It’s once again time to question President Trump’s mental stability.
As if this week’s mendacious claim he signed into law more legislation than any other president isn’t bad enough, his interview the following day with the New York Times is causing some to wonder whether it isn’t the lying that should concern us but the president’s rapidly deteriorating mental health.
After being informed his statements were being recorded, Trump launched into the following rant about the investigation into his campaign’s possible collusion with the Russian government:
“Virtually every Democrat has said there is no collusion. There is no collusion. And even these committees that have been set up. If you look at what’s going on — and in fact, what it’s done is, it’s really angered the base and made the base stronger. My base is stronger than it’s ever been. Great congressmen, in particular, some of the congressmen have been unbelievable in pointing out what a witch hunt the whole thing is. So, I think it’s been proven that there is no collusion.”
No Democrat has dismissed collusion.
In fact, all are extremely concerned about its likelihood.
Trump has to know people associated with his campaign have been indicted.
Yet this is how Trump explained things to the Times:
“I saw Dianne Feinstein the other day on television saying there is no collusion. She’s the head of the committee. The Republicans, in terms of the House committees, they come out, they’re so angry because there is no collusion. So, I actually think that it’s turning out — I actually think it’s turning to the Democrats because there was collusion on behalf of the Democrats. There was collusion with the Russians and the Democrats. A lot of collusion.”
That’s not what Sen. Feinstein (D-Calif.) said.
After being asked whether he feels the Justice Department should re-open the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, Trump had this to say:
“What I’ve done is, I have absolute right to do what I want to do with the Justice Department. But for purposes of hopefully thinking I’m going to be treated fairly, I’ve stayed uninvolved with this particular matter.”
According to Vox:
“He appears to believe that he is engaged in some explicit or implicit quid pro quo with the Department of Justice: He doesn’t fire Jeff Sessions, demand prosecution of his political enemies, or whatever it is he imagines doing with his ‘absolute right,’ so long as they treat him and his associates ‘fairly,’ which likely means protecting him from Mueller’s investigation.”
When asked about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal regarding the Russia investigation, Trump invoked Sessions’ predecessor, Eric Holder, and implied Holder “protected” former President Obama from criminal behavior:
“I don’t want to get into loyalty, but I will tell you that, I will say this: Holder protected President Obama. Totally protected him. When you look at the I.R.S. scandal, when you look at the guns for whatever, when you look at all of the tremendous, ah, real problems they had, not made-up problems like Russian collusion, these were real problems. When you look at the things that they did, and Holder protected the president. And I have great respect for that, I’ll be honest, I have great respect for that.”
Here are more unedited quotes from the interview:
“I know more about the big bills. … Than any president that’s ever been in office. Whether it’s health care and taxes. Especially taxes. And if I didn’t, I couldn’t have persuaded a hundred. … You ask Mark Meadows [inaudible]. … I couldn’t have persuaded a hundred congressmen to go along with the bill. The first bill, you know, that was ultimately, shockingly rejected … I know the details of taxes better than anybody. Better than the greatest C.P.A. I know the details of health care better than most, better than most. And if I didn’t, I couldn’t have talked all these people into doing ultimately only to be rejected.”
About the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare):
“So now I have associations, I have private insurance companies coming and will sell private health care plans to people through associations. That’s gonna be millions and millions of people. People have no idea how big that is. And by the way, and for that, we’ve ended across state lines. So we have competition. You know for that I’m allowed to [inaudible] state lines. So that’s all done.
“Now I’ve ended the individual mandate. And the other thing I wish you’d tell people. So when I do this, and we’ve got health care, you know, McCain did his vote.
“We’ve created associations, millions of people are joining associations. Millions. That were formerly in Obamacare or didn’t have insurance. Or didn’t have health care. Millions of people. That’s gonna be a big bill, you watch. It could be as high as 50 percent of the people. You watch. So that’s a big thing. And the individual mandate. So now you have associations, and people don’t even talk about the associations. That could be half the people are going to be joining up. … With private [inaudible]. So now you have associations and the individual mandate.”
About his chances for re-election:
“We’re going to win another four years for a lot of reasons, most importantly because our country is starting to do well again and we’re being respected again. But another reason that I’m going to win another four years is because newspapers, television, all forms of media will tank if I’m not there because without me, their ratings are going down the tubes. Without me, The New York Times will indeed be not the failing New York Times, but the failed New York Times. So they basically have to let me win. And eventually, probably six months before the election, they’ll be loving me because they’re saying, ‘Please, please, don’t lose Donald Trump.’
The media and public aren’t the only ones this interview alarms, though.
In February, California Representative Ted Lieu reported he is considering proposing legislation that would require a psychiatrist be on staff at the White House. A number of mental health experts concur with Lieu, as do other lawmakers.
Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) told The Washington Post in January he was considering introducing legislation requiring presidents to undergo independent medical examinations, including psychiatric ones.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she would support legislation requiring Trump to take a mental health exam.
Journalist Andrew Sullivan has called on other journalists to start talking publicly about President Trump’s mental instability.
This is probably unsurprising to anyone who has been following Trump’s behavior.
Impeachment is likely, as special council Robert Mueller zeroes in on Trump’s inner circle.
It’s only a matter of time.
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