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What is the Stable Genius Act?

The Trump-Inspired "Stable Genius Act" Isn't Just a Sick Burn – It's Also a Great Idea

Tweetstorms are by no means a new thing for President Donald Trump, but a Jan. 6 tirade on his own personal mental health and stability is inspiring something altogether uncommon from a social media meltdown: congressional action.

The "STABLE GENIUS act" – inspired by the aforementioned tweetstorm, namely, "I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius....and a very stable genius at that!" – was introduced by Pennsylvania Rep. Brendan Boyle on Jan. 9. While the title of the act is indeed one sick burn, it also happens to be an acronym: one that stands for "Standardizing Testing and Accountability Before Large Elections Giving Electors Necessary Information for Unobstructed Selection." To unpack that a bit, the act would require a candidate to undergo full medical exams and for the results of those exams to be released to the public.

In a statement released to the public, Boyle explained the rationale behind the act:

"The President believes he is a 'stable genius.' I do not. President Trump's reckless, erratic behavior has exposed a critical flaw in our existing election process. Before voting for the highest office in the land, Americans have a right to know whether an individual has the physical and mental fitness to serve as President of the United States. While it is necessary to take the current President's concerning behavior seriously and I support legislation to address these ongoing concerns, I believe we must also be proactive and do all we can to ensure a situation like this does not arise again. My legislation provides a much needed safeguard to ensure that future presidential candidates meet the basic standards of a proper, uniform medical examination, and that this information is available to the American public before voting for the Office of the Presidency. While President Trump apparently considers himself a 'stable genius,' the American people deserve a thorough, standardized procedure to allow a medical professional to determine this."

The bottom line? Yes, the title of the act will always make us cackle, but at the same time it's something we desperately need in place as a safeguard for future elections. So have a good laugh now – and then cross your fingers to hope that some form of this act does, in fact, make its way into law. Because let's be honest: the more information a voter has, the more informed their decision-making process ultimately is – and that's what the concept democracy has always been about.

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