Oopsie! Remember the Yale University professor who met with a dozen Democrats in December on President Trump’s mental stability? Remember how she said he should be removed from office and committed? Well, she seems to have a little problem. She doesn’t have a valid license as a psychiatrist anymore… and hasn’t had one in three years. Bandy Lee deleted her Twitter account as well, as allegations started to mount that she is not licensed in her home state of Connecticut. Bummer. Not. These accusations have been circulating on Twitter and I guess she just couldn’t take the heat from them. That’s funny, because she was all over the place implying that Trump was mentally unfit for office. Go figure.
According to Campus Reform and the State of Connecticut, Lee’s “physician/surgeon” license expired in 2015 and her application for reinstatement has been “pending” ever since. If I were her, I wouldn’t count on it ever going through now. Her “controlled substance registration for practitioner” license has apparently also “lapsed,” expiring in February 2017. Lee may be a professor, but she is no longer technically a psychiatrist. And she’s in very hot water with the American Psychiatric Association (APA).
When Campus Reform asked Lee about her licenses, she simply stated that “I need only one license.” She did not say which license that is or what state she is seeking to be licensed in.
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) released a recent statement in which it condemned the diagnoses of public officials whom psychiatrists have not personally examined, invoking what is commonly referred to as the Goldwater Rule. “We at the APA call for an end to psychiatrists providing professional opinions in the media about public figures whom they have not examined, whether it be on cable news appearances, books, or in social media,” the statement read. “Arm-chair psychiatry or the use of psychiatry as a political tool is the misuse of psychiatry and is unacceptable and unethical,” the APA concluded. “Using psychiatry for political or self-aggrandizing purposes is stigmatizing for our patients and negatively impacts our profession,” the group wrote.
The Goldwater rule is the informal name given to Section 7 in the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Principles of Medical Ethics that states it is unethical for psychiatrists to give a professional opinion about public figures they have not examined in person and from whom they have not obtained consent to discuss their mental health in public statements. It is named after presidential candidate Barry Goldwater. The violation of this rule is an ethical violation at the very least and Lee is likely to not be issued another license over it. Lee is claiming that the APA has turned the rule into a gag order. That’s just not true. She compared it to the silencing of intellectuals in Nazi, Germany as well.
Lee and a colleague, however, responded to criticisms in a Wednesday POLITICO piece, in which they claim that “it’s perfectly OK to question the President’s mental state,” since they are “psychiatrists.” Except they aren’t and it’s not okay. It never has been. Lee put her medical ethics aside to play politics. She deserves to be stripped of her license and shunned over this.
In a Vox interview, Lee stated concerning a mental evaluation of President Trump, “We encounter this often in mental health. Those who most require an evaluation are the least likely to submit to one. That is the reason why in all 50 states we have not only the legal authority, but often the legal obligation, to contain someone even against their will when it’s an emergency. So in an emergency, neither consent nor confidentiality requirements hold. Safety comes first. What we do in the case of danger is we contain the person, we remove them from access to weapons, and we do an urgent evaluation.” She continued, “This is what we have been calling for with the President based on basic medical standards of care.”
It has become fashionable among journalists and various politicians to discuss whether Democrats should attempt to remove President Donald Trump from office via the Twenty-Fifth Amendment, supposedly because he has become too mentally incapacitated to fulfill his duties. That is a premise born out of desperation and is borderline treasonous. Lee is being subversive in her actions and extremely unethical. There is nothing wrong with President Trump other than he does not share the same political views as those on the left.
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