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Concerns About Trump’s Erratic Behavior

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To the Editor:

Re “President Lashes Out at His Aides With Calls to Indict Political Rivals” (front page, Oct. 9):

The president’s decidedly irrational behavior in recent days in the midst of his coronavirus ordeal is a cause for alarm and deserves a strong response, even in the form of an intervention, for the safety and protection of the country.

A lack of transparency by the president’s medical team since he became sick with Covid-19 has clouded the picture of his recovery, reducing the nation’s medical community, which is deprived of vital facts, to only speculate on key aspects of his condition.

If the president’s medication regimen, notably steroids, is affecting his mental state, there is a heightened cause for concern, because even a pre-Covid Donald Trump increasingly demonstrated erratic behavior.

Clearly, Mr. Trump is not OK, and it’s time for members of Congress and high-level executive branch people to step forward and urgently weigh in on rescuing the country from this unhinged president. On Friday Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled her ideas for Congress to constitutionally deal with the president’s very concerning performance.

Roger Hirschberg
Bondville, Vt.

To the Editor:

If the cabinet ever needed concrete evidence that President Trump has completely lost touch with reality and that the 25th Amendment needs to be invoked immediately, Mr. Trump provided it on Thursday when he said, “I’m back because I’m a perfect physical specimen and I’m extremely young.”

He later released a video in which he stated: “I’m a senior. I know you don’t know that. Nobody knows that.”

I know that the cabinet will not exercise its clear responsibility in this matter. This man is not mentally stable, in my humble nonprofessional opinion, and these comments are far beyond amusing or mildly disturbing.

Bill Gottdenker
Mountainside, N.J.

To the Editor:

The president’s erratic and manic behavior could reflect a side effect from the dexamethasone he’s taking.

The F.D.A. patient package information for oral dexamethasone tablets states: “Psychic derangements may appear when corticosteroids are used, ranging from euphoria, insomnia, mood swings, personality changes, and severe depression, to frank psychotic manifestations. Also, existing emotional instability or psychotic tendencies may be aggravated by corticosteroids.”

It’s clearly time to invoke the 25th Amendment for both Mr. Trump’s protection and that of the American people.

Daniel Fink
Beverly Hills, Calif.
The writer is an internist.

To the Editor:

Who stole my “America the Beautiful”?

I’m 7,000 miles from home because of Covid-19. We were locked down in April in New Zealand and are still here.

I read The New York Times each day to try to keep up with America. Week by week, it has been getting worse. But today, the combination of headlines about President Trump’s deranged rantings and about the far-right extremists who were allegedly going to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan made my heart cry out.

Where has the America I love, and that the world used to respect, gone? How did we allow this to happen? And what can we do to stop it?

Vote Donald Trump out, for certain. Until then, stay safe, America. My heart is there, and I’m watching, and praying, from afar.

Diane Covington-Carter
Pakawau, New Zealand

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