A group of mental health professionals, calling themselves “Duty to Warn,” (@duty2warn on twitter) has gathered 60,000 signatures from mental health professionals calling for Trump’s removal from office due to serious mental illness.The petition states:
“We, the undersigned mental health professionals (please state your degree), believe in our professional judgment that Donald Trump manifests a serious mental illness that renders him psychologically incapable of competently discharging the duties of President of the United States. And we respectfully request he be removed from office, according to article 4 of the 25th amendment to the Constitution, which states that the president will be replaced if he is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”
Duty to Warn’s goal is to collect 75,000 signatures by October, when they plan to hold town meetings all over the U.S. to address Trump’s mental competency to continue as president.
There are two important words missing from the petition: undiagnosed and untreated.
A mental illness—even a “serious” one– does not, by itself, make a person incapable of performing their job. I have suffered with depression and anxiety and have enjoyed a very successful career as an international trade attorney, journalist, and marketing executive, thank you very much.
I don’t disagree with 60,000-plus mental health professionals and (bias alert!) I have no problem whatsoever with removing Trump from office. I believe there is something extremely disturbing about the man’s behavior. But please let’s not leave the world with the impression that mental illness means, ipso facto, you can’t perform a difficult job.
To learn more about Duty to Warn, visit their website http://adutytowarn.org/ .