Gerard Henderson’s article in today’s Australian is about America’s Left adopting the Soviet tactic of eliminating opponents by declaring them mentally unfit. These are the interesting paragraphs:
[Michael] Wolff alleges that “one hundred per cent of the people around” Trump regard him as a “moron” and an “idiot”. And he quotes Steve Bannon, a disaffected former Trump adviser who was sacked last August, as saying that the President has “lost it”.
No surprise here. What is surprising is the entry into the debate of Yale University professor of psychiatry Bandy Lee. Last month, before the release of Fire and Fury, Lee addressed about a dozen members of congress on Capitol Hill. The names of the attendees have not been released.
Lee’s assessment was that Trump is “going to unravel”. In an interview, reported inPolitico, she said “the rush of tweeting is an indication of his falling apart under stress”.
Lee added: “Trump is going to get worse and will become incontrollable with the pressures of the presidency.” She is editor of The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump (Thomas Dunne Books, 2017), in which 27 psychiatrists and psychologists agree that the President is a clear and present danger to the US.
The line is that Trump should be removed from office under the constitution’s 25th amendment. This enables the Vice-President and a majority of cabinet members to advise the Senate and House of Representatives that the President is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office”. Whereupon the “Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President”.
It is an indication of the state of mind and competence of those 27 psychiatrists and psychologists that they have publicly diagnosed President Trump without examining him. But they are on the record. Let’s wait and see if they are right and, if not, whether there is a price to pay for their professional failure.