Dozens Of Doctors Publicly Declare Trump ‘Incapable Of Serving Safely’ In Stunning Letter To NYT
President Trump Is A Clear And Present Danger
Doctors are openly breaking ranks to declare President Donald Trump as mentally unfit to serve as President.
Mental health professionals, bound by the ethics of what is called the Goldwater Rule, described as “a self-imposed dictum about evaluating public figures,” typically refuse to speculate about a person’s mental health. But a group of doctors and other mental health professionals – 35 of them, to be exact – broke ranks and published an open letter to the New York Times. Their letter is both in response to a recent column concerned about Trump’s incessant need to “grind the opposition underfoot,” and the disastrous press conference Trump held on Thursday.
Addressing the rather delicate issue of ethics surrounding the Goldwater Rule, the doctors explain that their concern overrides that long-held standard. And, since Donald Trump isn’t simply a “public figure” but is, instead, the President of the United States, the actual ethical action to take is to sound the alarm.
“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.”
Donald Trump Is ‘Incapable Of Serving Safely As President
Perhaps the most stunning statement in what is itself a stunning letter is the idea that this group of professionals believe Trump to be “incapable of serving safely as president.”
Donald Trump’s rambling press conference on Thursday should be enough to convince anyone that something isn’t right. From attacking the media, without any provocation, to preseverating on a “massive electoral college victory” that simply isn’t true, to declaring the leaks themselves the real concern, rather than the Russian connection implicit in those leaks, Trump is doing all he can to prove to the U.S. – and the world – that he is not fit to lead. Thursday’s press conference was 77 minutes of disjointed, angry rambling from a man barely treading water that is far too deep for him to navigate.
And yet, as disturbing as that press conference was, it is simply the last in a long line of incidents that most Americans find concerning.
This group of mental health professionals have seen enough. Their concern is based in science and experience, as well as simple observation of the man this country elected.
In other words, this is not about politics or policy. This is about the safety of our nation.
Sean Rayford / Stringer