Trump, Gaslighting and Re-Traumatization


I never thought I thank you for anything, but I am thankful that you have brought to light what gas lighting means because unless you’ve been through it, you can’t imagine what it’s like to have someone tell you what happened didn’t happen -There are many examples to choose from, but if I had to pick I think the one that tops it all has to be when Vince told me in late July that the bruises on my body may not have come from him throwing me against the wall – he said, I could have “bumped into something.”  Kinda like…let’s just say creating an alternative reality is generational and a family specialty.

In the Shadows of the Fairy Tale

“This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period — both in person and around the globe.” -Sean Spicer, Press briefing, January 21, 2017

I was lounging around on my couch in the living room that Saturday night, exhausted after a long, strange weekend in the District, where the one-two punch of Donald Trump’s chaotic inauguration followed by the record-breaking Women’s March had brought the city to a point of fatigue and uncertainty.  The news was on and I, like a lot of the rest of the country at that time, could not stop watching it.

It was Sean Spicer’s first press briefing, and chills went down my spine as I heart those words. I sat up. For no reason I could explain, my heart was suddenly thudding in my chest and blood was rushing into my head. My eyes laser-focused on the screen as he continued…

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