‘The Dangerous Case Of Donald Trump’: 27 Psychiatrists Assess | The Last Word | MSNBC


>>>THE THE SECRETARY OF STATE S THE PRESIDENT A MORON. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE THEN SAYS THAT THE SECRETARY OF STATE IS ONE OF THE THREE PEOPLE WHO, QUOTE, SEPARATE OUR COUNTRY FROM CHAOS. THIS WEEK’S CHAOS IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS BY NOW UNSURPRISING AND WAS IN EFFECT PREDICTED BY THE NEW BOOK “THE DANGEROUS CASE OF DONALD TRUMP.” EDITED BY MANDY LEE, MD, A IT VALIDATES THE SPECKATION OF DONALD TRUMP’S MENTAL CAPACITY. THERE IS THIS PASSAGE IN THE BOOK FROM A DAVID BROOKS COLUMN IN “THE NEW YORK TIMES.” HE CANNOT BE CONTAINED BECAUSE HE IS PSYCHOLOGICALLY OFF THE CHAIN. WITH EACH PASSING WEEK HE DISPLAYS THE CLASSIC SYMPTOMS OF MEDIUM-GRADE MANIA IN MORE DISTURBING FORMS, INFLATED SELF-ESTEEM, AGGRESSION AND A COMPULSION TO OFFER ADVICE ON SUBJECTS HE KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT. HIS SPEECH PATTERNS ARE LIKE SOMETHING STRAIGHT OUT OF A PSYCHIATRIC DISPLAY OF FLIGHT OF IDEAS. IT’S A DISTORTED CHAIN OF SPARKING ANOTHER AND SPARKS ANOTHER AND THEY’RE OFF TO THE RACES. AS ONE TRAINED PSYCHIATRIST SAID TO ME, COMPARE DONALD TRUMP’S SPEAKING PATTERNS TO A ROBIN WILLIAMS MONOLOGUE BUT WITH INSULTS INSTEAD OF JOKES AND DAVID BROOKS WROTE THAT COLUMN OVER A YEAR AGO WHEN DONALD TRUMP WAS THEHE REPUBLICAN NOMIE FOR PRESIDENT. THE REPORTED REASON THAT THE SECRETARY OF STATE CALLED THE PRESIDENT A MORON WAS BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT COMPARED THE AFGHANISTAN WAR POLICY TO THE RENOVATIONS OF THE 21 CLUB RESTAURANT IN MIDTOWN MANHATTAN. HE TOLD THE NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISERS A STORY OF THE 21 CLUB HIRING VERY EXPENSIVE CONSULTANTS FOR A RENOVATION OF A YEAR AND ENDED UP CHANGING NOTHING IN THE RESTAURANT AND TRUMP’S POINT WAS THAT TALKING TO THE WAITERS AT THE RESTAURANT WOULD HAVE LED TO A BETTER SET OF CHOICES THAN LISTENING TO THE SO-CALLED EXPERTS. SO WHY SHOULD HE LISTEN TO THE EXPERTS ON AFGHANISTAN? AND WHEN THAT STORY BECAME PUBLIC, THE 21 CLUB SAID NOT ONE WORD OF IT WAS TRUE. THE OWNER OF THE 21 CLUB AT THE TIME SAID I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT WAS IN HIS HEAD. I NEVER HAVE. THE EDITOR OF “THE DANGEROUS CASE OF DONALD TRUMP” AND THE AUTHOR OF DONALD TRUMP’S FIRST BO>>>WRITTEN BY A NICE REPORTER. NOW THE POOR GUY, YOU OUGHT TO SEE THIS GUY. I DON’T KNOW WHAT I SAID. I DON’T REMEMBER. HE’S GOING LIKE, I DON’T REMEMBER. MAYBE THAT’S WHAT I SAID.>>WE’RE JOINED BY DR. BANDY LEE ON THE FACULTY OF THE YALE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND EDITOR OF “THE DANGEROUS CASE OF DONALD TRUMP.” 27 PSYCHIATRISTS AND MENTAL HEALTH EXPERTS ASSESS A PRESIDENT. ALSO JOINING US, TONY SCHWARTZ, CO-AUTHOR OF DONALD TRUMP’S BEST SELLING BOOK “THE ART OF THE DEAL.” HE WAS THE REAL AUTHOR OF THE DEAL. HIS CO-AUTHOR DONALD TRUMP DIDN’T WRITE A WORD OF IT. TONY SCHWARTZ WITH AN ENTRY IN THIS NEW BOOK EDITED BY DR. LEE. DR. LEE, WHAT BROUGHT THE GROUP TOGETHER TO PRODUCE THIS BOOK? BECAUSE I KNOW A YEAR AGO IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT FOR ME TO FIND A PSYCHIATRIST TO COME ON TV AND TALK ABOUT DONALD TRUMP BECAUSE THE GENERAL RULE WAS, IT’S A PATIENT I HAVEN’T DIAGNOSED AND HOW CAN I TALK ABOUT IT?>>WELL, THAT WAS MY SAME EXPERIENCE WHEN TRYING TO WRITE TO VARIOUS CONGRESS MEMBERS. INITIALLY I HAD A LETTER OF CONCERN AND THEN I HAD ORGANIZED A CONFERENCE TO SPEAK ABOUT THE ETHICS OF THE DUTY TO WARN VERSUS THE DUTY TO REFRAIN FROM COMMENTING ON PUBLIC F FIGURES.>>BASICALLY REFRAIN ON PUBLIC FIGURES.>>IT’S A DUTY TO WARN OUT WEIGHS THE CONSIDERATION THAT WOULD NORMALLY APPLY WHICH IS I’M NOT GOING TO OFFER PUBLIC DIAGNOSIS OF A PERSON I HAVE NOT MET?>>YES. AND INITIALLY IT WAS VERY HARD TO GET ANY INVENTORIES, LETTERS IN WRITING, BUT AFTER THE CONFERENCE HUNDREDS OF MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS GOT IN TOUCH WITH ME SAYING THEIR SAME CONCERN. THE ASSESSMENT WAS ALMOST UNANIMOUS, THAT THEY WERE ALL CONCERNED AND DID NOT KNOW OF A WAY TO SPEAK ABOUT IT. THERE ARE ABOUT 4,000 MEMBERS OF THE COALITION THAT WE HAD NAMED TO WARN. WE HAVE 63 THOUSAND SIGNATOR RIS TO A PETITION THAT JOHN GERTNER HAD CREATED, AND WHEN I WAS COMPILING THIS BOOK WE COULDN’T INCLUDE EVERYBODY BECAUSE THERE WERE SO MANY PEOPLE COMING FORTH. THIS IS JUST A REPRESENTATIVE SAMPLE.>>YOU HAVE LANCE DONALDSON HERE. TONY, I HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU THAT IS ABOUT POLICY AND THE PSYCHE OF DONALD TRUMP, AND IT’S THE CRUCIAL QUESTION OF THE DAY OR THE WEEK FOR NEXT WEEK, AND THAT IS WE HAVE A REPORT SAYING THAT THE PRESIDENT IS GOING TO ANNOUNCE THAT HE IS GOING TO PULL THE UNITED STATES OUT OF THE IRAN DEAL. KNOWING DONALD TRUMP AS YOU DO, YOU KNOW HIM BETTER THAN ANYONE WHO SPEAKS ABOUT HIM PUBLICALLY, WOULD HE PULL THE UNITED STATES OUT OF THE IRAN DEAL JUST BECAUSE REX TILLERSON IS IN FAVOR OF STAYING WITH THE IRAN DEAL? IS THAT THE KIND OF PSYCHE –>>I DON’T KNOW THAT THAT WOULD BE THE ONLY REASON BUT THAT WOULD PUT HIM OVER THE EDGE. THERE ARE STILL FACTIONS IN HIS ADMINISTRATION ARGUING EACH SIDE BUT, YES, HE IS EMOTIONALLY DRIVEN, NOT OBVIOUSLY INTELLECTUALLY DRIVEN. YOU DON’T WANT TO USE THAT WORD WITH REGARD TO TRUMP, AND I ABSOLUTELY BELIEVE THAT ANY DECISION HE MAKES IS GOING TO BE PRIMARILY MADE BY THE INTENSITY OF THE EMOTION HE FEELS ABOUT IT.>>WHICH INCLUDES WHETHER HE LIKES THE PERSON OR NOT.>>IT ISN’T ABOUT LIKING A PERSON. DONALD TRUMP DOESN’T LIKE PEOPLE. WHAT HE DOES IS SEES THEM AS USEFUL OR NOT USEFUL AND HE SEES THEM ASMIR ROHRING HIM AND SUPPORTING HIM OR OPPOSING HIM AND DIMINISHING HIM AND THERE’S CERTAINLY NO QUESTION THAT RIGHT NOW HE SEES TILLERSON AS SOMEONE WHO IS AN INJURY TO HIS SENSE OF HIMSELF.>>HENRY FREEDMAN, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF. [ SILENCE ] — PROFESSOR OF PSYCHIATRY. HE SAYS PARANOID, HYPER SENSITIVE, GRANDIOSE ILL-INFORMED LEADER SUCH AS DONALD TRUMP, WHO HAS SURROUNDED HIMSELF WITH A CABINET AND SET OF ADVISERS WHO ARE ABLE TO BRING HIM OUT OF HIS PARANOID SUSPICIONS AND INSIS TEN SIS OR, WORSE, IDENTIFY WITH HIS POSITIONS, REPRESENTS A MULTI-DIMENSIONAL THREAT TO OUR COUNTRY AND THE WORLD. WHEN A PSYCHIATRIST SEES US THAT WAY, THAT’S THE DEFINITION OF THE DUTY TO WARN.>>EXACTLY. THE GOLDWATER RULE ITSELF WHICH IS THE ETHICAL GUIDELINE NOT TO DIAGNOSE A PUBLIC FIGURE IN THE OPEN FALLS UNDER THE ETHICAL PRINCIPLE THAT WE PARTICIPATE IN ACTIVITIES THAT PROMOTE PUBLIC HEALTH AND PUBLIC MENTAL HEALTH AND SO WHEN SILENCE CONTRIBUTES TO HARM TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH, THEN WE DO HAVE A DUTY TO SPEAK OUT AND THE DUTY TO WARN AND THE DUTY TO PROTECT IS PERVASIVE.>>A DUTY TO WARN GENERALLY FOLLOWS INDIVIDUAL CASES. YOU HAVE A PATIENT WHO YOU BELIEVE WOULD COMMIT A VIOLENT CRIME. TONY, TAKE US INSIDE DONALD TRUMP AS YOU KNOW THAT MAN WHEN HE GETS THE NEWS YESTERDAY MORNING AT 6:00 A.M. THAT NBC NEWS IS REPORTING THAT REX TILLERSON HAS CALLED HIM A MORON.>>I MEAN, IT’S ALMOST UNIMAGINABLE HOW ENRAGED HE MUST HAVE BEEN UNDER THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES.>>THAT’S WHAT OUR REPORTING IS NOW, THAT HE WAS ENRAGED.>>BECAUSE THE IDEA THAT SUCH AN AUTHORITATIVE FIGURE IN HIS OWN ADMINISTRATION, A GUY THAT CLAIMS TO PRIZE LOYALTY, HAS NONE OF IT TOWARDS OTHER PEOPLE BUT HE EXPECTS IT FROM OTHER PEOPLE, AND A COMBINATION OF CIRCUMSTANCES HAD TO HAVE PUT HIM AT A VERY — THIS IS WHEN HE MOVES IN WITH THE KIND OF EMOTION WHERE HE COULD VASTLY OVER REACT. IT’S THE VERY THING AS FAR BACK AS JULY 16 I WAS SAYING MADE ME THINK THAT HE COULD IN AN IMPULSIVE, ANGRY MOMENT PUNCH IN THE NUCLEAR CODE.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING US. THE BOOK IS “THE DANGEROUS CASE OF DONALD TRUMP” AND THIS IS AN HISTORIC WORK IN THE HISTORY OF

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