At Psychology Today Blogs, Travis Langley cites John Avion, who suggests that Donald Trump’s willingness to accuse others, such as President Obama, Andrew McCabe, and even the entire Democratic Party, of treason may result from Trump’s confusing loyalty to himself with loyalty to the country.
Langley goes on to wonder whether this may instead be a case of projection. A snippet:
More often, though, people project their worst inclinations onto other people as a way to keep from feeling bad about them. Projection downplays the importance of our worst aspects by casting them onto our perceptions of others, letting unfavorable features seem socially acceptable if they’re commonplace. Projection only fits if, at least unconsciously, Trump either committed treason or somehow sees treason in his own way of doing things. Some people feel he has, but this question is about what he personally perceives in himself and thus projects onto others.
It’s an interesting read, and his conclusions may surprise you.