1. Deny: It’s a total lie, it never happened, it’s fake news.
2. Dismiss: Ok, it happened, but it’s not a big deal.
3. Downplay: Ok, it might be a big deal only because of the other side’s fanatics, but it’s not illegal.
4. Deflect: Ok, it’s illegal, but the other side did something worse, so it’s ok.
5. Defy: Get over it, you’re just a sore loser and we are in control now. You are an unpatriotic obstacle. Expressions in this stage are often accompanied by foul language, name calling and threats of violence.
I adapted this from an unknown source where is was originally titled titled “The 5 Stages of Trumpism”