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One of the fiercest critques yet of Donald Trump has come from what many people believe to be an unlikely source.

US fashion magazine Teen Vogue has published a scathing 'scorched earth' op-ed accusing the president-elect of 'gaslighting' the American public.

According to The National Domestic Violence Hotline, gaslighting is a form of mental abuse where victims begin to question their own sense of reality, and according to writer Lauren Ducca, that's exactly what the billionare reality TV star has been doing.

Trump's rise to power "has awakened a force of bigotry by condoning and encouraging hatred, but also by normalizing deception," Lauren writes.

We are collectively being treated like Bella Manningham in the 1938 Victorian thriller from which the term "gas light" takes its name.

Lauren goes on to explain:

He gained traction in the election by swearing off the lies of politicians, while constantly contradicting himself, often without bothering to conceal the conflicts within his own sound bites. He lied to us over and over again, then took all accusations of his falsehoods and spun them into evidence of bias.

Lauren goes on to slam Trump's alleged attempts to undermine the press, attack the media and "destabilise journalism as a check on the power of the government."

Needless to say, this thought out, logical and well written piece has taken some people by surprise.

If anything, people are surprised that people are surprised.

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