Yale psychiatrist: Trump’s "authoritarian" attacks on science take the US back to "the Dark Ages"

"When the defenses of a deprived population meet an authoritarian . . . we negate progress," Dr. Bandy X. Lee says

By Sarah K Burris
October 20, 2020 6:28PM (UTC)
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US President Donald Trump speaks during the first presidential debate at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 29, 2020. (SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

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Yale University psychiatrist Dr. Bandy Lee, MD noted that President Donald Trump and his administration's attacks on science are leading the United States into the Dark Ages. 

"What is the difference between a civilized society and a bare-subsistence one?" Lee asked on Twitter. "It is the systematic training and application of expertise: science to keep out disease; engineering to build safe and durable structures; art to create an uplifting environment; etc. When the defenses of a deprived population meet an authoritarian who needs to suppress all expertise—in order to present oneself as the ultimate authority, the expert in everything, without competition—we negate progress and return to bare-subsistence days called the Dark Ages"


Trump has replaced the top infectious diseases experts and virologists on the Coronavirus Task Force with an X-Ray doctor who doesn't believe masks stop the spread of COVID-19.

He's repeatedly attempted to cut funding to science agencies in the government. Even his science adviser left experts wanting more.

"He came in all fired up, promising to make things happen," one lobbyist says about White House Office of Science and Technology Policy director Kelvin Droegemeier. "But so far nothing has come out of it, and the research community is very disappointed. Another science policy specialist adds, "I give him an A for effort, and an F for performance."


You can read Lee's full tweet below:

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