of the most powerful nation in the world. While enormous global problems fester, Trump tweets about celebrities who ridicule him or point out his imperfections, his daughter’s fashion line, and anything that suggests he is not the greatest man in the world.

These daily rants are, as is becoming more and more clear, evidence of a man in the throes of mental illness that threatens not only the office of president, but our republic itself. Ordinary people and professional psychiatrists recognized the signs of pathological narcissism early on. His long astonishing history of hatred of whole groups of people, his personal sexual aberrations, physical insults to women and men alike, insults in his dictated book, his daily lies, astonishing ignorance of so many things, and his very brief attention span, provide ample evidence of an incompetence that cannot be denied. These things have been continually exposed in virtually every public medium, including respected news media like the New York Times (which Trump tweets is failing), which carried the Letter shown below.

Meantime, Republicans in the legislative branch have until very recently been 100% silent as Trump set about to accomplish wholesale destruction of protections for citizens and environment alike enacted over the past half century. If allowed to continue unchecked, Trump will be personally responsible for the deaths and impoverishment of hundreds of thousands of people every year, while at the same time funneling vast amounts of cash to the owners of dinosaur corporations of the dying Carbon Age.

We have never had to impeach a sitting president for mental incompetence, but it becomes more and more evident that we must do it now. How this should be accomplished is not clear, but it is clear that Republicans cannot function in the obstructionist lockstep they practiced during the entirety of the Obama years, because to do so would be literally very dangerous. Trump and Trump alone—an unbalanced man given to temper tantrums—has the ability to launch a nuclear attack.

Please read the following and lend support to your representatives in every way you can. The enormity of the risk cannot be overstated.

To the Editor (NYT, 14 Feb. 2017):

Charles M. Blow (columnnytimes.com, Feb. 9) describes Donald Trump’s constant need “to grind the opposition underfoot.” As mental health professionals, we share Mr. Blow’s concern.

Silence from the country’s mental health organizations has been due to a self-imposed dictum about evaluating public figures (the American Psychiatric Association’s 1973 Goldwater Rule). But this silence has resulted in a failure to lend our expertise to worried journalists and members of Congress at this critical time. We fear that too much is at stake to be silent any longer.

Mr. Trump’s speech and actions demonstrate an inability to tolerate views different from his own, leading to rage reactions. His words and behavior suggest a profound inability to empathize. Individuals with these traits distort reality to suit their psychological state, attacking facts and those who convey them (journalists, scientists).

In a powerful leader, these attacks are likely to increase, as his personal myth of greatness appears to be confirmed. We believe that the grave emotional instability indicated by Mr. Trump’s speech and actions makes him incapable of serving safely as president.

Lance Dodes, M.D. and 34 other respected practicing and retired psychiatrists

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  1. Charge the man with treason more like it!

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  2. Brilliant John, thank you you’ve hit in on the nail!

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  3. Every day I see Mr. Trump activity ask, why electoral college still exists?

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    • The entire country asks the same question. There is no rational reason for it.

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  4. He is a psychopath and he knows what he is doing. He is not “suffering” from a mental condition. Bullying is the core of his agenda. Republicans support him. His tax returns are hiding something big. We don’t know what it is and we will never know it because 28 Republicans just voted to prevent his tax returns from being released.
    Business and fossil fuel interests are more important to them than the truth. Honesty and transparency do not matter to them. “America first” means destroying anybody who disagrees with them or who is different.

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    • I think you hit every important point.

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      • I wrote a paper about this very topic in August and appreciate your writing. If you get some time, please take a look at my post. Let’s all keep this topic front and center. It is a dangerous situation. https://twoifbycharmwordpress.wordpress.com/ Thanks. B. Ashley

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  5. Though he is not yet impeachable, it’s only a matter of time before he will be. His depressed ratings will aggravate him more and more as he becomes the butt of more and more jokes. He will become more and more outlandish as he becomes more and more dangerous. What will make it unreasonably difficult to impeach him is the is the intense adoration of his cult like following. It will get messy indeed.

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  6. The 25th Amendment to the Constitution sets up a procedure for removal of a President who is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,” which could include mental incompetence.

    In order for this to happen, the Vice President and a majority of the Cabinet would have to submit a declaration to the Speaker of the House and the President pro tempore of the Senate, and the Vice President would become Acting President.

    Here is where it gets interesting. If the President transmits a message that no inability exists, he resumes his duties – UNLESS the Vice President and a majority of the Cabinet insist that he is incapable. Congress by a two-thirds vote of the Senate and the House of Representatives can then declare the President unable to perform his duties.

    I leave it to you to decide how likely this is to happen and whether Vice President Mike Pence would be any improvement.

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