Time for Trump to Go

President Donald Trump with a crazy look

Book cover of The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump
According to a recent poll, 61% of all Americans believe Donald Trump should be impeached if he is proven guilty of any of the sexual assault charges leveled at him by over a dozen women. But if he is removed from office, it probably won’t be because of his behavior toward women. It will more likely be due to his behavior in general.

I first wrote about Donald Trump’s erratic behavior in August of 2016. In that column I cited a number of incidents that many people found disturbing, among them: his mocking of a disabled reporter; his suggestion that Meghan Kelly couldn’t effectively moderate a debate because she might be on her menstrual cycle; his berating of a Muslim gold star family who had lost a son in combat, but who dared to criticize candidate Trump for his view of Muslims; his referring to a black man at a Trump rally as, “My African American”; his saying that the world would be a safer place if more countries have nuclear weapons; and his suggesting to a crowd of supporters that if Hillary was elected, they might take a shot at her. Unfortunately the lunacy and insensitivity didn’t end after Trump was elected.

Since taking office, Mr. Trump has obsessed about the results of last fall’s election, claiming that he would have won the popular vote had it not been for 3 million illegals who cast ballots for Hillary, a fact which has been disproven and which the President ignores. He even ignores his own words. Last year he admitted to and apologized for his language on the Access Hollywood tape, but now he says the tape might not be authentic. Last week he used an ethnic slur while staging a photo op with a group of Navajo war heroes, but doesn’t think he did anything wrong. Then there was the time he blurted out classified information to the Russian ambassador about Israeli security measures, but doesn’t understand why some of our intelligence officials reportedly now distrust him with sensitive information. And, along the way, he has alienated just about every ally in the world, including, most recently, when he re- tweeted anti-Muslim footage from “Britain First”, a fascist group that has been denounced by British government. Trump couldn’t see what harm he had done, but the British PM did, and so did Stephen Doughty, a member of Parliament, who said, “Trump is either a racist, incompetent, unthinking, or all three.”

It’s hard to explain Donald Trump’s inability to understand the consequences of his words, or the difference between reality and fantasy. Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said of Trump, “He wanders between the real world, and the world of Donald Trump.” Iconic investigative journalist Carl Bernstein said of Trump’s tweets, “What we see is a road map of his mind, and it’s a very disturbing road map.” And David Gergen, former adviser to three presidents, commented, “Trump is living in his own reality.”

Nevertheless, the warnings of numerous former government officials now ring true. In 2016, no less than 50 former Republican security officials and cabinet secretaries issued an open letter saying that, if Trump is elected, he would be the most reckless president in our history. Former CIA director Michael Morell went even further, saying Trump, “…may well pose a threat to our national security, and would be a dangerous Commander-in-Chief.” And, Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate William Weld, who had served as an officer in the Justice Department, said of Trump, “He has a screw loose.”

But perhaps the most telling of criticisms- have come from a group of mental health professionals. In my 2016 column, I reported on the preliminary findings of that group, who just this year published a compilation of their conclusions in a book titled, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump. In their book, they diagnose Mr. Trump as having a wide range of behavioral and emotional illnesses, including Narcissistic Personality Disorder. One of the contributors to the book is Tony Schwartz, who also co-authored Trump’s 1987 book, The Art of the Deal. Recently Schwartz told CNN that “He [Trump] doesn’t have a conscience, and he doesn’t have an internal moral arbiter.” It should be noted that the American Psychiatric Association has denounced the book, saying that it is unprofessional to diagnose someone without having seen them. But the book’s editor, Dr. Bandy Lee points out that any clinical conclusions reached by him and over two dozen other mental health professionals, are based upon their review of Trump’s own words, thus they have “seen” the patient, and believe him to be unfit for office. Editors at the New York Daily News concur, and, following the President’s anti-Muslim tweet storm last month, they published a scathing editorial titled, “Donald Trump is a Madman”. In it, they wrote, “After his latest spasm of deranged tweets, only those completely under his spell can deny what growing numbers of Americans have long suspected: the President of the United States is profoundly unstable. He is mad. He is, by any honest layman’s definition, mentally unwell…”.

Under the 25th Amendment, the Cabinet can remove Mr. Trump from office by claiming he is “incapacitated.” As severe as that sounds, it may be the most expedient and least painful way for America to sever itself from this man, whose divisive words and actions continue to damage our own collective psyche, as well as our global relationships and reputation. Speaking with CNN, Mr. Schwartz said that Trump “acts like a nine-year-old child”. If that’s the case, then let’s get him out of the White House, and give him a chance to grow up in his own house.

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