Trumpism Highlights

Trump says briefings will return and touts masks, in apparent shift amid surge in Covid cases
President Donald Trump took a pair of steps Monday that seemed to offer quiet acknowledgment that the coronavirus strategy he has adopted for the past several weeks -- to largely ignore the pandemic -- has wounded him politically and failed to contain the raging crisis.

In the Oval Office for a meeting with lawmakers, Trump announced he would soon resume regular public briefings, which he discontinued in April, declaring them a waste of time. And for the first time he publicly encouraged his followers to wear masks, writing on Twitter that "many people say that it is Patriotic" to take the step public health experts have been advocating for months.

The moves came a day after Trump falsely claimed the US had "the best mortality rate" in the world. For the record, there is no measure by which that is true.

Trump, who dismissed and refused to wear a face mask for months, now says wearing one is 'patriotic' like him
  • President Donald Trump has suggested he was "patriotic" for wearing a face mask — after months of refusing to do so during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Trump had long pushed back against mandatory mask orders, and said he didn't need to wear one.
  • He wore one in full display of the media for the first — and so far, only — time, while touring the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center earlier this month.
  • On Monday he shared a picture of himself wearing a mask at what appears to be that event, adding: "Many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask" and "There is nobody more Patriotic than me."
  • Sources told CNN that Trump was persuaded to encourage mask wearing when shown evidence that Americans don't approve of his response to the virus.

Trump threatens US sports leagues with one-man boycott if players take a knee
Donald Trump lashed out anew at players and coaches who kneel during the national anthem before sporting events, threatening to change the channel in a protest that could include many of his supporters.

The president criticised athlete and coaches for using the gesture to protest perceived police aggression towards black Americans and social inequality just hours after San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler and several players took a knee during the anthem before an exhibition game.

"Looking forward to live sports, but any time I witness a player kneeling during the National Anthem," Mr Trump tweeted Tuesday morning, "a sign of great disrespect for our Country and our Flag, the game is over for me!"

Facebook added a label to Trump's post claiming that voting by mail will lead to a 'CORRUPT ELECTION'
  • Facebook added a label Tuesday to a post President Donald Trump shared pushing misinformation about mail-in voting.
  • "Mail-In Voting, unless changed by the courts, will lead to the most CORRUPT ELECTION in our Nation's History! #RIGGEDELECTION," the post said.
  • Shortly after, Facebook added a label to the post prompting users to "get official voting info on how to vote in the 2020 US Election" by going to usa.gov.
  • The social media giant announced last week that it would begin adding labels to all posts about voting that come from federal elected officials and candidates, regardless of whether they contain misinformation.
  • In the days since, Facebook has applied the label to posts from multiple officials and candidates, including former Vice President Joe Biden.

'We already have one Mitt Romney': Trump Jr and Rand Paul among conservatives calling for Liz Cheney to be ousted
First it was just a handful conservative rabble-rousers calling out House GOP Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney on Tuesday for defying Donald Trump on the coronavirus pandemic, foreign affairs decisions, and other matters.

Then Senator Rand Paul piled on, retweeting Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz' message calling for her removal and writing that the Wyoming congresswoman's behaviour was "unacceptable."

Now, the president's son, Donald Trump Jr, has pounced

White House press secretary claims the media has 'tried to scare the American people' about the coronavirus, which has killed over 141,000 Americans and infected 3.8 million more
  • White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters Tuesday that "the media has tried to scare the American people" on the coronavirus.
  • McEnany was defending similar comments from Vice President Mike Pence's May op-ed titled "There Isn't a Coronavirus 'Second Wave."
  • Since then, the virus has spiked in states across the country, totalling 141,118 deaths and more than 3.8 million confirmed cases, both world records so far, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.
  • "There are real costs to a draconian extended shutdown, and you never heard the other side of the health equation," McEnany said.

Jared Kushner says his friend Mohammed bin Salman, suspected of ordering Khashoggi's killing, has made 'missteps' but is a 'good ally'
  • Jared Kushner told Newsweek that Saudi Arabia has made "missteps" under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, but is still a "very good ally."
  • Kusher has developed a friendship with Prince Mohammed, the de facto ruler of the Saudi kingdom who has spent the past several years consolidating power and arresting dissidents.
  • The Trump administration has repeatedly refused to blame Prince Mohammed for the brutal killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, rejecting bipartisan calls for the US to reevaluate its relationship with Riyadh.
  • Khashoggi was killed and dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by agents of the Saudi government in October 2018.
  • The CIA reportedly concluded Prince Mohammed ordered Khashoggi's killing, and a UN report released in June 2019 implicated the Saudi ruler in the killing.

Leaked Department of Homeland Security memo suggests intelligence being gathered on racial justice protesters, report says
A leaked memo from the US Department of Homeland Security suggests that federal investigators are gathering intelligence on protest movements in US cities where efforts to topple statues have been prevalent.

The memo was obtained by Lawfare and described US intelligence officials "collecting and reporting on various activities in the context of elevated threats targeting monuments, memorials, and statues." It also provided legal guidelines for the "expanded intelligence activities necessary to mitigate the significant threat to homeland security" posed by protesters.

The activities discussed in the memo flow directly from Donald Trump's executive order aiming to dole out substantial punishments on anyone who destroys a federal monument or statue.

The US military is starting to get concerned about law enforcement dressing up in Army uniforms
  • Defense Secretary Mark Esper has made the Trump administration aware of his concerns with the appropriation of the US military's uniform by law enforcement agencies.
  • "We saw this take place back in June, when there were some law enforcement that wore uniforms that make them appear military," Defense Department spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said, referencing the George Floyd protests throughout the country earlier this year.
  • This confusion has been compounded by armed militia members who wear military-style gear to the protests.

White House threatens to veto $740 billion defense bill to preserve military base names honoring Confederate leaders
  • The White House is threatening to veto the $740 billion defense bill over provisions calling for changes to the names of bases honoring Confederate leaders.
  • "Over the years, these locations have taken on significance to the American story and those who have helped write it that far transcends their namesakes," a White House statement says.
  • President Donald Trump has celebrated these bases and threatened to veto any defense spending bill that called for name changes.

Trump admits coronavirus will 'probably, unfortunately' get worse before it gets better
Donald Trump, after spending months declaring the United States had defeated the coronavirus and vowing it soon will "disappear," on Tuesday warned Americans the outbreak that has killed at least 141,000 in the United States is likely to grow more dire.

"It will probably, unfortunately get worse before it gets better," the president said as he revived his regular coronavirus briefings.

Notably, he implored Americans to wear face coverings after dismissing the practice for months as many of his supporters said mask requirements limited their freedoms.

Trump asked US ambassador to the UK to request the British Open be held at a Trump resort in Scotland, New York Times reports
  • President Donald Trump reportedly asked the US ambassador to the United Kingdom in 2018 to find out if it was possible for the British Open could be hosted at the Trump Turnberry resort in Scotland, The New York Times reported.
  • The request would violate a federal conflict-of-interest law which bars the president from using his political influence for personal gain.
  • In the case of the golf tournament, the British and Scottish governments would likely have to pay security and hosting costs, which would ultimately benefit Trump.
  • Johnson asked the secretary of state of Scotland David Mundell the British Open could be moved to a Trump resort, three sources familiar with the situation told The Times. None of the next four British Opens are scheduled to take place at the Turnberry resort, according to The Times report.

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.