How is President Trump really doing?
He won the hearts of the blue and white-collar classes with his populist campaign, but pompous promises, cheering crowds, and slandering Hillary Clinton are a part of 2016. Everybody has moved on from the highs and lows of the election's outcome, except for Trump.
He's the President, but he's still acting like a candidate. The raucous rallies, nonsensical tweets, and typical bull have not left the building; they've moved into the White House. Somebody call a doctor.
Democratic Rep. of California, Ted Lieu, has a physician on speed dial. According to the Huffington Post, the congressman has legislation proposing a psychiatrist be available in the White House.
"I'm looking at it from the perspective of, if there are questions about the mental health of the president of the United States, what may be the best way to get the president treatment? We're now in the 21st century. Mental health is just as important as physical health," Lieu states.
Through awareness and education, the stigmatization of mental illness is not as damning. However, ignorance about the issue still lingers. The representative has an uphill battle ahead of him, but it's one worth a fight, especially now.
Trump's unusual behavior is alarming. If he's ill, then people living within the United States will suffer.
"[Trump's] disconnection from the truth is incredibly disturbing. When you add on top of that his stifling of dissent, his attacks on the free press and his attacks on the legitimacy of judiciary, that then takes us down the road to authoritarianism. That's why I've concluded he is a danger to the republic," Lieu asserts.
Lieu's not a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist, but neither is Kellyanne Conway or Sean Spicer. Even if Trump is in perfect mental condition, a reputable physician could only help him. The weight of the presidency is beyond stressful, and its disappointments are beyond depressing.
Instead of sinking into a pit of pity, Trump could sink into a soft chair with top-notch treatment there.