Mark Levin confronts Yale psychiatrist who’s been making wild claims about Trump’s mental health

· August 28, 2019  
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Tuesday on the radio, LevinTV host Mark Levin interviewed Yale psychiatrist Dr. Bandy Lee, author of the book “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump,” challenging her claims that President Trump is a “danger” based on observations and assumptions about the president’s mental stability.

In her book, Lee claims Trump’s presidency is “a public health emergency,” and she has met with Democratic members of Congress, given interviews, and made several TV appearances warning of the president’s mental state.

Levin asked her if she has ever met the president or spoken to him, to which she responded, “No.”

Levin challenged her ability to offer an evaluation of the president without meeting or speaking to him. “You did know, obviously, scientific diagnosis, that’s not possible from a distance,” Levin said.

“You say a ‘danger,’ because if you didn’t call it a ‘danger,’ you would have to have done some kind of diagnosis. And, of course, you didn’t do any kind of diagnosis.”


Lee responded by claiming that under certain conditions, psychiatrists can actually make a more accurate diagnosis of a patient without seeing or speaking to him.

“That’s untrue … it’s been scientifically proven that for certain conditions, a diagnosis is more accurate from a distance, without a personal interview,” she replied.

But when Levin referred to her work as making a “distant diagnosis” of the president, she stressed that she has never made a diagnosis.

“I have never diagnosed,” Lee said. “I’m not interested in diagnosing, I’m not interested in the personal mental health of Donald Trump. I am only interested in the public health effects.”

“Wait a minute, your book is full of allegations about the personal mental health of Donald Trump,” Levin rebutted. He challenged her for trying to have it both ways, on the one hand making claims about Trump’s mental health in her book and on the other refusing to say she’s diagnosed the president.

“This is double-speak,” Levin said. “You don’t have a single scientific diagnosis from which you can analyze the mental health of the president of the United States.”

“No offense, you sound like a palm reader,” Levin said.

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Author: Chris Pandolfo

Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.

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