Stabenow: ‘Serious issues’ on Trump’s sanity raised

Michael Gerstein
The Detroit News

Lansing — U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow says “very serious issues have been raised” regarding President Donald Trump’s mental fitness after the release of an incendiary new account of Trump’s first year in office.

At an agriculture business conference in Lansing on Monday, Stabenow said the renewed debate over Trump’s mental fitness is not a partisan issue.

“Well, I think very, very serious issues have been raised,” said Stabenow, a Democrat from Lansing. “And I think this is not about party, it’s about the country. And I think people need to be very thoughtful and very serious about what is being said.”

Journalist Michael Wolff’s account of Trump’s first days in office in a new book — “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” — have dominated national headlines since two outlets last week released portions of the book.

Trump is portrayed as being functionally illiterate, emotionally unstable, and unprepared and unfit to hold office — something the president’s detractors have long argued.

Trump defended himself in a series of Saturday tweets in which he called himself a “very stable genius.”

“Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart," Trump tweeted. “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),” the President continued. “I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius ... and a very stable genius at that!”

Under the 25th amendment, the president can removed from office for being unable to discharge the duties of office by two-thirds votes of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House.

A month ago, the House voted 364-58 to table an impeachment resolution by U.S. Rep. Al Green, D-Texas. All the votes for the impeachment resolution came from Democrats, while four Democrats voted “present.”