Trumpism Highlights

Department of Homeland Security found to be gathering 'intelligence' on journalists covering Oregon protests
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has compiled “intelligence reports” about the work of American journalists covering protests in Portland, Oregon, in what current and former officials called an alarming use of a government system meant to share information about suspected terrorists and violent actors.

Over the past week, the department’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis has disseminated three intelligence reports to federal law enforcement agencies and others, summarising tweets written by two journalists – a reporter for The New York Times and the editor in chief of the blog Lawfare – and noting that they had published leaked, unclassified documents about DHS operations in Portland. The intelligence reports include written descriptions and images of the tweets and the number of times they had been liked or retweeted by others.

After the Post published a story online on Thursday evening detailing the department’s practices, the acting homeland security secretary, Chad Wolf, ordered the intelligence office to stop collecting information on journalists and announced an investigation into the matter.

Trump was secretly recorded boasting on speakerphone of how many retweets he got for a post defending Confederate base names
  • A patron in a Washington, D.C., restaurant recorded a speakerphone call between President Donald Trump and a congressional ally then sent it to The New York Times.
  • In the call Trump boasted about getting 95,000 retweets for a message saying bases named after Confederate figures would not have their names changed.
  • "I had about 95,000 positive retweets on that. That's a lot," Trump told Sen. James Inhofe. It actually got around 34,000 retweets, with 134,000 likes.
  • The push to rename bases named after Confederacy figures has been resisted by Trump, but is being actively considered by the US military.

Trump is losing in most polls, but his advisers say he'll leapfrog Biden after Labor Day when voters pay closer attention to the election
  • President Donald Trump has been trailing Joe Biden in recent polls but some Republicans close to him say they expect a huge shift in his favor after Labor Day.
  • 'He's a political starfish. Whenever he loses a limb he grows another one,' a longtime Republican strategist told Insider. 'A lot can change in 100 days, and the only certainty is that it will.'
  • Several polls have shown Trump trailing Biden even in some Rust Belt states like Wisconsin and Michigan that had been considered safely Republican.
  • Trump's advisers are writing off the unfavorable polls, arguing instead that voters rarely pay attention until the final two months of the campaigns.

Portland protests: Trump's homeland security chief says federal police will stay – for now
Federal police forces will remain in Portland until Trump administration officials determine the Oregon governor, a Democrat, has a plan that is working to quell protests and violence there, says Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf.

"Law enforcement officers that have been there over the past 60 days will remain there in Portland until we are assured that the plan that has been put in place by the governor and Oregon State Police will be effective night after night," Mr Wolf told Fox News on Friday morning.

His comments came a day after the administration and Oregon Governor Kate Brown said they agreed on a plan for the federal law enforcement personnel to be withdrawn.

Trump threatens Portland protesters with 'very strong offensive force'
Donald Trump on Friday threatened protesters in Portland, saying federal police he sent there are ready to use "very strong offensive force."

"If it doesn't clear up, we're going to do something very powerful," the president said a day after he warned protesters there that he dubbed "terrorists" he is poised to send in National Guard troops.

"We have no choice," he said, because "the left-wing extremists have spread mayhem throughout the streets of different cities."

Trump to reportedly order TikTok's owner ByteDance to sell its US operations
  • Donald Trump is planning to sign an order directing the ByteDance, TikTok's parent company, to "divest its ownership" in the app's US operations, according to Bloomberg.
  • A Fox Business journalist also reports that Microsoft is interested in buying TikTok's US operations.
  • It's unclear what power Trump has to order a foreign company to sell off a part of its business.

Trump says he's voting absentee in the 2020 election after months of baseless attacks on mail-in voting
  • President Donald Trump on Friday said he plans to vote absentee in the 2020 election.
  • Trump has painted a false distinction between absentee voting and mail-in voting, which are virtually the same thing.
  • The president has repeatedly made unfounded assertions that mail-in voting will lead to widespread voter fraud in November.
  • Voter fraud is extremely rare in the US.

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.