Trumpism Highlights

Joe Biden slams Trump, vows to help working families not wealthy investors: 'They don't need me'
  • Joe Biden slammed President Trump for putting wealthy investors ahead of the middle class in a speech on Thursday.
  • "Throughout this crisis, Donald Trump has been almost singularly focused on the stock market, the Dow and NASDAQ, not you, not your families," the former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate said.
  • Biden pledged to help working families, raise corporate taxes, and pressure companies to do more for their employees and communities if he wins the presidency.
  • "It's way past time we put an end to the era of shareholder capitalism," he said.

Trump might ban TikTok — here's what experts who pored through its code and privacy policies say about its security
  • The Trump administration has said it is considering banning TikTok, claiming that it hoovers up user data and is owned by a Chinese company as a national security threat.
  • The geopolitics of US-China relations makes it hard to know whether TikTok is actually any more intrusive than social media platforms like Facebook, or whether this is a ploy by the US to gall China.
  • Business Insider spoke to two experts who said that while TikTok has shown some security issues, its privacy policy suggests it consumes user data in a similar way to Facebook.
  • Google and Facebook by comparison almost certainly hoover up more user data than TikTok through their sprawling number of apps and services — but get less US political scrutiny on privacy.

Hong Kong closed its entire school system over less than 100 new COVID-19 cases. Trump is pushing to send 57 million kids back to school in the middle of the world's worst outbreak.
  • Hong Kong announced the closure of its entire school system after students and parents were found among a cluster of new coronavirus cases.
  • 66 new cases were found between Thursday and Friday, prompting the Education Bureau to shut some 900 schools from Monday.
  • It is a stark contrast to the US, which on Thursday recorded its highest-ever number of cases across the country, more than 65,000.
  • Even adjusting for their respective populations, US infections are rampant in comparison to Hong Kong.
  • Nonetheless, President Donald Trump is pushing for schools to reopen quickly, threatening to cut funding to those which do not.

Approval of Trump’s Coronavirus Response Hits All-Time Low: Poll
Two-thirds of the American public disapprove of President Donald Trump's handling of both of the major crises facing the nation now – the coronavirus and race relations, according to a new poll. The president's rating on handling the pandemic was the lowest to date in the survey.

Presidential advisers, confidants claim Trump has made himself into a victim amid the pandemic, according to report
  • Advisers in contact with the White House said President Donald Trump has been almost "inconsolable" as he gripes about the failing US economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.
  • "I had this great economy, and they made me shut it down," Trump has said repeatedly, an outside adviser told The Washington Post.
  • White House officials have advised Trump to boost his mood for fear of damaging his political reputation, according to The Post report.
  • Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a history professor at New York University, told The Post that Trump's tendency of self-victimization follows the behavioral pattern of an authoritarian leader.

The Trump campaign relies on a huge network of QAnon accounts to spread conspiracy theories and disinformation, data shows
  • Members of the far-right QAnon movement are spreading pro-Trump conspiracy theories and propaganda across social media platforms.
  • They're getting a boost from President Donald Trump and key supporters, who pick up and further amplify the messages.
  • QAnon supporters wrongly believe that Trump is fighting a cabal of child abusing Democrats and Hollywood stars. The movement emerged from the 4Chan messaging board.
  • Some of the top accounts promoting popular pro-Trump messages on Twitter are also promoting QAnon propaganda, according to a data analyst who scoured thousands of posts.
  • Experts say that Trump is giving dangerous legitimacy to an extremist movement linked to several violent crimes.

White House announces that Trump has commuted the 'unjust' prison sentence of former Republican strategist Roger Stone
  • President Donald Trump has commuted the sentence of the former Republican strategist Roger Stone, the White House announced Friday.
  • In a statement, the White House said Stone was "a victim of the Russia Hoax that the Left and its allies in the media perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine the Trump Presidency."
  • The president's move came after he and his allies complained for months that Stone and others were mistreated by prosecutors as part of the FBI's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.
  • A jury convicted Stone of seven felony counts last year: five counts of making false statements to the FBI and congressional investigators, one count of witness tampering, and one count of obstruction of justice.
  • Earlier this year, a federal judge sentenced Stone to 40 months in prison for his crimes, as well as a $20,000 fine, four years of probation after his prison term, and 250 hours of community service.

Mitt Romney joins top Democrats slamming Trump's decision to commute Roger Stone's sentence
  • President Donald Trump's decision on Friday to commute the sentence of former Republican strategist Roger Stone sparked outrage across top lawmakers.
  • The negative reaction wasn't entirely partisan, as Sen. Mitt Romney, a Utah Republican, called Trump's actions "unprecedented, historic corruption."
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi similarly said the president committed an "act of staggering corruption" and called on the House to pass legislation to prevent such actions in the future.
  • Stone was convicted by a jury in November on seven counts related to false statements to the FBI, to congressional investigators, witness tampering, and obstruction of justice.

Robert Mueller speaks out for the first time in a year, writing that Roger Stone 'rightly' remains a convicted felon even after Trump's commutation
  • The former special counsel Robert Mueller published a Washington Post op-ed on Saturday defending the Russia investigation just one day after President Donald Trump commuted Roger Stone's sentence.
  • Mueller wrote that despite Stone's commutation, he "remains a convicted felon, and rightly so."
  • Mueller appeared to fire back at the Trump administration's claims that Stone was a "victim of the Russia Hoax."
  • "The women and men who conducted these investigations and prosecutions acted with the highest integrity. Claims to the contrary are false," Mueller wrote.

People who claim to be the only 'real' Americans are the worst Americans
  • Beware the person who claims to know who's a "real" American and who's not.
  • Especially Trump and Tucker Carlson — who for some reason think demonstrating patriotism involves honoring traitorous losers and calling a Purple Heart recipient a "coward."
  • Real Americans are atheists and evangelicals, they're immigrants and the children of immigrants, they love guns and hate guns. They're all Americans, that's the point of America.

Trump Wearing Mask
President Donald Trump wears a mask as he walks down the hallway during his visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., Saturday, July 11, 2020. Associated Press/Patrick Semansky

Trump has been spotted wearing a mask publicly for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began
  • President Donald Trump wore a mask in public for the first time on Saturday during a trip to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
  • He has been reluctant to wear a mask up to this point, but noted in a Fox News interview that he didn't want to "spread anything" to the soldiers.
  • Public health experts have lamented his reluctance to don a face covering — research has shown that the practice can help prevent transmission of the coronavirus by blocking respiratory droplets.
  • Trump has sent mixed messages on masks, at one point mocking others for wearing them, and at other points saying he was "all for masks."

Trumpism
or Trump-ism

Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by US President Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.