A Competency Test For Trump Could Be A Bad Idea

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Doctors, lawyers and soldiers have to prove that they’re mentally competent to do their jobs. Should the president?

That’s what Rep. Brendan Boyle, a Pennsylvania Democrat, proposed on Tuesday, when he introduced a bill that would require the president-elect to pass a physical and mental medical examination before swearing in. Although written to broadly encompass anyone elected to the nation’s highest office, the bill is clearly aimed at President Trump. It’s even named after one of the president’s recent tweets: the Standardizing Testing and Accountability Before Large Elections Giving Electors Necessary Information for Unobstructed Selection Act. (That’s STABLE GENIUS in acronymese.)

Trump’s mental health has been the talk of Washington for more than a year — mental health professionals have