Dr Bandy Lee, a Yale University psychiatrist who called Donald Trump mentally unfit for office in 2017, raised slight concern about Joe Biden’s mental health this week
A Yale University psychiatrist who called Donald Trump mentally unfit for office has now raised slight concern about Joe Biden – while insisting that the leading 2020 Democratic candidate would be a significantly safer choice than the current president.
Nearly two years after her damning assessment of Trump’s mental health made headlines, Dr Bandy Lee was asked about her opinions of Biden on conservative radio host Mark Levin’s broadcast Tuesday.
Lee said that she hadn’t studied Biden but that his mental health ‘seems like it’s not so perfect’.
She quickly added: ‘But compared to Donald Trump he is quite better off.’
‘I believe he has the insight and integrity to pass off tasks if he were to become incapacitated,’ Lee said.
‘I’m not sure I can say the same about Donald Trump.’
Appearing on conservative radio host Mark Levin’s broadcast Tuesday, Lee said that she hadn’t studied Biden but that his mental health ‘seems like it’s not so perfect’. She quickly added: ‘But compared to Donald Trump he is quite better off’
Biden, who at 76 is the second oldest contender in the 2020 race, behind 77-year-old Bernie Sanders, told a crowd on the campaign trail this week: ‘I want to be clear, I’m not going nuts.’
He has been slowly losing ground in the crowded Democratic field as a string of verbal gaffes fueled concerns that he may be past his prime.
A poll released by Monmouth University this week indicated that Biden has slumped into a three way tie with Sanders and Massachusetts Sen Elizabeth Warren.
Another recent poll by Politico and Morning Consult showed Biden with a strong lead, putting him ahead of Trump – who refers to the former VP as ‘Crazy Joe’ – by seven points.
Biden, who at 76 is the second-oldest contender in the 2020 race, has been slowly losing ground in the crowded Democratic field as a string of verbal gaffes fueled concerns that he may be past his prime. He is pictured at a town hall event in South Carolina on Wednesday
During Tuesday’s radio program Levin challenged Lee, who authored the book ‘The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 37 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President’, on her assessment, questioning whether it was impartial.
‘It does not have to do with one’s political party. In political discourse, you give both sides equal say,’ Lee said. ‘But in medicine, medical neutrality means you bring the same standards, no matter what political party – and if the person meets the standards, you make the assessment.’
Levin replied: ‘But you don’t [act neutral]. I went through your book, doctor, show me the list of your standards… No offense, you sound like a palm reader. I’m asking you where are the standards?’
He accused the psychiatrist, a self-described conservative and liberal who voted for Hillary Clinton, of making assumptions about the president that could not be used in a legitimate diagnosis.
Lee was the author and editor behind The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 37 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President, released in October 2017
‘You did know, obviously, scientific diagnosis, that’s not possible from a distance,’ he said.
‘You didn’t do any kind of diagnosis.’
Lee pushed back, asserting that it’s an accepted practice to make diagnoses without actually speaking with an patient.
‘It’s been scientifically proven that for certain conditions, a diagnosis is more accurate from a distance, without a personal interview,’ she said.
‘Nowadays diagnoses are based on … outside observations – just observing the person… in a personal interview the person… can sometimes mislead you.’
She also insisted that she never claimed to have made an official diagnosis for Trump.
‘I have never diagnosed,’ Lee said. ‘I’m not interested in diagnosing, I’m not interested in the personal mental health of Donald Trump. I am only interested in the public health effects.’
Levin shot back: ‘This is double-speak. You don’t have a single scientific diagnosis from which you can analyze the mental health of the President of the United States.’
The full interview is available here.