Trumpism 🐘 Newsbites

Donald Trump is to speak on all 4 nights of the RNC, and his family will take up half of the keynote speaker spots
  • President Donald Trump is to speak on all four nights of next week's Republican National Convention, reported The New York Times on Saturday.
  • Usually, the party's presidential candidate only speaks on the last night, to accept the party's nomination.
  • The president, who has a background in reality TV, plans a spectacular first-ever virtual RNC that he hopes will eclipse last week's Democratic convention.
  • The party's list of key speakers is dominated by Trump family members, with the president's wife and three of his children to address the conference, reported Fox News.
  • Along with the president himself, they include First Lady Melania Trump, the president's daughter and White House advisor Ivanka Trump, the president's sons, Donald Trump Jr and Eric Trump, who are both executives in the Trump Organization, and his youngest daughter, Tiffany Trump.

California wildfires: Trump declares major disaster as tens of thousands evacuate
Donald Trump has declared a major disaster in California as worsening weather conditions mean another batch of wildfires is expected to ravage yet more homes and forestry.

The move by Mr Trump means federal aid and assistance will be provided to the state. Gavin Newsom, California’s governor, has assured residents that the aid will also be used to help people in counties affected by the fires with crisis counselling, housing and other social services.

Higher winds, temperatures and further lightning are forecast to hit northern California as soon as Sunday, leaving officials worried that further damage is inevitable and residents are being told to prepare to flee any moment.

State fire officials have said that since 15 August, more than 12,000 lightning strikes across the state have ignited over 500 wildfires. A persistent heatwave is thought to have stoked the fires too.

Trump's attacks on the US Postal Service are a threat to American democracy
  • President Trump has bashed and undermined the US Post Office in an attempt to gain an edge in the election.
  • His attacks on the USPS are not just an attack on one of America's oldest institutions, but an attack on American democracy itself.
  • Americans who value our democracy should reject these attacks and vote Trump out of office.

Kanye West was booted from ballots in Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Montana in the latest blow to his presidential bid
  • Election officials in several states including Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Montana, have denied rapper Kanye West the opportunity to appear on their ballots over issues with his candidacy applications.
  • Earlier in August, the West campaign withdrew its request to appear on the ballot in New Jersey after there were concerns from election officials over the legitimacy of the signatures he submitted there.
  • By the time West first declared his candidacy, he had already missed the deadline to appear on the ballot as an unaffiliated candidate in four states.
  • West announced his third-party run in early July, and has made headlines for a chaotic campaign that's included late-night tweets about his marriage to Kim Kardashian West, controversial comments on abortion and vaccines, and repeated accusations that his campaign exists to pull support from Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

Twitter placed a 'public interest notice' on Trump's tweet that peddled unsubstantiated claims about ballot drop off boxes
  • Twitter on Sunday placed a "public interest notice" on a tweet President Donald Trump sent earlier in the day in the latest example of the platform fact-checking his tweets.
  • Just after 7 a.m. on Saturday, Trump tweeted unsubstantiated claims about ballot drop off boxes, which have been implemented by states to allow residents to drop off mail-in ballots without relying on the postal service.
  • "We placed a public interest notice on this Tweet for violating our Civic Integrity Policy for making misleading health claims that could potentially dissuade people from participation in voting," Twitter said.
  • After Twitter began to flag some of Trump's tweets in May, he joined other conservatives in calling social-media platforms biased against conservatives, and he signed an executive order to regulate Twitter and similar companies.

Anthony Scaramucci calls Trump's decision to speak every night of the Republican convention 'beyond ridiculous'
  • Anthony Scaramucci, who served as the White House communications director for 11 days in 2017, called President Donald Trump's decision to speak all four nights of the Republican National Convention "beyond ridiculous" during a Sunday appearance on CNN.
  • While a party's nominee typically speaks on the final night of the convention to formally accept the nomination to the top of the ticket, Trump will speak on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
  • President Trump's family members make up half of the keynote speakers at this week's convention, which will begin on Monday.
  • "He thinks it's all about him, him all the time," Scaramucci said. "The classic narcissism is to annihilate everybody around you and then show everybody that you can do it all alone, you can do it by yourself."

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.