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New Bill Would Require Donald Trump To Undergo Mental Health Evaluation

Posted by on Aug. 20, 2017 at 11:05 AM
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08/19/2017 11:43 pm ET

New Bill Would Require Donald Trump To Undergo Mental Health Evaluation

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) isn’t a psychiatrist, but she wants to make the president see one.

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new bill introduced in the House of Representatives would require President Donald Trump to undergo a physical and mental health exam to determine if he is stable enough to stay in office.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) introduced the bill on Friday. Should the results of the said exam be unfavorable, the bill calls for Vice President Mike Pence and members of the Cabinet to remove Trump from office.

The move would invoke the 25th Amendment, a rarely-used constitutional provision that allows the vice president and a majority of Cabinet members to jointly remove the president from office and replace him with the vice president.

“Does the President suffer from early stage dementia,” Lofgren asked in a statement announcing the bill.

“Has emotional disorder so impaired the President that he is unable to discharge his duties,” she continued. “Is the President mentally and emotionally stable?”

Lofgren pointed out that Trump has not yet released a “serious” medical evaluation to the public.

Lofgren, who represents California’s 19th district, is not a professional psychiatrist or psychologist, according to Mercury News.

She doesn’t expect the bill to pass, but she told the newspaper “it will stimulate conversation,” adding that Trump would get the evaluation if “he cares about the country.”

Lofgren has often criticized Trump’s remarks and policies throughout his presidency. The representative suggested on Tuesday that “something is seriously wrong with President Trump,” responding to his off-the-cuff remarks on the Charlottesville white supremacist riot made during an impromptu Q&A with reporters in New York.

“Why can’t he just condemn Nazis,” she asked on Twitter. “Unscripted words today show who he really is. Shameful!”

Lofgren isn’t the first politician or critic to suggest invoking the 25th Amendment to boot the 45th President out of the White House.

In June, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Maryland) led 25 House Democrats to co-sign a bill that would also oust Trump from the Oval Office under the amendment. Commenting on his bill, Raskin told Yahoo News “in case of emergency, break glass.”

Articles and op-eds exploring the 25th Amendment in detail have also sprung up on Washington PostRolling StonesNew York Times and Time Magazine since Trump took office. Meanwhile, Trump has continued to draw ire from the country for everything from his policies on immigration, Muslim travel bans and dangerous health care bills, to remarks that suggest that there are “fine people” who attend a white supremacy rally.

And this summer, the hashtag #25thAmendment began trending on Twitter.

That’s why Lofgren is calling for Mike Pence and other Cabinet members to “quickly secure ... medical and psychiatric professionals” to evaluate Trump’s mental health and any possible impairments.

“If it was a physical ailment, you would be getting the advice of doctors,” Lofgren told Mercury News. “The same thing should be true to take a look at his stability here.”


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PPCLC
by Lisa on Aug. 20, 2017 at 11:13 AM

Some former president's have been teased about their gray hair after one to two terms in office.

I think that for Trump, who already had a distinctive mindset on things, taking on the role of POTUS has been too much for him. At times, he seems to be spiraling.

IOW, this isn't about gray hair.

Right now, there are several ideas floating around between Democratic politicians especially (but also some Republicans) on how to send Grandpa Don out to pasture.

I don't think this will go far but I could be proven wrong.

newlife1214
by on Aug. 20, 2017 at 11:18 AM

I hope you are proven wrong.

This job is the most stressful job ever.

He is only in his first year. It can only get worse.

I don't think he can handle it.

Quoting PPCLC:

Some former president's have been teased about their gray hair after one to two terms in office.

I think that for Trump, who already had a distinctive mindset on things, taking on the role of POTUS has been too much for him. At times, he seems to be spiraling.

IOW, this isn't about gray hair.

Right now, there are several ideas floating around between Democratic politicians especially (but also some Republicans) on how to send Grandpa Don out to pasture.

I don't think this will go far but I could be proven wrong.


PPCLC
by Lisa on Aug. 20, 2017 at 11:21 AM
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He was never suited for this role. I didn't think then that could handle the role of POTUS when he won and he's yet to prove me wrong.

He needs to step away for his health, if nothing more, and the health of this country.

Quoting newlife1214:

I hope you are proven wrong.

This job is the most stressful job ever.

He is only in his first year. It can only get worse.

I don't think he can handle it.

Quoting PPCLC:

Some former president's have been teased about their gray hair after one to two terms in office.

I think that for Trump, who already had a distinctive mindset on things, taking on the role of POTUS has been too much for him. At times, he seems to be spiraling.

IOW, this isn't about gray hair.

Right now, there are several ideas floating around between Democratic politicians especially (but also some Republicans) on how to send Grandpa Don out to pasture.

I don't think this will go far but I could be proven wrong.


LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Aug. 20, 2017 at 12:12 PM
I don't think it's time for this. Something horrible will have to happen, and unfortunately we aren't there yet. Today's horrible isn't as bad as our situation is going to get.
MrsHMS
by Silver Member on Aug. 20, 2017 at 12:19 PM
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Democrats don't like what you say, call someone crazy to silence them. It really is the ultimate ad homminum attack. Can't support your arguement, call the other person crazy. He isn't talking to cows like the nutcase in Venezuela. He's not crazily but he's making democrats lose their minds. Lol
LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Aug. 20, 2017 at 12:22 PM
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The person who happens to be a Democrat and who posted directly before you stating this is not the time for this bill would like to remind you that making blanket statements and / or stereotyping entire segments of the population can make you look foolish.

Quoting MrsHMS: Democrats don't like what you say, call someone crazy to silence them. It really is the ultimate ad homminum attack. Can't support your arguement, call the other person crazy. He isn't talking to cows like the nutcase in Venezuela. He's not crazily but he's making democrats lose their minds. Lol
coolmommy2x
by Platinum Member on Aug. 20, 2017 at 12:24 PM
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I agree. I don't think he has mental issues that would incapacitate him as POTUS, I think he's grossly unqualified for this job and is to insecure to ask for help lest he look weak. This seems to be a waste of time.

Quoting PPCLC:

Some former president's have been teased about their gray hair after one to two terms in office.

I think that for Trump, who already had a distinctive mindset on things, taking on the role of POTUS has been too much for him. At times, he seems to be spiraling.

IOW, this isn't about gray hair.

Right now, there are several ideas floating around between Democratic politicians especially (but also some Republicans) on how to send Grandpa Don out to pasture.

I don't think this will go far but I could be proven wrong.

PPCLC
by Lisa on Aug. 20, 2017 at 12:26 PM

Too insecure but I also wonder if advice is given, does he shrug it off with a "I know better" attitude sometimes? Kwim?

All of this has ended up being a waste of time and I just would love to see him resign.

I don't see that happening, however.

Quoting coolmommy2x: I agree. I don't think he has mental issues that would incapacitate him as POTUS, I think he's grossly unqualified for this job and is to insecure to ask for help lest he look weak. This seems to be a waste of time.
Quoting PPCLC:

Some former president's have been teased about their gray hair after one to two terms in office.

I think that for Trump, who already had a distinctive mindset on things, taking on the role of POTUS has been too much for him. At times, he seems to be spiraling.

IOW, this isn't about gray hair.

Right now, there are several ideas floating around between Democratic politicians especially (but also some Republicans) on how to send Grandpa Don out to pasture.

I don't think this will go far but I could be proven wrong.


-Celestial-
by Pepperlynn on Aug. 20, 2017 at 12:29 PM

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It has to be toxins from his tan in a can..


coolmommy2x
by Platinum Member on Aug. 20, 2017 at 12:36 PM
I think you're right. I think he's a narcissist which is probably where the I know better and believe me statements come from. And I also think it covers the insecurity that makes him defensive. I don't think he is capable of saying "I don't know" or admitting aomeone else might know more.

Quoting PPCLC:

Too insecure but I also wonder if advice is given, does he shrug it off with a "I know better" attitude sometimes? Kwim?

All of this has ended up being a waste of time and I just would love to see him resign.

I don't see that happening, however.

Quoting coolmommy2x: I agree. I don't think he has mental issues that would incapacitate him as POTUS, I think he's grossly unqualified for this job and is to insecure to ask for help lest he look weak. This seems to be a waste of time.

Quoting PPCLC:

Some former president's have been teased about their gray hair after one to two terms in office.

I think that for Trump, who already had a distinctive mindset on things, taking on the role of POTUS has been too much for him. At times, he seems to be spiraling.

IOW, this isn't about gray hair.

Right now, there are several ideas floating around between Democratic politicians especially (but also some Republicans) on how to send Grandpa Don out to pasture.

I don't think this will go far but I could be proven wrong.

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