Trump has been gaslighting anyone who stands up to him, anyone who speaks out, anyone who does anything other than give him the adoration that he craves. From an article in Everyday Feminism, gaslighting is simply when someone tries to make you believe that “what you know to be true is not true” because it benefits them to have you think this way.
On this, the second full day of his presidency, Trump tried to gaslight a whole lot of people…
In this case, he would have us believe that hundreds of thousands of people participated in the Women’s March on January 21st simply because they didn’t vote and are now upset with the outcome of the election. It’s ridiculous, I know. It’s so ridiculous that I intend to catalog these types of tweets. Stay tuned.
June 23, 2017:
The NY Times has catalogged a list of Trump’s lies since he took office. Many of them are designed to shift blame or gaslight. If the link in the first sentence doesn’t work, I’ve saved a copy of the article here.
February 2, 2017:
Trump’s tweet references yesterday’s protests at UC Berkeley. Berkeley students and area residents were protesting an event scheduled by the Berkeley College Republicans – a speech by Breitbart Editor Milo Yiannopoulos. That administrators at Berkeley allowed Yiannopoulos to speak at Berkeley at all was, in my opinion, truly an act in support of free speech, given Milo Yiannopoulos’s history of hateful speeches and web articles. The University decided to cancel the speech when the protests turned violent – to prevent further violence. But, Trump would have us believe that 1) the university wouldn’t allow the speech because they don’t support free speech and that 2) the university made the choice to be violent with people who agreed with Yiannopoulos’s thinking. This is classic gaslighting. Trump’s threat to withhold federal funds adds a dash of fascism, too.