Originally published February 20, 2017 on The Huffington Post
Trump is a master of deflection. Indeed, he’s made it into an art form.
Deflecting a crisis onto something or someone else is one of the primary forms of damage containment. It’s used primarily when someone who is responsible for a crisis wants to distance him or herself from it, and thereby not own up to it.
Thus, Trump wants to blame the intelligence communities and the media—what else is new?—for leaking information about Michael Flynn.
Seen in this light, Trump’s incessant use of Twitter takes on a very different meaning. He doesn’t use Twitter primarily as a means of communication. He uses it to deflect attention away from his self-inflicted misdeeds.
If there is anything good, deflection eventually comes back to cause an even worse crisis for those who used it to protect themselves from an initial crisis. In short, deflection deflects back!