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Re: Deflection, of course also projection, mirroring as a form of manipulation
Dave T's left peg
It's a clear ploy, at least on behalf of Trump. Get your (false) accusations out first so that when the other side (correctly) accuses you, it gets down-played. "We said it first" - it gets your supporters riled-up about the subject on your behalf, so that when the real accusation arrives, your supporters see it as copy-cat behaviour or alternatively have an idea that the accusation was probably false and they'll be more likely accept that this one is too. Simple ploy to dilute the effect of the real accusation.
your could also say that his/their behavior is a clever ploy, i.e. accusing others of what you are doing ...
to describe people who accuse other people of the exact thing they themselves are guilty of
So you get MPs who are anti-gay, who turn out to be gay
You get someone like Trump who accuses his opponents of selling classified info to Russia, when it will turn out it was him
You get Tommy Robinson cronies banging on about pedophile gangs, and then they themselves get convicted of child abuse
seems to happen more and more, people bang on relentless about other doing the very thing they are doing
is there a phrase beyond the obvious, gobshite / ####wit / #### / piece of shit etc
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