Psychological projection is a defense mechanism in which the human ego defends itself against unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others. ...
Freud considered that, in projection, thoughts, motivations, desires, and feelings that cannot be accepted as one's own are dealt with by being placed in the outside world and attributed to someone else. What the ego repudiates is split off and placed in another.
Freud would later come to believe that projection did not take place arbitrarily, but rather seized on and exaggerated an element that already existed on a small scale in the other person. ...
Projection tends to come to the fore in normal people at times of personal or political crisis but is more commonly found in personalities functioning at a primitive level as in narcissistic personality disorder or borderline personality disorder. ...
90,000 Americans are dead because of a pandemic that Trump was unprepared for and has thrown in the towel on mitigating https://t.co/qvnz5vGc5J— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 17, 2020
Pres Trump was asked to respond to Pres. Obama’s commencement criticism of virus response. He said he had not seen Obama’s remarks but leveled a charge without specifics saying, “He was an incompetent president - grossly incompetent. That’s all I can say.”— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) May 17, 2020
The level of projection here is just incredible pic.twitter.com/1rzNgKl9Qa— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 17, 2020
Trump’s unfounded attacks on others of the things he is demonstrably guilty of aren’t mere projection. They are a tactic to lower the moral bar for all, to wave off his corruption and abuse as normal.— Garry Kasparov (@Kasparov63) May 17, 2020
Almost 90,000 deaths aren’t making him popular? https://t.co/ewLZVjfjgI— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@MollyJongFast) May 18, 2020
Seems it’s not even a national scandal anymore that the president is promoting neo-Nazis on Twitter because it’s just normal and expected now, just another day https://t.co/5CFzE8AQfj— Christopher Mathias (@letsgomathias) May 17, 2020
The President of the United States is literally retweeting a white supremacist organization here. https://t.co/923XZnMax2— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) May 16, 2020
The number of Coronavirus cases is strongly trending downward throughout the United States, with few exceptions. Very good news, indeed!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 17, 2020
Today's the first day in two weeks the CDC reported > 30,000 new COVID-19 cases (+31,967 today).— Jim Lippard (@lippard) May 17, 2020
It's especially worrying when states blow past all-time epidemiological records on a weekend. Reporting slows way down on weekends, usually counts dip below mid-week levels just due to the lag. https://t.co/sYO2cmovf4— Lindsay Beyerstein (@beyerstein) May 17, 2020
“The end result of so much noise is what I’ve called ‘manufactured nihilism,’ a situation in which people are so skeptical about the possibility of truth that they give up the search.” https://t.co/7JG3nm6DnE— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) May 17, 2020
Here’s the White House press Secretary saying yesterday that Obama left them depleted stockpiles of medical supplies, and here’s a February press release about all the medical supplies the US government is sending to China. pic.twitter.com/GiJzzN5HRX— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) May 17, 2020
Here's the Health and Human Services secretary shrugging at people refusing to help stop the spread of a deadly pandemic. https://t.co/M7pK1t4mqz— digby (@digby56) May 17, 2020
On Meet the Press, Peter Navarro suggests stay at home orders correlate with “more suicides” & hence “kill many more people” than the coronavirus. That’s unproven. pic.twitter.com/6z3nj6eU0y https://t.co/qdHm5Rfh5H— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 17, 2020
Actual verbatim exchange.— Christopher Orr (@OrrChris) May 17, 2020
Navarro: "We all know about the billion dollars that [Hunter Biden] took from the Chinese."
Stepahanopoulos: "That's not factual, sir. That's not a fact."
Navarro, literally shrugging: "Be that as it may..." https://t.co/nL6729XUgD
Why are so many dying? Because the Trump family still appears to believe that the disease is a "hoax." It's hard to effectively fight a disease if you don't think it's real. https://t.co/ueIxKdkoNn— Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) May 17, 2020
I’ve been writing about conspiracy theories and misinformation for more than a decade. But QAnon, which first emerged in 2017, always seemed different. (1/10)https://t.co/jeTsC3D5xe pic.twitter.com/gWwMpdQcZq— Adrienne LaFrance (@AdrienneLaF) May 14, 2020