A Yale University psychiatrist who has practically made a career of remotely diagnosing President Donald Trump as dangerously mentally ill has been fired for grossly violating “Goldwater’s rule.” Dr. Bandy X. Lee is not an obscure doctor because over the past four years she has made frequent appearances on MSNBC and CNN shows and has been prominently written with favorable slant in periodicals such as the New Yorker and the Washington post.
His lawsuit against was drafted on Friday by Mihir Zavery in The New York Times. The breaking point was that Alan Dershowitz responded to accusations of his association with Jeffrey Epstein by saying he had a “perfect sex life” with his wife:
In January 2020, she compared Mr. Dershowitz’s wording to Mr. Trump’s prominent use of the word “perfect”. suggesting in a tweet that it may reflect a “shared psychosis” through which Mr. Dershowitz had come to terms with what she said was “the delusional grandiosity and impunity” of Mr. Trump.
Days later, Mr Dershowitz complained in an email to Yale, claiming that Dr Lee had violated ethics rules by offering a public diagnosis without reviewing it.
the Times noted that Yale spokesperson Karen Peart said Dr Lee was a “volunteer faculty member” of the medical school and received a faculty affiliation in exchange for four hours of teaching per week. Volunteer teachers are not full teachers, so when the contract expired, that was it.
To assert that Alan Dershowitz, along with nearly all Trump supporters, had “fully assumed Trump’s symptoms by contagion” went too far, as did reported in Tuesday Yale Daily News:
According to court documents, after Dershowitz sent his letter on Jan. 11, Department of Psychiatry Chairman John Krystal MED ’84 warned Lee by email that the department “would be obligated to [her] teaching role ”if she continued to make similar public statements. She continued to tweet about Trump’s sanity even after Krystal’s warning. Lee then met with Krystal and other unnamed faculty members and was told that she “had violated psychiatric ethics,” according to an email snippet on file. According to court documents, Yale declined to hold further discussions or investigate the charges further. On May 17, 2020, Lee was notified that she had been fired. She appealed the decision several times in August and September, to no avail.
Krystal wrote to Lee in a September 4 letter included in the court file that the department’s primary consideration in the termination was her “clinical judgment and professionalism” after publicly stating her “diagnostic impressions” of Trump and others. public figures. Krystal stressed in the letter that the termination “was not due to the political content” of her statements.
“While the committee has no doubts that you are acting on the basis of your personal moral code,” the letter read, “Your repeated violations of the APA’s Goldwater Rule and your inappropriate shifting of the duty to warn from the treatment environment to national policy have raised significant doubts about your understanding of critical ethical and legal principles in psychiatry. “
The American Psychiatric Association’s Goldwater Rule states that it is unethical for psychiatrists to comment on the mental faculties of a public figure in an official capacity, except with permission or after a medical examination.
It’s as if the Goldwater Rule was written with completely irresponsible psychiatrists like the advertising dog Bandy X. Lee in mind.