NEW YORK — After 18 months of scrutiny, the accusation that candidate Donald J. Trump colluded with the Kremlin looks as empty as a Soviet store shelf. Far-left Democrats screamed for Trump’s impeachment even before his inauguration. Nonetheless, the House considered articles of impeachment on Dec. 6. The measure was massacred 58-364. In fact, 126 Democrats just said, “Nay.”
Undeterred, the Trump-loathing Left’s latest gambit is that the president is “unfit for office” due to mental illness.
• “Trump needs to be medicated and hospitalized,” Joy Behar, co-host of ABC News’s The View, said last week.
• Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Maryland) told CNN that “there’s basically no real medical cure for the condition that he’s demonstrating” and added: “My interest is doing our institutional duty under the 25th Amendment,” which would remove Trump for mental incapacity.
• Never having examined Trump, Yale psychiatry professor Bandy X. Lee nonetheless told congressional Democrats that he “is unraveling” and “becoming very unstable very quickly.” The American Psychiatric Association admonished its members on Tuesday: “Arm-chair psychiatry or the use of psychiatry as a political tool is the misuse of psychiatry and is unacceptable and unethical.”
Such Trumpophobes wave copies of Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff’s new Trump-bashing extravaganza, as if it were the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The president’s alleged “childishness,” unfamiliarity with former House Speaker John Boehner and taste for cheeseburgers and fried chicken supposedly require his immediate ouster, due to insanity.
Few would bellow in sorrow if Trump deployed Twitter more sparingly. But his repeated discussion of Boehner on that medium since at least 2011, and their golf together, detonates that lie.
Could Trump eat better, especially at age 71? Couldn’t we all? But if devouring fast food equals mental illness, then hundreds of millions of Americans must be institutionalized.
If Trump’s foes would unclench their jaws and open their eyes, they could see clearly now that a mentally fit Donald J. Trump is executing skillfully the office of President of the United States.
Trump hosted bipartisan, bicameral lawmakers in the White House Cabinet Room on Tuesday. Topic: What he called “a bill of love” encompassing young illegal aliens in DACA status, the southern border wall and related matters. A peerlessly transparent Trump let news cameras watch him, several Cabinet secretaries and members of Congress negotiate these topics. Trump was in charge, informed and humorous. Never in those 55 televised minutes did he appear psychotic.
Trump just secured a massive reform of the U.S. Tax Code, the first in 31 years. He made incredibly detailed, complex decisions — in person and by phone — among his aides, lawmakers, activists and voters. Was this legislative triumph the work of a madman?
Trump met overseas with Arab, European and Asian leaders last year. He urged Muslim officials to “drive out” militant Islam, persuaded NATO allies to pay their fair share (2 percent of GDP) for collective security and unified Pacific nations against North Korea. Were these the antics of a lunatic?
If anyone seems mentally unbalanced, it’s not Trump, but rather his deranged critics.
• Leftists, not Trump, needed straightjackets on the first anniversary of Election Day 2016. Trump’s detractors gathered across America in public parks and literally hollered themselves hoarse.
• Comedian Kathy Griffin published a photo of herself holding a mock-up of Trump’s blood-soaked, chopped-off head.
• ANTIFA terrorists have silenced conservative speakers, shattered storefront windows, ignited blazes and assaulted people in Make America Great Again hats — all to resist Trump’s “fascism.”
• Enflamed over Trump’s disposal of Obama’s needless net neutrality regulations, Trump haters hurl violent racial slurs at FCC chief Ajit Pai, an American of east Indian descent. Bigoted death threats prompted Pai to cancel his address to this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Unhinged Left-liberals, yet again, psychologically project their own emotional volatility onto an effective, successful president of the United States. They should propose a positive agenda, rather than unleash juvenile, ad hominem attacks that abuse psychiatry, to boot.
Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News contributor and a contributing editor with National Review Online. His column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the The Lima News editorial board or AIM Media, owner of The Lima News.