Trumpism Highlights

Trump aides believe the president has no hope of reelection without a COVID-19 vaccine, report says
  • President Donald Trump needs a COVID-19 vaccine ready by election day if he is to win, White House advisers told the Associated Press (AP)
  • With the president trailing in the polls and a majority of Americans disapproving of his pandemic response, a vaccine breakthrough could be the perfect "October surprise" to turn his fortunes around.
  • Both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have recently made trips in key battleground states to highlight progress on the administration's vaccine development efforts, the AP reported.

Trump campaign 'disguised' and 'laundered' nearly $170 million worth of spending, watchdog group alleges in a new federal complaint
  • The nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center says the Trump campaign is violating federal election transparency rules by masking the true sources of campaign expenditures.
  • The Trump campaign says it 'complies with all campaign finance laws' and Federal Election Commission regulations.
  • Trump has previously declared himself 'the most transparent president, probably, in the history of this country.'
  • Don't expect a quick ruling: The complaint is filed with the FEC, which does not have enough commissioners to enforce federal campaign finance laws.

Trump campaign making illegal secret payments to his family, democracy campaign group alleges
President Donald Trump’s campaign group has been accused of violating federal election law, by funnelling $216m (£166.6m) through private companies to hide payments to family members and other organisations.

The campaign has been accused of funnelling payments to family members of Mr Trump, including $180,000 (£139,037) to Donald Trump Jr’s girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, and to Lara Trump, the wife of his other adult son Eric Trump, according to HuffPost.

Non-profit watchdog the Campaign Legal Centre claims that Mr Trump’s re-election campaign alongside a related fundraising group, the Trump Make America Great Again Committee, funnelled the money through the president’s former campaign manager Brad Parscale’s businesses and through American Made Media Consultants (AMMC), which buys and places ads for the Trump campaign.

President complains 'nobody likes me' and laments not being as popular as Fauci before defending alien DNA conspiracy doctor he retweeted
Donald Trump has lamented his lack of popularity compared to members of his White House Coronavirus Task Force like Dr Anthony Fauci and Dr Deborah Birx in an extraordinary press conference, apparently overlooking the fact that more than 150,000 Americans have died from Covid-19 on his watch.

The president also defended Texas doctor Stella Immanuel after a video he retweeted in which she alleges a cure for the virus exists and is being suppressed was taken down by Twitter, describing the physician and pastor - who believes that alien DNA is being used in pharmaceuticals and who counsels against sex with demons - as “very impressive”.

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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.