Trumpism 🐘 Newsbites

Trump said he's considering a pardon for Edward Snowden after previously calling for his execution
  • President Donald Trump said Saturday he was considering a pardon of former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden.
  • "I'm not that aware of the Snowden situation, but I'm going to start looking at it," Trump said, noting that public opinion on Snowden was "split."
  • The president last week told The New York Post "there are a lot of people that think that he is not being treated fairly."
  • But when he was a reality television star, Trump called Snowden a "traitor" and said he should be executed, tweeting about Snowden at least 45 times, as The Post noted.

Trump's postal service officials called to testify before House as concern mounts over threats to mail-in voting
House Oversight Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney has invited top officials at the US Postal Service to testify before her watchdog panel later this month as reports of operational breakdowns and inefficiencies dog the agency ahead of the 2020 presidential election that is expected to feature a swell of mail-in ballots.

Democrats have accused the Donald Trump-appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy of purposely instituting changes in service at the USPS to undermine its operations and throw the mail-in voting system into a state of chaos and unpredictability.

“Over the past several weeks, there have been startling new revelations about the scope and gravity of operational changes you are implementing at hundreds of postal facilities without consulting adequately with Congress, the Postal Regulatory Commission, or the Board of Governors,” Ms Maloney wrote in her letter to Mr DeJoy inviting him to testify before the committee on 24 August.

Trump campaign moves to shore up Mormon support as LDS members alienated by president's 'foul language and lack of self-restraint'
Yasser Sanchez has twice worked to defeat Joe Biden’s bids for the vice presidency by building support for Republican candidates among his fellow members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It wasn’t hard.

Now the lifelong Republican finds himself in the surprising position of supporting Mr Biden – and repelled from his party, he says, by Donald Trump.

“We’re taught to be steady, to be basically the opposite of the way he’s lived his life,” Mr Sanchez said.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the House back into session early to block USPS organizational changes that could threaten mail-in voting
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on the House to return to session "later this week" to vote on an act to block USPS organization changes that critics believe could inhibit mail-in voting.
  • The call came a week after Trump-donor and Postmaster Louis DeJoy announced a major overhaul to the organization, which some critics believe could inhibit mail-in voting and benefit Trump's reelection campaign due to DeJoy's close relations with the president.
  • Democrats have largely leaned into the mail-in ballot method amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, citing potential health risks posed to some Americans if they were to wait in line to vote at indoor facilities.
  • "In a time of a pandemic, the Postal Service is Election Central," the House Speaker wrote. "Americans should not have to choose between their health and their vote."

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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.