Fact Check: Did a GOP Senator Agree Trump Was Mentally Ill?


For more than a year, Democrats and their liberal media allies have pressed the “Russian collusion” narrative as a basis for the impeachment and removal of President Donald Trump from the White House.

But as that collusion narrative continues to crumble, there has been a recent noticeable shift in the narrative away from Russia and toward Trump’s alleged mental instability that renders him unfit to hold office.

Politico recently pushed that narrative in a piece that discussed how opponents of Trump were investigating how they could use the 25th Amendment of the Constitution to oust the president, and it centered on a meeting held in December between a Yale University psychiatry professor and dozens of lawmakers in Congress.

The report noted that Dr. Bandy X. Lee met with dozens of Democrat members of Congress and “one Republican senator, whom Lee declined to identify,” on Dec. 5 and 6 to discuss the state of Trump’s mental health in light of recent behavior, remarks and, of course, his tweets.

As an aside, it is worth pointing out that this report coincides with the publication of a new book edited by Lee titled “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump,” which includes testimonials from no less than 27 psychiatrists and mental health professionals regarding the “dangerousness” of Trump — whom none of them have actually examined or questioned the president.

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Interestingly, Politico’s inclusion of the “one Republican senator” in tits account of Lee’s congressional meetings piqued the curiosity of The Weekly Standard, which found that Politico’s report of the alleged meeting wasn’t exactly as had been reported.

The conservative media outlet reached out to every single Republican Senate office to determine who had met with Lee, and virtually all of them — except for 12 offices that had failed to respond prior to publishing — flatly denied any involvement in any such meeting, including some of the usual Trump-hating suspects like Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake or Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker.

Furthermore, The Weekly Standard also reached out to Dr. Lee herself to ask about the alleged meeting with a Republican senator, but even she has now appeared to have walked back the claim Politico ran with.

“The meeting happened — it wasn’t arranged in advance,” stated Lee. “It was accidental. It was incidental, I will say. It was incidental.”

Lee was asked if the “incidental meeting” happened to take place in a hallway of the Senate building, where visitors routinely run into lawmakers in an “incidental” fashion, but Lee only replied, “I won’t comment. I’m sorry.”

As to whether the Republican senator with whom Lee had an “incidental” meeting was on board with her push to declare Trump mentally unfit to hold office, Lee admitted that the individual was not.

“No,” stated Lee. “I mean, they engaged us, but that’s about it.”

Lee continued to refuse to identify the unnamed Republican senator she had spoken with, citing the sensitivity of the issue and the need for confidentiality, and added that she hadn’t even told Politico off the record who the senator was.

So there you have it — the “meeting” between the Yale psychiatry professor and a Republican senator about Trump’s mental health that the liberal media has been crowing about wasn’t even a “meeting” at all, and the unprofessional “doctor” pushing an anti-Trump book has now admitted that the GOP senator didn’t even agree with her stance on Trump’s mental fitness for office.

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Ben Marquis is a writer who identifies as a constitutional conservative/libertarian. He has written about current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. His focus is on protecting the First and Second Amendments.
Ben Marquis has written on current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. He reads voraciously and writes about the news of the day from a conservative-libertarian perspective. He is an advocate for a more constitutional government and a staunch defender of the Second Amendment, which protects the rest of our natural rights. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with the love of his life as well as four dogs and four cats.
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