This is what Tomi Lahren called "one bad day."
It's been said a million times, but I can't stress enough how all of this -- the gaslighting, the "one bad day" downplaying, the "healing and unity" -- is so eerily like the dynamics of an abusive relationship. In which the victim starts to think "Maybe I'm just exaggerating."
Have they started eye-rolling at members of Congress talking about being traumatized? Because that's next. Mark my words. ("Nobody was really in life-threatening danger...")
(OK, so I must have missed that. But I was right. 🙄)
And Kellyanne Conway helped put this ship in the water with her "alternative facts" and her maestro-level gaslighting, so she can fuck all the way off with her "these events were outrageous and inexcusable."
Perhaps the canniest thing this administration ever did was poison the channels of information transmission, making people question things that were indisputably true. @pashulman and I tried to explain the danger of this with one teeny tiny example here:…
This lie about the 1924 Democratic convention continues to be spread daily. There is simply no undoing it now.
Part of that is due to a cultural shift, as well. I wrote these words in 2014.…

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