As an emotional abuse survivor, I get an eerie feeling watching Donald Trump.
In fact, a checklist of 30 tactics used by an emotionally abusive partner, published by the blog Live Bold and Bloom, reads like Donald Trump’s debate prep to-do list.
One of the telltale signs of such abuse, for example, is rooted in humiliation:
“They humiliate you, put you down, or make fun of you in front of other people.”
This seems to be a cornerstone of Trump’s political speech — like making fun of a disabled reporter, or placing the women who accuse Hillary Clinton’s husband of sexual misconduct in the audience at the last debate. (I wonder if Trump has ever heard that expression about glass houses and throwing stones.)
“They accuse you or blame you for things you know aren’t true.”
For example, accusing Hillary of laughing at a rape victim, which she didn’t do.