Trumpism Highlights

Trump touted selling Puerto Rico after the territory was devastated by hurricanes in 2017, says former official
  • President Donald Trump suggested selling Puerto Rico after the US territory was devastated by hurricanes in 2017, former acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke told The New York Times.
  • "The president's initial ideas were more of as a businessman, you know," she told the Times. "Can we outsource the electricity? Can we sell the island? You know, or divest of that asset?"
  • Trump has frequently attacked authorities in Puerto Rico since San Juan's mayor criticized the slow federal response to the hurricanes in 2017.

3 reasons why the $600 weekly boost in unemployment benefits hasn't hurt the job market as Republicans claim
  • Republicans argue that the $600 boosted unemployment payments are disincentivizing employees from returning to work.
  • That's not the case for three reasons: Wages aren't climbing, job postings are down compared to before the pandemic, and growth in payroll employment surpassed expectations in May and June.
  • Trump and Republicans oppose extending the beefed-up payments. Without a replacement, 33 million jobless workers could see their incomes plummet by at least half overnight.

Trump defended his golfing trips as needed 'exercise' before claiming he spends less time on the course than Obama, despite counts that say otherwise
  • President Donald Trump defended his golfing trips in a Sunday morning tweet.
  • "My 'exercise' is playing, almost never during the week, a quick round of golf," the president said, adding "Obama played more and much longer rounds, no problem."
  • By the end of May, Trump had spent some 266 days of his first term at one of his golf clubs, outpacing former President Barack Obama, who had golfed 98 times by the same point in time during his time in office, according to a CNN analysis.
  • Trump negatively tweeted about Obama's golf outings more than two dozen times while Obama was president.
  • According to a CNN tally, Trump had spent 266 days at one of his golf clubs by the end of May, while Obama had played 98 rounds by that point in his presidency.

Education Secretary Betsy Devos says it should be 'the rule' to return students to classrooms in the fall
  • Education Secretary Betsy Devos on Sunday doubled down on the Trump administration's position on opening schools in the fall amid the US' ongoing record spike in cases of the novel coronavirus.
  • "There is going to be the exception to the rule," Devos said. "But the rule should be that kids go back to school this fall."
  • While children are at low risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19, the CDC has said that they can function as asymptomatic carriers of the virus and can pose risks to vulnerable populations.
  • The president has suggested he could withhold federal funding from school systems that do not reopen to students by the November election, but he likely doesn't have the authority to do so.

Trump confirms he ordered a cyberattack on a notorious Russian troll farm during the 2018 midterms
  • President Trump confirmed in an interview with the Washington Post that the US launched a cyberattack against infamous Russian troll farm the Internet Research Agency (IRA) during the 2018 midterms.
  • The Post reported the attack in February 2019, but this is the first time Trump has confirmed it took place. It is unusual for countries to publicly talk about cyberwarfare tactics.
  • The IRA was indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller in 2018 for conspiracy to interfere with the 2016 presidential election. Russian influence campaigns were also detected during the 2018 midterms.

The White House stepped up its campaign against Dr. Fauci, circulating a list of 'mistakes' on COVID-19 in an attempt to discredit him
  • The White House has stepped up its attacks on Anthony Fauci, a key member of the coronavirus task force.
  • According to reports Saturday, the White House is circulating a list of "mistakes" committed by Fauci.
  • The document was likened by some critics to "opposition research," which is information drawn up by political campaigns to damage opponents.
  • Fauci has continued to warn that the US is still "knee deep" in the first wave of the pandemic, as President Trump downplays concerns about rising infections.

Florida's virus record underscores growing disaster of early state openings
Florida's staggering new single-day US state record of cases underscores how the aggressive opening strategy championed by Trump and allied governors is turning into one of the worst political and economic calls in modern history, Stephen Collinson writes.

The Sunshine State recorded more than 15,000 new infections on Sunday -- the highest number of new cases in a single day by any state -- and has run out of ICU beds in 40 hospitals, as the pandemic rages across southern and western heartlands including Texas, Georgia and Arizona. The surge came two months after many states, disregarding government guidelines, opened up bars, gyms, hair salons and other businesses.

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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.