Trump Goes Godly
Do you blame God for Donald Trump? “I am the chosen one,” Trump announced on Wednesday. O.K., he was talking about fighting his trade war with China, not ascending into heaven. It was all a joke, sort of. But we’ve been so far down the megalomania road with this president that it would not be a total surprise to discover he had delusions of divinity. Maybe at night, when he’s alone with nobody but Fox News to keep him company, Trump envisions a future in which all Americans will appreciate how much he’s suffered for their salvation. He does seem to think of himself as something super-special.
Experts on mental illness and gun violence often contradict the president. Jeffrey Swanson, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University, told ABC News that the president' s remarks are an attempt to avoid talking about guns and instead take advantage of a belief held by
Aside from the fact that Trump ’ s comment dehumanizes people with mental illness — we are, after all, already among those on the streets, your office Being diagnosed with a mental illness is not a reliable factor in predicting violence . We know this. Interestingly enough though, things like a past
Donald Trump referred to a ‘mental illness problem’ in the United States (AP) IRISH psychologists have challenged Donald Trump’s claim identifying “mental illness” as the sole factor in gun violence.
Was he telling porkies? Melton Mowbray pork pie makers dispute Boris Johnson's claim they are sold in Thailand and Iceland after he urged Donald Trump to make it easier for them to be exported to US after Brexit
Boris Johnson was under pressure over pork pies today after he claimed the UK-made meat products were sold in Thailand and Iceland but experts said that simply is not true. The Prime Minister had used Melton Mowbray pork pies as an example of how the US needed to slash red tape if there is to be a wide-reaching trans-Atlantic post-Brexit trade deal. He said that the products were currently 'unable to enter the US market' because of food restrictions but that they were 'sold in Thailand and in Iceland'.
" Mental illness is something nobody wants to talk about," Trump said, responding to a question about gun control. "These people are mentally ill, and nobody Trump would later double down on those remarks at the New Hampshire rally, saying the U. S . will need to "build new facilities for those in need."
On Tuesday during remarks with the President of Romania, Trump reiterated his belief that mental illness is a significant cause of gun violence , lamenting Facts First: There is no evidence that backs up the President' s claim that 92% of mental institutions have closed. He appears to be conflating a
Contrary to the US President’s recent remarks linking gun violence with mental illness, the association between mental illness and violence is weak, the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) said today.
When asked by a reporter what executive actions he might be prepared to take on guns and gun control, President Trump responded by identifying “mental illness” as effectively the sole factor in gun violence.
Trump: Jewish people who vote for Democrats show "great disloyalty"
"I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat — I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty," Trump said Tuesday, outraging Jewish American organizations
But this is also a mental illness problem. Mulvaney did not say how sellers could determine the mental health of customers or their intentions in buying a gun . “I challenge everyone in the Democratic primary race to join me on common sense things like gun licensing,” Sen.
During an address to the nation, President Donald Trump calls for a bipartisan action to stop mass shootings, including "red flag laws" and stopping the glorification of violence through video games.
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"Democrats want anarchy, they really do, and they don't know who they're playing with, folks."
During a rally in support of Republican senate nominee Matt Rosendale in Montana, U.S., on July 5, 2018.
On Maxine Waters
"I said it the other day, yes, she is a low-IQ individual, Maxine Waters. I said it the other day. High -- I mean, honestly, she's somewhere in the mid-60s, I believe that."
Questioning the intelligence of the politician during the the rally in Montana on July 5, 2018. In an October 2017 interview with CNN, Waters had remarked, "I don't think this President should be representing our country...he creates controversy, he cannot get along with our members of Congress, and I'm going to continue my efforts to impeach him."
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Trump ’ s remarks are part of a common deflection, echoed by many White House officials and Republicans with strong ties to the gun lobby, regarded by critics as a political strategy to frame post-shooting conversations away from gun reform and Experts agree that neither is a major factor .
President Trump ‘ s systematic dismantling of every regulation and piece of legislation that Mr. Obama pushed through during his eight years in the Oval Psychologists conclusively agree. One prominent East Coast mental health expert says that the only diagnosis that adequately explains all of President
On Elizabeth Warren
"We will take that little kit and say, but we have to do it gently. Because we're in the '#MeToo' generation so I have to be very gentle. And we will very gently take that kit and we will slowly toss it, hoping it doesn't hit her and injure her arm even though it only weighs probably two ounces. And we will say, I will give you a million dollars to your favorite charity, paid for by Trump, if you take the test so that it shows you're an Indian."
Mocking the #MeToo movement and talking of tossing an ancestry test to the Massachusetts Senator while answering questions about her claims of Native-American heritage, during the rally in Montana on July 5, 2018.
On Robert De Niro
“Robert De Niro, a very Low IQ individual, has received to(o) many shots to the head by real boxers in movies. I watched him last night and truly believe he may be “punch-drunk. I guess he doesn’t realize the economy is the best it’s ever been with employment being at an all time high, and many companies pouring back into our country. Wake up Punchy!”
‘An April Fool’s Day joke’: Trump’s interest in buying Greenland stuns Danish
‘An April Fool’s Day joke’: Trump’s interest in buying Greenland stuns Danish
In a tweet in response to De Niro’s use of the F-word and disapproval of the Trump administration at the Tony Awards held on June 11, 2018.
On trade practices around the world
"I congratulate the leaders of other countries for so crazily being able to make these trade deals that were so good for their country and so bad for the United States."
At a press conference during the Group of 7 summit in Québec, Canada, in June 2018.
“We have people coming in to the country, or trying to come in. You wouldn't believe how bad these people are, these aren't people, these are animals and we're taking them out of the country.”
During a charged discussion about law enforcement and the border wall on May 16, 2018.
On other countries
“You do have some countries that are in very bad shape and very tough places to live in.”
During Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's visit to the White House on April 30, 2018.
On Haiti and other African nations
“Why are we having all these people from s******e countries come here?”
Trump confirms interest in buying Greenland in 'large real estate deal'
Donald Trump has confirmed he is interested in buying Greenland, saying it would be "essentially a large real estate deal". Asked about reports that he was exploring the purchase of the 850,000 sq mile island from Denmark, the US president said he was "looking at it" as "strategically for the US it would be nice". Mr Trump's interest in the Danish territory emerged this week when he reportedly discussed it in a private meeting with advisers. Danish politicians poured scorn on the idea, with former prime minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen describing it as an "April Fool's Day joke".
In January 2018, Trump exploded during a discussion in the White House over an immigration deal meant to include protection for people from Haiti and some African nations.
On global warming
"In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!"
Trump tweeted this statement on Dec. 28, 2017, after the U.S. East Coast was hit by a cold wave.
On Hillary Clinton
"Crooked Hillary Clinton is the worst (and biggest) loser of all time. She just can’t stop, which is so good for the Republican Party. Hillary, get on with your life and give it another try in three years!"
On Nov. 18, 2017, he took to Twitter to hit out at Hillary Clinton.
On Kim Jong Un
"Why would Kim Jong Un insult me by calling me 'old,' when I would NEVER call him 'short and fat?' Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend - and maybe someday that will happen!"
On Nov. 11, 2017, Trump tweeted a reply to North Korea's insults that described him as a "destroyer."
On meeting Hurricane Harvey victims and survivors
"What a crowd, what a turnout."
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State and federal health officials are investigating dozens of cases of mystery lung illnesses related to vaping in young people across the country. The states include California, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
While addressing the victims and survivors of Hurricane Harvey during his trip to Texas, to survey the damage on Aug. 29, 2017.
On transgender military ban
"After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow...Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming...victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you."
On July 26, 2017, Trump posted a series of tweets on the transgender military ban.
On James Comey
“Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication...and WOW, Comey is a leaker!”
“I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible. Totally illegal? Very 'cowardly!'”
First on June 9, 2017, and then on June 11, Trump took aim at the former FBI Director after his Senate testimony on June 8. Comey revealed he believed he was fired because of the FBI’s Russia investigation. He also said he took extensive memos during his meetings with Trump because he was afraid Trump would lie about the meetings. Comey then asked a friend to give these memos to the press.
On the London Bridge attacks
“Do you notice we are not having a gun debate right now? That's because they used knives and a truck!”
After the attacks (pictured) where suspects mowed people with a van and then stabbed others, Trump tweeted on June 4, 2017, asking why the administration was not discussing gun control.
Trump deal is the least of Greenland's worries
The Arctic territory has serious property problems. Trump's deal is no big deal in comparison.
On being treated ‘unfairly’
“Look at the way I have been treated lately, especially by the media. No politician in history—and I say this with great surety—has been treated worse or more unfairly.”
During a commencement speech at the Coast Guard Academy on May 17, 2017. People were quick to point towards American presidents like Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, who were assassinated in office, or dissenters in dictatorial regimes who were imprisoned or sent to labor camps.
On the presidency being difficult
"I loved my previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier."
During an interview with Reuters on April 27, 2017, about his first 100 days in office.
On 'truth and falsehood'
"But I inherited a mess, I inherited a mess in so many ways. I inherited a mess in the Middle East, and a mess with North Korea, I inherited a mess with jobs, despite the statistics, you know, my statistics are even better, but they are not the real statistics because you have millions of people that can’t get a job, ok. And I inherited a mess on trade. I mean we have many, you can go up and down the ladder. But that’s the story. Hey look, in the mean time, I guess, I can’t be doing so badly, because I’m president, and you’re not. You know. Say hello to everybody OK?"
During an interview with TIME Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer on March 22, 2017, for the magazine's cover story about how Trump has dealt with “truth and falsehoods in his career.”
On repealing Obamacare
“I never said I was going to repeal and replace in the first 64 days.”
Discussing the Affordable Care Act on a call with The Washington Post's Robert Costa, on March 24, 2017.
On Feb. 10, 2017, he tweeted: "We will immediately repeal and replace ObamaCare - and nobody can do that like me. We will save $'s and have much better healthcare!"
On alleged wiretapping by the Obama administration
"Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!"
"Is it legal for a sitting President to be "wire tapping" a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!"
"I'd bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!"
"How low has President Obama gone to tapp [sic] my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!"
In a series of four tweets, sent in the early hours of March 4, 2017, Trump accused Obama of wiretapping him in the run-up to the presidential election.
“You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this?”
Trump’s comments at a rally in Florida on Feb. 18, 2017, raised eyebrows, since there no terrorist attacks in the Scandinavian country; there were such instances in Germany and France, two countries he named soon after.
The president later took to Twitter to clarify his words: “My statement as to what's happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden."
On unfavorable news
"Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election. Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting."
A tweet sent on Feb. 6, 2017, after polls showed a lack of support for his anti-immigration moves.
On Iran's missile test
"Iran is playing with fire - they don't appreciate how 'kind' President Obama was to them. Not me!"
A tweet on Feb. 3, 2017, sent as part of a diplomatic standoff regarding Iran's ballistic missile test. Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted back, "Iran unmoved by threats as we derive security from our people. Will never initiate war, but we can only rely on our own means of defence."
On protests after his inauguration
"Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn't these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly."
Tweeted on Jan. 22, 2017, following a massive turnout for the Women's March on Washington that was held a day after his inauguration.
On 'dishonest media'
"As you know, I have a running war with the media. They are among the most dishonest human beings on Earth. They sort of made it sound like I had a 'feud' with the intelligence community. Nonsense, it is exactly the opposite, and they understand that too."
Addressing the press at the CIA headquarters in McLean, Virginia, U.S., on Jan. 21, 2017.
“I’m not going to give you a question. I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news!”
In a Jan. 11, 2017, press conference, the then president-elect refused to take questions from CNN's Jim Acosta (pictured, R), labeling his channel "fake news."
On inauguration excitement
“There will be plenty of movie and entertainment stars. All the dress shops are sold out in Washington. It’s hard to find a great dress for this inauguration.”
Trump spoke to The New York Times on Jan. 9, 2017, about the excitement his approaching inauguration was generating among the American people.
On Meryl Streep's Golden Globe speech
"Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn't know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a Hillary flunky who lost big. For the 100th time, I never 'mocked' a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him "groveling" when he totally changed a 16 year old story that he had written in order to make me look bad. Just more very dishonest media!"
A tweet sent on Jan. 9, 2017, in response to Streep’s Golden Globe Awards speech. The award-winning actress spoke out against the 2015 mocking of a disabled reporter without naming anyone.
On friends and enemies
“Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don’t know what to do. Love!”
The then president-elect's 2016 New Year's Eve tweet.
On Clinton's possible 'jail' sentence
“If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation. Because there has never been so many lies.”
A reference to the email controversy surrounding Clinton, made during the second presidential debate on Oct. 9, 2016. When Clinton responded it was good Trump wasn't in charge of the law, he retorted, “Because you’d be in jail.”
On Clinton's tax plans during a presidential debate
“Such a nasty woman.”
During he final presidential debate, held on Oct. 19, 2016, Trump interrupted Clinton with this comment while she was speaking about Trump avoiding tax payments.
On 'locker room' talk
“This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago. Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course – not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended.”
An Oct. 7, 2016 statement, in response to a 2005 video released by The Washington Post, in which the U.S. president was seen making objectionable comments about women during a conversation with talk show host Billy Bush.
(Pictured) In this 2005 video capture, Trump prepares for an appearance on the TV show "Days of Our Lives" with actress Arianne Zucker and "Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush.
On rigged elections
“The election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary — but also at many polling places — SAD.”
A tweet sent on Oct. 16, 2016.
“Of course there is large scale voter fraud happening on and before election day. Why do Republican leaders deny what is going on? So naive!”
A tweet on Oct. 17, accusing the Republicans of ignoring the “fraud.”
On Trump Tower during 9/11 attacks
"40 Wall Street actually was the second-tallest building in downtown Manhattan, and it was actually, before the World Trade Center, was the tallest—and then, when they built the World Trade Center, it became known as the second-tallest. And now it’s the tallest.”
Trump’s response to a question about potential damage to 40, Wall Street, his building, which is located a few blocks from the World Trade Towers site that was attacked in September 2001. He was being interviewed by a radio station on the afternoon of the day of the attack.
On rebutting sexual assault claims
“I didn't even apologize to my wife who is sitting right here because I didn't do anything. I didn't know any of these women. I didn't see these women ... It was all lies and it was fiction.”
His response at the Oct. 19, 2016, debate where he said the sexual assault allegation against him brought on by nine women had been started by the Clinton campaign and were false. He called the women fame-seekers. However, in a Fox News interview, Melania Trump revealed that her husband was indeed sorry and they had agreed to move on.
On Hillary Clinton and ISIS
“See, you’re telling the enemy everything you want to do. No wonder you’ve been fighting – no wonder you’ve been fighting ISIS your entire adult life.”
Trump commented that Clinton told ISIS about her plans to fight them by mentioning it on her campaign website during the first presidential debate on Sept. 26, 2016.
On DNC hack
“I don’t think anybody knows it was Russia that broke into the DNC. She’s (Clinton) saying Russia, Russia, Russia, but I don’t — maybe it was ... it could be Russia, but it could also be China … It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds, OK?”
The U.S. government and other Democrats had been accusing Russia of stealing more than 19,000 emails from the Democratic Party’s computers. Trump responded to a question about the hack and cyber security at the Sept. 26, 2016, debate.
On Putin's leadership
"If he says great things about me, I'm gonna say great things about him. I've already said he is really very much of a leader. I mean, the man has very strong control over a country. And that's a very different system and I don't happen to like the system. But certainly in that system he's been a leader, far more than our president has been a leader."
In the campaign season’s first showdown in NBC's "Commander in Chief Forum" on Sept. 7, 2016, Trump was asked how he felt on being complimented by Russian President and former KGB officer Vladimir Putin (pictured).
On his popularity
"I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters."
Commenting on his enthusiastic supporters, Trump said the above in Sioux Center, Iowa, U.S., on Jan. 24, 2016.
On banning Muslims
"Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."
The above statement was released on his campaign site on Dec. 7, 2015. It was later removed.
On Ronda Rousey's defeat
"Glad to see that @RondaRousey lost her championship fight last night. Was soundly beaten - not a nice person!"
Taking on MMA fighter Ronda Rousey (pictured) after her historic defeat to Holly Holm, Trump tweeted the above on Nov. 15, 2015. This might have been something to do with Rousey's suggestion that she'd vote for Democrat hopeful Bernie Sanders.
On shutting down mosques
"Well I would hate to do it but it's something you're going to have to strongly consider...some of the absolute hatred is coming from these areas...the hatred is incredible. It's embedded. The hatred is beyond belief. The hatred is greater than anybody understands."
Reacting to the terrorist attacks in Paris by the Islamic State on Nov. 13, 2015, Trump suggested during an interview that he would consider shutting down mosques in the U.S.
On 'defending' the burqa
"You don't have to put on makeup. Look at how beautiful everyone looks. Wouldn't it be easier?" He waved his hand over his face as though it were a burqa and stated, "I’m ready darling, let’s go."
This was Trump trying to defend a burqa during a campaign event in Atkinson, New Hampshire, U.S., on Oct. 28, 2015.
On refugee crisis
“They could be ISIS. They are all men and they are all strong...If I win, they’re going back.”
On Sept. 30, 2015, during his speech at a campaign rally in Keene, New Hampshire, he said that he would send home all Syrian refugees seeking asylum in the U.S.
On Carly Fiorina's face
"Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president? I mean, she's a woman, and I'm not supposed to say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?"
Trump said to a reporter of the Rolling Stone magazine in September 2015 as fellow Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina appeared on TV during an interview.
On war heroes
"He's not a war hero. He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren't captured, okay? I hate to tell you."
Trump commented this on U.S. Senator John McCain on July 18, 2015, at the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa.
On the infamous 'wall'
"I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me — and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."
In his Presidential Campaign Announcement Speech on June 16, 2016, Trump proposed to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
On beating China
"Our country is in serious trouble. We don't have victories anymore. We used to have victories, but we don't have them. When was the last time anybody saw us beating, let's say China in a trade deal? I beat China all the time. All the time."
He made the emphatic statement during his June 16 speech.
On not topping TIME magazine list
"I told you @TIME Magazine would never pick me as person of the year despite being the big favorite. They picked person who is ruining Germany."
Trump tweeted the above in reaction to German Chancellor Angela Merkel being named as TIME magazine's Person of the Year 2015. Trump finished third on the list.
"Stop the EBOLA patients from entering the U.S. Treat them, at the highest level, over there. THE UNITED STATES HAS ENOUGH PROBLEMS!"
In August 2014, a pair of U.S. health workers, physician Kent Brantly and nurse Nancy Writebol, got infected by the Ebola virus while helping at the affected areas in West Africa. They were brought back to U.S. for the treatment, when Trump reached out to twitteratti against it with the above post.
On vaccination vs. Autism debate
"Healthy young child goes to doctor, gets pumped with massive shot of many vaccines, doesn't feel good and changes - AUTISM. Many such cases!"
He tweeted the above on March 28, 2014. On Sept. 3 he tweeted on the issue again, saying, "I am being proven right about massive vaccinations--the doctors lied. Save our children & their future. No more massive injections. Tiny children are not horses--one vaccine at a time, over time."
On being a genius
"Sorry losers and haters, but my IQ is one of the highest—and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure, it’s not your fault."
On May 8, 2013, Trump tweeted this to his followers.
On climate change
"The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive."
This was his take on global warming, as he tweeted on Nov. 7, 2012. He continued in another tweet, "It’s freezing and snowing in New York—we need global warming!"
On Obama playing basketball
"Why is Obama playing basketball today? That is why our country is in trouble!"
On the day of the 2012 U.S. Presidential elections, Trump flooded Twitter with a trail of posts, including the above.
On Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart's break-up
"Robert Pattinson should not take back Kristen Stewart. She cheated on him like a dog & will do it again--just watch. He can do much better!"
When "Twilight" stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart separated, Trump flooded Twitter with seven back-to-back tweets on Oct. 18, 2017. One of his tweets read the above.
On the 'birther' conspiracy
"An 'extremely credible source' has called my office and told me that @BarackObama's birth certificate is a fraud."
In August 2012, he published a tweet questioning the then-President Barack Obama's birth certificate. For a very long time he was one of the leading proponent of the 'birther movement' that promoted the false notion that Obama was born outside of the U.S.
On Obama's birth certificate
"He may have one but there's something on that, maybe religion, maybe it says he is a Muslim. I don't know. Maybe he doesn't want that. Or he may not have one. I will tell you this: if he wasn't born in this country, it's one of the great scams of all time."
Continuing with his stance on the 'birther' issue, he said the above during an interview on March 30, 2011.
On being rich
"Part of the beauty of me is that I am very rich."
During an interview with ABC’s "Good Morning America" on March 17, 2011, Trump said he may run as an independent in the general election if he fails to win the nomination and that he was prepared to toss in $600 million of his own cash to fund a campaign.
On his sexual dynamic with women
"All the women on 'The Apprentice' flirted with me -- consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected. A sexual dynamic is always present between people, unless you are asexual."
He wrote the above in his 2004-book, "Trump: How to Get Rich."
President Trump went on to suggest that the closure of mental institutions in the 1960s and 1970s was also an issue that needed to be revisited.
“He stated that [the US] ‘needs to start building institutions again that these people went out on to the streets and 'that was a terrible thing',” said the statement.
The PSI said feels it is incumbent on the society, and other bodies representing those with expertise on mental health and illness, to address these points.
It said that taken in isolation, it is not at all predictive of violent behaviour.
“Indeed, those with mental illness are more likely to be victims of violent crime than perpetrators of it. In a context of alleged fake news being disseminated, it is important to iterate some facts. © Catalyst Images U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters as he departs for travel to the AMVETS convention in Kentucky from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S. August 21, 2019. REUTERS/Tasos Katopodis
“The United States has 5pc of the world’s population but 30pc of the world’s mass shootings. Compared to 22 other high-income nations, the gun-related murder rate in the US is 25 times higher.”
It said that mass shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1 per cent of all yearly gun-related homicides in the US.
Furthermore, many countries experience comparable rates of mental health problems and psychiatric diagnoses, without the level of gun violence that currently plagues American society.
In July 2019, after the 245th mass shooting in its country since the beginning of the year, the US Secret Service released a report on mass public attacks, finding that “no single profile” can be used “to predict who will engage in targeted violence” adding that “mental illness, alone, is not a risk factor.” Various research studies, using the scientific paradigm, have tried to determine what factors predict violent behaviour. © Catalyst Images President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before departing on Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Washington. Trump is headed to Kentucky. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
While a mental diagnosis is relevant, often it is factors relating to family and social history, social support profile, early experiences of trauma and/or violence, recent stressors, substance abuse patterns, the precise nature of the symptoms, a past history of violence, and indeed access to means, that inform this risk assessment.
This last factor is particularly important, as data from 171 countries suggests that the global distribution of public mass shooters is somewhat attributable to differences between countries in relation to firearms availability, it said. © Catalyst Images President Donald Trump waves after signing a presidential memorandum that discharges the federal student loan debt of totally and permanently disabled veterans following his speech at the American Veterans (AMVETS) 75th National Convention in Louisville, Ky., Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
PSI President Ian O’Grady states: “Whilst I welcome the US President publicly discussing the important topic of ‘mental illness’, I very much regret that he misrepresented, so badly, the issue of gun violence in US society. In deflecting from the evidence-based causes of American gun violence, President Trump appears to have scapegoated an entire vulnerable section of society, many of whom our Society’s members work with on a day-to-day basis.
“He has stigmatised all of those living with a mental health diagnosis, made dehumanising remarks, and called for a return to redundant and antiquated practices that are anathema to the recovery-led models of care we have today, in the treatment of those with mental disorders.”
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The Arctic territory has serious property problems. Trump's deal is no big deal in comparison.