'It is a stigmatizing insult to the mentally ill ... to be lumped with Mr. Trump' - psychiatrist Dr. Allen Frances
A Compilation of Bizarre News Involving Donald Trump
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Concern over Donald Trump’s statements and actions in his first month in office is spilling over to town hall meetings being held by members of Congress. “Ever since the election, I have felt like a passenger in a car that’s being driven by a drunk driver,” said an attendee at a joint town hall held last week by Sen. Tim Scott and Rep. Mark Sanford, two South Carolina Republicans. Shouting occurred at a town hall held by Utah GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz, which led the Utah Republican state chairman to urge that state’s congressional delegation not hold in-person events. “There’s a pattern here that the political left, primarily the Democratic members and organized affiliates, lost at the ballot box, and, as a result, they’re taking the fight to the streets,” said James Evans, the GOP chairman. Last week, rather than hold an in-person town hall, Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, who represents Southern New Mexico, organized a telephone “town hall,” which drew an editorial rebuke from the Albuquerque Journal.
The shrink who wrote the book on narcissistic personality disorder says Donald Trump doesn’t have it. “He may be a world-class narcissist, but this doesn’t make him mentally ill, because he does not suffer from the distress and impairment required to diagnose mental disorder,” Dr. Allen Frances wrote in a letter to the New York Times. His letter followed one signed by 33 other psychiatrists, pathologists and social workers who warned, “We believe that the grave emotional instability indicated by Mr. Trump’s speech and actions makes him incapable of serving safely as president.” Frances disagreed. “It is a stigmatizing insult to the mentally ill (who are mostly well behaved and well meaning) to be lumped with Mr. Trump (who is neither),” he wrote.
In Britain, 1.85 million people signed an online petition urging Parliament to withdraw a government invitation to Donald Trump to visit Britain. Lord Peter Ricketts, administrative head of the British Foreign Office from 2006-2010, questioned whether Trump was deserving of the “exceptional honor” of a state visit. He argued that Queen Elizabeth II has been put in “a very difficult position.” In a debate in Parliament, Labor Party Minister Danny Lammy said, “We didn’t do this for Kennedy. We didn’t do this for Truman. We didn’t do this for Reagan. But for this man, after seven days, we say, ‘Please come, and we will lay on everything because we are so desperate for your company?’… I am ashamed that it has come to this.” At a minimum, critics want Trump’s visit downgraded from a “state visit” to an “official visit,” which would eliminate the need for the queen to greet him and put him up at Kensington Palace. A sign spotted at a recent protest outside Prime Minister Theresa May’s home at 10 Downing Street in London read “God save the queen from the fascist tangerine.”
A fan in Africa
Donald Trump’s policies are finding favor with at least one foreign head of state. Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe supports Trump, according to the BBC. “When it comes to Donald Trump … talking of American nationalism, well America for America, America for Americans – on that we agree. Zimbabwe for Zimbabweans,” said Mugabe, who has run Zimbabwe since 1980. The 93-year-old dictator said he is happy that Trump beat Hillary Clinton, whom he said would have hit Zimbabwe with sanctions.
Donald Trump has backpedaled on a comment many took to mean he had made up a terrorism event in Sweden. As Trump discussed his travel ban at a rally this past Saturday in Florida, he said, “We’ve got to keep our country safe. You look at what’s happening in Germany. You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible.” Trump later said he was referring to a rise in crime in Sweden attributable to immigrants. Few were mollified by that explanation. Former Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt tweeted, “Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound.”