Gaslighting America: Why We Love It When Trump Lies to Us

Gaslighting America: Why We Love It When Trump Lies to Us

by Amanda Carpenter


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A CNN contributor, former Ted Cruz staffer, and "Never Trump" adherent reveals a shocking truth: Donald Trump’s lies and fabrications don’t horrify America—they enthrall us—and explains how we can avoid falling for them.

"Can you believe what Donald Trump said?"

In Gaslighting America, Carpenter breaks down Trump’s formula, showing why it’s practically foolproof, playing his victims, the media, the Democrats, and the Republican fence-sitters perfectly. She traces how this tactic started with Nixon, gained traction with Bill Clinton, and exploded under Trump. If you think Trump is driving you crazy, it’s because he is. Now, in this urgent book, she explains how to withstand the fire.

Where some people see lies, Trump’s fierce followers see something different. A commitment to winning at all costs; there is nothing he could say that would erode their support at long as it’s in the name of taking down his political enemies.

His opponents on the left and right continue to act as if his fake narratives and conspiracy theories will bring him down, when in fact, they are the ruses that raised him up.

As a conservative former staffer to a competing presidential campaign, Amanda Carpenter witnessed her fellow Republicans fall in line behind Trump. As a political commentator, she was publicly smeared by one of his supporters on live television without a shred of evidence supporting the allegations. Slowly, she watched her entire party succumb to Trump and become defenders of his tactics, and Gaslighting America may be the only hope to bring them back to reality.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062748003
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 151,601
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Amanda Carpenter is a CNN political commentator, writer, and former senior staffer to Senators Jim DeMint and Ted Cruz. She has written for the Washington Post,, Politico, the Washington Times, Refinery29,, and Human Events.

Actress Kirsten Potter has performed on stage, film, and television, including roles on Medium, Bones, and Judging Amy. Her narrations have won AudioFile Earphones Awards, and she earned an Audie nomination for her reading of Rise Again by Ben Tripp.

Table of Contents

1 Birthing a President 1

2 Winning Ugly 17

3 #War 23

4 Terrorized 33

5 Inside Job 41

6 Burned 53

7 The Pledge 71

8 Surrogate Secrets 87

9 Punch 'Em in the Face 101

10 Kayfabe 117

11 The Cult of Kek 133

12 Hacks 141

13 Bimbo Eruptions 147

14 Lock Her Up 155

15 President Trump 165

16 Nixon's Shadow 175

Afterword: Fireproofing 185

Appendix I 203

Appendix II 205

Appendix III 211

Acknowledgments 219

Notes 221

Index 253

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanks for sharing your very painful experience as well as turning it into determination. Your story as miserable as it was has given light to what till now hasn’t been illuminated. You did it Amanda with grace and courage. I’m sorry for what you paid personally to put this book in print but truly it’s a far better thing you’ve accomplished by writing it.