The term gaslighting comes from the 1930s play “Gas Light,” in which a husband wants to steal his wife’s family fortune by making her believe she’s crazy and having her committed to an institution. To do it, he turns down the old gas lights so that the lighting grows more and more faint. When she remarks about the occurrence, her husband insists she’s imagining it. She ultimately is forced to question everything around her because he makes her feel like she’s crazy.
According to editor Lauren Duca at “Teen Vogue,” this is exactly what Donald Trump is doing to Americans.
After the news came out on Friday night in which the CIA confirmed the Russians hacked both the DNC and the RNC, the Trump transition team called the finding from the 17 intelligence agencies another example of fake news.
“These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction,” the statement explained.”The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history. It’s now time to move on and ‘Make America Great Again.’”
Interestingly, this wasn’t one of the largest Electoral College victories in history, not by a long shot. But Duca wondered if Trump claiming that it was could have been part of his distraction from the actual news that his election could be founded on a fraud against the American people.