What We Mean By Gaslighting, And Why The Lies Told About Donald Trump Can Not Stand

Lies have been told. And those lies about President Trump – pushed by media and celebrities and political elites – have been allowed to take hold in America. And we must put an end to them. A decent society demands that lies be called out, and corrected. And those who lie must be called out, and admonished. 

There are people out there who don’t like Donald Trump. There are people out there who don’t like what Donald Trump says or tweets. Those people exist, and those feelings are pretty normal; you aren’t going to like every person and you’re not going to like what every person has to say. However, if you dislike the President to the point you proactively and aggressively lie about what it is that the he has said to move your agenda? That is obscene. It is gaslighting.

The definition of gaslighting is to manipulate someone by psychological means into questioning their own sanity. Gaslighting by the media is pushing a narrative, theory or belief about a person or group of people that provides political advantage to another; and that group is the Democratic Party and the political Left. Nowhere is this more prevalent than the media  vs. President Trump and the GOP, and on no subject is it more prevalent than white supremacy and bigotry in the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) went to El Paso with a message of support and healing for the community. Univision star Jorge Ramos took the opportunity to ask Sen. Cruz if President Trump should be held responsible for the violence due to his rhetoric, accusing President Trump of calling Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals. That is a false accusation. It’s not how it went down:

That is not calling Mexicans ‘rapists.’ Jorge Ramos’ entire line of questioning is based on a lie to push the narrative that President Trump is a racist. Gaslighting. Former Congressman Robert ‘Beto’ O’Rourke claimed that President Trump signed an Executive Order that banned Muslim travel to the Unites States. The Executive Order, which has been upheld, prevented travel from nations that proactively support terrorism. If Rep. O’Rourke is opposed to that policy, he should answer for that. Instead, he gaslights: Pushing the narrative that President Trump wants to keep non-white people out of the country.

Rep. O’Rourke continued, repeating a lie that President Trump laughed when someone at a Florida rally cried out “shoot ‘em” in regards to a migrant caravan heading towards the United States border. O’Rourke’s description of this event is completely false:

Former Vice-President Joe Biden commented on the President and his so-called connection and encouragement of white supremacy. Again, not true. If you don’t like what the President says or the way the President says things, that is a reasonable position. And if you want to speak out against it, that is reasonable and American. To say that the President is actively promoting white supremacy and white nationalism is gaslighting.

President Trump condemned white supremacy, but it was not enough for Joe Biden, claiming it was the first time Trump was condemning white nationalism. But it wasn’t:

Joe Biden just claimed on CNN, that today was the first time he had ever heard President Trump condemn white supremacy. THAT IS FALSE. Here are MULTIPLE examples of President Trump condemning white supremacy, going back to 2016. pic.twitter.com/b3xcQI1cQf— Francis Brennan (@FrancisBrennan) August 6, 2019

On MSNBC, Nicole Wallace made one of the most obscene statements of late, claiming that the president is talking about exterminating Latinos:

When? Where? On what planet? After vomiting this lie, MSNBC contributor Raul Reyes agreed with her like it’s just a standard thing that Trump says. Denigrating and attacking Trump – that is all that matters, truth be damned! Gaslighting: Trying to put forth the idea that Donald Trump is only interested in the destruction of people who look differently than he does. Nicole Wallace came out with a nonsensical apology on Twitter:

I misspoke about Trump calling for an extermination of Latinos. My mistake was unintentional and I’m sorry. Trump’s constant assault on people of color and his use of the word “invasion” to describe the flow of immigrants is intentional and constant.— Nicolle Wallace (@NicolleDWallace) August 7, 2019

That is not an apology, and that is not a misspeak. To misspeak on calling something extermination? Does this happen often? And what of this line – “Trump’s constant assault on people of color and use of the world invasion to describe the flow of immigrants is intentional and constant.” Again, more gaslighting.

The President will speak about the people of Guatemala and El Salvador, and how those nations are not doing enough to help the citizens of their own country, leading the people to flow to the United States. If you have a group of 10,000 people demanding entry into the country and saying they are not going to stop, throwing rocks, breaking down gates between Guatemala and Mexico— what else, besides invasion, would you call it?

The word invasion is used because no other word will suffice. That is not hyperbole. (I am begging for another word, but it doesn’t exist.) Article 4 Section 4 of the US Constitution says the Republic will protect the nation from invasion. Words have meaning, and the manipulation of words is gaslighting. Nicole Wallace claims the President favors the extermination of Latinos and in her “apology” continues to gaslight.

I have never once said that you have to like Donald Trump. I have never once said that you can’t speak out against policies that you don’t like. I have the First Amendment, and so do you and so do they. But lying? Purposefully? Willfully? Moving lies that they know are lies because it helps them further their agenda – which is defeating Trump in 2020? That is gaslighting.

It’s obscene. And when perpetrated by the 4th Estate, if left unchecked, it can not only destroy a president, it can destroy our nation.