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This letter is a follow-up to a previous one entitled, “The case against Trump, in his own words,” published Dec. 6. Like its predecessor, this letter is based upon the book “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump,” a compilation of 37 essays by psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health counselors.
The following are excerpts from one of those essays written by James R. Merikangas, M.D:
“I am a neuropsychiatrist with 48 years of experience treating patients with neurological and psychiatric problems. I have observed many signs of emotional and intellectual disturbances in Donald Trump and have urged that he undergo a fitness evaluation. I have also been present at a nuclear test explosion and seen the ravages of war firsthand. I attended the U.S. Navy Guided Missile School and served as a nuclear weapon loading officer aboard an aircraft carrier in the Pacific. I feel compelled to inform readers that someone like Donald Trump should never have his finger on the button — because the world is already close enough to the brink of annhiliation.
“...The Deparment of Defense has established reasonable procedures and precautions to ensure that personnel who may cause the arming or release of a nuclear weapon are mentally evaluated and monitored on a continuing basis. (But) the president, who has the ultimate responsibility for the use of the most devastating weapons in the history of the world, and who has the sole capability to murder millions of people in an instant, has received only a simple 10-minute cognitive screen. This despite the overwhelming evidence for the need to evaluate his neuropsychiatric condition as a 72-year-old man who has demonstrated a clear deterioration in his mental state.”
“...There are safeguards, a chain of command that is required to act, which is not the same thing as a simple push of a button. But can we depend on our own officers to ignore a psychotic order to end life on earth? Those who pretend that we are in the realm of politics when we are really in the realm of psychopathology make the situation even more dangerous, because they will not be prepared while the future of the human race is at stake.”