Rep. John Garamendi: If Trump Wasn't President, He Would Be In A Mental Institution

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Wednesday on CNN's "The Situation Room," Democratic Rep. John Garamendi said that if Donald Trump were not the president, he would be involuntarily committed to a mental institution based on his comments this week about Greenland, Israel, and China.

"Anybody walking down the street that claims that they're messianic, that they're the chosen one, and then all the ranting that you just had, and much, much more, no," he said. "That's the subject matter for a 72-hour psychological hold in some mental institution."





REP. JOHN GARAMENDI: If this man was out on the street without the Secret Service around him, some policeman would arrest him and put him on a 72-hour hold. Anybody walking down the street that claims that they're messianic, that they're the chosen one, and then all the ranting that you just had, and much, much more, no, that's the subject matter for a 72-hour psychological hold in some -- one of the mental institutions.

We got a very serious problem here. We got a president that is unhinged, that cannot handle himself. We have got a president that has displayed narcissism from the very first day of his campaign and extreme racism, taking on Mexicans, as he did, at his very first moment of his campaign, and then continuing on.

For him to claim that he didn't have -- that he's the one that brought the families back together, his mind isn't working properly. And that is a very, very scary proposition for the president of the United States, the most powerful single person in the world.

And then, with regard to Putin, here we go again. Putin is his favorite person.

CNN, BRIANNA KEILAR: When he talks like that about Israel and about Democratic voters, does he put the U.S.-Israel relationship at risk by politicizing Israel this way?

GARAMENDI: Absolutely. There's no doubt.

But let me make it very, very clear that the Democratic Party, from the very, very first, starting with Harry Truman, has been a strong, consistent supporter of Israel.

From time to time, Democrats, sometimes, the president, sometimes individual, members of Congress, as well as Democrats who are Jewish, have disagreed with the policies of the Jewish government. And that's perfectly legitimate over time. But the Democrats, taken as a whole, have consistently, year in and year out, issue after issue, stood with Israel. They are our principal ally in an extremely dangerous region.

And for the president to purposely try to divide the support of Israel between Democrats and Republicans, and to suggest that you're -- that Jews would be disloyal that vote for a Democrat, I don't think that's going to sell well with the Jewish population.

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