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Trump a national disaster

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Many fear that President Trump is “an existential threat” to our nation and our world. That fear is nothing new.

In 2017, Dr. Bandy Lee, a forensic psychiatrist at the Yale School of Medicine who specializes in violence prevention, felt compelled to organize a conference of mental health professionals to determine if a professional obligation existed to warn the public about concerns which those professionals held privately. Lee explained, “I’m not as concerned about Trump’s personal mental health as I am about his effects on the public’s health and safety ...”

That conference produced the best-selling 2017 book, “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump …,” edited by Lee. Generally, the group found that Trump’s mental health was: a “clear and present danger to the nation and individual well being;” affecting the nation’s mental health; placing us at grave risk of becoming involved in a war and of undermining democracy because of his pathological dangerousness.

Unsurprisingly, the book proved highly controversial when first published. But a new chapter was recently opened when Lee again assembled a group of five mental health professionals to assess Trump’s mental behavior as detailed in the recently-released Mueller Report. Interviewed by Chauncey De Vega for “Salon” on June 14, we learned the group’s “definitive conclusion: Trump is mentally unfit, a threat to the U.S. and the world ... and should have his powers severely restricted.”

Lee insists: “Our concerns are purely about public health and safety ... What we are witnessing ... are all signs of destruction — dismantling of democracy, rampant corruption, thwarting the rule of law, and even the loss of a shared sense of ... reality.

“There is overwhelming evidence ... showing Trump is 'unable to meet four criteria' used as the standard ... criteria for mental capacity …

“Trump is a national emergency ...”

Robert J. Hursey Jr.

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