01/13/2018 / By Jayson Veley
Yale University psychology professor Brandy Lee has been in the news lately for calling President Trump “mentally impaired,” and arguing that this diagnosis disqualifies him from being the leader of the free world.
However, as it turns out, this professor appears to not even have a valid license to practice psychiatry in the state of Connecticut, which begs the question: What exactly qualifies her to say that Trump should be removed from office on the basis that he’s not mentally stable enough to serve as commander-in-chief?
As if this wasn’t embarrassing enough for Professor Lee, following her comments, the American Psychiatric Association released a statement urging members of its profession to stop diagnosing public figures like President Trump without first giving them a full and thorough medical exam.
“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 American Psychiatric Association wrote, even though they didn’t specifically mention Professor Brandy Lee by name. “Arm-chair psychiatry or the use of psychiatry as a political tool is the misuse of psychiatry and is unacceptable and unethical.”
Poor Professor Lee. All she wanted to do was attack President Trump and argue that he isn’t mentally fit enough to be president of the United States. Instead, she embarrassed herself in front of the entire country, first when it was revealed that she doesn’t even have a Connecticut license to practice psychiatry, and again when the American Psychiatric Association urged members of its profession to refrain from diagnoses public figures without a proper examination.
The campus news website Campus Reform provided more details on Professor Lee and her lack of a license to practice psychiatry in the state of Connecticut, explaining that, according to state records, Lee’s “physician/surgeon” license expired almost three years ago on May 31, 2015. Lee’s application for reinstatement has been pending ever since.
Campus Reform also noted that the professor’s “controlled substance registration for practitioner” license is also expired as of last February, which means that Lee is legally prohibited from prescribing medication as a medical practitioner. When Campus Reform reached out to Professor Lee for a comment on the matter, she simply stated: “I only need one license.” At this point, it is still unclear what Lee meant by this. (Related: Democrats are now planning a full-scale “medical kidnapping” of President Trump.)
But even though Professor Lee was humiliated in front of the entire country and sent down in flames after the truth was revealed, the comments she made about Donald Trump are part of a larger movement to impeach the President on the grounds that he is mentally unstable. In order to accomplish this goal, many Democrats within the mainstream media and in Congress are citing the 25th Amendment, which states in part that the President may be removed from office if he is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” But where exactly is the evidence that suggests that President Trump is not mentally stable enough to “discharge the powers and duties of his office?”
Truthfully, it’s likely that even the Democrats themselves don’t know. Some point to the fact that he tweets on a regular basis, and claim that this is a sign of immaturity and mental instability. Others cite the way in which he speaks, which is perhaps more casual and down-to-earth than the way previous presidents have addressed the American people. But none of these are signs that Trump is mentally unstable, and they are definitely not reasons to remove him from the White House.