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Dershowitz: The Left Couldn’t Criminalize Trump, Now Trying To “Psychiatrize Political Differences”

On Monday night’s edition of Hannity, constitutional law professor Alan Dershowitz said now that the left “couldn’t criminalize political differences” in regard to President Trump, “they’re trying to pathologize, to psychiatrize political differences.” Dershowitz said it is tyrannical governments that use the power of psychiatry and not the merits to debate their political opponents.

“They’re trying to say, ‘Oh maybe we can’t get him on crime but we’re going to show that he has mental problems, that he’s disturbed.’ The guy on CNN today was talking about he has Alzheimer’s and he should be subjected to a neurological exam,” Dershowitz said.

“That is so dangerous,” he added.

“That is what they did in the former Soviet Union,” Dershowitz said. “I represented some dissidents in the Soviet Union who were sent to mental hospitals. They did it in China. They did that in apartheid South Africa.”

“Look, I taught law and psychiatry for 25 years at Harvard. I co-edited the textbook on law and psychiatry. And the first rule of psychiatry is you do not diagnose based on political grounds,” Dershowitz declared.

SEAN HANNITY, HOST: You see this type of leaking. I have followed your comments on this very, very closely. And then you see that the Trump-Russia collusion narrative really dying and withering on a vine and now they’ve moved into a collective media bubble that this president, we’ve got to go to the 25th Amendment. What is your reaction to all of it?

ALAN DERSHOWITZ: [The] 25th Amendment is totally irrelevant to what is going on. It was designed for somebody who had a stroke or was involved in a serious accident and was incapacitated and requires the vice president, the cabinet, two-thirds of each House of Congress. It’s a fool’s errand.

HANNITY: It’s not going to happen.

DERSHOWITZ: Of course it’s not going to happen. But what they’re trying to do, though, is now that they couldn’t criminalize political differences they’re trying to pathologize, to psychiatrize political differences.

They’re trying to say, ‘Oh maybe we can’t get him on crime but we’re going to show that he has mental problems, that he’s disturbed.’ The guy on CNN today was talking about he has Alzheimer’s and he should be subjected to a neurological exam. That is so dangerous.

That is what they did in the former Soviet Union.

I was involved, represented some dissidents in the Soviet Union who were sent to mental hospitals. They did it in China. They did that in apartheid South Africa.

At Harvard, I was there, there was a guy named Roy Medvedev who wrote a book about being committed to a psychiatric hospital.

But it was a pervasive way that tyrannical governments use the power of psychiatry to try to not answer the merits. We don’t want to debate the merits. He’s crazy.

HANNITY: The Soviet Union was notorious for this.

DERSHOWITZ: They were doing it all the time.

The American Psychiatric Association sent a delegation. And the American Psychiatric Association at the Goldwater case said it is wrong for any psychiatrist ever to diagnose anybody without them examining them.

Look, I taught law and psychiatry for 25 years at Harvard. I co-edited the textbook on law and psychiatry. And the first rule of psychiatry is you do not diagnose based on political grounds.

HANNITY: I read the book the synthesis of Russian mind control techniques. It’s everything you are discussing and it’s all true. Every bit of it is true.

DERSHOWITZ: It’s so dangerous.

HANNITY: It’s so dangerous.

DERSHOWITZ: If you don’t like somebody, vote against them. I voted against Donald Trump. I voted for Hillary Clinton. …read more

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