I suggest you read Chauncey DeVega’s interview in Salon in its entirety or better yet listen to the entire interview in the podcast…
Yale psychiatrist Bandy Lee: Trump’s mental health is now a “national and global emergency” Dr. Bandy Lee convened experts to study the Mueller report. They conclude that Trump “can no longer see reality”
However, at the least if you haven’t been following the articles by or about Yale forensic psychiatrist Bandy Lee’s effort to educate members of Congress and the general public about why Trump must have a complete psychiatric examination to determine if he’s ft for office at least read the following four paragraphs about the criteria Dr. Lee and a panel of the world’s leading mental health experts used to evaluate the president’s fitness based on the findings of a special prosecutor’s report. They reached the conclusion that President Donald Trump’s mental health “is not being treated as a national and global emergency” and that it “is the greatest sign of danger.”
- The first specific criterion is the ability to take in important information and advice. To be capable of taking in new information to make decisions, given how that is one of the primary and most important roles of a president.
- The second criterion is the ability to process that information unimpeded by emotional needs or false beliefs or the need to lie to yourself or others. The ability to simply use the information you have and process it in ways that are normal, unimpeded by all those other emotional factors and needs.
- The third criterion is to be able to make sound, rational, reality-based decisions without undue influence by impulsivity, other false beliefs, delusions and conspiracy theories. It’s the ability to stay with a decision in a stable way and not to go back and forth depending on the other influences you receive. In essence, to be sane, to be connected to reality.
- The fourth is to not put yourself and others in danger. This includes not inciting people to commit dangerous acts. Not to engage in aggressive acts yourself. Not to threaten nations by inciting war. We have found that President Trump was not able to refrain from those acts in many circumstances. Trump has put himself and the nation in danger, and putting yourself or others in danger is also a very important criterion in determining a person’s capacity to serve — in this case, Trump’s fitness to be president. There is overwhelming evidence in the Mueller report showing that Donald Trump is not able to meet these criteria. Likewise, there is very little evidence showing that Donald Trump is able to meet those criteria. (emphasis mine)