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Psychiatrist Allen Frances claimed on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Sunday that President Donald Trump’s leadership will result in more deaths than the destructive actions of Hitler, Stalin, and Mao.

Frances, professor emeritus of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University, said:

Calling Trump crazy hides the fact that we’re crazy for having elected him. And even crazier for allowing his crazy policies to persist.

Trump is as destructive a person in this century as Hitler, Stalin and Mao were in the last century. He may be responsible for many million more deaths than they were.

He needs to be contained, but he needs to be contained by attacking his policies, not his person.

While Frances’ comments were shocking — considering Hitler, Stalin, and Mao were collectively responsible for killing tens of millions of people — even more stunning was the fact that show host Brian Stelter did not interject, question, push back, or fact check Frances.

Instead, Stelter allowed Frances to continue talking while he stared directly into the camera.


Stelter’s reaction — or more aptly, his non-reaction — triggered a wave of backlash on social media. He was criticized for not pushing back or questioning Frances’ outlandish claim, a routine responsibility for show hosts.

Erick Erickson:

Fox News host Greg Gutfeld:

Daily Caller reporter Chuck Ross:

Media reporter Joe Concha:

Pollster Frank Luntz:

Donald Trump Jr.:

How did Stelter respond? He said he should have interrupted Frances, but didn’t because he did not hear what Frances said. Stelter claimed he was “distracted by tech difficulties.”

But not everyone believed Stelter because, as the Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra noted, CNN promoted the segment that included the comments on social media.

  • Michael Terrell says:

    Is there anyone at CNN who isn’t insane, or violent?

  • Annabel says:

    Where are the Feds breaking the door down to Frances’ home in the early hours of the morning a la Roger Stone?

  • Don says:

    Well, there goes the reputation of Duke University as another village idiot speaks for them. BTW, tinkerbell, Trump hasn’t killed anyone nor any conservative. That’s been done by you Dumbascraps, for one….and Stelter can stutter all he wants and make denials but we KNOW he feigned distraction sot he comment could pass. That’s all we expect from the Crybaby News Network.

  • Joe P says:

    I think this psychiatrist needs a psychiatrist!!!!

  • CF