Citizen Petition against Jeffrey Lieberman to President Elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.

Below is the record of a petition by a citizen concerned about Jeffrey Lieberman’s potential appointment in the Biden administration, published here: https://www.change.org/p/citizens-concerned-about-the-mental-of-our-leaders-petition-to-president-elect-joseph-r-biden-jr-re-health-and-human-services-appointee

January 17, 2021

Dear President Elect Biden,

We strongly request that Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman not be considered for the position of Health and Human services, nor any position in your administration. Were it not for Dr. Lieberman, who became the most prominent defender of the president in the mental health world, we could have been spared the deadly reign of President Donald J. Trump, who incited a violent terrorist insurrection at the Capitol and came very close to destroying our democracy. Further, he denied the danger of a deadly virus, which has already caused hundreds of thousand Americans to die unnecessarily and millions more to suffer permanent disabilities.
Dr. Lieberman crusaded against conscientious mental health professionals who tried to warn us about a mentally unfit, dangerous president, claiming that they were unethically “diagnosing” the president, when they were in fact fulfilling their societal responsibility to educate and protect the nation. By contrast, Dr. Lieberman explicitly diagnosed the president:

https://www.vice.com/en/article/wjjv3x/trumps-brain-and-the-25th-amendment

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/12/opinion/trump-mentally-ill.html

He did so by clearing the president of any serious conditions and calling him “just a jerk,” which he was in no position to do (Dr. Bandy Lee and others have clarified that “neither exclusion nor inclusion is possible from a distance”):

http://www.bioethics.net/2020/10/the-mental-health-pandemic-that-did-not-need-to-be/

As a concerned citizen, we believe we have the right to hear the opinions and warnings of mental health professionals regarding the fitness of presidents and candidates to serve. We have suffered greatly for the ban on mental health professionals by the media, which Dr. Lieberman helped to effectuate:

https://www.madinamerica.com/2020/04/muzzled-psychiatry-time-crisis/

Please do not appoint Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, who did all he could the silence the voices of ethical professionals, from whom we needed to hear the most. The simple ability to hear trusted voices in time could have saved countless lives and prevented so very much pain, suffering, and loss.

Sincerely,
Citizens who value mental health expertise

Forensic psychiatrist, violence expert, president of the World Mental Health Coalition (worldmhc.org), and editor of "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump.”

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