President Donald Trump has been going on tirades against the American media, the U.S. intelligence community, and a host of other institutions for allegedly undermining his presidency.
Seth Abramson, an English professor at the University of New Hampshire who also worked for years as a public defender in the state of New Hampshire, has written a tweet storm noting that Trump's lashing out at perceived conspiracies against him are some of the classic behaviors that a guilty person engages in when caught.
"Ask any criminal attorney: the president is engaging in all the behaviors a guilty person would," Abramson writes, before listing off all of the 12 most common tactics used by guilty people to cover up their actions.
Among other things, Trump is alleging that there is a conspiracy against him, is deflecting scrutiny of his actions by raising "issues irrelevant to the case," is using anger and self-righteousness to avoid discussing the facts of the case, and is making himself difficult to access for further questioning.
The bottom line, says Abramson, is that there are "12... common signs of a guilty person" and Trump is "exhibiting all of them."
Check out the whole thread below.
3/ ...closest in time/space to the crime alleged. #4 Cite the support of people unassociated with the allegations to boost credibility...— Seth Abramson (@Seth Abramson)1487176027.0
5/ ...distract from the allegations. #8 Complain about law enforcement. #9 Allege the crime was impossible/improbable. #10 Misstate facts...— Seth Abramson (@Seth Abramson)1487176208.0
7/ ...to make the case harder to investigate/prosecute and to sow confusion. #12 Deny relationships (even provably extant ones) that...— Seth Abramson (@Seth Abramson)1487176340.0
8/ ...would make commission of the crime more likely. These are the 12 most common signs of a guilty person. Trump exhibits _all of them_.— Seth Abramson (@Seth Abramson)1487176421.0