Friday, July 14, 2017

Psychiatrist's Thoughts On President Trump

Remarks by Dr. Keith Abelow, Psychiatrist, following President Trump's
announcement that the USA would withdraw from the accord.

Former CBS anchor (now with AXS TV) slammed the President with
a series of ad hominem (eg: based on feeling or prejudice, rather than
facts, reason or logic) attacks, that ended with strong suggestions that the
President had some serious psychological issues.

Many others have made the same assertion. This begs the question... What do psychiatrists think?  In the paragraphs below, Dr. Keith Abelow provides his opinions on this subject.


Remarks by Dr. Keith Abelow, 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 and political
commentators John Oliver and Andrew Sullivan and 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, invests in many countries, goes on to phenomenal 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 become vanishingly thin.

And when that very same man attracts to his team the kind of intellect
and gravitas represented (to name just a few) 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, 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).

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. Most political pundits thought his quest was pure folly.

Most journalists assessed his chances as zero. So who was laboring
under quasi-delusional thinking?  Answer: Not Donald J. Trump.

Anecdotally, by the way, I have never had one bad Trump experience.
Not one. I own several of his ties, all of them of the highest

I have stayed in his hotels and never had a single complaint (and I am
a born complainer).

I have eaten in his New York restaurant; flawless service, excellent food.

I own an apartment at Trump Place in Manhattan. Impeccable design,
sturdy construction, fabulous amenities.

A mentally unstable man would be unlikely to deliver superior products
across multiple industries, don't you think?

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 thought.

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 business sensation and television star. That trifecta defines one man: President Donald J. Trump.

Now, think about those who are rabble-rousing about the president's mental status. Take Sen. Al Franken. He's all worried about the president allegedly over estimating the crowd size at his inauguration.  But Franken is allied with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who asserted she is Native American, when there is no evidence of that whatsoever.

And they're calling Trump's sanity into question? Really, you can't make this stuff up.

In God we trust will be on every email I send out from now on because I don't want to lose our right to say it!

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