CNN’s Smerconish Knocks ‘Unfair and Unseemly’ Speculation About Trump’s Mental Health


On CNN this morning, Michael Smerconish slammed the armchair diagnoses of President Trump‘s mental state.

He reviewed the history of why the “Goldwater rule” came into being and said it was “largely respected” for decades until Trump.

Today the President himself took to Twitter to refute new questions about his mental fitness––one of the subjects of Michael Wolff‘s new book––and declare that he is a “very stable genius.”

Smerconish cautioned against speculation here:

“I don’t think we should encourage this sort of speculation. First, it’s inexact and it’s subjective. Second, it’s unfair and unseemly. Just as I said it was when some speculated about what ailed Hillary Clinton when she took a stumble.”

He argued it sets a dangerous precedent and would be unfair to start applying this to more and more public figures.

Smerconish then went on to ask, “What if a certain amount of instability is not a deficit in a leader, but an asset?”

He then spoke to Nassir Ghaemi, author of the book A First-Rate Madness, about this very issue.

Watch above, via CNN.

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