Trumpism Highlights

Twitter disables Trump retweet over Linkin Park copyright claim
Twitter has chosen to remove a campaign-style video shared by Donald Trump after Linkin Park lodged a copyright complaint over its use of their song.

The band confirmed they had ordered a cease and desist notice over the video, which used a cover version of their song “In the End” to promote a populist narrative placing the president against the Washington elite, interspersed with footage of Joe Biden and military jets.

It contained a segment of Mr Trump’s inaugural address, in which he stated: “What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.

Twitter disabled a video that was retweeted by Trump following a copyright complaint from Linkin Park
  • A video retweeted by Donald Trump from White House social media director Dan Scavino's account has been removed due to a copyright complaint.
  • In place of the video, which features music from Linkin Park, a note now reads that it was disabled "in response to a report by the copyright owner."
  • A statement issued via Linkin Park's official Twitter account confirmed that "a cease and desist has been issued."
  • Trump has faced several copyright complaints regarding his Twitter account in recent months, including one from The New York Times in May.

The GOP's China hardliners are too scared to stand up too Trump and look more toothless by the day
  • Washington's China hawks, especially Republicans in the Senate, can't seem to get the president to focus on any China issues that don't have to do with trade.
  • This was painfully clear this week when an hour long speech Trump was supposed to give about Hong Kong turned into a campaign grievance speech. Hong Kong was mentioned for about 43 seconds.
  • As the week went on White House made more aggressive pronouncements against China, but that's all they were — pronouncements.
  • According to the laws of Trumpism China hawks can't break with their leader, so all of this is making them look insignificant.

Trump used a high-risk, high-reward strategy to win in 2016. It looks like the same risky strategy is about to blow up in his face this time around.
  • In finance, leverage is a way to increase the possible return on a relatively pedestrian trade, but it also carries much higher risk.
  • Similarly, President Trump used a high-leverage strategy built on racial anxiety, wild rallies, and a dark campaign message in 2016. The high-risk, high-reward strategy ended up working out.
  • But this time around, the same highly-leveraged strategy has Trump trailing Joe Biden by a large margin and is on course to blow up in the president's face.

'I'll be right eventually': Trump again insists coronavirus will disappear, citing no evidence
Donald Trump continues to insist the coronavirus will disappear one day, despite the recent surge in cases in several states like California, Texas, Arizona and Florida, and has said his predictions will be vindicated when all is said and done. "I'll be right eventually," the president said in an interview that aired Sunday with Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday after the host played a series of clips that showed Mr Trump making pronouncements about the virus that have turned out not to be true. "I will be right eventually. You know, I said, 'It's going to disappear.' I'll say it again. ... It's going to disappear, and I'll be right," Mr Trump said of Covid-19, which has killed more than 140,000 Americans over the least five months.

Trump admitted to mistakes in coronavirus response but doubled down on his predication that the virus is 'going to disappear,' says he 'will be right eventually'
  • President Trump in an interview that aired Sunday admitted "everybody makes mistakes" in response to the coronavirus, but said that he "will be right eventually."
  • "It's going to disappear and I'll be right," Trump told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace, repeating a claim he has made since February.
  • Since the outset of the pandemic, the coronavirus has infected more than 3.7 million Americans and killed over 140,000, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University.
  • Trump said that it was his responsibility to handle the virus response on a national scale but said "some governors have done poorly."

Trump sarcastically asked if US military bases should be renamed after Rev. Al Sharpton instead of Confederate leaders
  • President Trump on Sunday in an interview on Fox News continued to pushback on efforts to rename military bases named for Confederate leaders, asking if those in favor of doing so wanted them to be named after civil rights leader and television personality, the Rev. Al Sharpton.
  • Lawmakers in the House have proposed spending $1 million to rename US military bases as part of the proposed $695 Defense Authorization bill.
  • Trump previously said he would veto the bill if it contained the provision, though in the Sunday interview was unclear about whether he planned to sign the bill.
  • Trump also again defended the Confederate Flag and downplayed its racist history.

Trump called Dr. Fauci 'a little bit of an alarmist' after the infectious disease expert offered a stark assessment of coronavirus in the US
  • President Donald Trump called top US infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci "a little bit of an alarmist" in his response to the coronavirus outbreaks in the US.
  • Fauci, who also serves on the White House coronavirus task force, said the development of the coronavirus pandemic has turned into his "worst nightmare."
  • Trump said Fauci, like other public health experts including CDC director Robert Redfield, has "made some mistakes" amid the pandemic.
  • As coronavirus cases surge to record-highs across the US, Trump said he believes it is due to the increased testing in the country and that "many of those cases are young people that would heal in a day."
  • While the median ages for confirmed cases are dropping as young people start to make up a greater percentage of infections, they still have the potential to become severe cases and the ability to spread the infection to others.

President suggests he may reject 2020 election results as critics condemn 'chilling' Fox News interview
In a "chilling" interview with Fox News, Donald Trump has suggested he could reject the 2020 presidential election results if he loses to Joe Biden in November.

The president was roundly condemned by critics following the grilling on Sunday by Chris Wallace, who repeatedly pressed Mr Trump on his false claims and misleading statements.

"This is the most chilling part of the interview. We need to be ready," Richard Stengel, a former senior diplomat in the Obama administration, said of Mr Trump musings on whether to accept the election.

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.