Election 2016

Deepak Chopra Blames Donald Trump For Making the Guru Call the Billionaire "Retarded"

Whether he's right about the GOP presidential nominee, Chopra has a lot of explaining to do about why his brand of medicine gets taxpayer support.

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Deepak Chopra
Todd Krainin, Reason TV

Well, it's come to this.

Everybody's favorite feel-good fakir, Deepak Chopra, has called presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, "emotionally retarded" and "maybe…mentally retarded too." The slagging took place on Alan Colmes' radio show and was transcribed by The Daily Beast's Andrew Kirell.

Not only did the author of The Path To Love (among other books) insult Trump, he then blamed the billionaire developer for making him act so childishly:

"What I said just now [about Trump's 'retardation'], I would never say these things about anybody," the guru confessed. "It's not like me. But he's bringing out the worst in me, because I, too, am fearful of what would happen to the United States of America and the rest of the world if, God forbid, he became president."

After several minutes of scorning himself for giving into such negative "demons," effectively feeding Trump's desire for controversy, Chopra took it a step further: "Maybe I was too kind when I said he was emotionally retarded, maybe he's mentally retarded too."

More here.

Listen to Chopra, a spiritual guide to many, many celebrities and a professor at UC-San Diego's Department of Family Medicine, trash talk the Donald here.

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Whatever Chopra's attitudes toward Trump, his approach to getting federal funding for so-called alternative medicine is worth understanding in full. Last September, Reason TV's Todd Krainin produced a great documentary about how the sorts of alternative, "complementary," and "integrative" medical practices Chopra promotes ended up getting taxpayer dollars and being included in all sorts of insurance mandates. It's a disturbing story but one that you'll find fascinating. As Krainin shows, retired Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) was a big advocate of bee pollen and other phoney cures for whatever ailed him and in the late 1980s and early '90s, he wanted to bring his New Age snake oil to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As a result, Harkin stacked the relevant panel with medical know-nothings:

"Many things that seem to be effective don't stand up to scientific research but they still cure people," Rep. Berkley Bedell (D-Iowa) told the Journal of the American Medical Association, shortly after his appointment to the advisory council by Harkin in 1992. "If that's the case, then I hate to think we may squelch something by insisting it has to go through scientific investigation."

Others had incentives to validate alternative therapies that were at odds with the OAM's stated mission of impartiality and objectivity. An original member of the advisory council, Deepak Chopra benefited from the imprimatur of the NIH years before Oprah Winfrey catapulted the New Age healer to national stardom. Four members of the council personally selected by Harkin had scant medical training yet were vocal advocates for alternative medicine.

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  1. I thought victim blaming was looked down on in leftist circles?

  2. Look, when Deepak Chopra talks, retards listen.

    1. And all they hear is “who wants cake?”

  3. This just the kind of hit piece defending Trump I’ve come to expect from reason!

    1. You’ll notice Nick doesn’t make one mention of how retarded Hillary is.

      1. Reason = Nick
        Nick = Reason

        COME ON SHEEPLE!

      2. Seriously. I can’t wait for this election to be over so I can get back to my nut punches as scheduled.

        1. This election hasn’t felt from the start like somebody running a 200-car freight train over your sac? Guess it’s just me, then.

        2. I would be happy to help you with these but I’m in California!

          Hey…that’s kind of a nut punch for both of us!

        3. Where’s my cop violence porn?

          I needs me some bad.

    2. You’re all missing the point, this is just Nick’s clever way of introducing a segue into his support for corporate medicine.

      1. I want to see Nick’s long form birth certificate! Wait, which conspiracy are we on?

        1. Sentient driverless cars running Google.

        2. JET FUEL CAN’T MELT STEEL BEAMS, YARR

        3. Actually, i defer to mtrueman, who is lurking downthread.

  4. Had to read half the story before I could figure out what the hell that headline was saying.

  5. Deepak Chopra Blames Donald Trump For Making the Guru Call the Billionaire “Retarded”

    “Don’t say’ tarded shit and I won’t have to call you a ‘tard, ‘tard!”

    1. “Your shit’s all retarded and you talk like a fag!”

  6. Speaking of charlatans like Chopra, one of the best books I ever read was Carl Sagan’s “The Demon Haunted World.” It was basically about skepticism (I’m also a fan of the Amazing Randi) but what I remember most about the book was the way Sagan segued from talking about believing in ghosts, etc. to believing in the lies that politicians tell us. It was eye-opening, smoothly done, and brilliant.

    1. Thanks for the info – getting it for my Pa for Father’s Day!

    2. I’ll check it out. I also like Randi.

    3. One of my favorites, as well. Sagan was a collectivist in my view, but he got a lot of things right in this book. Many people want to believe in the bogeyman

      1. Had he lived, I’m sure he would have been disgusted with today’s Left. Especially their scientific hypocrisy.

        1. “I hate to think we may squelch something by insisting it has to go through scientific investigation”

          *headdesk*

  7. The worst was already there. That someone that is supposedly “spiritual” blames someone else for their behavior speaks volumes to the commitment that person has to good behavior.

    1. At least he blatantly exposed himself as a charlatan, not that anyone will notice or care.

    2. An old friend of mine from India tells me there is a saying from the old country: “Never trust someone who stands so close to God.”

  8. Deepak Chopra …. Isn’t he the guy the “pseudo-profound bullshit” study was partially based on?

    Why, yes, he is.

  9. Oh, and I almost forgot to add:

    Trump vs. Chopra = “CRIPPLE FIGHT!”

  10. I just noticed the picture of Trump mocking a disabled journalist. Dude is equal opportunity.

  11. Best. Troll. Ever.

    What’s so interesting is how these people are blaming Trump for their own emotional, violent outbursts.

    Chopra–“It’s Trump’s fault I got so worked up that I called him a retard!”
    San Jose Mayor–“It’s Trump’s fault our proud, peaceful mestizo population devolved into rioting, waving Mexican flags, and assaulting the people who attended his rally!”
    Jesse Benn–“It’s Trump’s fault that we have to physically harm and even kill these people if necessary!”

    Because self-control is for BIGOTZ, HATER!

    1. People are going to shriek about his awesome power to control everything and then wonder why Americans voted for someone advertised by his enemies as effective at anything he obliquely touches.

      1. It’s like they have no clue about the concept of “self-fulfilling prophecy.” For god’s sake, Hillary released a video claiming that, unlike other politicians, Trump would actually accomplish everything he said he’d do if elected President. She really needs Warren as a VP, because she’s practically writing Trump’s campaign ads for him at this point.

        1. I about died laughing when I saw her “attack ad”.

          Her campaign is being run by drunken chimps locked in the bathroom. They throw in bananas and rum and pre-paid cell phones, and hope for the best.

          1. Hey, lay off those campaign staffers, you think it’s easy putting lipstick on that pig?

            1. Hillary wears lipstick? I guess I never noticed.

          2. Watch out – he who is full of cytotoxicity will be calling you a mental midget and all sorts of shriek level tard before you know it.

          3. There’s an old saying to the effect that infinite monkeys with infinite typewriters would, given an infinite amount of time, produce the works of Shakespeare purely by chance.

            Hillary Clinton’s campaign literature? Three monkeys, ten minutes.

            1. 3 monkeys, 10 minutes, and 1 bottle of rum.

              1. YO HO, YO HO, YO HO!

    2. This.

      It just goes to show you the mentality of these individuals. They take no responsibility for their actions. Trump is a blowhard and deserves all the hate, but he is not to blame for the actions of others.

  12. Deepak Chopra is a self-justifying shit who insults people. Who could have seen that one coming?

  13. It’s not if the left does it

    1. It’s not -X- if the left does it

  14. Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) is a real and powerful force. I predict the epidemic will plateau for the month of June only to severely worsen in July before reaching crisis levels in autumn. Prepare yourselves, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

    1. Just the tip

      1. “It’s not a little tip, I can honestly tell you that! People with little tips? I think they’re pathetic losers. Vite for a big tipped-weiner/winner like me!”

        Drumpf campaign ad

  15. I think it’s obvious the in addition to Peak Derp, Peak Pants-Shitting is never reached.

    1. No Jews were harmed in its collection.

      1. Only because it doesn’t exist. If it did, there would certainly bee a pollencaust.

    2. Yes, chicken blood is so much more effective.

  16. You misspelled “faker.”

  17. Deepak Oprah

          1. [has flash of insight into Mike M., instantly attains nirvana]

  18. “Many things that seem to be effective don’t stand up to scientific research but they still cure people,” Rep. Berkley Bedell (D-Iowa) told the Journal of the American Medical Association, shortly after his appointment to the advisory council by Harkin in 1992. “If that’s the case, then I hate to think we may squelch something by insisting it has to go through scientific investigation.”

    What in the living fuck?! If they still cure people HOW DO THEY NOT STAND UP TO SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH?! Is he not talking about any kind of trial meant to prove efficacy here? I’m not a huge fan of regs, but “it works even though you can’t tell it’s working” is bafflingly stupid.

    1. Placebo effect works, but the consistency is tricky to market.

      1. Wow – you said that way more efficiently than I did.

    2. Through most of human history medicine has been about 85% charlatanism (at least). Every shaman knows that most of the time if you can convince someone that they are cured, their bodies can actually cure themselves – for example, if you can convince them that they have been possessed by a demon and that you have cast that demon out. Claude Levi-Straus, IIRC, was an early one to discover that shamans are perfectly aware that what they are doing is mostly bullshit. This is the “medicine” that humanity has relied upon for most of its existence, and it won’t stand up to scientific repeatability standards because it depends entirely on the quality of the charlatan and the willingness of the “patient” to believe.

      OTOH, it’s failure rate is not as universal as the AMA would have you believe – on a cost-benefit scale, a charlatan may actually do you more good for less money than an AMA-licensed medical professional.

      1. Claude Levi-Strauss is a douche. We had to read a bunch of his work for a grad school course and its nigh-unintelligible mumbo jumbo. Our professor (who is a closet libertarian but who has written a bunch of interesting books on Greek history and so achieved tenure) agreed with us that the French School’s modus operandi is to beat the opposition into agreement with jargon and inane bullshit until their opponents simply give up and yield the point. Cultural Marxists (and sometimes actual Communists) to a man.

        1. the French School’s modus operandi is to beat the opposition into agreement with jargon and inane bullshit until their opponents simply give up and yield the point. Cultural Marxists (and sometimes actual Communists) to a man.

          Indeed – I think he may have learned a lesson or two from the shamans he was studying.

        2. “Cultural Marxists (and sometimes actual Communists) to a man.”

          These are called structualists. Their whole bag was to marry Freud with Marx. Levi-Strauss and Herbert Marcuse are good examples.

          And Square = Circle misses the point of medicine. The sophistication of the culture is proportional to the number of medicinal plants they have catalogued (sometime passed on directly rather than written.) But all people have some inventory of medicine. The pain killing properties of the poppy have been known for thousands of years in very large parts of the world. During the cultural revolution I believe, Maoist doctors surveying local medicinal practice came upon one of the most successful medicines for malaria, a disease that probably kills more than any other, albeit mostly children and the weak.

    3. “Many things that seem to be effective don’t stand up to scientific research but they still cure people,” Rep. Berkley Bedell (D-Iowa) told the Journal of the American Medical Association, shortly after his appointment to the advisory council by Harkin in 1992. “If that’s the case, then I hate to think we may squelch something by insisting it has to go through scientific investigation.”

      Ladies and gentlemen: The Party of Science(tm)!

      1. Consensus! Except when it’s not! Then everybody else is just wrong!

  19. how the sorts of alternative, “complementary,” and “integrative” medical practices Chopra promotes ended up getting taxpayer dollars and being included in all sorts of insurance mandates

    I had no idea about this. Yet further proof that everything the government promotes might as well be bullshit as far as I am concerned.

  20. Reminds me of a scene from Forrest Gump.

    Jenny, things kinda got outta hand. It’s just this war … AND THAT LYING SON-OF-A-BITCH TRUMP.

  21. This is another example of the same thing going on with Trump’s supposedly racist charge against that judge.

    Trump is effectively complaining about racism directed against him. Somehow that turns into Trump being a racist for complaining about racism. If Trump hadn’t complained about the racism he suspects is being directed at him, then everyone wouldn’t be forced to call him a racist.

    Same thing here. If Trump weren’t being such a retard, people wouldn’t have been forced by Trump to call him a retard. How can Trump being so insensitive to force someone like Deepak Chopra to call him something like that?

    When the cops beat some defenseless victim like this with their nightsticks, they usually yell, “Stop resisting!” for the cameras.

  22. Related, and I am re-posting because I think there is a lot of truth to it: esteemed former Reason Michael Moynihan’s piece: Donald Trump’s ‘Secret’: Americans Love Bullsh*t Peddlers and Miracle Cures

    Trump’s rise is that fucking retard Deepak’s fault.

    1. Hey, it worked for Obama.

  23. TARD FIGHT!

  24. They have crossed the Rubicon of parody.

    Re retards: Hey Chopra. Takes one to know one?

  25. I love the hate for Trump. i hope he wins just so all their little brains will explode.

    1. All the famous scumbags denouncing Trump don’t realize their denunciations are paving his road to the Whitehouse. Because most people hate their guts, with Chopra being a prime example.

  26. “During an appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher last week, I made the uncontroversial point that Americans believe many stupid things and that it was necessary to challenge those stupidities. This provoked a barely coherent Trump-supporter named Wayne Allyn Root…”

    Hey, there’s a blast from the past!

    Until quite recently, he could boast of being the worst VP candidate the Libertarian Party ever put up.

    1. (re the Moynihan article which Crusty Juggler linked – don’t tell my english teacher I wrote that phrase)

      1. “(A friend pointed me to his preferred local organic restaurant, in one of New York City’s most expensive neighborhoods, that hawks a “16 oz. Alzheimer’s Fighter” juice, which will set you back $8 and do absolutely nothing to stave off Alzheimers.)”

        As if he’d remember.

    2. Was it Welch who described Wayne Allyn Root as basically a puppy that drank an espresso and then got a job selling used cars? I forget.

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  28. Can we all agree that the most shocking thing to be learned from this post is that Alen Colmes still has a radio show? I figured he’d only last a few years after he detached from his host.

    1. College station? Podcast?

  29. I thought the R-word was now considered a form of hate speech. As I recall, people as diverse as Rahm Emanuel and Joe Flacco had to apologize for using that word to describe ideas or things they thought were silly or illogical, e.g., playing a Super Bowl in New Jersey in February. Shouldn’t the Microaggression Police be coming down on Chopra for his crime against social justice?

    1. No, you see, it’s not Chopra’s fault he used a verboten word. It’s Trump’s fault for making him say it.

  30. I find that some forms of alternative medicine (e.g. acupuncture) work for me. But the last thing on Earth I want is federal funding for any of it! The only thing the feds will do is fuck it up. The way things are now, I can try any of these methods that I wish (and they’re generally quite cheap) and keep the ones that work while shitcanning those that don’t (e.g. homeopathy has never worked for me). Get the feds involved and you know it’s just not going to be that simple.

  31. Chopra has a lot of explaining to do about why his brand of medicine gets taxpayer support.

    Because it can.

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