Shelagh Fogarty is Leading Britain's Conversation.
22 January 2017, 15:29
Ever heard of 'gaslighting'? Well Trump is doing it to all of us says LBC presenter Stig Abell.
The term, coined from a play by Patrick Hamilton called “Gas Light”, refers to a form of manipulation through persistent denial, misdirection, contradiction, and lying to the point where the victim questions their own sanity.
On his LBC show today, Stig Abell said that’s exactly what Trump is doing, after the new President accused the media of altering images of his inauguration to make it look like there were less attendees.
In an impassioned polemic, Stig said: “The leader of the free world, the most powerful man in the whole world, and his press monkey cannot seriously believe that this is a major issue?
He went on: “So why are they talking about it? Here is why: gaslighting. They want people to start from this position: that because they can’t trust everything in the media, and in other institutions, they shouldn’t trust anything.”
Stig added: “Trump’s not dumb. He’s not misinformed. He’s deliberately, deliberately undermining the idea of honesty in public discourse.
“He’s playing us all for fools.”