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.