Each week, Usa Today’s OnPolitics blog takes a look at how media from the left and the right reacted to a political news story, giving liberals and conservatives a peek into the other’s media bubble.
This week, pundits from the left and right debated President Trump’s mental health in the wake of Michael Wolff’s book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House and the author’s claim that “100%” of people around Trump question his fitness for office. In addition, a Yale University psychiatry professor told a group of lawmakers that Trump “was going to unravel.”
The left: Trump’s mental health can no longer be ignored
Should the 25th Amendment be invoked to remove Trump because he is unfit for office? Salon’s Chauncey DeVega asked.
“Political disagreements aside, the public evidence in support of such an action is overwhelming,” DeVega said, answering his own question. “Trump’s speech and other behavior indicate a man who is detached from reality and living in a universe of his own delusions.”
DeVega calls Trump “a serial liar who has convinced himself that his untruths can bend empirical reality to his will.” But DeVega’s main reasons in support of removing the president from office are centered more on Trump’s policies and statements — which DeVega calls undemocratic and fascistic — than actual evidence of mental incapacity.