“Donald Trump is not an Adolf Hitler,” Lee announced on Monday through Twitter, then diving into a rant where she seemingly argued the infamous dictator is more “competent” than Trump.
“At least Hitler improved the daily life of his followers, had discipline, and required more of himself to gain the respect of his followers. Even with the same pathology, there are varying degrees of competence.”
CNN and MSNBC's favorite "resistance" mental health expert has some thoughts on adolf hitler. pic.twitter.com/bCq2M9YzxC
— tsar becket adams (@BecketAdams) November 2, 2020
After a wave of criticism, Lee deleted her tweet and then defended herself by saying she was not actually arguing that Hitler is “better” than Trump.
“I see this message has upset people, but it is [a] comment not on better or worse but competence,” she wrote. “Please try to read dispassionately. I have stated several times that Donald Trump is not unique, and neither is Hitler. It is power placed in their hands that is unique.”
She later argued that while one is not better than the other, “low competence can translate to greater dangerousness.”
Few have bought into the defense, however, with Trump supporters instead chalking up the extreme opinion to a case of Trump Derangement Syndrome.
“The liberal left would actually prefer Hitler to Trump because he was more.. erm.. Disciplined. #TrumpDerangementSyndrome,” comedian Abi Roberts tweeted.
“Hall of fame material here, folks,” Washington Examiner’s Becket Adams added.
You may remember the psychiatrist calling Trump worse than Hitler as the same “expert” seen in the media earlier this year diagnosing POTUS as a “sociopath” pic.twitter.com/zEGMDNzlDq
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) November 2, 2020
You came and hit "send" without thinking
And your tweets all got ratioed
You deleted to stop it from spreading
But you're still dril today
— Noam Blum (@neontaster) November 2, 2020
This tweet is from a CNN guest who goes on air to call other people crazy. pic.twitter.com/DgnDuyjYUs
— Cerno (@Cernovich) November 2, 2020
Just incredible stuff here…my god. pic.twitter.com/Hq2QcMiuzN
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) November 2, 2020
The doctor has the worst case of TDS I’ve ever seen. Sick stuff.
— Kevin Hernandez (@kevinh85) November 2, 2020
Lee has continued to defend her tweet, which remains deleted, saying it was meant to show “hot little Donald Trump believes he needs to do to retain his followership,” rather than to minimize “Hitler’s atrocities.”
Okay, I have taken it down, since it has upset so many people and was not provoking thought but the opposite. Of note, my statement was about how little Donald Trump believes he needs to do to retain his followership, NOT to minimize Adolf Hitler’s atrocities.
— Bandy X Lee, MD, MDiv (@BandyXLee1) November 2, 2020
Lee has not only appeared on MSNBC and CNN, but also reportedly briefed members of the House and Senate in 2017 on the president’s mental state. She stated last month that Trump is a sociopath who “delights in putting people in danger” and “meets criteria for a locked psychiatric facility.”
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