BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Change.org petition declaring that President Donald Trump is mentally ill and “must be removed from office” now has more than 60,000 signatures, but it all started with one — that of a Baltimore-area psychologist.
Towson-based John Gartner, who specializes in borderline personality disorder and depression treatment, tells The Baltimore Sun he believes the president is a “malignant narcissist,” which can manifest with paranoia, anti-social behavior and sadism.
Gartner’s online movement — Duty To Warn — has been controversial to say the least, and is now moving into the physical world with two events this weekend. The “Duty to Warn Symposium and March” will be held in New York City and a Duty To Warn town hall is planned for D.C.
Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin, who introduced a bill in May proposing to establish an “independent commission on presidential capacity,” will receive an award at the New York City event.
“The 25th Amendment was adopted 50 years ago, but Congress has never set up the body it calls for to determine presidential fitness in the event of physical or psychological incapacity,” Raskin said in a statement around the time he introduced the legislation.
The 25th Amendment outlines procedures for what to do if the President dies, resigns or is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office” for another reason.
Gartner, who is also a Princeton graduate and former assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins medical school, told The Sun last month that “there’s evidence here of someone, really, who’s actually disconnected from reality.”
“We have someone in charge of the nuclear codes who is not in touch with reality,” he went on to say. “I can’t imagine anything more dangerous,” he said.