Yale psychiatrist Bandy Lee was rolled out repeatedly by Democrats and the media over the last four years to declare Trump dangerous and mentally unfit for office.
It was a complete violation of her profession as she had never even met Trump in person.
Eventually, she extended her criticism to Law Professor Alan Dershowitz as well. He sent Yale a strongly worded letter and they fired her.
This all unfolded in the spring but it’s only coming to light now.
The Yale Daily News reports:
Former professor says Yale fired her over tweet on Trump, Dershowitz
Bandy Lee MED ’94 DIV ’95, a formerly Yale-affiliated faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry in School of Medicine, filed a complaint against the University on Monday alleging “unlawful termination… due to her exercise of free speech about the dangers of Donald Trump’s presidency.”
University spokesperson Karen Peart declined to comment on the specifics of the case. Yale was the only named defendant.
Lee’s complaint alleges that Yale fired her in response to a January 2020 tweet that characterized “just about all” of former president Donald Trump’s supporters as suffering from “shared psychosis” and said that Alan Dershowitz, a lawyer on Trump’s legal team, had “wholly taken on Trump’s symptoms by contagion.” Dershowitz responded to the tweet with a letter to Yale administrators, in which he complained that Lee’s tweet constituted “a serious violation of the ethics rules of the American Psychiatric Association” and requested that she be disciplined.
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Diagnosing someone from afar is a violation of the ‘Goldwater Rule’ and they warned her to stop doing it.
“Although the committee does not doubt 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 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.”
The American Psychiatric Association’s Goldwater Rule states that it is unethical for psychiatrists to comment on a public figure’s mental faculties in an official capacity unless granted permission or after a medical examination.
Actions have consequences.
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