- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Actor Billy Baldwin raised eyebrows Wednesday after he blamed the recent spike in suicides among young people on President Trump.

“#TrumpEffect,” Mr. Baldwin, the second-youngest of the four Baldwin brothers, tweeted. “You think I’m kidding? Kids today are living in a constant state of chaos because of this jackass.”

The “Northern Rescue” star was responding to a CNN article citing a new report that said the suicide rate among 15- to 24-year-olds climbed in 2017 to its highest point since 2000, with the highest spike among 15- to 19-year-olds and young men.

The research, which was published Tuesday in the medical journal JAMA, did not explore possible factors behind the increase in suicide rates.

“Future studies should examine possible contributing factors and attempt to develop prevention measures by understanding the causes for the decrease in suicides found in the late 1990s,” the researchers wrote.

Nadine Kaslow, an expert who was not involved in the report, told CNN that possible factors could include the breakdown of the family or cyberbullying.

Twitter users were quick to point that out in response to Mr. Baldwin’s tweet.

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