Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota made a claim earlier this week that his Republican colleagues have expressed concern to him about President Trump’s mental health.
Franken’s argument reportedly stems from questions about Trump’s truthfulness to the public.
In a segment on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Franken stated that “we all have this suspicion,” and that Trump “lies a lot. He says things that aren’t true. That’s the same as lying, I guess.”
An example Franken highlights as misleading is Trump’s unbacked claims that he would have won the popular vote in the presidential race if it were not for 3 million to 5 million immigrants in the country illegally voting for his then-Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. Franken states that no statistical data has been provided to verify Trump’s accusations.
At a press conference on Thursday, Trump also claimed he had the biggest Electoral College win since President Ronald Reagan. A reporter points out this fallacy by noting Trump’s margin was lower than both President Obama’s and George H.W. Bush’s wins.
“You know, that is not the norm for a president of the United States, or, actually, for a human being,” Franken proclaimed in his broadcast.
Despite Franken’s accusations on Trump’s mental health, a psychologist at the University of Georgia, Joshua Miller, told The Hill it is dangerous to politicize mental illness since it adversely affects others who actually do have mentally challenging problems:
Miller stated, “I think the politicization is troubling. We certainly wouldn’t want individuals to use mental illness as a weapon to harm others.”
H/T: The Hill
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