You may have heard the story about Democrats talking with a Yale psychiatrist for several hours about the mental health of President Donald Trump. But you may not have heard the full story. But when you hear it, you’ll wonder who the real crazy people are.
Vox did an interview with a psychiatrist, Dr. Bandy Lee, who appears to be claiming that Trump is dangerous and mentally unfit.
Leading this call is Bandy Lee, an assistant professor in forensic psychiatry (the interface of law and mental health) at the Yale School of Medicine who has devoted her 20-year career to studying, predicting, and preventing violence.
She recently briefed a dozen members of Congress — Democrats and one Republican — on the president’s mental state. And this week, she, along with Judith Herman at Harvard and Robert Jay Lifton at Columbia, released a statement arguing that Trump is “further unraveling.” The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, a collection of essays from 27 mental health professionals that Lee edited, was published in October.
But it goes beyond just spreading nonsense about him being mentally unfit.
Check out the crazy from Lee talking about Trump:
We encounter this often in mental health. Those who most require an evaluation are the least likely to submit to one. That is the reason why in all 50 states we have not only the legal authority but often the legal obligation, to contain someone even against their will when it’s an emergency.
So in an emergency, neither consent nor confidentiality requirements hold. Safety comes first. What we do in the case of danger is we contain the person, we remove them from access to weapons, and we do an urgent evaluation.
This is what we have been calling for with the president based on basic medical standards of care.
Surprisingly, many lawyer groups have actually volunteered, on their own, to file for a court paper to ensure that the security staff will cooperate with us. But we have declined since this will really look like a coup, and while we are trying to prevent violence, we don’t wish to incite it through, say, an insurrection.
She’s literally talking about taking the President, restraining him and holding him against his will. But no, she doesn’t want anyone to think that is a coup.
Especially after meeting with Democrats for hours to discuss it. Are you kidding? This is not only insane, it borders on a plot against the President when you bring Democrats into it.
Why does Lee think that there’s a problem, that Trump is dangerous?
Lee claims that the indictments from Mueller of started a crisis and she points to his nuclear button response to Kim Jong Un’s threat. But there’s more, she says.
Yes — but that is not the only danger we’re facing. There’s everything in between: provoking our allies and alienating them, instigating civil conflict, and laying a foundation for a violent culture that could give way to epidemics of violence — not to mention poke a beehive in the Middle East by declaring Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. All of these actions are consistent with the pathological pattern he has already shown of resorting to violence the more he feels threatened.
And it is no accident that gun deaths are up at least 12 percent since 2016, and there is an increase in schoolyard bullying and an unprecedented spike in hate crimes that continue to this day.
So complying with the law and with the vote by the Senate that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital according to U.S. law makes him dangerous and mentally ill? Can one say you are a leftist crazy, Dr. Lee? Is the Senate who all voted for it crazy too?
She also is literally blaming him for an alleged rise in gun deaths simply because he is the President. What?
Who is the crazy one here?
There’s also a bigger problem here. Any psychiatrist that is pronouncing a diagnosis without actually examining a patient is being completely improper and violating her oath. She tries to claim that that isn’t what she’s doing but it’s pretty hard to deny it.
These efforts have not been welcomed by all of Lee’s colleagues in psychiatry — some say her warnings are unethical and break the Goldwater Rule, the American Psychiatric Association’s stipulation that its members never publicly discuss the mental health of a public figure. One esteemed fellow psychiatrist accused her in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine of having “misguided and dangerous” morality.
Democrats know this is wrong, yet they have entertained this person who seems unwell herself because it serves their purposes.
They know they can not prove collusion, so now they’ve moved on to trying to get him on the 25th Amendment hoping to generate enough push for it somehow to be called into question.
The whole collusion thing was a barely disguised effort to impede or stop the Trump presidency, to begin with.
This isn’t even disguised. Just call it straight out what it is, in the language Lee herself raised, a coup.
[Note: This post was written by Nick Arama]