Trumpism Highlights

The Trump administration is backing down from its war with Dr. Fauci after it became obvious it was backfiring
  • The White House is backing away from its bid to discredit Dr Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious disease expert.
  • President Donald Trump on Tuesday rebuked trade adviser Anthony Navarro for a scathing op-ed where Navarro said Fauci was "wrong about everything."
  • It signaled a change in tone after several days of attacks on Fauci's credibility, which began with anonymous White House officials circulating to the media a list of reasons to mistrust him.
  • The push to discredit Fauci — one of the most trusted figures in the US on the coronavirus — sparked a backlash from top Republicans.
  • Fauci himself responded, telling The Atlantic: "I think they realize now... it's only reflecting negatively on them."

Ivanka Trump violated government ethics rules with Goya photo stunt, watchdog rules
A government watchdog organisation says Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and a White House adviser, likely violated federal ethics rules when she posed with a can of Goya beans after the company's CEO backed her father.

The picture was posted to Ms Trump's Instagram and Twitter accounts late Tuesday night, a few hours after Donald Trump turned the Rose Garden into a campaign rally venue to hammer former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

Ms Trump is pictured hold the can of Goya black beans and smiling widely. The caption read: "If it's Goya, it's good. Si es Goya, tiene que ser bueno."

'Are you kidding me?': CNN anchor slams Trump for 'hawking' beans brand from Oval Office amid pandemic
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo lambasted Donald Trump for posting a photo to social media promoting the food company Goya after its CEO praised the president, a move that triggered backlash and calls for a boycott.

Cuomo delivered the scathing remarks during his Wednesday night show, calling a photo the president posted to social media with several Goya products from behind the Resolute Desk “bull****” and insisting his criticism had nothing to do with politics.

“Tell me how a president in the middle of a pandemic has got time for this bull****,” the anchor begins, pointing the photo of a smiling Mr Trump with two thumbs up, grinning behind cans of beans and coconut milk. “Are you kidding me? Hocking products? Goya, I don’t care who it is. Resolute Desk? This is what he’s resolute about?”

Facebook is adding a label to all posts about voting from political candidates, including the president (FB)
  • Facebook is rolling out labels on all posts from politicians and elected officials that involve voting.
  • The labels point Facebook users to a voting information page, which is currently hosted on Facebook is rolling out its own "Voting Information Center," announced by Mark Zuckerberg last month, but it isn't ready just yet.
  • Everyone from low-level elected officials to President Trump will have posts about voting labeled, the company confirmed.

There's an obvious way to strike back at China for the Hong Kong security law while scoring an economic win for the US
  • To strike back at China for passing a security law that encroaches on Hong Kong people's civil rights, the US should welcome Hong Kongers to immigrate here.
  • There are only about 7 million people in Hong Kong (that's smaller than New York City) and the brain drain would create a headache for Beijing.
  • Plus the US would gain a bunch of educated workers to help us out of the economic malaise that is sure to result from the coronavirus pandemic.
  • This is a great way to stand up for human rights, but Donald Trump doesn't care about those. He's still obsessed with doing a trade deal with China, and he's racist. So it's hard to see this happening.

Republicans limit convention attendance over coronavirus fears, shifting some events outside
The Republican National Committee (RNC) is sharply restricting attendance on three of the four nights of its convention in Jacksonville, Florida.

The committee is looking at ways to make sure the August event can go ahead despite the surge in coronavirus cases in the state.

RNC chair Ronna McDaniel said in a letter to RNC members that only the approximately 2,500 regular delegates would be permitted to attend the opening three nights of the August's Republican Convention.

Israel keeps blowing up military targets in Iran, hoping to force a confrontation before Trump could be voted out in November, sources say
  • Iran has suffered a series of bombings and fires at military facilities in recent weeks, including at a major missile-production and nuclear facilities.
  • This is part of a wider campaign to damage Iran or even pressure it into military confrontation before the November election, when President Donald Trump could be voted out, sources told Insider.
  • A former Israeli defense official told Insider it was common knowledge that at least some of the latest attacks in Iran were done by Israeli intelligence.
  • An EU official also told Insider that they fear Israel is planning to provoke Iran into military confrontation "while Trump remains in office."
  • Israel would not be able to engage in such high-pressure operations if Joe Biden were in office, the EU official added.

'My hair has to be perfect': Trump appears to lie about ventilators, people crying and more after boasting about appearance
Donald Trump turned an event on slashing regulations into another pseudo-campaign event in which he stressed the need for a "perfect" presidential coif – complete with false statements about the federal ventilator stockpile and crying guests at a bill-signing event.

"My hair has to be perfect," the president said as he riffed his way through parts of prepared remarks on nixing federal rules he said lead to cut jobs and slow the economy.

At one point, he touted his push to compel companies to bring back incandescent light bulbs, saying they are better than their energy-saving replacements because "we all look so much better."

White House press secretary says 'science should not stand in the way' of school reopenings before claiming 'the science is on our side'
  • White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Thursday that President Trump wants US schools to be "open and full" and that "the science should not stand in the way of this."
  • McEnany then cited a study that found the risk of critical illness from COVID-19 in children is lower than that of the seasonal flu, adding that "the science is on our side here."
  • But public-health experts have cautioned against reopening schools because there isn't enough research into how children react to the novel coronavirus.
  • The Trump administration's push to reopen schools come as states across the country report new surges in coronavirus infections and hospitalizations.
  • A number of recent polls also show that parents and Americans are wary of restarting in-person education and don't buy Trump's rhetoric on it.

Coronavirus Prompts Red States to Revolt Against Trump
Reliably red Montana is under a mandatory mask rule for some indoor and outdoor spaces. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, is mandating that Arkansas adults wear masks starting on Monday in places where they cannot keep sufficient distance from non-family members. Alabama's GOP governor issued an order requiring face coverings Wednesday. Arizona's GOP governor reversed an earlier rule banning localities from requiring masks in public places.

Donald Trump personally used the N-word and anti-Semitic slurs, claims niece Mary Trump, expanding on allegation that they were common in her family
  • Mary Trump told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Thursday that she witnessed her uncle, President Donald Trump, use the N-word and anti-Semitic slurs.
  • "Of course I did," the president's niece told Maddow. "And I don't think that should surprise anybody given how virulently racist he is today."
  • It followed a more general claim that such terms were commonly used in the Trump family which did not make clear whether Donald Trump took part.
  • Mary Trump has released a memoir which describes decades of Trump family dysfunction. The White House has denied that the claims in the book are true.

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.