Adam Schiff questions Trump’s mental stability
Rep. Adam Schiff was a guest on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday morning and when asked about his congressional colleague’s call to remove Trump from office due to “mental instability,” Schiff didn’t exactly disagree with the idea that there may be something wrong with Trump’s head.
POTUS is showing signs of erratic behavior and mental instability that place the country in grave danger. Time to invoke the 25th Amendment.
— Jackie Speier (@RepSpeier) August 16, 2017
“POTUS is showing signs of erratic behavior and mental instability that place the country in grave danger. Time to invoke the 25th Amendment,” Rep. Jackie Spears tweeted on Tuesday. While Schiff didn’t agree that it was time to invoke the 25th Amendment, which deals with the removal of the president from office, he agreed that whether or not Trump is mentally fit for the presidency is “a question people are asking.”
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) August 20, 2017
“I certainly think that there’s an issue with the president’s capability,” Schiff said on Sunday. “There’s some attribute of his character that seemingly makes him incapable of introspection and a broad understanding of what the country really needs. And I think it’s a question people are asking, you know. What is going on with this president? What could explain this kind of behavior?”
“It began at the very beginning,” Schiff said, redundantly. “I remember when he had won the election and within days seemed to suggest that the only reason he didn’t win the popular vote was that millions of people illegally came to the country and voted. And I thought to myself, ‘Oh my god this man is not only gonna not grow with the job but is willing to state things that are just patently untrue.’ I’m convinced if you took somebody off the street of America and said, ‘You’ve just become president, but here’s the deal, you didn’t win the popular vote,’ they’d have the common sense to say, ‘Look, I’m gonna do everything I can to win over everyone. I realize that many people, indeed most people, didn’t vote for me.’ But he didn’t do that. He’s not capable of doing that and I don’t understand why.”
That is a rose-colored view of how this country works, but in all honesty, Schiff shouldn’t have been surprised that Trump was willing to say things that were blatantly untrue because he has been saying things that are blatantly untrue since before he ever ran for president. He was a birther, after all. Trump lying is not shocking. Trump’s ego also shouldn’t be surprising, considering his penchant for slapping his name on everything he possibly can.
“I think more than when I say it, or when Jackie Spears says it, the fact that Bob Corker now says things along the same lines shows a broadening recognition that there is some serious issues with our president that aren’t gonna go away, that aren’t gonna get better,” Schiff said.
Corker, a Republican, stated on Thursday that Trump,”has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful.”
“And indeed, with the pressures of the job, they may very well get worse,” Schiff continues. “And I think for that reason at a minimum we need the very best people around him in the White House, and that means not people like Bannon, not people like Miller, not people like Gorka, but rather some more adults in the room.”
The ranking Dem on the House Intelligence Committee clarified he doesn’t agree the 25th Amendment should be used to remove the president from office at this time, he’s just concerned that Trump doesn’t seem capable of doing his job.
Sounds fine to me.
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