2017 was a difficult first year for President Donald Trump. His many accomplishments were largely ignored by his many critics. But 2018 is shaping up to be far worse for the president. He is under attack from all sides and a Yale Psychiatrist could be helping Democrats in Congress to declare Trump mentally unfit.
In early December, more than a dozen members of the House and Senate received a briefing from Yale Psychiatrist Dr. Bandy Lee. Dr. Lee met with members of Congress on Capitol Hill to discuss Trump’s mental fitness to lead the country. At least one of the people briefed by Lee is a Republican, though she refused to name that person.
According to reports, the doctor plans to meet with additional lawmakers later this month. “Lawmakers were saying they have been very concerned about this, the President’s dangerousness, the dangers that his mental instability poses on the nation,” Lee told CNN in a phone interview Thursday.
The briefing is both highly unusual and unethical. The American Psychiatric Association, among other mental health agencies, bans the practice of diagnosing an individual without a formal examination.
“It’s fine for a psychiatrist to share their expertise about psychiatric issues in general,” but “member psychiatrists should not give professional opinions about the mental state of someone they have not personally evaluated,” reads APA guidance on the subject. Yet, that isn’t stopping her from them from putting forth a diagnosis.
In addition to discussing Trump’s mental fitness with Congress, Lee also co-authored a book on the issue with several other mental health professionals. In the book, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, Lee, and her colleagues assert that the president’s mental health presents “a clear and present danger” to the country.
However, given their assessments are based solely on the fact they don’t like Trump, it’s hard to lend any weight to their ramblings. And since they are the ones marching down the streets of New York City to protest a man they’ve never spoken too personally, one could question their mental fitness and professional objectivity.
Regardless, this is all part of a much larger and coordinated effort to oust Trump from the White House. Democrats can’t prove collusion with Russia and mainstream media’s lies aren’t working. Now, all they have left is to call the president mentally unstable.