There have been those since nearly the beginning of Donald Trump’s campaign for president who have questioned his mental health. Most of this was not serious but rather came from people who wondered at the beliefs he espoused or expressed their amazement that Trump would say something publicly that they found offensive. Since the Republican National Convention wrapped up and Trump officially became the party’s nominee for president, however, questions about Donald’s mental health have become more serious as he has expressed what many find more offensive than his previous comments or has spoken in a manner that doesn’t seem logical.
The Washington Post is reporting that the concern about Trump’s mental health and, as a result, his suitability as a representative of the Republican party and ability to hold the office of President of the United States, has become such a concern to Representative Karen Bass of California that she has begun a petition to have Donald undergo a psychiatric evaluation. She posted a tweet on Wednesday announcing the petition.
— Karen Bass (@KarenBassTweets) August 3, 2016
At the writing of this article, the petition to submit Donald Trump to a psychiatric evaluation has 14,415 signatures, just 85 short of its goal. In her plea for signatures, Ms. Bass says, in part,
“Donald Trump is dangerous for our country. His impulsiveness and lack of control over his own emotions are of concern. It is our patriotic duty to raise the question of his mental stability to be the commander in chief and leader of the free world. Mr. Trump appears to exhibit all the symptoms of the mental disorder Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD).”
Further down in her plea, she provides the symptoms of NPD.
“(1) Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements);
(2) Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love;
(3) Believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions);
(4) Requires excessive admiration;
(5) Has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations;
(6) Is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends;
(7) Lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others;
(8) Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her;
(9) Shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes.”
— The Hill (@thehill) August 5, 2016
Bass is only one of many who are speculating lately that Donald Trump is mentally ill. Earlier this week, The Hill reported that former Republican Senator Gordon Humphrey of New Hampshire has indicated that he may vote for Hillary Clinton instead of Donald Trump because of concerns about his mental health.
“I am ever more confirmed in my belief that Trump is a sociopath, without a conscience or feelings of guilt, shame or remorse. And he is pathologically insecure, recklessly attacking anyone who does not confirm him as the best there is. To imagine Trump in charge of our armed forces at a moment of crisis is frightening.”
He said that he would vote for Hillary Clinton if the margin between her and Trump is close and urged Republican leadership to “denounce Trump and… insist that he renounce the nomination or face a reconvening of the convention.”
This is the second time Humphrey has expressed his belief that Donald Trump is a sociopath. In May he told the New Hampshire Union Leader, “Unequivocally, I am not supporting Donald Trump. I think he’s a sociopath.”
As reported by CNN, Thursday’s results of a national poll, the McClatchy-Marist survey, show Donald Trump falling behind Clinton by 15 percent, a significant change from last month’s gap of three percent.
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