The Gaslighting of the American Public

In His Own Words – Digby's Hullabaloo

Wikipedia: The term “gaslighting describes someone (a “gaslighter”) who puts forth a false narrative that leads others to doubt their own perceptions.

It was the fundamental plotline of the movie, “Gaslight.”

Over the years, there have been several comedic movies in which a character caught cheating by his wife, brazenly looks up and says to her, “Are you going to believe me or your eyes?”

This dynamic is generally only possible when the audience is vulnerable such as in unequal power relationships or when the audience is fearful of the losses associated with challenging the false narrative.

Donald Trump, and more recently his current Republican Party, have been gaslighting the American public for many years. They do it by denying the obvious, i.e denying what you see before your own eyes.

The psychology is that if brazen deniers of fact deny often enough and forcefully enough, the weaker-minded among us will come to believe their own senses are wrong and that the deniers must be right.

Eventually, the weakest-minded join the ranks of deniers and become inadvertent gaslighters, themselves.

Here are just a few of the truths Trump and his Republican Party deny, despite all evidence. When you hear or read these denials, understand the deniers are trying to gaslight you.

No President and political party in American history have been so focused on gaslighting America as has Trump and the GOP. Whether you believe them depends mostly on your confidence in your own senses and your understanding of the facts.

Trump and the GOP have denied and/or continue to deny that:

  1. Climate change exists
  2. Human-caused climate change exists
  3. Climate change is a serious problem
  4. Poverty is a national problem, not the fault of the impoverished.
  5. Slavery was a serious historical problem
  6. Police focus negatively and unfairly on people of color
  7. Police are needlessly killing people of color
  8. Biden won the Presidential election
  9. Biden was elected, fairly
  10. Trump has no evidence of election fraud
  11. Masks help prevent sickening from COVID
  12. Vaccines help prevent sickening from COVID
  13. Masks help prevent the transmission of COVID
  14. COVID vaccines are safe
  15. COVID vaccines help prevent the transmission of COVID
  16. Trump is a pathological liar
  17. Trump encouraged an attempted coup.
  18. There was an attempted coup
  19. Trump tried to steal the Presidential election
  20. The Republican Party continues to try to steal elections
  21. Trump has surrounded himself with criminals
  22. Trump has surrounded himself with incompetent sycophants
  23. Trump is a massive liar
  24. Trump cheated on all three wives
  25. Trump cheated employees and lenders
  26. Trump cheated on his taxes
  27. The Trump Foundation was a scam
  28. Trump cheated students in his Trump University
  29. Trump molested many women
  30. Trump is a psychopath
  31. Social Security, Medicare, and all other federal agencies never can become insolvent.
  32. The U.S. Supreme Court is dominated by biased, right-wing, partisan political hacks.
  33. Republican-dominated states are trying to prevent people of color from voting.
  34. Trump and the Republican Party are fascists

Fox “News,” Breitbart, the numerous nutsy conspiracy blogs all attempt to gaslight you on behalf of Trump and the GOP.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans have sickened and died because they yielded to right-wing gaslighting about COVID. And despite the results, the right-wing COVID gaslighting continues.

But gaslighting is not limited to COVID.

Gaslighting touches all aspects of your life, and always is done to benefit some power group, usually the very rich. They never will stop, so long as they are successful.

Whether they continue to succeed depends on you and your psychological strength. It depends on your weakly yielding to gaslighting, and refusing to believe the facts right in front of you.

You, your children, and the future of America are at risk from the gaslighters.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
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The most important problems in economics involve:

  1. Monetary Sovereignty describes money creation and destruction.
  2. Gap Psychology describes the common desire to distance oneself from those “below” in any socio-economic ranking, and to come nearer those “above.” The socio-economic distance is referred to as “The Gap.”

Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics. Implementation of Monetary Sovereignty and The Ten Steps To Prosperity can grow the economy and narrow the Gaps:

Ten Steps To Prosperity:

  1. Eliminate FICA
  2. Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D, plus long-term care — for everyone
  3. Social Security for all
  4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone
  5. Salary for attending school
  6. Eliminate federal taxes on business
  7. Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually. 
  8. Tax the very rich (the “.1%”) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.
  9. Federal ownership of all banks
  10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9% 

The Ten Steps will grow the economy and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.


2 thoughts on “The Gaslighting of the American Public

  1. Here is what our former President said about the people who attacked Congress in an attempt to overturn American democracy:

    President Trump expresses solidarity with rioters arrested in Jan. 6 attack ahead of planned rally

    “Our hearts and minds are with the people being persecuted so unfairly relating to the January 6th protest concerning the Rigged Presidential Election.”

    Trump campaign staffer Matt Braynard said, “those protesters ‘reasonably believed’ they had permission to enter the Capitol. ”

    Right. They “reasonably believed” they had permission to smash windows, hunt the halls for Nancy Pelosi, and attack the Capital police. This, in the GOP’s gaslight world, is what people “reasonably believe.”

    A pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s presidential win, the worst attack on the seat of democracy since the War of 1812.

    Hundreds were arrested after the violent insurrection that injured more than 140 members of law enforcement and resulted in the deaths of five people. More than 600 people have been charged with federal crimes related to the attack.

    Does it sound reasonable to you?

    Are you gaslighted?


    And then, there’s just plain lying, i.e. the Big Lie:

    Taxing the Rich Isn’t Enough to Pay for Democrats’ Welfare State. They’ll Need To Soak the Middle Class Too.
    There simply aren’t enough rich people to finance all the new spending.

    The Truth: Federal taxes don’t fund federal spending. In fact, federal taxes don’t fund anything. They are destroyed upon receipt by the U.S. Treasury.

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