Trumpism 🐘 Newsbites

Barack Obama accuses Trump of attempting to 'actively kneecap' the US Postal Service to suppress mail-in votes
  • Former President Barack Obama accused President Trump of trying to "actively kneecap" the US Postal Service to suppress votes at the upcoming election in November.
  • In a podcast with his former campaign manager David Plouffe, Obama said: "What we've seen in a way that is unique to modern political history is a president who is explicit in trying to discourage people from voting."
  • Trump this week said he did not want the USPS to get more funding because he doesn't want it to go toward mail-in voting, which he's baselessly said leads to voter fraud.
  • In response to Obama's comments, Jared Kushner told CNN that Trump "is doing everything he can to make sure that they [US Postal Service] have the resources they need."

Trump has mentioned having his face carved on Mount Rushmore multiple times. Here's why that is unlikely to happen.
  • On Monday, President Donald Trump tweeted that the idea of adding his face to Mount Rushmore "sounds like a good idea to me!"
  • His comments came after The New York Times reported that the White House asked South Dakota's governor whether new carvings of presidents could be added to the monument.
  • A spokesperson for the monument has said that there are two reasons why a fifth president won't be added to the sculpture: There's no usable rock and it goes against the artist's vision.
  • Logistics aside, Americans polled in 2010 said the president they'd most like to see added to Mount Rushmore is John F. Kennedy.

'Traitor': Protesters gather at home of USPS chief demanding his resignation after sweeping cuts ahead of election
Protesters gathered outside the US Postal Service chief's home in Washington DC on Saturday following national outcry over steep cuts to the agency and Donald Trump's threats to mail-in ballots ahead of November's presidential election.

Roughly 100 people marched to the luxury apartment building of postmaster general Louis DeJoy, a Trump ally and top donor to his campaign, who was appointed to the role earlier this summer.

Demonstrators blared horns and noisemakers as a "wake-up call" to Mr DeJoy and chanted demands for his resignation. During his first weeks as USPS chief, Mr DeJoy has imposed sweeping cuts to overtime pay and sought the removal of critical mail-sorting machines as post offices brace for a surge in election-related mail, including absentee ballots, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump said police officers would be 'protected' to 'fight back' against protesters in confrontations
  • President Donald Trump said his agenda would be "anti-crime and pro-cop all the way" as he accepted the endorsement of the City of New York Police Benevolent Association.
  • Trump lamented that amid recent anti-racism and police brutality protests in cities across the US, officers couldn't "fight back" in clashes with demonstrators.
  • The president also went after presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, warning that "no one will be safe" under Biden's presidency and falsely claiming that the former vice president supports defunding the police.

Taylor Swift tears into Trump's 'calculated dismantling of USPS' and 'ineffective leadership,' telling her followers to request a ballot early
  • Taylor Swift on Saturday spoke out against President Donald Trump, accusing him of a "calculated" effort to dismantle the postal service and "ineffective leadership gravely worsened" by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Swift faced criticism for her reluctance to speak on politics in the 2016 election, but since 2018 she has used her platform to speak out against Trump and other Republicans.
  • The USPS has been the subject of public controversy following years long financial struggles exacerbated by COVID-19 and recent cost-cutting measures from new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a former Republican donor.
  • The president, meanwhile, has attacked mail-in voting, though he and the first lady intend to vote by mail themselves.

Trump defends the postmaster general, says 'I don't know what he's doing' amid outrage over USPS delays
  • President Donald Trump described the postmaster general as "a very smart man" but added, "I don't know what he's doing," after reporters asked him at a news briefing about widespread USPS issues.
  • Trump had been asked about Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's decision to remove hundreds of high-volume mail-processing machines across the country.
  • Meanwhile, Democrats on Saturday called for DeJoy to resign, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was reportedly weighing bringing lawmakers back from recess to address the USPS issues.
  • Trump also tried to sow doubt in the integrity of widespread mail-in voting, saying without evidence that it could take "months" or "years" to learn the results of the November election.

Trump refuses to shoot down false birther claims about Kamala Harris, but says he won't pursue the conspiracy theory
  • President Donald Trump refused to state definitively that Kamala Harris is eligible to serve as vice president.
  • But he added that the false birther conspiracy theory was "not something that we will be pursuing."
  • Harris, an American citizen who was born in California, is eligible to run for the positions of both vice president and president.
  • Trump referred to a widely denounced Newsweek op-ed that perpetuated the conspiracy theory, calling the author "a brilliant lawyer."

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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.