Trump is one of those rare individuals who seems constitutionally incapable of being honest with himself. Deny, deny, deny, and then ask for mercy when all other options – 20 in this instance – run out.
Seth Abramson posted a mega-thread on Twitter detailing 20 behaviors Trump has in common with individuals who are guilty of having committed crimes, but are incapable of accepting responsibility for their actions.
As Abramson wrote, his list “applies only to the 5% of arrested individuals who a) did exactly what they were accused of, and b) refuse to admit what they did and then seek a just punishment via plea. Trump is in the tiny minority of criminals who won’t take responsibility for their actions.“
Below is Abramson’s list of “20 Things Guilty People Do That Trump Does Daily.” Be sure to check out his mega-thread for his full explanation of each one.
(THREAD) 20 Things Guilty People Do That Trump Does Daily
As a former criminal defense attorney, I've sat in rooms candidly discussing crime with thousands of criminals. I know what "consciousness of guilt" looks like. Trump exhibits it daily.
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— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) December 26, 2017
- DEFLECT BLAME.
- ALLEGE A CONSPIRACY.
- COMPLAIN ABOUT LAW ENFORCEMENT.
- TAMPER WITH WITNESSES.
- DISTRACT ATTENTION FROM THEIR ACTIONS.
- REFUSE TO ANSWER VALID QUESTIONS.
- EXHIBIT FALSE CONFIDENCE.
- USE “EVEN IF” ARGUMENTS.
- PLAY DUMB.
- EXHIBIT UNUSUAL AGITATION.
- LEVELING NEW ACCUSATIONS OF IDENTICAL CONDUCT.
- OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE.
- AVOID GIVING EVIDENCE UNDER OATH.
- DENY SIMILAR PAST CONDUCT.
- TELL UNNECESSARY, GRANDIOSE LIES.
- DRAW OTHERS INTO THEIR COVER-UP.
- TRUST ONLY FAMILY.
- PLAY WITH LANGUAGE.
- SEEK DODGY ALLIES AND PARALLEL INVESTIGATIONS.
- UNDERSCORE SUPPORTERS’ AFFECTION.
For those unfamiliar with his work, Abramson has been publishing extensive Twitter threads and mega-threads regarding the ongoing investigation into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. And, while he has his critics, Abramson – a former public defender at both the state and federal level – has an impressive resume.
Seth is regularly interviewed about politics and higher education by domestic and International media. Recent interviews include the BBC, CNN, NPR, PBS, ABC Radio, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Chronicle of Higher Education, New York Magazine, and The New England Review of Books. Seth’s essays have also been widely cited, including discussions on CNBC, PBS, FNC, BET, and NPR, as well as in Politico, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy, Slate, and Pitchfork.
For those interested in perusing his work, a reader (@chicken_afraido) has created a document linking to every Trump-Russia thread published by Abramson going back to autumn of 2016. The document begins with his updated bio from 8 December 2017, but then hops to his latest thread and works in reverse chronological order starting with Abramson’s most recent threads. He also has a web page linking to Abramson’s threads using category listings for those interested in a breakdown by topic.