In an Op-Ed for USA Today, Stephanie Sarkis writes:, “the United States is in an abusive relationship with the president. As a therapist in clinical practice, I’m trained to spot the signs and offer strategies to help people cope.”
Specifically, Sarkis says that Trump has been “gaslighting” the American people. One gaslighting technique is to tell victims that others are lying or mistaken and the only true information is coming from the gaslighter himself. The victim then questions themselves, relying more on the gaslighter for the “truth.”
For example, Trump once said, “What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not happening.”
In another example, when questioned about then Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Trump was asked if he would be disqualified from the nomination if he lied about his history. Trump merely said, “There are bad reports on everybody.”
Wikipedia defines gaslighting as:
Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation in which a person seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or in members of a targeted group, making them question their own memory, perception, and sanity.
Trump has gaslighted the American people so continuously that it has become the new-normal of U.S. political life.
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