Mental Health Professionals call for Trump to be removed from office
“I’ve worked with some of the most dangerous people our society produces, directing mental health programs in prisons. I’ve worked with murderers and rapists. I can recognize dangerousness from a mile away,” said James Gilligan, a psychiatrist and professor at New York University. “You don’t have to be an expert on dangerousness or spend fifty years studying it like I have in order to know how dangerous this man is.”
Dr. John Gartner, who spoke at the event, started an online petition encouraging other mental health professionals to speak up and declare they believe President Trump is mentally ill. The petition has more than 40-thousand signatures.
Did I sign the petition, having spent 35 years as a clinical psychologist? I certainly did. There are psychologists whose practice involves extensive evaluations of candidates for high-level promotions in corporate settings. No large corporation would place people in positions of responsibility without investing in a thorough evaluation of that person's stability, including examination by a professional psychologist. A CEO must be a trustworthy, reliable person of sound judgment, whose behavior is predictable, even under stressful circumstances.
Donald Trump was elected president without any kind of vetting, because the Republican party did not take him seriously and wanted to distance themselves from him. Donald Trump's chaotic behavior and incoherent speech are indicators of what is meant by "loose cannon". He contradicts himself with remarkable frequency and it is impossible to predict what he will do or say next. Because he is unpredictable, he cannot be trusted.
Loose cannon originally referred to the days when sailing ships were equipped with muzzle-loading cannons that were mounted on wheels to absorb recoil. A gun not properly secured could break loose either from the force of recoil or from the rolling of the vessel in a storm, presenting an extreme hazard that was potentially lethal to sailors, as well as destructive to every structure on deck.