October Surprise! US psychiatrists convince the media to reveal the extent of Trump’s mental instability

There is still time for newspapers, radio, and TV to send the psychiatrists’ message relative to Trump’s severe mental problems all across this country.


Watching Trump’s twisted behavior, his nutty tweets, and reckless policies and actions over the past 4 years or so, one could easily conclude that he shows clear signs of severe mental problems. But since most of us are not psychiatrists, we are not qualified to make such judgments.

While we may not be qualified there are many top-level, highly respected psychiatrists who most certainly are, and they did make their opinions known in a book in 2017 entitled “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump. 

Bandy Lee, Clinical Professor in law and psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine joined with 26 other top-level psychiatrists and mental health experts to present their professional findings relative to Mr. Trump’s very serious mental condition, that they indicated makes him unfit to be president. 

The book was an instant bestseller and made some stunning revelations. You might think that the newspapers and the TV networks would have immediately made it one of their top subjects. But they did no such thing and, for the most part, generally ignored it.

Before the release of this book, psychiatrists across this country were largely silent on this matter. That silence was primarily due to what is referred to as the Goldwater Rule, a general guideline of the American Psychiatric Association that states that psychiatrists should not make judgments relative to the mental condition of individuals who they have not personally examined. 

Thereafter, many leading psychiatrists who saw this president’s mental state as a great danger decided this rule was no longer relevant when the country’s safety and security were at great risk. 

What makes these psychiatrists think that they can make judgments of this president’s mental state without examining him? Well, there are multi-thousands of videos, audios, tweets, and other records of Trump’s irrational behavior that clearly show that he has mental problems. 

Day in and day out he shows definite signs that he has extremely serious problems. Who would be better qualified than highly trained psychiatric professionals to make these critically important judgments? 

Here are some psychiatric terms and definitions that these 27 psychiatrists used when describing Trump’s mental condition: 

Narcissism: “a mental condition in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for excessive attention and admiration, troubled relationships, and a lack of empathy for others.” The psychiatrists called it “malignant” narcissism, the very worst kind. Here is an article that discusses this condition and whether Trump has it. 

Hedonism: “Hedonism is a school of thought that argues that the pursuit of pleasure and intrinsic goods are the primary or most important goals of human life. A hedonist strives to maximize net pleasure (pleasure minus pain).”

Sociopathic behavior: “that of individuals who display antisocial behavior which is mainly characterized by lack of empathy towards others, coupled with displays of abnormal moral conduct and an inability to conform with the norms of society.”

And speaking of abnormal moral conduct, what can be said about this pathetic excuse for a normal human being, Mr.Trump who, after separating small kids from their parents, put them into cages where they were treated like animals? A person would have to be not just mentally unstable to do such a thing, but completely crazy. 

Paranoia: “an instinct or thought process believed to be heavily influenced by anxiety or fear, often to the point of delusion and irrationality.”

Cognitive disorder: “a category of mental health disorders that primarily affect cognitive abilities including learning, memory, perception, and problem-solving.”

I need only one example of Trump’s behavior and actions to believe that he has very severe mental problems. To try to reverse his faltering reelection chances, he will readily put the lives of many thousands of Americans at great risk, in great jeopardy, as he gears up to initiate rallies almost every day. 

Doesn’t he understand that most people attending the rallies will follow his example and not wear masks, that people will be right next to each other? Doesn’t he realize that many will later be infected by the virus, with some dying?

Yes, he most certainly does. But he also knows he has two options: he can cancel the rallies and protect the people and make this his highest priority. Or he can, instead, ignore the safety of the people, hold the rallies, and make that his highest priority. What option do I think he will choose? I think that Trump, the Superspreader-in-Chief, would say, “full speed ahead and get those rallies organized.”

When these experts on mental conditions previously wanted their conclusions to be spread across America to warn the people of how dangerous the situation was, that didn’t happen. It was because the media decided it wanted no part of it.

Why did the media do that? Didn’t its leadership comprehend the magnitude of this issue and act on this critically important matter? Didn’t they understand that they had an absolute obligation, a commitment, to do what is right, to warn the people of America, and yes the world, about this dangerous situation?

I think they did but Corporate America which owns or controls a large part of the media did not agree at all. While we didn’t hear it the word went out to all members of the media to initiate a policy of hands-off and off-limits. And that ended the psychiatrists’ chance to broadcast their message.

Yes, it’s very late but there is still time to reverse this situation. America needs this kind of October Surprise to take place. These psychiatrists need to quickly resurface and make the case to the media that, to stop Trump’s chances of being reelected, everything possible must be done to take Trump down and out. 

The media that they must now do what is right for this country and its people. There is still time for newspapers, radio, and TV to send the psychiatrists’ message relative to Trump’s severe mental problems all across this country. So far the media has, in effect, covered up this president’s mental instability, and it is now time for that cover-up to end.

Sure the chances of this happening are not good and it might take a minor miracle for it to happen. But sometimes miracles do happen when leaders suddenly see the light and know that they must correct their mistakes.

When thinking about an “October Surprise” we need to consider this. What often seems improbable, virtually impossible, can suddenly take place.


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Michael Payne is an independent progressive activist. His writings deal with social, economic, political and foreign policy issues; and especially with the great dangers involved with the proliferation of perpetual war, the associated defense industry, and the massive control that Corporate America holds over this government and our election process; all which are leading this nation down the road to eventual financial ruin if the conditions are not reversed. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois and a U.S. Army veteran.