Is there a German word for accusing your perceived enemies of plotting to do exactly what you intend to do?
For Trumpian commentators, Democrats and the president’s other critics are only raising these concerns because they want to orchestrate a coup of their own. In a recent essay, “The Coming Coup?,” the former Trump-administration official Michael Anton warns his readers that Democrats are laying the groundwork for the “unlawful and illegitimate removal of President Trump from office.” Their tactic, he says, is to condition the public into thinking that Trump will try to steal the election so that if he wins, they can cry foul. They will then, Anton predicts, organize “a ‘color revolution,’ the exact same playbook the American deep state runs in other countries whose leadership they don’t like and is currently running in Belarus. Oust a leader—even an elected one—through agitation and call it ‘democracy.’” Anton advises Trump to prepare now to determine who will be loyal in the days after the election so that he can prevail.
I wonder how much of this is defensive projection, the assumption that everyone is just as depraved, or just part of the broader “flood the zone” approach to disinformation.
Speaking of which, I’m sure the right-wing media ecosystem is already arguing that Color Revolutions are actually good and also that paid Soros agents are responsible for stirring up trouble but that the whole thing was staged by the deep state to discredit the rally where a few protestors went too far but that’s what happens when you’re trying to defend democracy and no of course the whole BLM movement is evil because a tiny percentage of protestors rioted and look at the liberal hypocrisy when they were all in on Portland which was way worse than trying to physically stop the democratic transfer of power that is, of course, the real coup.