Dem Lawmaker to Introduce ‘Stable Genius Act’ Requiring Presidential Candidates Take Mental Exam

Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.) will, according to his office, introduce legislation requiring presidential candidates to certify they underwent a medical examination, an apparent effort to ensure they can withstand the pressures of working in the White House.

“Before voting for the highest office in the land, Americans have a right to know whether an individual has the physical and mental fitness to serve as president,” Boyle said, according to The Hill.

The bill’s title, the “Stable Genius Act,” appeared to reference President Donald Trump’s recent description of himself amid author Michael Wolff’s claims that administration staff worried about his psychological stability.

“Throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart,” Trump tweeted, before calling himself a “stable genius” Saturday:

But Boyle cast doubt on Trump’s assertion, indicating that “Trump’s reckless, erratic behavior has exposed a critical flaw in our existing election process.”

“The president believes he is a ‘stable genius.’ I do not,” Boyle said.

Under the legislation, the Federal Election Commission would receive reports from candidates certifying that they underwent a “medical examination by the medical office under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Navy.”

It’s unlikely the bill would pass with Trump in office and Republicans dominating both chambers of Congress. But Trump’s mental fitness appeared to be a concern for other Democratic lawmakers, including Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), who called for a congressional body, authorized by the 25th Amendment, capable of declaring Trump unfit for office.

Raskin said he met with a Yale psychiatry professor who said Trump seemed like he would “unravel.”

“She and other mental health professionals we’ve spoken to have said that there are other people who they’ve treated with the same kinds of symptoms, and there’s basically no real medical cure for the condition that he’s demonstrating,” Raskin told CNN. “Their object in treating people with these symptoms is to contain them and to keep them away from weaponry.”

Raskin’s comments came on the same day that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders used “disgraceful and laughable” to describe questions about Trump’s mental health.

“If he was unfit, he probably wouldn’t be sitting there,” Sanders said.

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