Yale Psychiatrist Who Claimed Trump was Crazy Gets Fired

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As former President Trump always said, those who go up against him just can’t seem to catch a break.

During the 2015 primaries every fellow Republican who tried to take him down ended up crashing and burning in the polls soon afterwards. 

During his presidency, every smart aleck who thought they had a foolproof plan to get rid of the real estate legend just ended up humiliated and defeated. 

Even President Biden has now had the ultimate humiliation, being backed into a corner on the border and now restarting the Stay in Mexico policy that was put in under Trump. 

My point is this: no matter how smart you are and how many CNN segments say you’re brilliant and brave, if you go against Trump you’d better be prepared to lose big. 

The latest loser is former Yale Psychiatry Professor Brandy Lee who made headlines when she demanded Trump be removed from office for being mentally unfit and said almost all Trump supporters suffered from “shared psychosis.”

Now Lee suffers from being out of a job. 

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Leaving Lee Behind

Lee is suing Yale for what she claims is wrongful termination. She says she had every right to warn about “the dangers of Donald Trump’s presidency.” The university has put out no comment in response. 

The thing is that warning about the danger of Trump isn’t what Lee did. She branded his followers as crazed bigots, including Trump’s lawyer Alan Dershowitz who Lee said had “taken on Trump’s symptoms by contagion.”

Unfortunately for Lee, not everyone she attacked was too busy working and trying to be a regular American to respond. Dershowitz has money and power so he went after her, contacting Yale’s leadership and cautioning them that Lee’s social media accusations against him were a “serious violation of the ethics rules of the American Psychiatric Association” that should result in punishment. 

Apparently it did, since Lee got booted from Yale. 

Now she’s suing, saying it gives her a “heavy heart” to sue but it’s the only choice she had left. How hard it must be for her to have been disciplined for calling half the country racist psychos. 

Why is Lee Suing?

Lee is suing on five counts including breach of contract, breach of good faith and wrongful termination.

“I love Yale, my alma mater, as I love my country, but we are falling into a dangerous culture of self-censorship and compliance with authority at all cost,” Lee said. 

Imagine saying that with a straight face while being part of the most censorious group in a century on the American left. 

Lee was fired on May 17, 2020 after refusing to stop tweeting about Trump and his followers being crazy, despite being warned multiple times by Psychiatry Department head John Krystal to stop doing it. 

It sounds to me like she got fair warning and was told she was breaching ethics of the American Psychiatric Association and she ignored it. 

The APA’s Goldwater rule also specifically says that psychiatrists should not diagnose a sitting president unless it’s part of a formal examination or they are given official permission. 

“Although the committee does not doubt that you are acting on the basis of your personal moral code, your repeated violations of the APA’s Goldwater Rule and your inappropriate transfer of the duty to warn from the treatment setting to national politics raised significant doubts about your understanding of crucial ethical and legal principles in psychiatry,” Krystal’s termination letter reads. 

Maybe next time before offering free psychiatric advice, Lee will look a little harder at the rules of her own profession.