Is the #DiagnoseTrump hashtag unfair to people with disabilities and mental illness? | The Tylt
Donald Trump's recent behavior has been so erratic that a California congresswoman launched a petition demanding he receive a mental health examination. People are openly speculating on Twitter about whether Trump is a sociopath, has personality disorders, or suffers from mental illness. But many find the #DiagnoseTrump hashtag offensive, and say it stigmatizes mentally ill people. Critics point out that just like rhetoric pointed at Clinton, sometimes political opponents go too far. Trump is certainly bombastic and perhaps erratic, but calling him mentally ill might be over the top.
Is the #DiagnoseTrump hashtag ableist and unfair? Or are people overreacting?
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Is the #DiagnoseTrump hashtag unfair to people with disabilities and mental illness?
Some are clearly going for the humor, and would argue they're ridiculing Trump, not people with mental health struggles.
Others argue quite seriously that Trump is dangerously unstable. California Congresswoman Karen Bass launched a petition drive calling for a mental health examination of Donald Trump. "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," she wrote in the petition on Change.org. Trump's "grasp on reality appears to be tenuous at best," Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson wrote this week.
People are "diagnosing" Trump in response to his callous treatment of military families, his racist remarks and behavior, even his creepy comments about his daughter's attractiveness. Critics say that the hashtag stereotypes all people who struggle with mental health challenges as callous, racist, or lecherous.
And of course some people are just using the hashtag to ridicule him.
Calling Trump mentally ill because of his bigoted and insensitive remarks excuses his behavior—you don't have to have mental illness to be callous or racist.
People who struggle with mental health problems don't want to be lumped in with Donald Trump.
Many people consider the hashtag not just a joke or an insult, but a genuinely urgent demand for an increasingly out-of-control candidate.