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Annals of Trump Derangement Syndrome: Impeachment-challenged House Dems now plan summer event centered around the prez’s “deteriorating…mental state”

June 6, 2019
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Quick quiz: Who’s the craziest?
a. Donald  J. Trump
b. Dr. Bandy X. Lee, the Yale psychiatrist who’s been deeming Trump ready for the funny farm for nigh onto two years
c. Democrats
That’s a tough one, isn’t it? But yes, Trump, armchair shrink Lee, and the majority party in the House of Representatives are back in the news–as a trio. Here’s the latest from the Washington Examiner:

Democrats are planning to host a Capitol Hill event featuring psychiatrists who will warn that President Trump is unfit for office based on his mental health.

The event will be led by Dr. Bandy Lee, a Yale School of Medicine psychiatrist and editor of The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, a book that argues psychiatrists have a responsibility to warn the public when a president is dangerous.

Lee has been issuing alarms to Dems about Trump’s mental state since shortly after the president took office. Here’s a January 2018 report from Headline Health:

Dr. Bandy X. Lee gave a presentation on why Trump posed a “public health risk” to the group of Democrats — and one lone Republican — during the private meetings that lasted more than 16 hours during the course of two days, she said.

“From a medical perspective, when we see someone unraveling like this, it’s an emergency,” Lee said.

“We’ve never come so close in my career to this level of catastrophic violence that could be the end of humankind.”

And that wasn’t the first time, according to Headline Health:

Lee held a small conference for mental health professionals in April [2017] to discuss their “duty to warn” about a leader’s psychological instability.

While only about 20 people were in attendance, several lawmakers contacted Lee, who eventually gained the support of more than a thousand mental health professionals …

In October 2017 Lee got together with 26 other psychiatrists and “mental health experts” (the latter included Passages author Gail Sheehy) to publish The Dangerous Case, which promptly became a bestseller with the 25th Amendment crowd.

And if that weren’t damning enough, in March 2019, Lee published an expanded version of the book, this time with 37 headshrinkers claiming Trump was nuttier than Aunt Lizzie’s Christmas fruitcake.

One problem that Bandy and her Trump-is-psycho friends have had is dealing with the “Goldwater Rule,” the American Psychiatric Association’s 1973 ban on their members’ offering professional opinions about public figures whom they have not personally diagnosed and whose consent they don’t have. The rule was named after the late Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater’s 1964 presidential campaign, which featured a report from 12,364 psychiatrists who had never met the GOP candidate diagnosing him as “suffering from a chronic psychosis,” “basically a paranoid schizophrenic,” and so forth–leading some observers to conclude that psychiatrists were overpaid charlatans.

In a January 2018 op-ed for the U.K. Guardian, Lee explained how she gets around the Goldwater Rule:

While we keep within the letter of the Goldwater rule – which prohibits psychiatrists from diagnosing public figures without a personal examination and without consent – there is still a lot that mental health professionals can tell before the public reaches awareness. These come from observations of a person’s patterns of responses, of media appearances over time, and from reports of those close to him. Indeed, we know far more about Trump in this regard than many, if not most, of our patients. Nevertheless, the personal health of a public figure is her private affair – until, that is, it becomes a threat to public health.

To make a diagnosis one needs all the relevant information – including, I believe, a personal interview. But to assess dangerousness, one only needs enough information to raise alarms.

And was Trump ever dangerous!

His cognitive function, or his ability to process knowledge and thoughts, has begun to be widely questioned. Many have noted a distinct decline in his outward ability to form complete sentences, to stay with a thought, to use complex words and not to make loose associations. This is dangerous because of the critical importance of decision-making capacity in the office that he holds. Cognitive decline can result from any number of causes – psychiatric, neurological, medical, or medication-induced – and therefore needs to be investigated.

And, if the latest report from the Washington Examiner is to be believed, he’s gotten even worse:

“The president’s condition has been visibly deteriorating to the point where there’s a lot of talk right now about his mental state beyond mental health professionals,”Lee said. “It no longer takes a mental health professional to recognize the seriousness of the current presidency.”

So the Democrats are springing into action:

The date for the town hall hasn’t been set but would be held “imminently soon within the next couple of weeks,” said Lee, who said the event was meant to be bipartisan. Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., who has called for Trump’s impeachment, confirmed the event was in the works, but said it would be more likely to occur in July because lawmakers have a full plate in June with spending bills….

According to Lee, attendees at the town hall would watch a condensed video that was recorded at a Washington, D.C., event held at the National Press Club in March that featured 13 experts discussing how they didn’t think Trump was fit for office. The experts, who came from the fields of mental health, philosophy, history, and journalism, said they were worried about the president’s access to nuclear weapons and the impact his administration would have on climate change.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she wants to see Trump “in prison.” But what with the Dems’ impeachment dreams looking sillier by the minute…maybe they can figure out a way to get him into the state loony bin.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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