Rep. Brendan Boyle says that he will introduce legislation that would require presidential candidates to undergo a mental health examination in response to a tweet from President Trump in which he declared himself a “stable genius.”
The Pennsylvania Democrat plans to introduce the “Stable Genius Act” in the House on Tuesday that would require all presidential candidates to file a Federal Election Commission (FEC) report “certifying that he or she has undergone medical examination by the medical office under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Navy.”
“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 in a statement.
Trump touted his mental stability over the weekend in response to claims made in Michael Wolff’s new book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”
“Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart. Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames. I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star … to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius …. and a very stable genius at that!” Trump tweeted on Saturday.
“The President believes he is a ‘stable genius.’ I do not,” Boyle said in response to Trump’s tweets. “President Trump’s reckless, erratic behavior has exposed a critical flaw in our existing election process.”
Boyle said that he supports legislation to address “ongoing concerns” about Trump’s “concerning behavior.”
“While it is necessary to take the current President’s concerning behavior seriously and I support legislation to address these ongoing concerns, I believe we must also be proactive and do all we can to ensure a situation like this does not arise again.”