With ever more headlines and editorials declaring that Donald Trump is “insane” and a “lunatic”, the mentally ill have spoken up to object to what they see as a slanderous practice.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) released a statement saying that:
“Those who suffer the debilitating consequences of mental health diseases have enough stigma to deal with in their lives, without being associated with a bigoted racist demagogue.”
Other mental health support advocates were less diplomatic:
“Hey media types! It sure sounds like you are taking the easy path of exploiting a vulnerable minority to advance your agenda. Who does that sound like – maybe a guy whose name rhymes with RUMP!”
Even sufferers made their objections known in the blogosphere:
“So I have a chemical imbalance that makes my thoughts confused. But as confused as Trump? Did you see his Cincinnati speech?”
When asked what opinion writers who need incendiary headlines to grab attention should do now that comparisons with mental health sufferers are off limits, NAMI offered this helpful suggestion:
“You can’t go wrong with Nazis.”
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