Gaslighting America, Why We Love It When Trump Lies to Us by Amanda Carpenter published in 2018.
“Gaslighting is far more aggressive than any of these misguided lies. It’s an elaborate scheme undertaken with the goal of gaining control over people. Trump is an expert gaslighter and what I want you to understand is that there is a very specific method to his madness.
“The term comes from a 1938 play, later made into the film Gaslight, in which a man attempts to convince his wife she is delusional in order to distract her from the murder he committed. Gaslighting is far more malicious than a little white lie; it’s a lie told in such a way that it makes the person being lied to feel crazy, and, in dramatic cases, start acting like it.
“I showed you how Trump worked through the steps when he was gaslighting people about Obama’s birth certificate. Those very same steps are almost always present in his political attacks. Here they are:
- Stake a claim
- Advance and deny
- Create suspense
- Discredit the opponent
“There it is, Trump’s gaslighting method, which he has used time and again. This is how he achieves the true goal of every megamanipulator: attaining complete control over his environment and the people in it. It’s enough to drive sane people mad if they don’t understand how it works and why he uses it. But now that you have this book, you won’t be one of them.”
Gaslighting is difficult to counter. Trump has been perfecting his technique his entire life and he is good at it. We are going to have to live with it because he is not going away even if successfully impeached. Be aware and beware.
Trump must go