Pennsylvania Democratic congressman Brendan Boyle, who reps NJ-neighboring Northeast Philly is introducing the “Stable Genius Act,” which would require presidential candidates to undergo a mental health examination. If approved, it would remove a candidate’s right to tell the voting public only what he or she wishes to tell about their health; nominees would have to have an examination under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Navy, filed with the FEC and made available to the public before the general election. But don’t count your chickens on passage; this is a shot at Trump and a Republican-majority Congress will protect him even as he drools on himself and pees the presidential trousers.
The bill’s an acronym based on Trump’s claim of his own intellectual prowess: Standardizing Testing and Accountability Before Large Elections Giving Electors Necessary Information for Unobstructed Selection.
Do you want your House rep to co-sponsor and vote for this?
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As you know, this weekend President Trump tweeted that he is (quoting exactly now): “like, really smart” and claiming “mental stability” as one of his greatest assets. There were already many serious concerns regarding his judgement, as he turns nuclear war with North Korea into a dick-measuring contest with Kim Jung-un, and shows alarming memory lapses like forgetting his wife, or losing old friends, can’t sing the national anthem. If Trump is devolving intellectually, the pressure will only ramp up now, especially given revelations from Michael Wolff’s insidery “Fire and Fury” with reports ‘fear for the country’ is the daily preoccupation of Trump’s closest advisors, who worry over his fitness for office and his behavior “like a child.”
About his legislation, Boyle says Americans have the right to know if their president has what it takes to withstand the challenges of the Oval:
“Before voting for the highest office in the land, Americans have a right to know whether an individual has the physical and mental fitness to serve as President.”
Yup, yup. At the very least. And so it goes. This bill won’t go anywhere, for obvious raisins. But do you want your House rep to co-sponsor it anyway – because it’s the right thing to do going forward, or just because a president quickly going bananas is scary a f? If so, you know what to do.
Hat-tip John McCarthy on the bill image above.