If the way Donald Trump has behaved during his first 100 days as president has you worried, you’re not alone: his “paranoid and delusional” behavior has caught the attention of a group of leading psychiatrists as well.
“We have an ethical responsibility to warn the public about Donald Trump’s dangerous mental illness,” Dr. John Gartner said on Thursday. He was joined by more than 30 psychiatrists who gathered at Yale this week to discuss the mental fitness of the current commander-in-chief.
Gartner added, “Worse than just being a liar or a narcissist, in addition he is paranoid, delusional and grandiose thinking and he proved that to the country the first day he was President,” referring to Trump’s continued insistence that his inauguration crowd size was the largest ever.
Gartner’s organization Duty to Warn met at Yale on Thursday to discuss Trump’s mental health. The group is urging Congress to remove President Trump from office due to his psychological instability, and started a petition months ago requesting support for their position, which has garnered more than 40,000 signatures at this time.
They are not without their detractors, however: mental health practitioners, including licensed psychologists and psychiatrists, generally keep themselves from diagnosing candidates for office or political figures from the sidelines.
Yet this group of professionals felt compelled to discuss openly what they felt was an obvious diagnosis.
“I’ve worked with murderers and rapists,” said Dr. James Gilligan, another psychiatrist and a professor at New York University. “I can recognise dangerousness from a mile away. You don’t have to be an expert on dangerousness or spend fifty years studying it like I have in order to know how dangerous this man is.”
Gartner echoed how dire the situation with President Trump truly is, likening it to “a bomb on an airplane.”