For years now, ever since Donald Trump descended that escalator, we the American people have been treated to an ongoing flood of gaslighting from Republican elected officials. Obviously, Trump was the master of the technique, but many other Republicans, including our own Mitch McConnell, have used this technique without shame.
However, the new Speaker of the House, Rep. Mike Johnson (R-WolfInSheep’sClothing), recently delivered one of the best examples of gaslighting I have ever had the misfortune of hearing. It was during a presser where he was explaining why the Republicans in the House are trying to impeach President Biden.
And in the midst of his statement, he delivered this crystal-clear gaslight passage – one that could (and should) go into college textbooks as how to obfuscate and lie, seriously, sadly, and with a straight face.
– from a 19th-century novel
So if someone asks you what “gaslighting” is, just show them this example. Then you can join in the laughter from anyone actually in touch with reality.