End The Trump Cult
If even just 5% of evangelical Christians who voted for Trump in 2016 don’t vote for him this year, he can’t win.
We must invest time into reaching those voters.
Because a deal with Trump is a deal with the devil.
Trump's Gaslighting -
The Most Dangerous Psychological Manipulation Tool
July 2018, during a speech given to veterans at a Missouri convention, Donald Trump exposed what had, by that time, already become painfully clear to those of us not living in Trump's maniacal La La Land.
That July day, Donald J Trump exposed the fact that he has a perverted desire and need to have total control over his minions through the power of psychological manipulation: “Just remember—what you are seeing and what you are reading is not what’s happening.”
This calculated and deviant tactic of getting people to question their direct experience is a type of psychological manipulation psychologists have defined as “gaslighting.”
A gaslighter targets an individual or group and methodically gets them to doubt their own memory, perception, and reality. It doesn't happen overnight. It is a calculated and painstaking process.
Gaslighting is a tactic commonly used by sociopaths and narcissists.
Through persistent lying, misdirection, distraction, deflection, and contradiction, the gaslighter eventually delegitimizes the victim’s beliefs by confusing and destabilizing them - turning their victims into their puppets. Yep. Crazy.
The term “gaslighting" derives from a 1938 stage play called Gas Light - a story about an abusive husband that tries to convince his wife she is crazy by changing small elements of their environment and insisting she is having delusions (or is just plain crazy) when she notices them. While this husband's plot was cruel, it is hardly as villainous and collectively destructive as a president attempting to do the same to a whole country.
Trump's gaslighting is clearly working and he knows it.
His followers discount doctors, scientists, generals, journalists, and pretty much all reality, while eating up their idol's words as gospel truth.
Trump feeds his stooges a daily heaping dose of BS (for lack of a better term) and, as the old saying goes, you are what you eat.
Trump, and only Trump, controls the narrative in their minds, hearts, and souls (welcome to The Cult of Trump).
Donald claims whatever you are reading or seeing is "fake news" (even if it has been proven 100-percent true), or, in regards to a video, "someone doctored the video" (even if it is an uninterrupted, full video), or "the 'fake media' is twisting my words" (even if a full transcript - word for word - has been released).
As I stated a moment ago, the president’s gaslighting is working. So what can one do to vaccinate against this formidable psychological tactic?
The key: one must become aware of gaslighting in order to recognize the manipulation. Until you know it exists, you are vulnerable to its venom. Once you know it exists, it becomes easier to hold on to your reality. Remember, the gaslighter's objective is to make you feel unconfident in what you hold to be true. Once you know you're being gas-lit, the gaslighter fails in their objective and you won't have to join all of the less astute who end up in the loony bin.
Recognizing you're being gas-lit is easier said than done...especially when the gaslighter is a seasoned gaslighting veteran like Trump.
Trump has his minions so deep in his trance that he has led his supporters to be suspicious of what scientists, doctors, generals, meteorologists and any and all experts have to say.
The president knows that it’s his word against the “fake news media” (Hitler used the fake news media tactic back in the day - and we all know how that story ended).
If his followers did start to become conscious of gaslighting as a political tactic, he’d likely just ramp up his gaslighting a notch by telling them that it is the journalists, the think tanks, and doctors who are really gaslighting them.
While this ramping-it-up-a-notch scheme I just suggested might sound crazy to some. It might make you think, 'Nobody is that gullible!'
The fact of the matter is that the type of confusion created by claiming, "everyone else is gaslighting you", sows seeds of doubt that can set humans down the path of questioning their entire reality and lead them one step closer to needing a padded room.
Gaslighting on a national level is terrifying, but, those of us who are cognizant to it must stay calm, collected, and confident in our reality and direct experiences.
When someone is making statements like, “What you are seeing, hearing and reading is not what’s happening!,” recognize you are being gas-lit and run away from the evil as fast as you can.
At all cost, avoid getting kidnapped by Satan's trance.