'Trump is a Dangerous Leader', APsaA Calls for Removal

January 8, 2021 – New York, NY – The American Psychoanalytic Association, a leading mental health organization, is calling for the immediate removal of President Donald Trump from office, either by resignation, impeachment or invoking the 25th Amendment to the Constitution.

In a letter to its 3,000 members, APsaA president William Glover, Ph.D. and president-elect Kerry Sulkowicz, M.D, stated:

“The past few days in Washington have been among the most disturbing in our lifetimes, and arguably in American political history. What we witnessed on January 6th – with horror and sadness – was an attack on the most precious institutions that symbolize our form of government and constituted an assault on democracy itself.

This is beyond politics. After refusing to concede that he had lost the election, President Trump sparked an insurrection, inciting a mob to storm the US Capitol. We have long believed that Trump is a dangerous leader, as evidenced by his encouraging right-wing extremists in Charlottesville, Portland, and Kenosha, and his behavior this week makes this apparent to all. The combination of his publicly evident psychopathology and the power of the office he holds constitutes a clear and present danger to the health and well-being of the nation and its people. We support his immediate removal from office, by resignation, impeachment or invoking the 25th Amendment to the Constitution.”

Read the full text.

About the American Psychoanalytic Association:

APsaA is the oldest and largest professional organization for psychoanalysts in North America, representing 3,000 members, 33 approved training institutes, and 39 affiliate societies throughout the United States. APsaA members include psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, psychotherapists, and educators. For more than 100 years, the association has issued position statements on vital social issues. Visit apsa.org/position-statements.

Media Contact:
Wylie Tene
American Psychoanalytic Association
Director of Public Affairs