Trumpism Highlights

Trump called the 'wall of moms' that formed to defend Portland protesters from federal agents a 'scam'
  • President Donald Trump called the "wall of moms" that formed to protect Portland protesters a "scam."
  • He said protesters are "actually anarchists who hate our Country" and that "the line of innocent 'mothers' were a scam that Lamestream refuses to acknowledge."
  • Women in Portland have been forming human chains to protect protesters from federal agents sent in by Trump during the city's ongoing protests.
  • The agents, who wear worn military-style uniforms without insignia, have put protesters into unmarked cars, used tear gas and impact munitions, and arrested people without explanation.

Trump's national security adviser Robert O'Brien tests positive for coronavirus
  • Robert O'Brien, the White House national security adviser, tested positive for COVID-19, Bloomberg reported Monday, becoming the highest-ranking Trump official to contract the virus so far.
  • In May, two White House aides tested positive for COVID-19, and earlier this month, a White House journalist also tested positive.
  • O'Brien tested positive after a family event and has been working from home since late last week, according to the report.

Anti-mask US senator who called coronavirus a hoax tests positive for Covid-19
An Arkansas senator who shared an article that described the coronavirus pandemic as a “hoax” has contracted Covid-19.

Republican senator Jason Rapert, who unsuccessfully introduced a bill to ban gay marriage in the US in 2017, was hospitalised with coronavirus and pneumonia on 24 July.

Earlier in the year, as many states were beginning to take social distancing measures to attempt to control the spread of the virus, Mr Rapert shared an article on Facebook that called the pandemic the “biggest political hoax in history”.

Trump criticises Reagan Foundation after request to stop using late president's image
Donald Trump has hit back at the Ronald Reagan presidential foundation for asking him to stop using the former president’s name and image to raise funds.

In comments posted to Twitter on Sunday, the president called-out the foundation’s chairman over demands that the Trump campaign and Republican National Committee (RNC) stop raising money with Reagan’s name and image.

Mr Trump told the foundation’s chairman and The Washington Post CEO, Frederick J Ryan Jr, that he would “win anyway” in November, without the paper’s support.

Vietnam veteran pepper-sprayed by Trump's federal agents at Portland protest
Federal troops were filmed pepper spraying an elderly Vietnam War veteran who was attending a protest in Portland over the weekend.

The veteran, Mike Hastie, was standing several feet from a line of federal troops and shouting at them about his time in Vietnam when a troop rushed him from his side and sprayed pepper spray in his face.

Mr Hastie was rebuking the troops for following orders he believes are unlawful rather than upholding an oath to the US Constitution.

National Guard commander says Park Police used 'excessive' force against peaceful protesters for Trump's Bible photo-op
  • An Army National Guard officer is set to testify before Congress on President Donald Trump's controversial Bible photo-op in Washington last month.
  • Adam DeMarco, who serves in the DC National Guard and is an Iraq combat veteran, contradicted the president and his top advisers in his written statement on the events of June 1.
  • Contrary to Trump's assertions, DeMarco said that the protesters were peaceful and that "excessive" force was used to clear them, including tear gas.

Trump says he won't go and pay respects to John Lewis at Capitol
Donald Trump, who in recent weeks has stirred racial tensions, says he has no plans to visit the late Congressman John Lewis as the civil rights icon lies in state at the US Capitol.

"No I won't be going," the president said. "No."

The president delivered the news as he left the White House for a trip to North Carolina. As he took reporters' questions, Mr Lewis' casket had just arrived at the Capitol, where a military honour guard carried his American-flag draped casket up the white stairs and into the rotunda.

Trump won't say if he's confronted Putin over Russia's reported bounties on US troops
  • President Donald Trump won't say if he's confronted Russian President Vladimir Putin on reports that Russia paid Afghan militants bounties to kill US troops.
  • "We don't talk about what we discussed, but we had plenty of discussion," Trump said on Monday when asked if he discussed the matter with Putin during a recent phone call.
  • But Trump has frequently offered the public details on various discussions he's had with world leaders, including his Russian counterpart.
  • Last Thursday's phone call marked Trump's first discussion with Putin since reports on the alleged Russian bounty plot emerged.

President Trump suggested that Twitter's trending topics are 'illegal' because they make him look bad (TWTR)
  • Trump tweeted Monday that Twitter's trending topics are "really ridiculous, illegal, and, of course, very unfair."
  • He also implied, without citing any evidence, that Twitter was intentionally manipulating trends — which are determined automatically based on user activity — to make him look bad.
  • Trump has grown increasingly critical of social media companies in recent months and issued an executive order attempting to take away legal protections for content published on their platforms.

Trump was 'bored' with the pandemic — until he was told it was hurting 'our people': fellow Republicans
  • President Donald Trump's advisers got him to pay more attention to the COVID-19 pandemic by informing him that the surge in cases is hurting "our people" in Republican states, an administration official told The Washington Post.
  • The tactic has seemed to "resonate" with Trump, The Post reported on Monday, as the president "hewed closely to pre-scripted remarks" in subsequent news briefings.
  • Previously, the president had been losing interest in a pandemic that has cost an average of 850 deaths a day and killed more than 147,000 Americans.
  • "The president got bored with it," David Carney, an adviser to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, told The New York Times earlier this month.

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.