Rep. Mast on ‘Post-Election Stress Disorder’: There’s a Difference Between Anger And Battlefield Trauma

• February 22, 2017 9:37 am


Rep. Brian Mast (R., Fla.), an Army veteran who lost both his legs serving in Afghanistan, joined Fox News on Tuesday morning to discuss the newly coined term "Post-Election Stress Disorder."

The freshman member of Congress was sympathetic to the stress people are experiencing following the election, but said deeming it a disorder goes too far.

"There was a big missed opportunity in naming it ‘Post-Election Stress Disorder.' I would have preferred they name it ‘Post-Inauguration Stress Disorder.' That way they could have called it ‘PISD,'" said Mast, seemingly joking before becoming serious.

"There is a big difference between being pissed off about things and what happens on the battlefield. I have empathy for maybe the stress that is in people's lives as a result of this election, but that doesn't mean there is any real comparison to service members that have been targeted by snipers, that have been blown up, that have had to take the lives of their enemies, that have had their uniforms stained by the blood of their friends, or have had to bury friends year after year after year, have been on deployments year after year," Mast said on "Fox & Friends."

"There's not a comparison between the two."