To Sarkis's explanation of gaslighting I would add that hurling accusations at truthful accusers creates a sense of chaos in which there is nothing resembling a common ground of reality. Instead, a state of interpersonal insanity prevails. At the heart of gaslighting, the gaslighter tries to make the target person feel overwhelmed and crazy. Then, when the target of the gaslighting explodes, the gaslighter can shake their head and say condescendingly: "see, you're out of control. You're nuts. You need professional help."
Certainly, Trump has created a field of unreality around him. Closer to Trump, presidential spokespersons do summersaults trying to keep up with his changing versions of the truth. In the larger social and political environment, much of what Trump injects into public discussion is flat-out, provably false.
A couple of days ago, Ivanka Trump said she was surprised by the level of visciouness she's encountered in D.C. She's been ridiculed for the extreme irony of her complaint, and mocked for her lack of awareness, but her statement also raises the possiblity that she's knowingly engaging in gaslighting, having learned at the feet of the master. Can she really be so unaware of her father's habit of vicious insult and defammatory statements about opponents and critics? He is, indisputably, the king of political viciousness.
The Lovers is a mildly amusing, not-quite-standard romantic dramedy, featuring solid performances by Tracy Letts and Debra Winger in the lead roles. I didn't love it, but if you really want to see a movie, this will suffice for entertainment. X-ometer rating 83/100
Cynthia Nixon stars as Emily Dickinson in a A Quiet Passion, a film that explores the eccentricities and preoccupations behind the poet's genius and suffering. Lot's of poetry and a great performance by Nixon. 88/100
Wonder Woman is not a typical selection for us, but there's a dearth of good films out there, so we gave it a shot. If you like superheros and comics, this would be a great film for you to see, but for me it only reached 85/100, largely earned with 3-D and special effects in the last 30-40 minutes of the film.
Finally, there's Norman, starring Richard Gere. Most of the film group enjoyed this one more than I did, and I still can't figure out why I didn't like it more than I did. Psychological complexity, politics, Judaism and more universal themes are all part of this joint Israeli-American production. Gere, Steve Buscemi and Leor Ashkenzi turned out nuanced performances, but the whole package just didn't click for me. I found the film group discussion more interesting than the film itself, but don't let my disappointment stop you from seeing it. In our group of 16 people, 12 liked it a lot. X-ometer rating 78/100
I believe -- I think the President at his word, I was fired because of the Russian investigation, something about the way I was conducting it, the President felt created pressure on him that he wanted to relieve [...]
And learned, again, from the media that he was telling privately other parties that my firing had relieved great pressure on the Russian investigation. I was also confused by the initial explanation that was offered publicly, that I was fired because of the decisions I had made during the election year. That didn't make sense to me for a whole bunch of reasons, including the time and all the water that had gone under the bridge since those hard decisions had had to be made. That didn't make any sense to me. And although the law required no reason at all to fire an FBI director, the administration then chose to defame me and more importantly the FBI by saying that the organization was in disarray. That it was poorly led. That the workforce had lost confidence In its leader. Those were lies, plain and simple.
Yes, sir. The -- there should be no fuzz on this whatsoever. The Russians interfered in our election during 2016 cycle. They did it with purpose. They did it with sophistication. They did it with overwhelming technical efforts. And it was an active measure campaign driven from the top of the government. There is no fuzz on that. It is a high confidence judgment of the entire intelligence community and the members of this committee have seen the intelligence, It is not a close call. That happened. That's about as unfake as you can possibly get and is very, very serious, which is why it Is so refreshing to see a bipartisan focus on that. Because this is about America, not about any particular party.