Republican candidate Larry Smith is running against Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Texas) in November, but in addition to his campaigning, Smith is also diagnosing the President of the United States.
Smith, who is not a psychiatrist, recently claimed that President Obama suffers from Munchausen syndrome by proxy, which is when caretakers, guardians or parents abuse children in order to gain public attention.
Smith claims his proof of Obama's medical condition is the flood of undocumented immigrant children across the U.S-Mexican border, notes Mother Jones.
"Today, we hear of reports that children are being abused, being used by drug cartels, and even dying," Smith said wrote on his website on July 3. "If a high school administrator prompted such mass abuse, that person would quickly be without a job and perhaps even found behind bars."
"The mental stability of the school administrator would be in question. Is a President of the United States who does such horrific acts deserving of less scrutiny and accountability?" stated Smith.
Smith said that he "finds significant indications that President Obama has purposefully placed children into harm's way for his own benefit People who intentionally hurt children for attention can be accused of Munchausen syndrome by proxy."
Smith also cites as proof President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) memo in 2012, which encouraged U.S. government agencies to practice prosecutorial discretion towards people who immigrated to the United States as children and are currently undocumented.
The memo was written in regards to the many children who were brought over the border by their parents and had no choice but to enter into the U.S. There is nothing in the DACA memo that advocates illegal immigration or the abuse of children.
Smith, a former Iraqi War vet, also made disparaging statements about Muslims and Islam on his Facebook page on July 6. He recalled how some Iraqis resisted the armed occupation of their country by U.S. soldiers with weapons and violent acts.
"If the majority of Muslims are peace-loving then as a well traveled man I should have met one by now," Smith wrote.
"I do not believe in Christianity because I read a 2,000 year-old book," added Smith. "I believe in it because I have witnessed it first hand. And because I have witnessed Islam, I believe in it for what it really is: The death of humanity."
Sources: Facebook, Mother Jones, VoteLarrySmith.com