Playing the victim is heresy to conservatism, which is further evidence that Donald Trump is not a conservative. His clear loss to Joe Biden is painted as a vast conspiracy that he is the victim of. Congress isn’t impeaching him for his clear abuse of power, he is being impeached because the world is very unfair to him. This is the victimhood fallacy in action.
What is the Victimhood Fallacy?
The victimhood fallacy is when someone plays the victim card to invalidate claims against them. Instead of dealing with the actual facts, they play the victim as if simply playing the victim card invalidated the facts.
Playing the Victim is not an Argument
Simply claiming you are a victim of the, “deep state” is no evidence that an FBI report, for example, isn’t trustworthy. If you claim a report is fabricated, you must provide evidence that it is. Even if the majority of the FBI didn’t like you, that wouldn’t mean they will tell blatant lies in an FBI report. However, the victimhood fallacy fails to recognize this, as it would assume a claim of victimhood invalidates anything that would come from the FBI.
How Ted Cruz Disproves Trump’s Victimhood
As the victimhood fallacy is a logical fallacy, it is invalid anytime it is used. So Trump’s use of it doesn’t need further refutation. However, there is an interesting parallel that seems to refute all of Trump’s claims of victimhood: Ted Cruz.
Ted Cruz ran for President at the same time as Donald Trump, and was hated by the Republican establishment just as much. As Lindsey Graham said of the choice between Trump and Cruz, “It’s like being shot or poisoned… What does it matter?” 1, in another comment Graham said, “If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody would convict you.”2 And Bob Dole said of Cruz simply, “nobody likes him.”3
Why weren’t historians warning that Cruz was a danger to democracy? Why wasn’t the FBI investigating Ted Cruz and his campaign like they were with Trump’s? Where was the, “deep state” out to get non-establishment Republicans then?
While Trump’s use of the victimhood fallacy needs no refutation (as it is a fallacy), we may have found a refutation here. The, “deep state” never came after Cruz because the conspiracy theory is false. Which also leaves a frightening truth. The things people said about Trump were actually true.
Here’s a few people have forgotten about, that may carry more weight without the victimhood fallacy: