Alyssa Milano on Sunday urged President Donald Trump to stop using terms like “crazy” or “lost his mind” because it hits too close to home for her.
Milano, an actress turned activist, tweeted at Trump to end his use of such language on Twitter, saying it adds “to the stigma of mental illness” and so harms the “44 million of us who suffer.”
Hey, @realDonaldTrump, maybe your New Year’s resolution should be to stop adding to the stigma of mental illness and not use terms in your tweets like, “crazy” or “lost his mind”.
The 44 million of us who suffer sure would appreciate it. ?
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 30, 2019
Hours earlier, Trump had referred to the speaker of the House as “Crazy Nancy Pelosi” in a tweet.
Milano has made her mental health struggles part of both her feminist advocacy and her #resistance to Trump.
In May 2018, she appeared on ABC’s “The View,” to announce, “I have a mental illness.”
She had first made the confession a day earlier in Time magazine op-ed, explaining that she has Generalized Anxiety Disorder, which was “most likely triggered by my postpartum depression.” She said her first panic attack was brought on by her inability to “give birth vaginally or nourish [her newborn son] with the breast milk that had not come in yet.”
By speaking out, Milano said she was fighting against the “stigma around mental illness” and for the health insurance of mentally ill Americans which she warned the Trump administration was threatening.
“The View” hosts and the studio audience applauded.
Alyssa Milano gets no love for her mental illness
However, on Twitter this week, conservatives were less than supportive of Milano’s condition.
We can tell your mentally derailed by your very own tweets…we didn’t exactly “need” Trump for that. ??
— Mindy Robinson ?? (@iheartmindy) December 30, 2019
A number of commenters were quick to diagnose Milano with “Trump Derangement Syndrome” — and not for the first time.
Suffer from What??? #TDS???? So it's Real?????? Get a Therapy Animal!
— Kris Barber Sr. (@KrisBrbr93) December 30, 2019
Others accused her of simply playing the victim.
She needs to be a victim, it completes her.
— Rottiezucco (@rottiezucco1) December 30, 2019
The Conservative Latina Twitter called out Milano for hypocrisy, surfacing a 2017 tweet in which the actress called Trump “a crazy person.”
Practice what you preach ? pic.twitter.com/phbwOeHBZC
— The Conservative Latina (@TheConservati19) December 30, 2019
Milano has said that she copes with her anxiety using meditation, yoga and by keeping two guns at home.
According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, nearly 44 million Americans experience mental illness in a given year.