It’s not so much that the left has gone insane in their opposition to President Donald Trump, it’s that they have at least two cable television networks to spew the insanity.
Duke University psychiatry professor Allen Frances appeared on CNN on Sunday and he made the claim on national television that the president of the United States may be responsible for millions of deaths.
How many millions? Tens of millions.
“Trump is as destructive a person in this century, as Hitler, Stalin, and Mao were in the last century,” he said. “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.”
Brian Stelter, the host of “Reliable Sources,” sat there like a toad on a stump while the outrageous allegation was leveled, offering no pushback whatsoever.
The idea that CNN had two psychiatrists on to evaluate President Trump’s mental health, his “sickness,” as one of the psychiatrists declared, was laughable on its own, and may explain why the network struggles to compete with even the Hallmark Channel.
This is part of the left’s fallback plan after the Russian collusion hoax fell through, to convince the American public — and the president’s cabinet — that Trump is unfit for office.
Frances, the former chairman of the Psychiatry Department at Duke University, said that calling the president crazy is a “terrible insult” to the mentally ill, stigmatizing them … only to then call American voters crazy for electing him.
“I’ve known thousands of patients, almost all of them have been well-behaved, well-mannered good people. Trump is none of these,” he said.
“Lumping the mentally ill with Trump is a terrible insult to the mentally ill and they have enough problems,” Frances continued. “Calling Trump crazy hides the fact that we’re crazy for having elected him and even crazier for allowing his crazy policies to persist.”
Stelter was eviscerated online for not pushing back on the shameful claims, although “This. Is. CNN,” where Trump bashing is as much a part of any set as lighting.
The reaction was so severe that the anchor was forced to respond, agreeing that he should have said something — claiming he didn’t hear Frances make the assertion.
(Stelter appears to be listening intently in the clip above.)
“I agree that I should have interrupted after that line. I wish I had heard him say it, but I was distracted by tech difficulties (that’s why the show open didn’t look the way it normally does, I had two computers at the table, etc). Not hearing the comment is my fault,” Stelter tweeted.
I agree that I should have interrupted after that line. I wish I had heard him say it, but I was distracted by tech difficulties (that’s why the show open didn’t look the way it normally does, I had two computers at the table, etc). Not hearing the comment is my fault.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) August 25, 2019
So there it is, Stelter is sorry and takes responsibility for his oversight. Sort of. I mean, he didn’t hear the insane remark and that’s his fault. He swears.
As for the good professor, he took to Twitter on late Sunday afternoon to explain — an exercise that further solidified just how unhinged he is, which puts him in the same company as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.
Because climate change!
Frances tweeted, “Terrible damage Trump is doing to world climate at this global warming tipping point may be irreversable/could kill hundreds of millions of people in the coming decades. Many of them our children & grandchildren & their children. This is an existential crisis for humanity.
(Yes, the professor misspelled irreversible.)
Terrible damage Trump is doing to world climate at this global warming tipping point may be irreversable/could kill hundreds of millions of people in the coming decades.
Many of them our children & grandchildren & their children.
This is an existential crisis for humanity. https://t.co/Ca6M5rgE0n
— Allen Frances (@AllenFrancesMD) August 25, 2019
The reaction on social media to Stelter’s explanation for not pushing back on his extremist guest centered on skepticism. Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
We will get a sense of how seriously you take this vile and dangerous rhetoric that you amplified on your show by how much of your show you devote to correcting it next week.
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) August 25, 2019
This is fine, Brian Stelter. Keep putting insane guests like this man on to trash the President. You’re actually creating more voters for President Trump. I know many people who are voting for him in 2020 simply because of how the media treats him. ??♀️
— Mandy ☕?? (@SpringSteps) August 25, 2019
— ❌John Johnson – American Patriot?? (@Onelifetogive) August 25, 2019
I just don’t buy it.
I have no reason to, you have a pattern of behavior of tolerating Leftist radicalism.
There’s not really a reason to give you the benefit of the doubt here.
— Michael (@mcaark) August 25, 2019
You don’t agree. You had him on for this specifically. This is your CYA tweet to prevent the libel lawsuit later.
— Sheepdog Covfefe (@navymig) August 25, 2019
.@BrianStelter is shocked — shocked! — that @AllenFrancesMD (a guy who spends much of his time on Twitter comparing Trump to Hitler) would come on his show and spend much of the segment comparing Trump to Hitler! pic.twitter.com/rVgcfegQ1D
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) August 25, 2019
And we have our REPUBLICANS POUNCED on this segment from Newsweek. pic.twitter.com/3662KXsvhq
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) August 25, 2019
In case you thought @brianstelter was a serious journalist, today he:
-Let a guest accuse Trump of being worse than Hitler/Stalin/Mao
-Let a guest defend CNN hiring McCabe
-Coached April Ryan through a disastrous interview about her bodyguard assaulting a journo
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) August 25, 2019
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