Trumpism Highlights

Record 76% of Americans able to vote by mail in 2020 despite Trump's complaints
At least three-quarters of all American voters will be eligible to receive a ballot in the mail for the 2020 election – the most in US history, according to a Times analysis. If recent election trends hold and turnout increases, as experts predict, roughly 80 million mail ballots will flood election offices this fall, more than double the number that were returned in 2016.

The rapid and seismic shift in how Americans will vote is because of the coronavirus pandemic. Concerns about the potential for virus transmission at polling places have forced many states to make adjustments on the fly that – despite Donald Trump’s protests – will make mail voting in America more accessible this fall than ever before.

“I have a hard time looking back at history and finding an election where there was this significant of a change to how elections are administered in this short a time period,” said Alex Padilla, the California secretary of state who chairs the Democratic Association of Secretaries of State.

The Trump administration cut its unemployment-benefit boost to $300 after blowback from cash-strapped states that couldn't afford to pay more
  • The Trump administration is cutting its unemployment-benefit boost to $300 after triggering criticism from states unable to afford paying their share.
  • Top White House officials said a jobless aid plan requiring states to kick in 25% of a $400 benefit was "modified" to address their concerns.
  • The move means unemployed people will see their enhanced benefits cut to $300 — a 50% reduction of the federal benefit that lapsed at the end of July.

One of the first successful Russian-backed misinformation efforts of the 2020 election tricked Donald Trump Jr. and Ted Cruz into helping spread false claims about Portland protesters (TWTR)
  • Prominent conservatives including Donald Trump Jr. and Sen. Ted Cruz retweeted misleading claims and footage attempting to depict Portland protesters as having burned a "stack of Bibles."
  • But the narrative was originally set in motion by Russian-backed media outlet Ruptly, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
  • After Ruptly aired misleadingly edited footage of the protesters, a right-wing commentator tweeted the footage along with claims further mischaracterizing them, which several conservative politicians and news outlets then amplified.
  • The incident reveals Russia's evolving and increasingly nuanced misinformation tactics, which now rely on real people spreading stories with elements of truth, not just fake news.

The Trump administration is asking a court to dismiss the tech industry's legal challenge his executive order taking aim at social media companies
  • The Trump administration asked a court to dismiss a legal challenge against the president's executive order targeting social media companies, calling it a "profound misunderstanding."
  • The lawsuit was brought in June by the Center for Democracy and Technology, a group backed by Facebook, Twitter, and Alphabet subsidiary Google, which called Trump's directive "constitutional."
  • The order aims to curb Section 230, a law that grants internet companies legal immunity for content published on their platforms by users as well as how they choose to moderate content.
  • Trump has ratcheted up his attacks against social media platforms in recent months, claiming that they treat him unfairly.

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.