Dr. Bandy X. Lee, the Yale professor and clinical psychiatrist who reportedly briefed members of Congress last month about President Donald Trump’s supposed mental instability, backed away from those claims on Monday.
Appearing on Midday Live with Dr. Drew and Mike Catherwood on TalkRadio 790 KABC in Los Angeles, Dr. Lee was forced to admit that other presidents, such as Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt, also had psychological profiles that would be “concerning” to her. She then allowed that she was not talking about “mental illness” when it came to President Trump.
Breitbart News reports:
Lee is part of a group called “The National Coalition of Concerned Mental Health Experts,” KABC notes, whose members are committed to the view that “Trump’s mental state presents a clear and present danger to our nation and individual well-being.”
Their activism would seem to violate the “Goldwater Rule” of the American Psychiatric Association, “which prohibits psychiatrists from offering opinions on someone they have not personally evaluated.”
OUR PREVIOUS REPORT ON LEE’S CLAIM:
The Newsweek report below is dead serious but reads like satire from The Onion. It’s hard to believe supposedly well educated people think this way. We promise you’ll get a kick out of this load of bull…It’s below our favorite tweet on the topic of Trump’s sanity:
YOU’LL LOVE OUR FAVORITE TWEET ON THE ENTIRE “TRUMP IS CRAZY” TREND THE LEFT IS PUSHING:
The only existing evidence that President Trump is “crazy” is that he was willing to give up an amazing, fantastic life in order for him and his family to be bombarded 24/7 by vile assholes who aren’t fit to even lick his boots. He loves us and our country THAT much. – LINDA SUHLER, PhD
The only existing evidence that President Trump is "crazy" is that he was willing to give up an amazing, fantastic life in order for him and his family to be bombarded 24/7 by vile assholes who aren't fit to even lick his boots.
He loves us and our country THAT much.🇺🇸#MAGA
— Linda Suhler, PhD (@LindaSuhler) January 6, 2018
President Donald Trump’s mental health might lead to the extinction of the human species, the Yale psychiatrist briefing lawmakers on the president’s psychological state told Newsweek on Friday.
If it were possible, Dr. Bandy Lee said, “we would be declaring a public health emergency that needs to be responded to as quickly as possible.”
“As more time passes, we come closer to the greatest risk of danger, one that could even mean the extinction of the human species,” she said. “This is not hyperbole. This is the reality.”
Though Lee and her colleagues are making their own plans—including putting together a list of D.C.-area psychiatrists who would be willing to respond in the event of a mental health emergency at the White House—most of the possible reactions to a president’s mental health issues are in the hands of lawmakers. Discussions about Trump’s psychological fitness for the presidency almost invariably wind up involving the 25th Amendment of the Constitution, which lays out the presidential line of succession should the President die, resign, be temporarily unable to perform his duties or be removed from office. Alan Dershowitz, a former Harvard Law professor, told Politico that removing Trump from the presidency in this way “would require, for mental incapacity, a major psychotic break.”
THEY SHOULD EVALUATE THEIR OWN MENTAL HEALTH!
One other option that Congress might have is to set up a committee to evaluate the president’s health. Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Democrat from Maryland, has introduced a bill —which currently has 56 co-sponsors—that would set up a commission to determine if a president is physically and mentally able to serve. (Lee will also be speaking at one of Raskin’s town halls.)
But that bill is far from becoming law. In the meantime, Lee would settle for an evaluation called a “capacity examination” done by a specialist. This kind of exam can be adapted for different professions; for a president, such an exam might look specifically at his decision-making ability as well as his ability to weigh consequences “and make choices that are fact- and reality-based,” she said.