Trumpism Highlights

A Mueller investigation prosecutor says Trump spared Roger Stone from jail as a reward for 'keeping his lips sealed'
  • Andrew Weissman, who worked as a prosecutor on Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, has claimed that Trump spared former adviser Roger Stone from jail as a reward.
  • "Mr. Stone was sentenced to spend 40 months in prison until he got his reward for keeping his lips sealed," Weissman wrote in a New York Times op-ed on Tuesday.
  • Trump's decision to commute Stone's 40-month sentence last Friday was heavily criticized. Republican Sen. Mitt Romney called it an act of "unprecedented, historic corruption."
  • Stone was found guilty in 2019 of lying to a congressional panel probing the links between Russia, WikiLeaks and the Trump campaign.
  • But Trump has defended the decision, claiming that Stone did not receive a fair trial and boasting that he received "rave reviews" for the decision.

'We don't have a Dr. Fauci problem': GOP senator and top Trump ally Lindsey Graham defends Fauci against the White House's attacks
  • Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham on Tuesday defended Dr. Anthony Fauci following a slew of attacks against him from the White House.
  • "We don't have a Dr. Fauci problem," Graham told reporters.
  • "We need to be focusing on doing things that get us to where we need to go. So, I have all the respect in the world for Dr. Fauci. I think any effort to undermine him is not going to be productive, frankly."
  • Graham's comments came after the White House circulated a list of misleading talking points over the weekend criticizing Fauci for fumbling the US's response to the coronavirus outbreak.
  • But Fauci found himself in President Donald Trump's crosshairs amid a resurgence of the virus' outbreak in the US, as well as recent polling showing that Americans trust Fauci more than Trump.

With Dr. Fauci, Trump may have picked the one fight he can't win
  • President Donald Trump has spent his time in the Oval Office praising those who support him and going scorched-earth against his perceived foes.
  • But with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, Trump may have picked the one fight he can't win.
  • The White House recently circulated a list of talking points attacking Fauci, a member of Trump's own coronavirus task force, for not taking the virus' outbreak seriously enough.
  • But the coronavirus outbreak is a different beast than the myriad controversies Trump has weathered throughout his presidency, hampering the president's efforts to message his way through the crisis.
  • Trump's attacks against Fauci are also complicated by a string of media reports documenting how the White House botched its early response to the pandemic, as well as recent polling showing that Fauci's reputation is soaring among Americans, while Trump's is cratering.

How 'El Chapo' allegedly helped put one of Trump's 'proven partners' into power
  • US officials, including President Donald Trump, have embraced Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernรกndez as a "valued and proven partner" for addressing crime and immigration.
  • That praise has come despite mounting evidence tying Hernandez to international drug trafficking and corruption, the same kind of allegations for which the US has condemned other Latin American leaders.
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernรกndez was allegedly propelled into office with the help of a million-dollar bribe from former Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquรญn "El Chapo" Guzmรกn, while Venezuelan President Nicolรกs Maduro allegedly worked in cahoots with Colombia's FARC rebels for years.

Some parts of Wall Street are worried that a Democratic sweep this November would be bad for stocks — but history suggests otherwise
  • An increase in taxes and regulatory oversight are reasons often cited why a Democratic sweep this November would be bad for the stock market, but history suggests otherwise.
  • An analysis from LPL Financial showed that the S&P 500 was positive 83% of the time and posted an average annual return of 13.2% when Democrats controlled both Congress and the White House.
  • Last week, Goldman Sachs pointed to prediction markets that showed Democrats are favored to win both houses of Congress and the presidency, and estimated that Joe Biden's tax plan would reduce S&P 500 earnings by 12% if passed into law.
  • President Trump weighed in last week, saying that a Joe Biden presidency would "disintegrate" stock market returns.

Trump defends people who 'love' the Confederate flag and says they're 'not thinking about slavery'
  • President Donald Trump defended people who support the Confederate flag and said they don't necessarily support it because of the Confederacy's deep-rooted ties to slavery.
  • "Well, people love it, and I don't view — I know people that like the Confederate flag and they're not thinking about slavery," Trump told CBS News in an interview.
  • Confederate leaders explicitly laid out in their constitution that the main goal of the Confederacy was to preserve slavery.
  • The president also lashed out when he was asked why African-Americans are still dying in police custody.
  • "So are white people," Trump said. "What a terrible question to ask. So are white people, more white people by the way, more white people."

Top US coronavirus testing czar defends public health officials after Trump shared a tweet accusing them of lying about the pandemic
  • Top US coronavirus testing czar Adm. Brett Giroir came to the defense of public health officials after Trump shared a tweet accusing them of lying amid the pandemic.
  • "Look, we may occasionally make mistakes based on the information we have, but none of us lie," he told NBC News. "We are completely transparent with the American people."
  • Giroir did not dig deeper into Trump's intentions when sharing the tweet, saying he is more concerned with delivering clear insight during the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • However, members of the Trump administration and the president himself have gone after Giroir's colleague on the coronavirus task force — infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci.


The White House's anti-China trade advisor has become Trump's attack dog against Dr. Fauci
  • As the US sees record-high surges in coronavirus cases, the White House is seeking to undercut the country's top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has criticized the US response to the virus.
  • White House trade advisor Peter Navarro penned an op-ed for USA Today Tuesday attacking Fauci and saying the infectious disease expert "has been wrong about everything" — from mask wearing to using hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus treatment.
  • As a director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Fauci has offered science-based advice to Americans amid the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, which has at times been opposed by individuals in the White House.
  • While the White House has urged states to reopen their economies amid the pandemic, Fauci has painted a much darker picture of the reality of the virus, calling it his "worst nightmare."

Ivanka Trump posing with Goya beans

Ivanka Trump posted a photo posing with Goya beans as people call for boycott — but it may have violated government ethics rules
  • Ivanka Trump shared a picture of herself with a can of Goya beans, along with the company's slogan.
  • She did so after the Hispanic-owned company faced a backlash for its CEO praising Trump, prompting leading conservatives to urge people to buy its products.
  • Reuters noted that the post may have violated government ethics rules, which prohibit those in public office from endorsing products.
  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responded to Ivanka Trump's tweet, writing in Spanish. The play on Goya's slogan said: "If it's Trump, it has to be corrupt."

Trump broke presidential protocol by turning a standard White House press statement into a rambling, rally-like attack on Joe Biden
  • President Donald Trump launched into a long, campaign-rally-style attack on Joe Biden during a speech in the White House Rose Garden on Tuesday.
  • The setting is historically used for official presidential announcements, and it is against White House protocol to launch campaign attacks against political rivals in speeches there.
  • Trump's trademark rallies were called off during the early months of the coronavirus crisis. A planned rally in New Hampshire, scheduled for last Saturday, was also cancelled at the last minute.

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.