I have been accused of a crime that I didn’t commit, and from experience, I knew from day one what I needed to do. I needed to provide as much information as I could to the detectives and investigators looking into my case. I gathered as much information about myself, including where I was at the time the crime took place and provided information that only myself and my lawyers had previously known about. Ultimately this is what saved me and this is what kept me from being prosecuted for a crime that I did not commit.
I keep asking myself: “what if I were in Donald Trump’s position?”. What would I do if I knew that I was innocent. Then I imagine the opposite — “what would I do if I knew that I was guilty?”. Quite frankly, if I was innocent I would do and act exactly the opposite of how Trump has been behaving. If I were guilty, I would probably act exactly the same way.
Thinking about this got me wondering if perhaps this theory was just mine, and that just maybe everyone acts differently in different situations. I ended up researching this, simply by searching various internet resources to determine some of the key elements that show a person has a guilty conscious base on their behavior alone. I was intrigued and actually a bit amazed by what I found.
Here are a list of some of the top “signs” that point to a person’s guilt, based on the way they behave:
1) They Go on the Offensive – Guilty individuals typically become confrontational and blame others for their behavior. In order to avoid feeling guilty for something they have done, they cognitively blame someone else. These thoughts then turn into action and the guilty party usually starts pointing fingers and diverting attention toward someone else. In Trump’s case, he has done this with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama from the start. He has even pointed fingers at John McCain, Sally Yates, James Comey, and the list goes on and on.
2) Anxiety Takes Over, and Thoughts Become Clouded – A guilty person is consumed with anxiety and they are under so much stress that they do and say things that someone with common sense would not. We’ve seen Trump do this on Twitter, time and time again. Even though he realizes that he shouldn’t talk about the Russian investigation, he can’t help but do so.
3) Lying to Cover Up Lies – Guilty individuals get in a habit of lying and they get stuck in a vicious cycle that requires more lies to cover up old lies. The entire Trump administration has been caught in numerous lies. Trump himself has told his team to say one thing, and then he goes and says the exact opposite. This is what happens when you make up stories and then are questioned in greater detail about those stories. The human mind automatically moves to the simplest explanation possible, one that won’t require too many secondary questions. We saw this when Trump had his administration tell the media that Attorney General Jeff Sessions told him to fire James Comey, and then the following day he said it was all his own decision.
4) Avoidance – A guilty individual tries their hardest to avoid those individuals whom they have wronged. In Trump’s case, his contact with those he has wronged comes through the media — his way of speaking to the American public. Trump has gone on record to threaten that he will no longer hold press conferences, and he has even taken action to try and prevent journalists from publishing leaked information about his administration. This is his way of avoiding those whom he has wronged.
5) Insomnia – Guilty minds have a difficult time getting sleep at night. One well-known fact about Trump is that he sleeps very little. In fact, it has been said that he sleeps only 4-5 hours per night, which is 3-4 hours less than the average person. He’s been known to tweet at odd times, in the middle of the night when he should be sleeping.
6) Unwillingness to Cooperate – People who are guilty of crimes feel that the less information provided and the less that they cooperate with authorities, the less opportunity they have of providing information or details that may lead to evidence of their guilt. From the beginning of Trump’s campaign, he has not cooperated with requests for information. Whether it be his tax returns or details relating to discussions he had with key individuals, Trump has been very uncooperative.
So there you have it. I’m not just coming up with a theory based on how I would act. Most innocent people would act the same way as I did, and most guilty individuals would act the opposite. When someone knows that they are innocent of a crime, they feel as though the truth will prove their innocence, but when one is guilty, they know the truth will prove their guilt. This, my friends, is the reason why Trump is so reluctant to release his tax returns or support an investigation into Russian meddling with our election.
Whether you are a Trump supporter or not, simply ask yourself this question: What would you do if you were in Trump’s situation, knowing that you were innocent? Then ask yourself the same question imagining that you were guilty.