Following President Trump's announcement that the US would withdraw from the Paris accord, a former CBS anchor, now with AXS TV, ended a series of ad hominem attacks with strong suggestions that the President had some serious psychological issues. Many others on the Left, including House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi, have made the same assertion, leading one to wonder: What does an actual psychiatrist think?
FYI Dr. Keith Ablow ~ American psychiatrist, author; graduate of Brown University and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and an assistant clinical professor at Tufts School of Medicine. He is board certified in adult, adolescent, and forensic psychiatry.
Remarks by Dr. Keith Ablow, Psychiatrist
Let me issue the standard disclaimer of psychiatrists who discuss the mental health of public figures: I have not personally examined President Trump.
Now, let me put to rest the concerns of Sen. Al Franken, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, and political commentators John Oliver and Andrew Sullivan, as well as anyone else who publicly or privately has questioned the president's sanity: Donald Trump is stone cold sane.
When a man acquires billions of dollars through complex real estate transactions, successfully invests in multiple countries, goes on to phenomenal personal success in television, and turns his name into a worldwide brand, it is very unlikely that he is mentally unstable.
When the same man obviously enjoys the love and respect of his children and his wife, who seem to rely on him for support and guidance, it is extraordinarily unlikely that he is mentally unstable.
When the same man walks into the political arena and deftly defeats 16 Republican opponents, and then the Democratic heir-apparent to a two-term president's administration,the odds of that man being mentally unstable pretty much vaporize.
And when that very same man attracts to his team the kind of intellect and gravitas represented by Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis, a retired Marine Corps general and commander of the U.S. Central Command (to name just a few), he cannot be mentally deranged. Period. It is a statistical impossibility.
Those who assert otherwise are political opportunists, or fools, or both (and I am thinking here, in particular, of Sen. Franken and Congresswoman Pelosi).
President Trump is the first human being to win this nation's highest office without having held any other political office or serving as a general in our military.
Most political pundits thought his quest was pure folly. The majority of journalists assessed his chances as zero. So who was laboring under quasi-delusional thinking?
Answer: Not Donald J. Trump.
If you're still worried about the mental stability of the president, note this: The stock market doesn't like instability. Investors, en masse, can take the measure of a man pretty darn well. The stock market has hit record high after record high since Trump's election, and if you think that's an accident, or that investors have all been fooled, it's time to start wondering about your own capacity for rational assessment.
I should note that nothing I am saying should besmirch the reputations of men like President Abraham Lincoln or Sir Winston Churchill, both of whom are said to have fought the ravages of major depression or bipolar disorder. One was instrumental in ridding America of slavery. The other was instrumental in saving the world from tyranny.
Mahatma Gandhi, by the way, also reportedly suffered from depression. Psychiatric illness does not, a priori, disqualify a person from rendering extraordinary service to mankind.
Mind you, neither Lincoln nor Churchill nor Gandhi led a nation after becoming a world-class business success and television star. That trifecta defines only one man: President Donald J. Trump.
Now, think about those who are rabble-rousing about the president's mental status. Take former SNL comedian, Sen. Al Franken. He got all worried about the president allegedly overestimating the crowd size at his inauguration. Franken is allied with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who continues to assert she is Native American, when there's no evidence of that whatsoever. And Pelosi. Well, she has quite a record of her own to contend with...
And these people are calling Trump's sanity into question?
Really, you can't make this stuff up.