Is there a point at which people will become over-gaslighted and snap? Donald Trump is pushing that right up to the edge with his latest blatant lie in which he claimed he tried to stop the “send her back” chant at his latest ego rally by quickly speaking over it when everyone in the world has seen the video of him standing there and letting it happen.
REPORTER: Why didn't you ask your fans to stop chanting "send her back"?
TRUMP: "Number one, I think I did. I started speaking very quickly."
(This is brazen gaslighting & damage control. Trump basked in the chants & took his time resuming his speech.) pic.twitter.com/EMBkHQwQuv
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 18, 2019
In the Oval Office interview, Trump claimed he was “not happy about” his supporters spouting the disturbingly racist chant demanding that a U.S. citizen and congresswoman be stripped of her citizenship and sent back to the country she fled many years ago as a refugee. This struck many people as odd considering the fact that the video of the event shows him standing there, basking in the attention, for several long seconds before finally resuming his speech without being like “hey maybe don’t do that.”
Trump claims he tried to shut down the “send her back” chants — which just echoed the messages of his tweets and remarks in recent days. That is a lie. It’s on video. For 13 seconds, he just basked in the chant. pic.twitter.com/RB4kKMFTAo
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) July 18, 2019
It’s also a confusing thing for Trump to say considering the fact that they likely chanted what they chanted because Trump tweeted that congresswomen like Ilhan Omar should “go back” to where they came from. He also suggested during the rally that anyone who has any criticisms of him, the U.S. government, or the country in general should just leave.
Based on the responses to this latest Trump lie, it seems that people are about at their limit in terms of blatant gaslighting. Here are the most tired tweets on the subject:
NOT ONLY A LONG PAUSE BUT A PROUD, BASKING IN IT PAUSE. HIS FACE DID NOT LOOK SURPRISED AND HE DID NOT TRY TO STOP IT IN ANY WAY. WHY DOES ALL WRITING ABOUT HIM HAVE THE SOFTNESS OF A LIMP DICK https://t.co/frRGMIN7r1
— Chelsea Peretti (@chelseaperetti) July 18, 2019
He went silent for more than 13 seconds to let the chants proceed, then kept attacking Omar without rejecting the chants in any way. https://t.co/VLnXWTr6tQ
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) July 18, 2019
HERE IS WHAT HAPPENED:
– Trump begins diatribe against Omar
– Crowd starts chanting, "Send her back!"
– Trump nods, pauses so chant can continue
– Someone tells Trump leading a white nationalist rally is a bridge to far
– Trump lies, says he tried to stop the chant pic.twitter.com/MlMDyjvtOM
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) July 18, 2019
"I started speaking very quickly" is the kind of ridiculous excuse my young daughter might use, and she hasn't been allowed to run a country in ages. https://t.co/wyYUAAoZH6
— welbeck kane (@400FootGhost) July 18, 2019
Good thing almost every single Republican didn’t defend his actions before this. That would really make them look bad.
— Joyous Panther (@JoyousPanther) July 18, 2019
This is a lie. He could have stopped the chant instead of waiting for it to build if he thought it was wrong. He could have stood tall like John McCain. He didn’t. He never does because it’s not who he is. https://t.co/b12AmTaCGH
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) July 18, 2019
“The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.”
— What’s the speed of dark? ???? (@what_speed) July 18, 2019
Remember when they pretended to only be against illegal immigration? That morphed into US citizens and US congresswomen rather quickly! https://t.co/TmlM8Ahy36
— Secular Talk (@KyleKulinski) July 18, 2019
How can everyone NOT SEE WHAT A LIAR HE IS? HE ISN’T EVEN CLEVER OR GOOD AT IT.
— Independent Voter (@shellymaxwell) July 18, 2019
I disagree with the chants I started and led https://t.co/i3KzCiyjXG
— Michael Learmonth (@learmonth) July 18, 2019
If Trump would like an example of how you shut down this filth he only needs to look back at John Mcain’s defence of Barack Obama. When told by a supporter Obama was he was a suspect Arab, McCain said “no ma’am” Obama is “a decent man” that “I happen to have disagreements with” https://t.co/ph5G6uCESz
— Catherine Philp (@scribblercat) July 18, 2019
So … this whole racism thing ISN'T genius strategery that's "trapping" the Democrats…? https://t.co/1mIVzDEuwe
— Joy VOTE & MASK UP!! Reid 😷) (@JoyAnnReid) July 18, 2019
Really good question btw https://t.co/MWAFY8e7A4
— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) July 18, 2019
"Number one, I think I did."
jfc how do reporters stand this fuckin gaslighting every day without just walking out https://t.co/Un9667fTP9
— darth™ (@darth) July 18, 2019
If the goal of gaslighting is to make someone go insane, then at least Trump’s doing one thing right.