There are two terms of psychology which symbolizes the republican president elect Donald Trump’s campaign style. which are important to note, because these terms will also reflect the tactics practiced by his administration.
In previous blogs, I have referred to the terminology of gas lighting.
This is how Susan Dominus in her 9/27/16 NY Times article, describes the gas lighting phenomenon:
“When I watch Donald Trump, I sometimes feel like Ingrid Bergman–not European and glamorous, but unnerved, as though I’m being gaslit, as in the famous plot of her old classic movie “Gaslight.” The lights are flickering, but her character’s husband, who is secretly bad dude, is convincing her that no such thing is occurring. He is trying to get her to question her sense of reality, to think her mind is playing tricks on her–in short, to convince her that she is going slightly crazy, a tactic that can be scarily effective.” What the husband was doing to Ingrid Bergman’s character is how the President-elect Donald Trump and his team have been treating the American peoples.
The next term to remember is that of projection. I have noticed that whenever Donald Trump accuses an opponent of wrongdoing, he may as well have pointed that same finger at himself, for similar actions which are greater and more severe in comparison.
According to Wikipedia: “Psychological projection is a theory in psychology in which humans defend themselves against their own unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others. For example, a person who is habitually rude may constantly accuse other people of being rude. It incorporates blame shifting.”
Here are some examples of Donald Trump exhibiting Psychological projection inclinations:
1.) We have all heard Donald Trump, surrogates and followers repeatedly accuse the democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton of being a congenital liar.
Politifact has published a 2016 study, “Comparing Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump on the Truth-O-Meter”. The following graphs demonstrate that the real congenital liar is none other than Donald Trump.
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Clinton’s statements by ruling
2.) Recall how the president -elect has accused the democratic presidential nominee of deleting her accumulated personal emails as bordering on criminality while she was acting U.S secretary of state (2009-2013).
The following excerpts are from Kurt Eichenwald investigative report in the 10/31/16 Newsweek edition, “DONALD TRUMP’S COMPANIES DESTROYED EMAILS IN DEFIANCE OF COURT ORDERS:”
“Over the course of decades, Donald Trump’s companies have systematically destroyed or hidden thousands of emails, digital records and paper documents demanded in official proceedings, often in defiance of court orders. These tactics—exposed by a Newsweek review of thousands of pages of court filings, judicial orders and affidavits from an array of court cases—have enraged judges, prosecutors, opposing lawyers and the many ordinary citizens entangled in litigation with Trump. In each instance, Trump and entities he controlled also erected numerous hurdles that made lawsuits drag on for years, forcing courtroom opponents to spend huge sums of money in legal fees as they struggled—sometimes in vain—to obtain records.”
“This behavior is of particular import given Trump’s frequent condemnations of Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent, for having deleted more than 30,000 emails from a server she used during her time as secretary of state. While Clinton and her lawyers have said all of those emails were personal, Trump has suggested repeatedly on the campaign trail that they were government documents Clinton was trying to hide and that destroying them constituted a crime. The allegation—which the FBI concluded was not supported by any evidence—is a crowd-pleaser at Trump rallies, often greeted by supporters chanting, “Lock her up!”
3.) We have been bombarded by the president- elect and his cohorts about how Clinton’s Foundation was used inappropriately by the Clintons while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state from 2009-2013.
Yet, a 10/22/2016 Washington Post Article, “Trump Foundation admits to violating ban on ‘self-dealing,’ new filing to IRS shows.” by David A. Farenthold paints an even more ominous picture about Trump’s charitable foundation in the following terms:
“President-elect Donald Trump’s charitable foundation has admitted to the Internal Revenue Service that it violated a legal prohibition against “self-dealing,” which bars nonprofit leaders from using their charity’s money to help themselves, their businesses or their families.”
“The admission was contained in the Donald J. Trump Foundation’s IRS tax filings for 2015, which were recently posted online at the nonprofit-tracking site GuideStar. A GuideStar spokesman said the forms were uploaded by the Trump Foundation’s law firm, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.”
4.) The Trump campaign criticized Mrs. Clinton and the Clinton Foundation for paid speeches and conflicts of interest. But then, we find out that the Trump Foundation received a $150,000 donation in exchange for his giving a 2015 speech made by video to a conference in Ukraine. Paul McLeod in the 11/22/16 BuzzFeed article writes:
“The Victor Pinchuk Foundation confirmed Tuesday that the $150,000 payment to Trump’s foundation was for a 2015 speech Trump gave via video at a conference organized by the Pinchuk Foundation.”
“The payment to President-elect Trump’s foundation was in support of video link appearance at a conference called Yalta European Strategy Annual Meeting, which the Victor Pinchuk Foundation and Yalta European Strategy (YES) — an NGO founded by Mr. Pinchuk — organize annually in September in Ukraine,” wrote Thomas Weihe, head of the board of the Pinchuk Foundation, in an email to BuzzFeed News.
5.) Frankly, if it were not for the republican-elect’s constant voicing about his concerns on the campaign trail, that if he lost the 2016 presidential election, it would be due to the democratic party having rigged the people’s votes in its favor, then I would not be so supportive of a vote recount / audit in the states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan. However, Mr. Trump’s attempts to assign the blame for his losing due to a rigged system, gave me pause to wonder if his pointing the finger at others, meant that maybe he should be wagging the finger at himself. What does he know that the rest of us don’t? And this is the point where I started wanting verification that our votes are secure and not vulnerable to being manipulated by outside forces.