STELTER: “You can describe what you’re seeing. Dr. Francis, I know you disagree with this view Dr. Lee and a couple of psychiatrists published. You said it’s dangerous, why?”
FRANCES: “There are three very dire consequences. The first is that it stigmatizes. I’ve known thousands of patients, almost all of them are well-behaved well-mannered good Trump is none of these. Lumping that is a terrible insult and they have enough problems and stigma as it is. Calling Trump crazy hides the fact that we’re crazy for having elected him and even crazier for allowing his crazy policies to persist. Trump is as destructive a perp in this century as Hitler in the last century. He may be responsible for many more million deaths than they were. He needs to be contained but he needs to be contained by attacking his policies, not his person. It’s crazy for us to be destroying the climate our children will live in. It’s crazy to be giving tax cuts to the rich that will add trillions of dollars to the debt our children will have to pay. It’s crazy to be destroying our democracy by claiming that the press and the courts of the enemy of the people. We have to face these policies not Trump’s person. It’s absolutely impossible, you can bet the house that the Congress that paints that the cabinet will never ever remove Trump on grounds of mental unfitness. That will never happen. Discussing the issue in psychological name-calling terms distracts us from getting out to vote —“
>> But I’m not talking about name-calling. I’m talking about asking questions that are really uncomfortable. Not saying we have the answers, I’m saying we need to bring it up.
>> The problem is the diagnosis offered have been armature. They don’t apply to Trump. They will never get Trump out of office and I’m worried that in dealing with the psychological motivations and inaccurate diagnosis, we lose the focus on getting out to vote and that’s much more important at this point.