A group of mental health professionals claiming President is too mentally ill to serve has taken fire not just from Trump supporters — but also from those in their own field.
The organization’s members, however, remain steadfast in their belief that Trump is a potential hazard to the American people.
“We feel, as mental health professionals, that we have a duty to the public to warn them about Donald Trump’s mental illness,” said , a former a part-time assistant professor of psychiatry at .
Gartner is a founding member of Duty to Warn, an organization of mental health professionals who think Trump is mentally unfit to be president. The group will have its first conference 11 a.m. Thursday at ’s Sterling Hall of Medicine.
Gartner and other members of Duty to Warn are lobbying members of Congress to remove Trump from office due to lack of mental fitness. Though a petition supporting this effort has garnered 41,000 signatures, Gartner said the effort has gotten little traction among legislators.
The initiative has, not surprisingly, drawn criticism from Republican Trump supporters, including state chairman JR Romano.
“I think this is absolutely ridiculous,” he said. “If something like this had gone on surrounding ’s administration, it would have been shouted down as racist.”
Those within the psychiatric establishment also take issue with Duty to Warn, claiming it violates the , which asserts that psychiatrists “should not give professional opinions about the mental state of individuals that they have not personally and thoroughly evaluated,” according to the web site.
The Thursday event’s organizer is Dr. , assistant clinical professor in the of Psychiatry.
“As some prominent psychiatrists have noted, (Trump’s mental health) is the elephant in the room,” Lee said. “I think the public is really starting to catch on and widely talk about this now.”
Gartner said Trump displays characteristics indicative of a variety of mental illnesses, including antisocial personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder. He said a major red flag was when Trump and his surrogates — most notably Press Secretary — said Trump’s inauguration crowd was the largest ever.
“If Donald Trump really believes he had the largest crowd size in history, that’s delusional,” Gartner said.
The Trump administration’s claims were in response to photos that seemed to show a much smaller crowd at Trump’s inauguration than at that of predecessor Barack Obama. Several media outlets disputed the Trump administration’s numbers, including those comparing the number of Metro train riders on both inauguration days.
But Gartner said the rule shouldn’t apply when someone’s mental state poses a public danger, which he said is the case with Trump.
“This is a bomb on an airplane,” he said. “This is an emergency.”