In the latest installment of journalist Lauren Duca’s “Thigh-High Politics,” the Teen Vogue commentator decries the “raging victim complex” of men like Attorney General Jeff Sessions, President Donald Trump and former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.
This complex, Duca writes, involves “powerful men exploiting a persecution complex in order to accrue sympathy and evade accountability.” They do so by placing the blame on their detractors and accusers — and in the case of Sessions and O’Reilly, those detractors happen to be people much less privileged.
To illustrate her point, Duca used the example of Sessions’ Senate Intelligence Committee testimony when he claimed to feel “rushed” and “nervous” during Sen. Kamala Harris’ (D-CA) questioning. His “weaponized victimhood” was so effective, the writer argued, that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) rushed to his defense.
O’Reilly, Duca continued, exemplified this “victim complex” when whining about the “vicious and evil” media coverage of the exposed sexual assault accusations against him — despite making as much as $25 million in his settlement.
“In his version of the story,” Duca wrote, “the women accusing him of ‘verbal abuse, lewd comments, unwanted advances, and phone calls in which it sounded as if Mr. O’Reilly was masturbating’ are the true oppressors.”
The president, in this scenario, is the “greatest ‘poor me’ of them all.” His repeated cries that he is the subject of “the single greatest witch hunt” in American history, Duca wrote, illustrates how well he plays the victim.
“In defending themselves, all three men evaded accusations by grabbing hold of the pointed finger and twisting it backward with the force of self-pity,” she concluded. “It is a strategy that allows men like Sessions, O’Reilly, and Trump to hide in plain sight, masterfully escaping blame in the way that is possible only for powerful men accused of awful things.”
Read the entire takedown of Trump, Sessions and O’Reilly’s “weaponized victimhood” via Teen Vogue.