Trump-obsessed former Yale psychiatrist fails in legal bid to get rehired

After years of so-called “experts” popping up on liberal news shows to slam former President Donald Trump with one baseless accusation or another, it’s difficult to keep the culprits straight, but readers will likely remember Dr. Bandy Lee, a Yale psychiatrist who became a media darling for her long-distance diagnoses of Trump’s mental state.

Awash in the effects of Trump Derangement Syndrome, Lee was let go from Yale University after none other than Harvard professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz complained that she was diagnosing subjects from afar without the benefit of an actual psychological evaluation — a violation of what is known as the “Goldwater Rule.”

As BizPac Review reported at the time, Dershowitz filed the complaint in 2020 after Lee went to the absurd lengths of computing how many times Dershowitz and Trump used the word “perfect” and determined that the iconic defense attorney and Constitutional expert was experiencing a “shared psychosis” by assuming what she claimed was Trump’s “grandiosity and delusional-level impunity.”

Lee was let go and promptly filed a lawsuit in which she claimed her tweet regarding Dershowitz was not a formal diagnosis and, in letting her go, Yale violated her rights to free speech and academic freedom.


Of course, she was challenging the argument of the guy who got Klaus van Bulow off, so the outcome was, to any level-headed person, predictable.

In her lawsuit, Lee claimed it was her “duty to warn” Americans about the “contagion” of Trump’s mental state, but Yale disagreed, calling into question Lee’s “judgment, professionalism, and fitness to teach” after she spewed her professional opinions in front of the spotlights without having even met the former president.

Her sensational media appearances contradicted the American Psychiatric Association’s guidance regarding diagnosing someone you’ve never actually evaluated.

As she wasn’t a member of the American Psychiatric Association, Lee argued its guidance didn’t apply to her and insisted the Goldwater Rule was tantamount to a “gag order.”

In a 2020 letter to Lee from the chair of Yale’s Psychiatry Department, Dr. John Krystal expressed his concern over Lee’s ability “to teach trainees.”

“I want to emphasize that you did not make these statements as a layperson offering a political judgment; you made them explicitly in your professional capacity as a psychiatrist and on the basis of your psychiatric knowledge and judgment,” he wrote. “For that reason, the committee decided it was appropriate to consider how these statements reflected your ability to teach trainees.”

It’s a valid concern, considering that Lee once implied, based on her assessment of Trump and his supporters, that MAGA-voting cities should be bombed into oblivion like the Allies bombed Dresden in World War II to break “the spell” Hitler had on his citizens.

U.S. District Judge Sarah A.L. Merriman agreed with Dr. Krystal and dismissed Lee’s lawsuit in a decision that was published on Tuesday, the Hartford Courant reported.


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