Witch doctors are not necessarily more skilled than psychiatrists and psychologists, but they’re sometimes harder on the pocketbook. A group of “mental-health professionals” have offered to resolve the Donald Trump “problem” for free. In the learned and precise professional language of their trade, they think he’s “nuts.”
Dr. John Gartner of Baltimore is the leader of a small group of psychiatrists and psychologists who have set out to prove that the president is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”
Dr. Gartner, working from a small office rented at the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital in Charm City, is the leader of a Trump-is-nuts coalition of mental-health professionals they call Duty to Warn. (They’re only doing it for our own good.) They have circulated a petition to encourage whoever reads internet petitions to help remove Mr. Trump as president under the 25th Amendment, which lays out how to remove a president who is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” So far they’ve collected 62,000 signatures, which would be a lot if we were talking about removing a mayor or a state auditor or state land commissioner, but for a president, not so many.
Dr. Gartner and his like-minded are plotting conferences across the country late this week, to draw established psychologists and psychiatrists to the sessions, much like the teach-ins that stirred up sentiment against the war in Vietnam a generation ago. They’re writing a book, to be published next month, with the title “The Strange Case of Donald Trump.”