The Five rips CNN apart over psychiatrist’s inexcusable take on Trump

Screengrab CNN  Duke University psychiatry professor Allen Frances

Fox News’ “The Five” took on rival CNN over a ridiculous “Reliable Sources” segment on Sunday featuring Duke University psychiatry professor Allen Frances saying that President Donald Trump may be responsible for tens of millions of deaths.

The insanity spewed unchecked.

Frances appeared on CNN on Sunday and he made the claim with zero push back from anchor Brian Stelter, who sat there like a toad on a stump — Stelter would be forced to respond later because of the intense backlash to his inaction.

“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.”

Fox News co-host Greg Gutfeld marveled over how Frances essentially called Trump a murderous dictator only to then say the president shouldn’t be attacked personally.

“Yeah, attack his policies, not his person, says this jackass after saying Trump is deadlier than three of the biggest mass murderers in history,” Gutfeld said. “But why stop there? Why not add Genghis Khan, the black plague, ISIS, lawn darts, cigarettes, climate change, Maroon 5 and the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs? Hell, just go for it, Trump is responsible for more deaths than death itself.”


Noting that Stelter claimed he didn’t hear his guest make the ignorant comment, blaming technical problems, Gutfeld played a montage of Trump “hysteria” seen on a regular basis on the network to cast doubt on the excuse.

Of course, Stelter’s segment featured two psychiatrists evaluating President Trump’s mental health, his “sickness,” as one of the psychiatrists declared. This being part of a campaign to convince the American people ahead of the 2020 election that Trump is unfit for office.

It may also explain why CNN struggles to compete with even the Hallmark Channel.

“There’s got to be a new phrase to replace ‘jumping the shark’ for CNN,” Gutfeld insisted. “Maybe it’s called losing viewers by the butt-load, because the problem with the shrink’s opinion about Trump’s murderous footprint isn’t that it stood out from this pack of braying hyenas, but that it didn’t stand out at all. He wasn’t trying to shock Stelter, he was auditioning for his job.”

The assertion that Trump is worse than Hitler, Stalin and Mao was so over the top that even co-host Juan Williams disowned it, although he still went after his pound of flesh by saying the president’s “policies and his words, can be hurtful, they can be damaging and I will say so.”

Co-host Pete Hegseth offered a spot-on take on Trump in saying that his critics are their own worst enemy in trying to understand him.

“I would say the more they hate him, the less they understand him,” he said. “They can’t unpack the way he talks and why he talks that way, that he’s part comedian, part news critic, unfazed by the norms, larger than life personality and president who is — the things that normal people react to he doesn’t react to, he doubles down them and challenges them on it and he’s going to think outside the box on a number of issues.”

As for death, Hegseth added that Trump “crushed ISIS,” and may soon be appointing the Supreme Court justice who will overturn Roe v Wade.

“Then we might actually save millions of unborn lives,” he said, prompting Williams to chime in to say that would result in a “civil war in this country.”

Co-host Dana Perino talked about how the “unfair” accusation against Trump waters down people’s understanding of history.

Dr. Nicole Saphier, a regular Fox News contributor, spoke about the psychiatrists on CNN commenting on Trump’s mental health when they haven’t treated him, calling it “useless exercises.” Citing the Goldwater Rule, Saphier said it was “unethical and they are not allowed to do it.”

“If you actually listen to this interview, it was so embarrassing and ridiculous because he was actually saying we should not be criticizing Trump, we should not be calling him crazy because that is really adding to the stigma for mental illness,” she added. “But he said the word crazy no less than 20 times through that entire interview and he said, ‘Oh, by the way, anyone who votes for Trump is crazy.’ So he just played into his own thing. It’s ridiculous.”

As Gutfeld reminded all, CNN played an active role in helping elect Trump and he said the network is now trying to make up for it with their unhinged attacks on him.


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