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The 'Stable Genius Act' Would Test POTUS Candidates' Mental Health

One congressman's attempt at making sure every presidential hopeful is, like, really smart.
Drew Schwartz
Brooklyn, US
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Trump won't need to undergo a psychiatric evaluation during his Friday physical, but one congressman is hoping that his successors will under new legislation he's proposing called the "Stable Genius Act."

According to the Hill, Rep. Brendan Boyle, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, announced he's proposing the aptly titled act to the House, which would force presidential candidates to take a mental evaluation along with a physical after filing with the FEC. In a press release, Boyle argued that there should be some kind of mental screening for the most powerful politician on Earth, saying Americans have a "right to know" whether or not their future president has the "physical and mental fitness to serve."


"The president believes he is a 'stable genius.' I do not," Boyle said. "President Trump's reckless, erratic behavior has exposed a critical flaw in our existing election process."

Boyle may share some of the same concerns as experts who worry Trump is "going to unravel," but he also seems inspired by the president's Saturday morning tweet storm. Trump took to the platform to clear up any confusion brought on by Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury regarding his advisors' claims that he was "dumb as shit" and "a hopeless idiot."

To be fair, the past five presidents didn't have to undergo neurological tests during their physicals, and there's no reason to think Trump is going to play things any differently—even if that bizarre National Anthem flub on Monday was a little worrying as far as his memory is concerned. Still, he's the one who said he wanted to compare IQ scores with people not too long ago.

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