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In Gaslighting America, Amanda Carpenter breaks down Trump's formula, showing why it's practically foolproof, playing his victims, the media, the Democrats, and the Republican fence-sitters perfectly. She traces how this tactic started with Nixon, gained traction with Bill Clinton, and exploded under Trump.
Where some people see lies, Trump's fierce followers see something different. A commitment to winning at all costs: There is nothing he could say that would erode their support at long as it's in the name of taking down his political enemies.
His opponents on the left and right continue to act as if his fake narratives and conspiracy theories will bring him down, when in fact, they are the ruses that raised him up.
As a conservative former staffer to a competing presidential campaign, Amanda Carpenter witnessed her fellow Republicans fall in line behind Trump. As a political commentator, she was publicly smeared by one of his supporters on live television without a shred of evidence supporting the allegations. Slowly, she watched her entire party succumb to Trump and become defenders of his tactics, and Gaslighting America may be the only hope to bring them back to reality.
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By itsmejamib on 05-09-18
started off good, but then.....
liked it at first, but soon author started ranting on about her conservative values and moaning about the abortion issue. I have read several books written by conservatives that dislike Trump, and enjoyed them. But after the author started going on and on about abortion and her distain of it , I had to quit. got about 45 - 1 hr. Before I turned it off . tried to go back again to listen but soon retuned the book and am trying something else.
16 of 17 people found this review helpful
By B. D on 05-03-18
Right Winger Whines False Equivalency
I heard the author on "Morning Joe" I believe. Being I am a political blogger with a psychology degree I figured this book was about how Trump is normalizing lies and turning Americans into "people of the lie". The quote is from a conservative Author concerning evil. Well, Birther Donny Trump is evil. Yes, the author and I agree on that. But she wants us to believe that we on the left had it coming to us.
I am NOT a dogmatic liberal. But I purchased this book to understand the psychology of Trump and his lies. I did not purchase it to be lectured by a right winger that we liberals had it coming to us.
THE AUTHOR DOES NOT UNDERSTAND THE FALLACY OF FALSE EQUIVALENCY. I am fed up with talk of "liberal news media biases" when the real issue is CORPORATE NEWS MEDIA BIASES. The author tries to say that the nice Tea Party folks did not hate Obama because he is Black. They said that was from infiltrators. YaDa YADA.
AGain if you want to buy this book to learn about how Trump lies then you will get a lesson from the author in false equivalency. She preaches the rights of "religious freedom to discriminate". No I purchased this book to learn about Trump's normalization of liars not to hear the pity pot cry of Right Wingers.
The Author lauds Ted Cruz whom she worked for. Hmmm. What do you call it when someone attacks you, then attacks your wife and then attacks your dad as being part of the conspiracy to kill JFK?
Well, Trump did all that to Ted Cruz! So what do you call the term when someone does all of those attacks to you and your family THEN you endorse him? ANSWER: "Texas Values"!
I returned the audiobook after the 3rd chapter.
25 of 28 people found this review helpful