is a theory in psychology in which humans defend themselves against their own unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others. (From Wiki.)
That pretty much sums up Trump’s latest reasons for firing FBI Director James Comey (reported by the NY Times in Trump Offers New Account of Firing ‘Showboat’ Comey).
WASHINGTON — President Trump offered on Thursday a new version of his decision to fire James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director, saying he would have dismissed him regardless of whether the attorney general and his deputy recommended it.
In his first extended comments on a move that has roiled Washington, Mr. Trump castigated Mr. Comey, calling him “a showboat” and “a grandstander” who had created turmoil at the bureau. But the president’s description of his decision-making process conflicted with the account provided previously by his aides.
That is a classic example of psychological projection.
The White House previously said that Mr. Trump acted only after Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, came to him and recommended that Mr. Comey be dismissed. In the letter dismissing Mr. Comey that Mr. Trump signed, it said he was acting on their recommendation. And Vice President Mike Pence, talking to reporters, also said the president had been following the Justice Department officials’ advice.
So someone is lying. Who? The thing is, if you lie and lie and lie, sooner or later you will cross your self.
From the NY Times Thursday Evening Briefing (email):
The fallout from President Trump’s abrupt firing of the head of the F.B.I. dominated a Senate hearing about the biggest security threats facing the United States.
Andrew McCabe, the acting F.B.I. director … rejected the White House’s claim that James Comey had lost the support of his colleagues, …