Dr. Bandy Lee, whose willingness to jettison professional ethics and declare President Trump mentally unstable has made her a popular fixture at CNN and MSNBC, is capitalizing on an incident of self-harm to attack the commander in chief.
Former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale is in the hospital. He threatened to harm himself this weekend at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, according to law enforcement officials.
“Brad Parscale is a member of our family and we all love him. We are ready to support him and his family in any way possible,” Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh said in a statement.
Self-harm is serious. Suicide is serious.
Someone should tell that to Lee.
“Here is another side effect of continuing with a mentally impaired leader,” the Yale University psychiatry professor said in reaction to the Parscale news, “it will attract mental impairment, augment mental illness (in both supporters and opponents), and cause disorder to reverberate through society.”
Later, after social media users alerted Lee to the obscenity of her attack, she added, “The messages I receive from Trump supporters give a good measure. They went from normal: ‘How could you do this to our president?’ To more disturbed: “Dems are diabolical demons, and wretched, vile, inhumane Communists like you made a deal with the Devil” (my last message),” Lee complained.
Ah, yes. So those angry at her manipulative use of Parscale’s reported breakdown are the real issue.
Lee’s behavior should not shock you. She proved long ago that she is unethical and callous when it comes to her area of expertise.
Lee is the person whom Democrats summoned to Capitol Hill in 2018 to condemn Trump’s mental health. “[Trump’s] going to unravel, and we are seeing the signs,” she told lawmakers at the time. Lee also signed a statement in 2018 urging members of Congress to “take urgent steps to restrain [Trump’s] behavior and head off the potential nuclear catastrophe” with North Korea. She continues to host events where she and her friends use their medical credentials to declare the president a loony tune.
“The president’s condition has been visibly deteriorating to the point where there’s a lot of talk right now about his mental state beyond mental health professionals,” she said in 2019. “It no longer takes a mental health professional to recognize the seriousness of the current presidency.”
Lee has never once conducted an in-person evaluation of Trump. The longstanding, prudent Goldwater Rule means nothing her. What else do you expect from the media’s favorite “resistance” mental health professional? Lee is popular on the cable news circuit precisely because she is happy to violate professional ethics in service of “resistance.” That she has a book to sell on the matter should not go unnoticed either.
Tags: Opinion, Beltway Confidential, 2020 Elections, Media Coverage, Media Bias, CNN, Mental Health, MSNBC
Original Author: Becket Adams
Original Location: In hospitalization of former Trump campaign manager, media’s favorite mental health quack sees an opportunity