[Blind Gossip] When this horrifying accusation was made against a Presidential Candidate, many assumed that it came from a competitor from within the candidate’s own party.
No. It actually came from the other party!
What do you do when you know that your family member is going to be accused of a terrible crime? Make a preemptive strike! Accuse the accuser first of the exact same crime!
[Candidate 1] just succeeded in putting [Candidate 2] the defensive. It doesn’t matter that the accusation is a complete lie and that it will quickly be discredited.
The important thing is that, later on, when [Candidate 2] accuses [Candidate 1’s spouse] of the same crime, the story will seem stale and retaliatory.
Sadly, it won’t matter if the first accusation is false and that the second accusation is true. They will seem equal in people’s (voter’s) minds and will cancel each other out. This isn’t about the truth. It’s about gamesmanship.
Similar: The Presidential Candidate And The Journalist
Candidate 1’s Spouse:
[Optional] Accusing the accuser first: Incredibly clever… or incredibly evil?