…term and declaring the election to be “rigged” against him and threatening civil unrest if he lost. One fundamental paradox of the paranoid style in American politics noted by Richard Hofstadter is a curious imitation of the enemy, a penchant for making the enemy a projection of the self. “Secret organizations set up to combat secret organizations… The Ku Klux Klan imitated Catholicism to the point of donning priestly vestments, developing an elaborate ritual and an equally elaborate hierarchy. The John Birch Society emulates Communist ceIls and quasi-secret operation through “front” groups, and preaches a ruthless prosecution of the ideological war along lines very similar to those it finds in the Communist enemy.” Trump’s communication style of reversing the polarity of a perceived enemy’s attack and applying it against him as a counterpunch may be perceived as an elementary-school, “rubber-and-glue” manner of taunt. But it is one of the hallmarks of the paranoid spokesman in politics.