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NAJEE’S NOTES: Diagnose Trump proposal picks up steam

Rep. Karen Bass and Donald Trump are the reasons why the hashtag #DiagnoseTrump has been trending on social media.

Amidst rumors that many top Republicans are frustrated with Trump due to his feud with a gold star family and because of his erratic behavior, the Democratic congresswoman has decided to question the mogul’s mental health openly.

Bass, D-Los Angeles, has started a petition where she is asking for Trump to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. According to Bass, many of the billionaire’s actions make her believe that he might be suffering from a narcissistic personality disorder and is, therefore, unfit to be president. The petition filed on Change.org reads in part:

“Donald Trump is dangerous for our country. His impulsiveness and lack of control over his own emotions are of concern. It is our patriotic duty to raise the question of his mental stability to be the commander in chief and leader of the free world. Mr. Trump appears to exhibit all the symptoms of the mental disorder Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). Mental health professionals need to come forward and urge the Republican Party to insist that their nominee has an evaluation to determine his mental fitness for the job. It is entirely possible that some individuals with NPD can successfully function in many careers, but not the presidency of the United States. We deserve to have the greatest understanding of Mr. Trump’s mental health status before we head to the polls on Nov. 8. #DiagnoseTrump,”

The petition continued: “So far in his campaign for president, Trump has unabashedly exploited fears for political gain. His trolling tweets alone have helped damage our country’s relationship with foreign allies, threatening our national security. His divisiveness has only served to make us less safe. Six thousand lawsuits and one failed Trump University later, we have seen his ruthless business practices on full display, ripping off thousands of hard-working Americans — without remorse — to put an extra dollar in his pocket.

“The American Psychiatrist Association has declared it unethical for psychiatrists and psychologists to “comment on an individual’s mental state without examining him personally and having the patient’s consent to make such comments. I call on mental health professionals to publicly urge the Republican Party to conduct an evaluation of Trump and officially determine if he is mentally fit to lead the free world.

“Trump appears unable to control his compulsion and displays characteristics of all nine criteria to officially diagnose an individual with narcissistic personality disorder. If you believe Trump has publicly displayed characteristics of the nine criterion below, please sign this petition as a call to action to #DiagnoseTrump.”

Bass also started the hashtag #DiagnoseTrump to promote her efforts and thus far more than 12,000 people have signed the petition. Believe it or not, Trump has not yet responded to Bass. But my response to Bass is a big right on!

A coalition of Los Angeles County civil rights leaders including Project Islamic Hope, the National Action Network, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the L.A. Urban Policy Roundtable are calling on state Attorney General Kamala Harris to conduct a probe into the slaying of William Barrows, a white homeless man killed by sheriff’s deputies in Castaic. Reports are the man was unarmed, posed no physical threat to deputies and was not a troublemaker. A Harris probe would provide the independent legal scrutiny of this officer-involved shooting that civil rights leaders have repeatedly demanded in the past.

Eyewitnesses have told me that the killing of Barrows by sheriff deputies was nothing but a cold-blooded murder. Even Sherriff Department officials stated to the media Aug. 3 that they don’t know why their deputies shot Barrows.

It’s important that L.A. County Sheriff Jim Mc Donnell meet with our coalition of civil rights groups. All lives matter to us.

Attorney General Harris was quoted in the media last week saying Minnesota police wouldn’t have shot and killed Philado Castile if he were white. William Barrows was white, unarmed and killed by sheriff deputies in California. Since she has expressed a concern about a police killing halfway across the country, her office should investigate the Barrows case.

In a media statement, Earl Ofari Hutchinson also chimed in with a statement that in part reads: “Attorney General Harris has said that her office has a compelling interest in curbing the use of deadly force by police officers. This is a crucial opportunity for the attorney general to provide that scrutiny. A Harris probe will send a strong message that state officials will play a key watchdog role in holding local police officers accountable for use of deadly force.”

It seems that the killing of unarmed civilians regardless of race unfortunately continues.

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