President Donald Trump's psychology was the focus of much speculation on Twitter on Friday.
It started when Trump suggested that rival Joe Biden might be using performance-enhancing drugs during an interview with Fox News personality Jeanine Pirro.
Trump's attack on Biden was so bizarre that many people suggested Trump's comments were psychological projection, which is a defense mechanism where one projects their own failings on others. Under such a scenario, Trump's comments on Biden would be an acknowledgment that it is actually the president who is using drugs.
Here's some of what people were saying:
If I've said it once I've said it now a thousand times: Everything that comes out of this man's mouth is either con… https://t.co/GmZa9thP9s— John Heilemann (@John Heilemann)1599846541.0
“Projection is a defense mechanism commonly used by abusers, people with narcissistic or borderline personality dis… https://t.co/C40j4xUq3A— Kaz Weida (@Kaz Weida)1599846284.0
Given Trump's wild alternations between manic and zombie-like, this sure seems like projection, but imagine how nor… https://t.co/iT9CV1tTDn— Tom Nichols (@Tom Nichols)1599846694.0
Despicable, but also a classic Trump projection. https://t.co/b6jAIpSv5V— Republicans for Joe Biden 🇺🇸 (@Republicans for Joe Biden 🇺🇸)1599845981.0
So Trump is definitely on drugs https://t.co/ZMfKmJjJ6H— Adam Parkhomenko (@Adam Parkhomenko)1599846209.0
The collapse continues: 1⃣ Trump is now saying Biden is *so good* as a candidate, he must be on performance-enhanc… https://t.co/xjH9NCb9uI— Seth Abramson (@Seth Abramson)1599854166.0
This is desperation & part of the WH coverup of Trump’s dementia- projecting his own drug use on to Biden. Trump is… https://t.co/9EZ65ejmTK— Tom Joseph (@Tom Joseph)1599851856.0
The projection is strong with this one. https://t.co/vbsRQ4Y5Gz— TG (@TG)1599846214.0
Yes @potus We all KNOW you are doing drugs. Adderall? Benzos? Cocaine? A mixture? 🤔 The ONE thing @realDonaldTrump… https://t.co/eY5ry87Lc2— #BlackLivesMatter 🏴☠️ (@#BlackLivesMatter 🏴☠️)1599856873.0
Projection is his superpower. https://t.co/a0MuU4TP5l— Derek Johnson (@Derek Johnson)1599854239.0
It’s nice that the president has done a great job teaching the country about psychological projection. https://t.co/xt9pPOtQl7— Alicia Carlson 💙 (@Alicia Carlson 💙)1599850594.0
No drug exists that can repair the deformities in Donald Trump's soul. That's what I hear. https://t.co/saQBTpEhzf— Bill Kristol (@Bill Kristol)1599847016.0
2/ https://t.co/WRWxr4BtNH— Dr. Jack Brown (@Dr. Jack Brown)1599847828.0