Trump Derangement Syndrome and Mental Health “Professionals”


The New Yorker has a post up titled How Anti-Trump Psychiatrists Are Mobilizing Behind the Twenty-Fifth Amendment.

Back in 1964, a number of left-wing psychiatrists who had never met or examined the Republican candidate for President Barry Goldwater publicly diagnosed him as mentally ill and unfit to be President. After that election, the American Psychiatric Association adopted an Rule of Ethics which says that a psychiatrist should not express a professional opinion about a public figure who he has not examined. The Goldwater Rule was generally well respected by mental heath professionals until Donald Trump became a viable candidate. Now, it appears that the prevalence of Trump Derangement Syndrome among a few of them has tipped the scales.

The New Yorker piece deals with a group of politicized psychiatrists called Duty to Warn.

Numerous Duty to Warn participants contributed essays to a new book, “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President,” which just landed on Sunday’s Times best-seller list—a sign of the public’s eagerness to know just how afraid it should be of Trump. Duty to Warn has also announced the formation of the “Twenty-fifth Amendment pac,” which will raise money for political candidates to run on the very issue of removing Trump via the Twenty-fifth Amendment. “We want to be to the Twenty-fifth Amendment what the N.R.A. is to the Second Amendment[.]”

The article  ends

… it’s a real turning point when mental-health professionals are so willing to organize politically, break brazenly with long-standing protocol, and even risk discipline by licensing boards. After this, talk of Trump’s removal under the Twenty-fifth Amendment may not seem so crazy.

Read the whole thing. But as you do, remember that The New Yorker was the magazine that published favorable coverage of Brett Kimberlin’s claim to have been Dan Quayle’s dope dealer.

A Canadian and a Hockey Stick


Infamous climate “scientist” Michael Mann has sued various people who have challenged the credibility of his global  warming claims as backed up by his “hockey stick” temperature graph. (H/T, Artisan Craft BlogPrincipia Scientific International reports that Mann now appears to be on the verge of losing a suit he filed in British Columbia against Canadian scientist Tim Ball. Mann has refused to hand over the data set which backs up his research.

Michael Mann, who chose to file what many consider to be a cynical SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) libel suit in the British Columbia Supreme Court, Vancouver six long years ago, has astonished legal experts by refusing to comply with the court direction to hand over all his disputed graph’s data.

A finding that Mann is in contempt of court could result a quick end to the lawsuit in the defendant’s favor.

Maybe he should have kept his hockey stick on ice.