Trump a national disaster
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.