Donald Trump. Picture: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Donald Trump. Picture: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Finally, a medical health professional has made official what many of us thought unofficially: calling Donald Trump mentally ill is an insult to the mentally ill. Allen Frances, professor emeritus of psychiatry and behavioural science at Duke University Medical College (and author of the excellent book, Saving Normal), told the New York Times that he wrote the criteria for narcissistic personality disorder — and Trump doesn’t meet them.

"He may be a world-class narcissist, but this doesn’t make him mentally ill," Frances said, "because he does not suffer from the distress required to diagnose mental disorder…. Trump causes severe distress rather than experiencing it and has been richly rewarded, rather than punished, for his grandiosity, self-absorption and lack of empathy. It is a stigmatising insult to the mentally ill (who are mostly well-behaved and well-meaning) to be lumped with Trump (who is neither)."

So, there you have it: Trump is not ill, he’s just obnoxious and self-serving, which Insider would be fine with if Trump were a short-order cook who didn’t have access to the nuclear codes….

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With marijuana having been made legal in several states in the US under former president Barack Obama, the enlightened move is paying off. Commissioners in Pueblo County, Colorado, signed off this week on what they’re calling the "world’s first cannabis-funded scholarship". Of $475,000 available for high school pupils who want to attend either the local community college or Colorado State University-Pueblo this year, $425,000 is coming from cannabis excise tax revenue. "A couple of years ago, these are dollars that would have been going to the black market drug cartels," the county commissioner told KKTV news.

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