House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) would be within her rights to force President Donald Trump to undergo a mental health evaluation, says one anti-Trump psychiatrist.
“As a coworker, she has the right to have him submit to an involuntary evaluation, but she has not. Anyone can call 911 to report someone who seems dangerous, and family members are the most typical ones to do so,” Yale Medicine Professor of Psychiatry and president of the World Mental Health Coalition Bandy X. Lee said in an interview published Friday by Salon. “But so can coworkers, and even passersby on the street.”
Lee has criticized Trump since the beginning of his presidential run and provides “translations” of his words and behavior on her Twitter feed that are intended to show what she thinks are mental health conditions.
A group of psychiatrists that included Lee recently demanded that the House Judiciary Committee bring in mental health experts to testify in the impeachment hearings. The committee declined to do so.
Lee also edited The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President. She claims that Trump is a “pathological” liar who could also suffer from delusions and paranoia. She also accuses him of “projecting” his own unhealthy mental state onto others like Pelosi.
She claims that she and other psychiatrists can make an accurate determination about Trump’s mental state just from his tweets and public statements, an assertion that seems rather delusional in itself.
Although Trump is not her patient, she says she feels a duty to make her evaluation-from-a-distance public because she thinks he is “dangerous” to the nation. There is no recognition on her part that attempting to diagnose a person on the basis of tweets and public statements is in itself dangerous, as well as patently unprofessional.
When psychiatrists want to label a different public opinion and a way of communicating to the public that has been shown to be effective as mental illness, most would view that as being very dangerous to the country. It would be madness to give these people power over the presidency.
Eating it up
While the rabid anti-Trump crowd has been eating up Lee’s comments as proof that Trump needs to be removed from office, she has so far been ignored by the powers that be.
Lee complained that Pelosi hasn’t taken the step of forcing an evaluation on Trump and that she called Trump “sick” but doesn’t seem to really believe it. She also said that those who believe Trump’s so-called “lies” are suffering from “shared psychosis,” which is a psychological condition that requires close personal contact with a mentally ill person.
The problem with mental health evaluation is that it can be used as a way to force something that couldn’t be done any other way. It’s not much different than gun control advocates saying they want to use mental health evaluations to take away people’s guns.
Such a tactic is just another way to seize power when you can’t get it through the proper channels — in other words, Lee is advocating yet another coup attempt against Trump, since the previous several have not worked.