Trump The Projector In Chief
For all of the scandalous and ethically depraved behavior that have marked Trump’s presidential candidacy and presidency, his play book has been simple and clear: whatever I am guilty of, just accuse my opponent of the same. With the evidence in his current impeachment inquiry mounting against him, he has gone back to old faithful.
Recall that well before the Mueller probe was even conceived of, Trump very publicly asked for Russia’s assistance in his presidential campaign against Hillary Clinton. “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing, I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press,” Trump said in a July 27, 2016 news conference. A later indictment against 12 Russian military intelligence officers filed by Robert Mueller once the investigation was in full swing revealed that on or about that day, Russian actors sent phishing emails to accounts at a domain used by Clinton’s personal office and 76 e-mail addresses used by the Clinton campaign. This resulted in the Russians, using an encrypted file with instructions, delivering the hacked emails to WikiLeaks, the online anti-secrecy organization led by Julian Assange that became the main platform for the Russians to display their trove of hacked emails.
Paul Manafort while still manager of the Trump campaign, was discovered to have been sharing internal polling data with Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian business associate with strong ties to Russian intelligence, establishing a clear line between the campaign and the Kremlin. It made it more clear why the Trump campaign would choose Manafort to head the campaign given his wildly inappropriate and in many cases illegal past activity in support of pro Russian candidates in Ukraine.
As all of this evidence came to light, raging with anger in July 2018 about the Mueller probe into his campaign colluding with Russia, Trump tweeted: “Public opinion has turned strongly against the Rigged Witch Hunt and the ‘Special’ Counsel because the public understands that there was no Collusion with Russia (so ridiculous), that the two FBI lovers were a fraud against our Nation & that the only Collusion was with the Dems!”
In other words, nothing to see here, it was the Democrats that colluded with Russia. What???
Now with growing evidence that Trump engaged in a quid pro quo with the newly elected president of Ukraine to initiate an investigation into political rival Joe Biden in exchange for desperately needed military aide in their campaign to stymie continued Russian invasion attempts, Trump went back to his projection playbook accusing Biden and his son of engaging in wide spread corruption in Ukraine and beyond.
It does not matter that there is absolutely no evidence of this accusation after Hunter Biden having long been cleared of any wrong doing by the government of Ukraine. It does not matter to Trump’s base or Fox News, aka, Trump state TV, either, as they are all quite convinced that any wrong doing evident here is that of the Bidens. Even after Trump is quite publicly – just before upcoming trade negotiations with China are set to get underway – now asking for China to investigate his political rival Joe Biden to affect the upcoming election. Beyond condoning Trump’s behavior, his media pundits are painting this career corrupt business man and president whose presidency has been mired in scandal from the outset, as a hero standing up against corruption world wide. What???
Is Trump just playing this card because he knows that whatever he does will never negatively judged by his base or his misinformation media machine? History has showed us that his projection has been largely effective with his base and pundits.
Or is Trump really not that clever at all but actually suffers from a psychological condition that drives his projection? In a Psychology Today article, Psychologist Paul Siegel explains why Trump accuses others of doing things that he does.
Siegel states, “Too often, Trump sounds like he is turning things inside (of him) out, engaging in the unconscious defense mechanism that Freud called projection: the attribution of one’s own forbidden — and typically malevolent — motives, impulses, or emotions to others. When people project, what is true about oneself instead becomes true of others.”
From this view,Trump’s compulsive projections are indicators of unconscious guilt.
Siegel adds “only guilty politicians need to tell lies about investigations into their conduct.”