What’s the easiest way to swing back at critics? For Trump (as well as Putin), it’s to cry “hypocrite.”
President Trump has developed a consistent tactic when he is criticized: say that someone else is worse. This particular brand of changing the subject is called “whataboutism” — a simple rhetorical tactic heavily used by the Soviet Union and, later, Russia. And its use in Russia helps illustrate how it could be such a useful tool now, in America.
It’s a schoolyard taunt on the global stage.: Trump Embraces One Of Russia’s Favorite Propaganda Tactics — Whataboutism : NPR