CNN Psychiatrist: Trump May Be Responsible For More Deaths Than Hitler & Stalin

CNN host Brian Stelter failed to fact check former Duke Psychiatry Chair Dr. Allen Frances when he made bizarre claims.

New York, NY – The former chair of Duke University’s Psychiatry Department said that President Donald Trump’s time in office may cause more deaths than Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, or Mao Zedong (video below).

Dr. Allen Frances made the proclamation Sunday morning on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” show and host Brian Stelter didn’t even make an attempt to argue with him or question his data, according to the Washington Examiner.

Stelter opened his show on Aug. 25 by asking if President Trump suffered from mental illness and ended his monologue by saying “we can’t tiptoe around it anymore,” the Daily Beast reported.

The host went on to discuss the merits of having psychiatrists hypothesize mental health diagnoses of President Trump with Frances and Dr. Bandy X. Lee.

Lee is the Yale psychiatrist who briefed members of Congress in January of 2018 and said the President has exhibited dangerous signs that required intervention by medical professionals, CNN reported at the time.

The 37,000-member American Psychiatric Association (APA) has banned psychiatrists from diagnosing patients that they haven’t examined.

The APA said in a blog post that "member psychiatrists should not give professional opinions about the mental state of someone they have not personally evaluated," CNN reported.

This is known as the “Goldwater Rule” which was created in 1973 in the wake of numerous psychiatrists making arbitrary but harshly negative assessments of Presidential candidate Barry Goldwater, whom none of those commenting had ever met, according to the APA website.

The former Duke Psychiatry chairman told CNN that he was opposed to doctors breaking the Goldwater Rule because calling President Trump mentally ill was an insult to the mentally ill population.

“Well, I think 'medicalizing' politics has three very dire consequences,” Frances said. “The first is that it stigmatizes the mentally ill. I’ve known thousands of patients, almost all of them are well-behaved, well-mannered good people. Trump is none of these. Lumping that is a terrible insult to the mentally ill and they have enough problems and stigma as it is."

"Second, calling Trump crazy hides the fact that we’re crazy for having elected him and even crazier for allowing his crazy policies to persist," the doctor continued. "Trump is as destructive a person in this century as Hitler, Stalin, Mao in the last century. He may be responsible for many more million deaths than they were."

Mao was the chairman of the Communist Party of China from 1943 until his death in 1976, and is credited with having killed as many as 45 million people under his policies of the “Great Leap Forward,” the Washington Examiner reported.

Stalin killed almost 20 million in labor camps while he led the Soviet Union.

And 11 million people were killed by Hitler and the Nazis during the Holocaust, the Washington Examiner reported.

CNN’s Stelter made no attempt to question Frances’ claims or fact check the doctor’s prediction.

Numerous entities called out CNN, and the show’s host specifically, for their handling of the segment.

Stelter later posted on Twitter that he was having technical difficulties while they were filming the segment and he wasn’t able to hear what Frances as saying.

Frances also took to Twitter to clarify his own remarks and said that he meant President Trump was going to kill many more people with global warming.

Watch a psychiatrist who has never met the President predict he’s going to be more lethal than all the worlds’ most notorious leaders combined here below:

Comments (27)
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flybynight
flybynight

cnn never fact checks anyone that says what they want them to say. So he did and took cnn's $$$$$, it's as good as $oro$ money after all.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

I knew Trump Derangement Syndrome made you crazy, but I had no idea it was so lethal.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

I think that's about 1 in 3 people with the current population of the U.S. That must explain the bodies I'm seeing everywhere. And I do not live in Chicago.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

It's CNN. They are a mouthpiece of the DNC. It's sad, because they used to be a reputable and objective 24/7 news station, but now they put out almost as much incorrect liberal biased information as MSNBC. Fact checking never occurs when the claims are against the current president, because that would go against the democratic agenda.

I'm hoping the APA disciplines this psychiatrist for violating their rules.

Pat1978
Pat1978

And people pay a lot of money to go to Duke...

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Somebody take the Professor to the back and plug him into the Hyperdrive!

JBo
JBo

Dang those pesky, inconvenient facts!

DaveP326
DaveP326

So this bozo psychiatrist, who has never personally ever examined Trump, and against APA guidelines, says unequivocally that Trump could be responsible for more deaths than Mao, Stalin, and Hitler combined? Just to point out the obvious, but that would amount to 72 million persons, + or - a few million. The fact that Stetler never called him out on that very clearly explains why CNN is truly a failing news outlet with the lowest ratings. Stetler claimed to have experienced a technical glitch which caused him not to hear those comments. Does ANYBODY buy that BS??? CNN has an infamous reputation for airing anything at all negative about Trump, without any evidence to support them. CNN is amusing because we all know what they do and they are not fooling anyone but themselves. CNN is running neck and neck with MSNBC, or as I call it, BS-NBC, in the race to the bottom of the pile.

61mouse
61mouse

Want to know what's crazy and nuts , using CNN’s “Reliable Sources in the same sentence .Now that's nuts

61mouse
61mouse

One of the requirements to become a psychiatrist is to be nuts yourself

Trefflek
Trefflek

The Dr has taken on craziness of his patients. Straight up mentally insane, along with all of cnn

LAW169
LAW169

72 million bodies would be hard to hide. Where are they? This is incomprehensible and more antics of FAKE NEWS - Chicken Noodle News.

biggmike1290
biggmike1290

CNN, COMEDY NEWS NETWORK

Raymelson
Raymelson

Theses psycho idoits are the ones that need help

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

Sounds like this “professional” is a true psycho.

Dixiedamit
Dixiedamit

Geeeeeeeesch,where have I been to have missed all this ? Where's the mass graves...🤦‍♀️

Mic911
Mic911

What the hell does CNN know? CNN = Communist News Network

EddieK
EddieK

There should be a DSM number for Trump Derangement Syndrome. The shrink has forgotten to take his medication for a few days.

magnumforc
magnumforc

More psychiatrists are more F'ed up than their patients. They use the drugs they can prescribe and I have personally watched more than a few go down that slope to total basket cases. Plus, most don't have a clue what the hell they are talking about...ask a Vietnam or Afghan vet what they thing of the psyches....

chessie58
chessie58

Communist Network News------nothing more needs to be said.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Damned Dr. Francis is brain damaged! What a idiot!

61mouse
61mouse

#fakenews