Trump Wants To #Gaslight Us, Don’t Let him

First posted on August 10, 2016

Gaslighting is what narcissists do best.

They can also Gaslight groups of people.

Art by Rob Goldstein
Gaslighting is an insidious form of Abuse and a method of control.

Did Donald Trump call for someone to assassinate Hillary Clinton:

Here’s what he said:

Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish the Second Amendment. By the way, and if she gets to pick — if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know. But I’ll tell you what, that will be a horrible day. If, if Hillary gets to put her judges — right now we’re tied. You see what’s going on. We’re tied, ’cause Scalia, this was not supposed to happen. Justice Scalia was supposed to be around for ten more years at least, and this is what happens. That was a horrible thing. So now look at it. So Hillary essentially wants to abolish the Second Amendment

Here is what he wants you to think he said:

He tweeted, “I said pro-2A citizens must organize and get out vote to save our Constitution!”

There’s nothing you can do, folks does not sound to me like a call to get out the vote.

Here’s the deal, if we have to wonder if a narcissist is up to something, he’s up to something.

If you find yourself thinking you’ve heard something ugly but the narc says
you misunderstood, you haven’t.

This man is running a cult and it’s a dangerous one.

Donald Trump and his flying monkeys are trying to gaslight us into making him President.

Don’t let them.

If this is a call to assassinate the democratic nominee Trump is a domestic terrorist.

This is from the Washington Post:

Republicans at all levels frequently argue that one of the primary purposes of owning guns is so that you can use them to kill representatives of the government, whether police or soldiers, when they become too tyrannical. As Ed Kilgore reminds us, “During her successful Senate campaign in 2014, rising GOP star Joni Ernst of Iowa used to happily talk about the ‘beautiful little Smith & Wesson’ she carried with every intention of using it to defend herself and her family from ‘government, should they decide that my rights are no longer important.’ ” And she was hardly the first — we hear that kind of thing from Republicans all the time.

Now combine that with the NRA’s constant warnings that if Democrats win the next election they’re coming to confiscate your guns, and everybody knows exactly what Trump was saying.

His defense — that he was only encouraging people to vote — is utterly nonsensical. Remember that he said, “if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.” He was talking about what the “Second Amendment people” might be able to do about Clinton picking judges, which happens after she has already been elected.

Finally, this comes after Trump has been trying to delegitimize the results of the election before it actually happens, claiming that the vote will be “rigged.” If you’re arguing to your angry, heavily armed supporters, who already think the federal government is tyrannical, that there’s a conspiracy afoot to steal the election and that your opponent will be sending jackbooted government thugs to confiscate their guns, you don’t get to pretend that when you say that the “Second Amendment people” might be able to stop the next president’s judges from subverting their gun rights that it’s all innocent and you would never contemplate something as irresponsible as encouraging violence.

The Washington Post


Art by Rob Goldstein
A Narcissist will Attack Everything you Value,
Including your Democracy






20 thoughts on “Trump Wants To #Gaslight Us, Don’t Let him

  1. I just shared this on Facebook. It’s the least I can do, because this asshole has to be stopped.

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    1. Thank you for the share.

      I think they all have to be stopped. His followers seem to think that they should have everything they want with no concessions to other people. And they are willing to lie and smear the reputations of innocent people in order to get what they want. Those are the hallmark symptoms of pathological narcissism. It’s not like it’s a rare pathology.

      It’s a regressive state of mind…More appropriate to surviving life in the wild.

      That may be why they want to turn our nation into an armed jungle.


    1. I’ve yet to hear anyone in politics
      covertly call for the assassination of the opposition nominee.

      Remember that the context of his comment is that it is part of a Big Lie.

      The President does not have the power to abolish a constitutional right and I doubt any Supreme Court Justice would overturn a right as old as the Second Amendment .

      I’ve heard political leaders ‘parse’ language and ‘walk back’ comments.

      But the only people I’ve ever seen who shamelessly gaslight are malignant narcissists.

      Example: “I sometimes wish you were dead: Oh I’m only joking sweetie, you know me better than that! And shame on you for not seeing the joke.”

      What we do in this country is minimize real political danger by creating a false equivalency.

      All politicians lie

      All politicians minimize their mistakes

      All politicians promise more than they deliver.

      All politicians equivocate and flip-flop.

      But most politicians have a moral center and a sense of right and wrong.

      Trump doesn’t. That makes him different and dangerous.

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  2. No question, it is a national form of gaslighting. You might find my post on “One speech and sixteen lies” of interest today, as it relates to your theme.

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  3. I don’t get why they’re still letting him run for president even after he suggested someone should kill hillary. I’m sure this will not go right for him..


    1. Here’s what I think regarding our inability to hold Trump legally accountable for his actions. When the Republican Party allowed the Bush administration to to get away with lying the nation into a war of choice it flouted the rule of law. The Democrats are no less guilty for enabling it. Once you allow the leaders of a democracy to commit serious crimes without consequences the entire system become so corrupt that it can no longer hold anyone in power accountable.

      That’s why it’s up to the voters to get their S–t together and vote to guarantee that Trump never takes office. We can work with Hillary. There is no power like a nation of active voters who WILL show up at the polls. This year we must vote as if our lives depend on it; because they do. And we must stay active.

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  4. Yup waiting for the other shoe to drop is AWFUL and being told over and over that you didn’t get the point or even hear the message by those close can really get you down. As I age I keep forgetting and when I’m told…well I told you that or you never said that or you don’t remember that correctly; I’m more prone do doubt myself than I used to be. However, if it wasn’t an intentional “gas light” then when I find I am right and bring it to whomever’s attention; just saying me bad or even well I guess I got it wrong this time, would help. Ignoring the whole issue or saying why are you making such a big deal out of this? Is nasty. I’m making a big deal; #1 cuz I’m a narcissist too and need to always be right and at my age I’m more self-doubting than before when my memory was sharp and cuz I’m willing to say oh hell, I forgot, when I’m proved wrong. JUST SHOW ME.

    Anyone who says “Hey it was just a joke” is just too cowardly to fess directly up their real feelings…this sometimes includes me but while it may be funny, and usually is, it is NEVER JUST a joke.

    Ergo the title of my blog…saywhatumean2say! Gawd I hate the running monologue in my head; now what did they mean by that? It may make me mad but saywhatumean2say!!! I’ll get over it. ~~dru~~

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