AN OPEN LETTER TO VICE PRESIDENT PENCE AND THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS

 
 
Dear Vice President Pence and Members of Congress:
 
I believe that, based on his words and actions before and during the campaign, after being selected President, and since his inauguration, Donald J Trump is mentally unstable.
 
I agree with Paul Krugman, the Nobel Memorial Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist, who observed that Trump “was obviously mentally ill the moment he took office”.
 
Trump suffers acutely from Narcissistic Personality Disorder.  This mental disorder makes him incapable of intelligent and rational action, incapable of dealing with criticism and challenges like a mature adult, and prevents him from competently discharging his duties as President of the United States.
 
Trump clearly displays all the symptoms of this mental disorder, which, according to the description of the disorder on the Mayo Clinic website, include -
 
• Having an exaggerated sense of self-importance.
• Expecting to be recognized as superior even without achievements that warrant it.
• Exaggerating your achievements and talents.
• Requiring constant admiration.
• Having an inability or unwillingness to recognize the needs and feelings of others.
 
The Mayo Clinic also explains that a person suffering from this mental disorder has “trouble handling anything that may be perceived as criticism”.  Trump clearly reacts with rage or contempt and belittles anyone who disagrees with or criticizes him.   
 
Many experienced psychiatrists and psychologists have publicly expressed the opinion that Trump suffers from Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
 
Trump also suffers from Antisocial Personality Disorder, also referred to as Sociopathy.  The symptoms, again from the Mayo Clinic website, include –
 
• Persistent lying or deceit to exploit others.
• Being callous, cynical and disrespectful of others.
• Arrogance, a sense of superiority and being extremely opinionated.
• Lack of empathy for others and lack of remorse about harming others.
• Failure to consider the negative consequences of behavior or learn from them.
 
I very strongly believe that his mental disabilities make Donald J Trump a disaster waiting to happen, and truly fear for the future of the United States and the world if he is permitted to remain as President of the United States.  
 
I urge that Vice President Pence, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and Congress work together to remove Trump from office for mental incompetence under Section 4 of the Twenty-fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution before it is too late.
 
Robert D Flach

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