See how the Trump administration treats mental illness

With the Trump administration’s opioid crisis raging in the US, when tens of thousands of people flood into mental health treatment centres, there’s an outcry from Republicans that “We have to stop being overly…

See how the Trump administration treats mental illness

With the Trump administration’s opioid crisis raging in the US, when tens of thousands of people flood into mental health treatment centres, there’s an outcry from Republicans that “We have to stop being overly compassionate” to deal with mental illness – no, really.

In something to that effect, the US Army secretary, Mark Esper, recently came out and told National Guard members that “If you feel the need to refuse medical or dental services, there will be consequences.”

He continued by calling it the “voluntary separation” strategy.

In other words, he said those who defied the orders of service chiefs would have to risk the possibility of looking like terrorists in the eyes of a presidential and commander-in-chief who almost fears smallpox more than he does vaccinating children.

Then, he warned that seeking medical care was a “recommendation from your commanding officer”.

Enter President Trump’s children.

In April, in a speech to the Family Research Council, Ivanka Trump – the president’s senior adviser and a proud mother of three – excoriated the idea of requiring “universal vaccinations”.

“The idea that every child should be vaccinated and is required to be vaccinated, as it pertains to vaccines, has become a political football,” she said.

It’s unclear whether Ivanka ever thought about the consequences for people forced to vaccinate.

Some Democrats have the same concerns.

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