Well-known media and leftist personalities are engaging in what appears to be a Soviet-style campaign to remove the president from office. The “Trump-Russia” effort has failed to garner productive results, so the legacy media and the Left have moved on to questioning the president’s mental capacities, without providing evidence that there is anything medically wrong with President Trump.
On Tuesday, reporters asked the White House physician, Dr. Ronny Jackson, 22 separate questions concerning the president’s mental state. It’s unclear why these questions are warranted in the first place. Sure, the president has a unique personality and has a flair for drama, but he has shown no signs of any type of mental illness that would stop the duly elected president from carrying out his executive duties. Time and again, Dr. Jackson had to repeat himself in declaring that President Trump was fully fit for office, both cognitively and physically.
Political Activists Posing as Reporters Ask WH Doctor 22 Times if Trump Is Actually Sane https://t.co/m6HQd7RUjI
— Nick Short 🇺🇸 (@PoliticalShort) January 17, 2018
Trump's doctor says he scored 30/30 on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment. That's a screening test for dementia and Alzheimer's. This should (but probably won't) put to rest all the speculation about the president's mental state.
— 𝙳𝚊𝚟𝚒𝚍 𝙼𝚊𝚛𝚝𝚘𝚜𝚔𝚘 (@dmartosko) January 16, 2018
The Soviets devised a system that allowed for political figures — especially those who posed a threat to party leaders — to be declared mentally unfit for office. To combat unsavory political opinions, Soviet leaders from Nikita Kruschev to Yuri Andropov called on friendly psychiatrists to diagnose dissidents as mentally incapacitated. Some dissidents were then sent to a psikhushka (mental hospital), where they were imprisoned and removed from political life. The pseudo-psychiatry establishment — which in effect acted as an ideological policing agency — continued until the fall of the Soviet Union. However, the practice has re-emerged in China and other authoritarian states.
Earlier this month, the media breathlessly reported on a Yale psychiatrist, Dr. Bandy Lee, who briefed lawmakers and warned (without performing a personal evaluation) of the “dangers that [President Trump’s] mental instability poses on the nation.” Outlets like CNN, Vox, Politico, Newsweek, and countless others were happy to promote the message. Lee later deleted her social media accounts after refusing to answer questions about her political motives.
The campaign continued with the publication of pseudo-journalist Michael Wolff’s half-fiction book about the Trump presidency.
But Dr. Lee and Wolff are far from the only people to leverage their positions to claim that there is overwhelming evidence that the president is mentally unstable. Media figures have relentlessly pursued wild conspiracy theories about the president’s mental capacities.
Here's how the next few hours will go. Trump supporters will say "Concerns about Trump's mental health were always absurd. Case closed now." The obvious response: "The Q's about fitness for office are serious. Someone could be sharp as a tack, but still unfit"
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) January 16, 2018
Joe Scarborough says Washington Post twice wouldn’t let him print in his column that a source close to Trump told him Trump has early onset dementia
— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) January 8, 2018
— Elmar Theveßen (@ethevessen) January 6, 2018
As a former military psychiatrist, I worry that the president would fail the military’s mental health standards https://t.co/C1YrfyVK2P
— NYT Opinion (@nytopinion) January 17, 2018
Without evidence that there is anything particular wrong, CNN’s Jake Tapper, NBC’s Chuck Todd, the New York Times’ Maggie Haberman, and other media figures are now regularly asking about the president’s mental health.
Of course, the Left probably doesn’t intend to lock away President Trump in a Soviet-style insane asylum. But many are quite serious about their intention to remove the president from office. They’ve taken to leveraging shoddy, unproven, politically motivated psychiatric diagnoses made from afar to terminate the president’s authority through the 25th Amendment to the Constitution.
‘We have a president who is intellectually ill-equipped for the job. … He is the antithesis of what we should have as a moral leader in our country.’ — Congressman Steve Cohen wants to invoke the 25th amendment and impeach President Trump pic.twitter.com/X3WdHNeIkg
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) January 10, 2018
This man has to go. Now. I don’t care if it’s the 25th Amendment, Impeachment, Arrest, Resignation, something “coming up” at his physical tomorrow, General Strike, or we all crash the stock market by selling off.
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) January 11, 2018
BREAKING NEWS: Our constitutional system relies on a Congress with sufficient integrity to check a tyrannical or crazy president either by impeachment or through the 25th Amendment. The only check We the People have on a Congress that’s in the bag for the president is the VOTE.
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) January 6, 2018
As concerns grow for President Trump’s mental fitness to govern, could the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution be used to force him from office? pic.twitter.com/fQnbwOuL7t
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) January 5, 2018
First, voters must change the majorities in one or both houses. Second, Democrats and Republicans can take the action set forth in the Constitution. https://t.co/094M07cQJ4
— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) January 16, 2018
The 25th Amendment was enacted following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It was established as a means to ensure presidential succession, should the elected president be physically incapacitated. Jay Berman, the former chief of staff to Sen. Birch Bayh (who played a major role in writing the amendment) has made it very clear that the 25th Amendment does not apply to questions about the president’s mental capacities. Politico reports that constitutional scholars agree almost unanimously that this is how the 25th Amendment should be applied.
Fanatical anti-Trump voices have abandoned faith in the electoral system. They simply refuse to accept the fact that the president is capable of carrying out his duties and should be allowed to serve out his term (or terms) in office. “Trump-Russia” was a dud, so now “mental illness” is their new means to force what amounts to a coup attempt to remove the elected president of the United States.