Teen Vogue Calls Out Donald Trump On ‘Gaslighting America’

by
Amna Shoaib
"To gaslight is to psychologically manipulate a person to the point where they question their own sanity, and that’s precisely what Trump is doing to this country."

In a scathing op-ed penned by editor Lauren Duca, Teen Vogue attacked Donald Trump in a composed, blistering tone and set the internet on fire.

Summing up the racist billionaire's presidential campaign and attitude after the victory, Duca accused him of "gas lighting the nation" by twisting or concealing facts.

"To gaslight is to psychologically manipulate a person to the point where they question their own sanity, and that’s precisely what Trump is doing to this country," the editor wrote. "He gained traction in the election by swearing off the lies of politicians, while constantly contradicting himself, often without bothering to conceal the conflicts within his own sound bites."

In a very sane fashion, Duca used PolitiFact to deconstruct and debunk the many claims Trump used to scare and manipulate Americans during his campaign.

She then moved to the more pressing issue: Trump team's outright (and childish) denial of CIA's assessment that Russia intervened in the election to help Trump win.

In the end, the op-ed asked the country to stop being indifferent and arm itself with knowledge.

"Insist on fact-checking every Trump statement you read, every headline you share or even relay to a friend over coffee. If you find factual inaccuracies in an article, send an email to the editor, and explain how things should have been clearer. Inform yourself what outlets are trustworthy and which aren’t," concluded Duca.

The four years ahead will not be easy, America. Let's just take this election as the "Lasik eye surgery we all so desperately needed" and make sure something like this never happens again.

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