A former GOP lawmaker has urged the Democratic incumbents of his state to support a commission that would psychiatrically evaluate President Donald Trump's mental health. The retired senator asserted that Trump's rhetorical response to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un's aggressive nuclear weapons program was "crazy."
On Aug. 9, former GOP Sen. Gordon Humphrey of New Hampshire penned a letter to Democratic Rep. Ann McLane Kuster of New Hampshire, calling on her and other members of her congressional delegation to help pass a bill that would create a so-called Oversight Commission on Presidential Capacity, The Hill reports.
"President Trump threat to rain down 'fire and fury' on North Korea is like pouring gasoline on a fire," Humphrey wrote. "It's crazy. Donald Trump is impaired by a seriously sick psyche. His sick mind and reckless conduct could consume the lives of millions. The threat of nuclear war is steeply on the rise."
On Aug. 8, Trump offered a strongly worded warning to the Kim regime during a press conference.
"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States," Trump said, according to The New York Times. "They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen."
The president reportedly improvised the wording of his statement.
"The tone and strength of the message were discussed beforehand," White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters. Sanders added that the words Trump used to warn North Korea "were his own."
On Aug. 9, the Kim regime responded to Trump's statement with a rally of tens of thousands in the capital city of Pyongyang. North Korean Gen. Kim Ray Gyom released a statement asserting that there would be no diplomacy between his country and the U.S. following Trump's statement, MarketWatch reports.
"Sound dialogue is not possible with such a guy bereft of reason and only absolute force can work on him," Gen. Kim said.
In Humphrey's view, Trump's temperament could lead the U.S. down a path of nuclear war with North Korea. The retired senator called on McLane and her colleagues to help establish the Oversight Commission "to determine whether the president is mentally fit."
"Donald Trump should be relieved of the powers of the presidency at the earliest date. ... He is dangerous," Humphrey continued. "As a citizen, a former U.S. Senator and twelve-year member of the Armed Services Committee, I urge you to act ... This is an emergency."
Humphrey made similar entreaties to other New Hampshire lawmakers, including Democratic Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, as well as Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter.
Shea-Porter spokesperson Marjorie Connolly stated that the congresswoman agreed with Humphrey that Trump was unfit to be president but also believed "creating a commission to pass judgment on the president's mental health sets a potentially anti-democratic precedent."
Meanwhile, GOP Rep. Al Baldasaro of New Hampshire blasted Humphrey for his letter and accused him of senility.
"Gordon Humphrey should be in a nursing home," Baldasaro said. "I think he has dementia. ... Humphrey needs to crawl back into his hole."
Baldasaro said he approved of Trump's language toward the Kim regime, adding: "I bet North Korea will back down because this is a sign of strength."