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Reverse Psychology and Sacrifices

5 August 2016


Khizr Khan‘s remark to Donald Trump about sacrifices struck a nerve inside me: “Go look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending the United States of America. You will see all faiths, genders and ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing and no one.” (eg, ABCCNN) It actually made me reflect about my own sacrifices in life.

Donald Trump’s response to Mr. Khan was an appalling choice of words: “”I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard. I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. I’ve had tremendous success. I think I’ve done a lot.” When the interviewer frowned and asked Trump “Those are sacrifices??”, Trump replied “Oh sure, I think they are sacrifices.” (eg, CNN) Trump’s use of reverse psychology and projection is beyond any belief. 

On rare occasions, his reverse psychology comes to light, like last Tuesday in Virginia. When a baby cried during his speech, he publicly said to the mother: “Don’t worry about that baby. I love babies. I hear that baby crying, I like it. What a baby, what a beautiful baby. Don’t worry, don’t worry. The mom’s running around like—don’t worry about it, you know. It’s young and beautiful and healthy and that’s what we want.” (eg, CNNNYT, Politico)

When the baby continued crying during his speech, he subsequently said to the mother: “Actually, I was only kidding. You can get that baby out of here,” After the mother and baby left, Donald Trump said the following to his audience: “Don’t worry, I think she really believed me that I love having a baby crying while I’m speaking. That’s O.K. People don’t understand. That’s O.K.” (eg, CNNNYTPolitico) Note: italic markings are mine.

Donald Trump’s immense number of lies is reflected in his 2015 Lie of the Year award by PolitiFact. It’s highly likely that he will receive this award again in 2016. Given the picture on the right, reverse psychology and projection must be behind his choice of words for his opponent Hillary Clinton – Crooked Hillary.

Given his use of reverse psychology and projection, it’s very interesting why Trump is now referring to Clinton as the devil. Perhaps Trump’s subconscious is trying to tell him something. Also see my 4 August blog “The devil went down to New York”.

Most of Trump’s sacrifices have actually been made by his banksbusiness partnerscustomers, employeessubcontractors, and suppliers. He clearly knows what sacrifices are and thinks that their sacrifices are also hisReverse psychology and projection are almost similar to the (brand) name Donald Trump.

I could list my sacrifices in this blog and people would perhaps even feel sorry for me. My sacrifices are nothing compared to Khizr Khan’s. That should also have been the answer of Donald Trump if the guy had any decency in his bones. 

John Oliver: “Honestly, the main takeaway from these two weeks is that, incredibly, we may be on the brink of electing such a damaged, sociopathic narcissist, that the simple presidential duty of comforting the families of fallen soldiers may actually be beyond his capabilities – and I genuinely did not think that was a part of the job that someone could be bad at.” (HBO)


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