Yale psychiatry professor Bandy Lee has been firing everybody up about the mental state of President Trump for over a year now, and suggested in a recent interview that Trump requires an “immediate evaluation.”
In a Vox interview published Saturday, reporter Eliza Barclay asks Lee, “Okay, so you’re calling for an evaluation; you’re serious about that. How could he possibly be evaluated, since it seems like he wouldn’t voluntarily do it?”
Lee responded, “We encounter this often in mental health. Those who most require an evaluation are the least likely to submit to one. That is the reason why in all 50 states we have not only the legal authority, but often the legal obligation, to contain someone even against their will when it’s an emergency. So in an emergency, neither consent nor confidentiality requirements hold. Safety comes first. What we do in the case of danger is we contain the person, we remove them from access to weapons, and we do an urgent evaluation.”
She continued, “This is what we have been calling for with the president based on basic medical standards of care.”
Lee then said that doing this would look too much like a “coup.”
She said, “Surprisingly, many lawyer groups have actually volunteered, on their own, to file for a court paper to ensure that the security staff will cooperate with us. But we have declined, since this will really look like a coup, and while we are trying to prevent violence, we don’t wish to incite it through, say, an insurrection.”
Professor Lee has been publicly stating that Trump has mental health problems without having ever evaluated him with his consent, or even just in person, meaning that her evaluation is basically just a guess, it’s meaningless. Trump shouldn’t have to face these accusations that he is mentally unstable, they are coming out of nowhere and have no factual basis at all.