Trumpism Highlights

A new Trump campaign ad depicting a police officer being attacked by protesters is actually a 2014 photo of pro-democracy protests in Ukraine
  • President Trump's reelection campaign released a new Facebook advert showing an image of a group of protesters attacking a police officer, alongside the words: "Public safety vs chaos & violence."
  • But that photo is actually from a pro-democracy protest in Kyiv, Ukraine, and was taken in 2014.
  • The photographer who took the picture, Mstyslav Chernov, confirmed to Business Insider this is an old photo, and suggested that the Trump campaign was trying to "manipulate public opinion."
  • The ad came as Trump sent federal officers to quell protests in Portland, Oregon, and has threatened to send more to other Democrat-led cities.
  • The Trump campaign has seized on the ongoing protests in the US as a key campaign issue, with Acting Homeland Security chief Chad Wolf describing Portland protesters as "violent anarchists."

Trump is finally admitting that the coronavirus is defeating him — but only because his poll numbers are tanking and GOP lawmakers are breaking ranks
  • President Donald Trump struck a new, sober tone at his first coronavirus briefing in months on Tuesday.
  • At the press conference, he conceded that the pandemic in the US will "get worse before it gets better."
  • The change of tone was likely prompted by tanking poll ratings and increasing concern from GOP governors and members of Congress about an absence of leadership from the White House.
  • And critics are already questioning the sincerity of the president's newfound seriousness.
  • He has continued to flout public-health advice and, despite negative data, boast of the US' success in containing the virus.

Pelosi claps back at president's 'China virus' remark by calling Covid-19 a 'Trump virus'
Donald Trump referred to the coronavirus four times during a rather subdued and short White House briefing on the pandemic, but Speaker Nancy Pelosi soon said she has her own name for the disease. "It is a pandemic that has gotten worse before it will get better because of his inaction, and in fact, clearly, it is the 'Trump virus,'" the California Democrat told CNN after Mr Trump left the White House briefing room. Her comments came after Mr Trump spoke to reporters for just 25 minutes, a drastically pared version of the coronavirus briefings from this spring that sometimes pushed the two-hour mark -- and caused ample political headaches for the White House when the president would get angry with reporters or make gaffes like advising Americans to inject themselves with disinfectants to kill the virus.

The Trump administration is calling the presence of federal agents in Portland 'Operation Diligent Valor,' treating it like the invasion of a foreign country
  • The mission of federal agents in Portland sent to respond to ongoing unrest in the city resembles a US military operation in a foreign country.
  • The agents have been seen wearing military-style attire and are part of a mission that's been dubbed "Operation Diligent Valor."
  • The Pentagon, members of Congress, local leaders, former US military officials, historians, and legal experts have all expressed serious concern about the military uniforms and tactics of the federal agents in Portland.
  • President Donald Trump has signaled he plans to send federal agents to other major US cities, raising alarm bells and prompting pushback among mayors across the country.

Trump suggested Republicans could reduce unemployment benefits to an estimated $175 each week. That would cause 30 million jobless Americans to lose up to half their income.
  • Trump said on Tuesday at a coronavirus press conference that the GOP could scale back the weekly unemployment benefits from $600 to a level that's roughly 70% of a jobless person's lost wages.
  • That would lower the unemployment-insurance boost into the $175-to-$200 range, according to an estimate from Ernie Tedeschi, who was economist in the Treasury Department under the Obama administration.
  • Such a reduction would cause millions of families to face an income drop of 30% to 50%, according to Tedeschi.
  • "That's a pretty devastating cut for families that already lean low-income to begin with," Tedeschi told Business Insider.

Trump announces a 'surge' of federal agents to US cities, including Chicago and Albuquerque
  • President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the Justice Department will allocate $61 million and send federal law enforcement officials into several US cities to crack down on violent crime.
  • The DOJ will "surge" federal law enforcement officials to Chicago and they will "vigorously charge federal crimes," Trump said.
  • He also said he sent federal agents to Kansas City and will soon deploy agents to Albuquerque, New Mexico to restore order.
  • Both Trump and Attorney General William Barr have, without evidence, linked a recent rise in violent crime to demonstrations against police brutality.
  • The president's announcement came as civil rights advocates and local officials sound the alarm over the appearance of unmarked federal agents in Portland who have been seen pulling people off the streets.

Trump contradicts experts and blames Sun Belt coronavirus surge on protesters, young drinkers and Mexico
Donald Trump, who has consistently deflected blame for the coronavirus outbreak, on Wednesday evening pinned a surge of cases and deaths in America's Sun Belt states on protesters, Mexico and young bar patrons.

The president used his second revived coronavirus briefings in as many nights to again said he and his team have done a stellar job fighting the virus, despite months of harsh critiques from medical experts and Democratic lawmakers.

He said the protests "triggered" a broader relaxation of some mitigation efforts, as well as young people gathering at bars and on beaches. He also blames the US "sharing a 2000-mile border with Mexico, and cases are surging in Mexico."

Inside the Trump campaign's war over spam with the country's biggest cell phone companies. Billions of dollars in potential fines are on the line as the president desperately looks for ways to connect with quarantined voters.
  • The Trump campaign has been in a battle with the nation's biggest cell phone carriers since the start of July over an effort to blast millions of cell users with texts meant to coax them to vote or donate.
  • Trump's advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner didn't appreciate it when AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile and blocked mass campaign texts to voters. He called the companies to complain, setting off the legal wrangling.
  • The cell phone companies are concerned about hefty fines over possible violations of federal anti-robocall laws and Federal Communications Commission rules.
  • 'Any effort by the carriers to restrict the campaign from contacting its supporters is suppression of political speech. Plain and simple,' Tim Murtaugh, the Trump campaign communications director, said in a statement to Insider.

Trump loyalist may have broken congressional ethics rules, report says
A Republican congressman who counts among Donald Trump’s loudest defenders is in hot water over a new investigation accusing him of potential ethics violations – including hiring a disgraced former White House aide.

According to Politico, Matt Gaetz, who represents Florida’s first congressional district, has paid large sums of taxpayer money to a private limited company linked to a former Trump administration speechwriter.

He has also had a private company install a studio in his father’s Florida home which he now uses for TV appearances. His office uses taxpayer funds to rent the camera, and the company that built the studio charges TV networks a fee each time they connect to the studio, according to the report. The company has not been identified.

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.