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Trump's Victim Mentality: Here Are 5 Times the President Tried to Paint Himself as the Target of Nonstop Persecution

October 26, 2018 in Blogs

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

Donald Trump dominates the victimhood narrative.

At MSNBC, it isn’t hard to find Bush-era Republicans who are vehement critics of President Donald Trump—and one of them is Elise Jordan, who was a speechwriter for Condoleezza Rice (secretary of state under the George W. Bush Administration) and is now a Time Magazine contributor and frequent MSNBC guest. Jordan, true to form, was quite critical of the president during an October 26 appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”—asserting that Trump is promoting “victimhood culture.” In the past, Jordan explained to hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, she criticized Democrats for having a message of victimhood rather than a message of empowerment. But these days, according to Jordan, Trump dominates the victimhood narrative. And, to be sure, the president loves to paint himself as a target of endless, nonstop persecution.

Trump is great at playing the role of the bully, but he is also relentless when it comes to painting himself as a victim. Here are five examples of the president playing the victim card rather than engaging in a meaningful discussion.

1. Trump Paints Himself as a Victim of Robert Mueller

In countless Twitter posts, Trump has characterized Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller’s Russia-related investigation as a Democratic “witch hunt” aimed at his presidency. One of his favorite phrases to use in connection with Mueller’s probe is “13 angry Democrats.” But Trump neglects to mention that Mueller is a lifelong Republican and a right-wing conservative who was appointed to head the FBI by none other than President George W. Bush.  

In a typical May 29 tweet, Trump tried to discredit Mueller when he posted, “The 13 Angry Democrats (plus people who worked 8 years for Obama) working on the rigged Russia Witch Hunt, will be MEDDLING with the mid-term elections, especially now that Republicans (stay tough!) are taking the lead in Polls. There was no Collusion, except by the Democrats!”

2. Trump Views Paul Manafort Prosecution as an Attack on His Presidency 

One can learn a lot about Trump’s tactics by reading his 1987 book “The Art of the Deal”—including his mastery of playing the …read more


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