After the first 13 days of Donald Trump, many Americans are wondering what in the world is wrong with new president – including the highest ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.
After hammering Trump for naming white supremacist Steve Bannon to the National Security Council while dismissing actual national security figures, Pelosi brought up GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s idea to require presidents to pass a mental exam.
She said she “can’t wait” until the Republican congressman introduces the legislation.
What’s making America less safe is to have a white supremacist named to the National Security Council as a permanent member while the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and the Director of National Intelligence are told, “Don’t call us, we’ll call you. You’re no longer permanent members.” … It’s a stunning thing that a white supremacist, Bannon, would be a permanent member of the National Security Council … You probably are aware of this, but I found it intriguing that House Oversight Committee Chairman [Jason] Chaffetz told the Washington Post that he was weighing legislation that, in essence, says that if you’re going to have your hands on the nuclear codes, we should probably know what mental state you’re in. I can’t wait until he introduces that legislation to be able to join as a cosponsor of that … I think it’s a very good idea.
After less than two weeks of his presidency, Trump has proven what so many of people, including his former Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, said about him during the campaign – that he’s reckless, temperamentally unfit, and simply isn’t competent enough to hold this office.
After throwing tantrums about crowd sizes, causing chaos at America’s airports, threatening war with two countries, and making a deadly and ill-formed foreign policy decision, Pelosi’s concern about the mental state of the new president is shared by millions of people across the country.
The country is just 13 days into the new administration, and a psychological exam of the new president is already long overdue.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.