Trumpism 🐘 Newsbites

Trump campaign plasters The Washington Post with ads linking to claims debunked by paper's fact checkers
The Trump campaign has plastered The Washington Post 's website with a series of huge adverts, including full-screen video promotions, sparking criticism of the influential newspaper.

The ad campaign was launched amid the Democratic National Convention (DNC), which culminated on Thursday evening in Joe Biden formally accepting his party’s presidential nomination.

In anticipation of the DNC, President Donald Trump’s campaign reportedly threw approximately $10 million into ad buys, which include homepage takeovers of the Wall Street Journal and Daily Caller, as well as The Washington Post.

Biden leads fireworks party after accepting Democratic nomination and promising to end 'national darkness'
In what was arguably his strongest performance of the campaign so far, the former vice president, 77, delivered a powerful acceptance speech to bring proceedings to a close, as he vowed to be a unifying “ally of the light” who would move a US in crisis past the chaos of president Donald Trump’s tenure in the White House.

Positioning himself as a president who could unite the nation, Mr Biden said he would “draw on the best of us (Americans), not the worst” – a subtle rebuke to the Trump campaign, which has sought to sow division and distrust, with the president himself recently appearing to praise the support he receives from adherents of QAnon, a conspiracy theory which falsely claims the world is controlled by a satanic cult of paedophiles who eat babies.

More than 70 former GOP national-security chiefs wrote an open letter backing Biden, calling Trump corrupt and unfit to lead
  • More than 70 former Republican national-security officials have publicly endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, saying President Donald Trump is unfit to lead.
  • The Defending Democracy Together alliance on Thursday published an open letter, which included a 10-point list of grievances.
  • Amongst the signatories are former CIA director Michael Hayden, former FBI and CIA chief William Webster, former Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte, and former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
  • "We are firmly convinced that it is in the best interest of our nation that Vice President Joe Biden be elected as the next President of the United States, and we will vote for him," the group wrote.
  • As the November presidential election looms, Trump is increasingly losing the support of Republican officials. A growing number of party heavyweights have said they will vote Biden.

Trump's public embrace of QAnon was the culmination of years of waiting, and will likely drive the conspiracy movement to new extremes
  • President Donald Trump's public embrace of the QAnon conspiracy theory movement on Wednesday surprised many.
  • It was in fact a long time coming — Trump has dabbled with the movement hundreds of times before, though never so explicitly.
  • QAnon advocates have already been implicated in terrorist schemes, arson attacks, and kidnapping plots. Trump's praise will likely embolden them further.

Facebook is laying the groundwork to stop Trump from using its platform to delegitimize the 2020 election results
  • Facebook is making a plan for how to respond if President Donald Trump uses the platform to try to delegitimize the results of the 2020 election, The New York Times reported.
  • Executives have discussed implementing a "kill switch" to shut down political advertising after Election Day to curb the spread of misinformation.
  • The company is discussing what to do if Trump uses the platform to try to nullify the election results by falsely claiming the US Postal Service lost track of mail-in ballots. It's also preparing for how to respond if Trump falsely claims on the site that he won reelection.
  • The Times report underscores how domestic disinformation has become as big a factor in the upcoming election as foreign disinformation, particularly when one of its biggest sources sits in the Oval Office.

Biden rips into Trump for not standing up to Putin amid suspicions he ordered the poisoning of Russia's top opposition leader
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden excoriated President Donald Trump for not challenging Russian President Vladimir Putin after the suspected poisoning of Russia's opposition leader, Alexei Navalny.
  • "Donald Trump continues to cozy up to Russia while Putin persecutes civil society and journalists," Biden tweeted.
  • Navalny is Putin's most prominent critic. He's hospitalized and in a coma, and set to be taken to Germany for further treatment.
  • Trump has remained largely silent on the matter as other world leaders offer assistance and asylum to Navalny.

Trump told civil rights leaders 'it was great' many Black people didn't vote in 2016, according to leaked recording
  • Donald Trump, then president-elect, told civil rights leaders in a private meeting at Trump Tower that low Black turnout in 2016 was "great."
  • "Many Blacks didn't go out to vote for Hillary 'cause they liked me. That was almost as good as getting the vote, you know, and it was great," Trump said, according to newly leaked audio obtained by Politico.
  • Part of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's loss can be attributed to lower turnout, particularly among Black people, which declined for the first time in 20 years in the 2016 presidential election.
  • Trump has struggled to garner widespread support from Black communities.

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.