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Democrat Introduces 'Stable Genius Act' In House

Democrat Introduces 'Stable Genius Act' In House Promo Image

Democratic Rep. Brendan Boyle of Pennsylvania is introducing a bill that would require all presidential candidates to undergo a formal medical exam and publicly release the results before an election.

In an apparent reference to President Donald Trump's Jan. 6 tweet, the Standardizing Testing and Accountability Before Large Elections Giving Electors Necessary Information for Unobstructed Selection Act -- submitted in the House of Representatives on Jan. 9 --  is also called the Stable Genius Act, CBS News reports.

"The President believes he is a 'stable genius.' I do not," Boyle announced in a statement. "Before voting for the highest office in the land, Americans have a right to know whether an individual has the physical and mental fitness to serve as President of the United States."

The act would mandate presidential candidates file a report to the Federal Election Commission "certifying that he or she has undergone medical examination by the medical office under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Navy."

Boyle's bill comes just three days after the president defended his mental stability in a series of Twitter statements that included the assertion he is a "stable genius,"  The Hill reports.

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"I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star... to President of the United States (on my first try)," Trump wrote. "I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius .... and a very stable genius at that!"

Trump had been responding to doubts of his mental fitness raised in writer Michael Wolff's controversial new book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House."

Both 2016 candidates did release their medical reports before Election Day, NPR reports. On Sept. 14, 2016, Lenox Hill Hospital internist and gastroenterologist Dr. Harold Bornstein released a one-page review of the then-candidate Trump's health.

Bornstein said Trump was in "excellent physical health." The report revealed that Trump was overweight but had normal cholesterol and blood sugar levels. He was said to take the cholesterol drug Crestor and a low dosage of aspirin. Other statistics showed he had no other major health problems.

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The report was less outlandish than a previous one written in December 2015, in which Bornstein said that Trump "would be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency."

The Stable Genius Act, on the other hand, would require Trump to submit a mental health evaluation as well. The Hill reports that given the Republican control of both the House and Senate, it's unlikely the bill will become law.

Sources: CBS News, The Hill, NPR / Featured Images: Office of the Speaker of the House/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Heppscott/Wikimedia Commons, Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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