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Friday, 29 May 2020

Bullying the bully-in-chief

The Democrats have opted for a new tactic against Trump: bullying the bully-in-chief. So far, it has the desired effect. Obama started by calling the US handling of the pandemic "an absolute chaotic disaster" (BBC). Obama doubled down on this by stating: "The virus has “torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they’re doing. A lot of them aren’t even pretending to be in charge.” (NYT)

Trump responded by tweeting: "The Obama Administration is turning out to be one of the most corrupt and incompetent in U.S. history. Remember, he and Sleepy Joe are the reasons I am in the White House!!!"

Trump's tweet is yet another classic case of reverse psychology and projection onto others. Trump nearly always blames others for his own failings. As usual, reverse psychology and projection (onto others) are easy to recognise. The moment someone blames you for something (very) weird then reverse psychology and projection are probably being used.

Subsequently, Nancy Pelosi joined Obama by bullying the bully-in-chief. The Hill: "Pelosi last week assailed President Trump with a series of biting take downs, characterizing her White House rival as a thin-skinned political neophyte with an obesity problem. Trump responded in kind, suggesting Pelosi suffers from an unspecified mental illness."

We should, however, never forget the proverbial phrase that the "attack is the best form of defence". Hence, who - or what - are Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi defending? Joe Biden? The non-postponement of the 2020 US presidential elections and/or the Democratic chances therein?

Most likely, the bullying of the bully-in-chief is a mix of attack and defence. The attacks coincide with Trump's acknowledgement that he is using an old anti-malaria drug, hydroxychloroquine. This particular drug is causing rather many and severe adverse side effects, like "agitation, mania, [], hallucinations, psychosis, [], paranoia, depression, and suicidal thoughts" (Wiki).

Perhaps, these attacks on Trump are also in defence of the US Constitution by being able to trigger the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution, which "deals with issues related to presidential succession and disability". Demonstrating Trump's mental incapacity might be the target, similar to the 1987 attempt(s) with Ronald Reagan (Wiki).

Wooly Bully (1965) by Sam The Sham and the Pharaohs


Note: all markings (bolditalicunderlining) by LO unless stated otherwise.

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