In light of Michael Wolff’s recently released book about the inner-workings of the Trump White House, there have been renewed allegations that Donald Trump is “mentally unstable” and “unfit for the duties of the presidency” (which led to the now-infamous “mentally stable genius” tweet delivered by Trump). And while it’s easy and righteous-feeling to accuse the President of being mentally unfit, due to his sometimes erratic behavior and actions, it’s a moral slippery slope. Is it right to accuse someone of mental instability or illness? Is there any legitimacy to it?
The answer: no, absolutely not. Criticize the President and his policies as much as you’d like – you’re well within your rights to do so. But attacking his mental health crosses a line. Here’s why:
1. You’re probably not a medical professional
Calling someone “crazy” is easy – especially when you are unqualified to actually diagnose anyone, or understand the actual definition of the terminology you’re using. The reality is that mental illness is a deeply complex subject matter, and only studied individuals who have dedicated their lives to mental health should be offering such diagnoses.
When non-medical professionals trained in mental health to accuse others of mental instability, it’s usually because they’re being ignorant assholes who have no idea what they’re actually talking about.
All NYC needs is the mentally unstable Elliot Spitzer in office again.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2013
2. Even if you ARE a medical professional capable of diagnosing patients with mental illness, unless you’ve personally examined President Trump, it’s inappropriate to diagnose from afar
Any legitimate psychologist would caution trying to diagnose someone from afar who did not undergo the proper examination or scrutiny – you can’t be expected to give an accurate or fair diagnosis to someone you’ve only seen on television. There’s literally a medical ethical rule (the “Goldwater Rule”) that states it is unethical for psychiatrists to diagnose public figures who they did not examine. You need to be able to observe them in a more up-close, personal nature – otherwise, you’re just trying to be name-calling dipshit.
Sorry, @Rosie is a mentally sick woman, a bully, a dummy and, above all, a loser. Other than that she is just wonderful!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 9, 2014
3. Calling the President “mentally incapable” runs dangerously close to simply trying to invalidate someone because you disagree with their politics
Let’s face it – people have been calling Presidents “crazy” since…forever. No, seriously – George Washington was called “crazy”, as was prettttttty much every President who followed. And while each individual attack was likely justified in the minds of those making the accusation, it’s nearly impossible to separate any genuine concern over mental stability from partisan bias. It’s rarely “hey, I’m really concerned about the President’s mental state, folks. We should get him some help” compared to “THE PRESIDENT IS ACTING CRAZY! WE NEED TO STOP ALL THE THINGS HE’S DOING THAT I DON’T LIKE!” There’s no actual empathy – …read more
Source: Very Funny