- The Washington Times - Monday, November 2, 2020

Dr. Bandy Lee, a well-known Yale psychiatrist, came under fire Monday after she claimed President Trump is worse than Adolf Hitler because the Nazi leader at least “improved the daily life of his followers.”

“Donald Trump is not an Adolf Hitler,” Dr. Lee wrote in a now-deleted tweet, according to a screenshot shared by the Washington Examiner’s Becket Adams. “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.”

“While committing mass murder, he hid it well and enriched the lives of ordinary Germans with stolen goods,” she continued, according to screenshots. “He worked harder to earn his followers. Other than these differences, they were similarly incompetent and destructive.”

“A refusal to make comparisons has been a problem, when they have such similarities,” she reportedly added. “Donald Trump’s death toll is now higher than Hitler‘s at the same period.”

Dr. Lee edited a book titled, “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President,” and has made multiple appearances on CNN and MSNBC arguing that Mr. Trump is a danger to America. In December 2017, she briefed a handful of members of the House and Senate on the president’s mental state, Mediaite reported.

Dr. Lee deleted her tweets Monday but did not apologize for them, saying she was not trying to minimize Hitler‘s crimes.

“Okay, I have taken it down, since it has upset so many people and was not provoking thought but the opposite,” she wrote. “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.

“If we cannot look at parallels in history and learn from them, we are truly poised to repeat it,” she continued. “I say so in heartbreak for the 11+ million lives lost, not in their minimization (currently, we are looking at 7 billion at risk, without exaggeration if we soberly thought of it).

“It is at least heartening to know there is uniform denouncing of Hitler,” she wrote. “Since I specialize in treating violent offenders, I know Neo-Nazis and white supremacists never went away (they have been my patient base for 20 years!). Similar personalities usually attract one another.

“I look forward to the day when an aversion to comparison does not prevent us from recognizing genocide happening before us,” she added. “On Friday, there were 100,000 new cases in a single day. Many will experience torture, long-lasting debility, and death. And overwhelmingly minority.”

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