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Mary Ann Mendoza: Republican National Convention speaker dropped over antisemitic tweet
Mary Ann Mendoza, who was due to speak at day two of the Republican National Convention (RNC) on Tuesday night, was dropped at the last minute after she promoted an antisemitic Twitter thread.

The campaigner against illegal immigration had urged her 41,300 Twitter followers to “do yourself a favour and read this thread”, which contained a string of antisemitic and QAnon-linked conspiratorial claims, including a reference to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

She swiftly deleted her message after it was reported in US media and later issued an apology. She has now locked her Twitter account.

Melania Trump says US deserves 'total honesty' from president despite husband's 20,000 untruths in office
Americans deserve “total honesty” from their president, Melania Trump said in her speech at the Republican National Convention (RNC) on Tuesday night.

Bringing proceedings to a close on day two of the gathering, Ms Trump sought to portray the president as a straight-talking politician, determined to speak his mind, regardless of whom it might upset.

“I am here because we need my husband to be our president and commander in chief for four more years,” Ms Trump told the convention, in remarks delivered from the newly renovated White House Rose Garden.

Trump uses convention to airbrush immigration policy and handling of coronavirus during presidency
At Donald Trump’s Republican convention, he is welcoming to immigrants, not the architect of some of the nation’s harshest anti-immigration policies.

At Mr Trump’s convention, the coronavirus pandemic has largely subsided, not continued to infect thousands of Americans a day. The economy is booming, not sputtering. Mr Trump is a leader in healing racial strife, not stoking divisions.

Tuesday’s gauzy prime time programming amounted to an airbrushing of some of the darker and more controversial episodes of Mr Trump’s nearly four years in office – an effort to urgently address the vulnerabilities that have imperilled his re-election prospects just over two months until his November face-off against Democrat Joe Biden.

Trump's chief of staff says 'nobody outside of the Beltway' cares that the White House has been accused of using taxpayer money to campaign for the president
  • "Nobody outside of the Beltway really cares" if the Trump administration violates the Hatch Act, according to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.
  • The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees from engaging in certain political activities, including campaign, while working in an official capacity.
  • The Trump administration has a history of violating the Hatch Act, which also helps ensure tax dollars are not used to advance a political campaign.
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is being accused by Democrats of violating the Hatch Act by delivering an unprecedented RNC speech on a taxpayer-funded trip to the Middle East on Tuesday.

US border officials discussed using 'heat ray' on migrants before 2018 midterms
In 2018, 15 days before the midterm elections, the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection considered deploying a “heat ray” on migrants at the US border.

On 22 October 2018 president Donald Trump told his Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen that “extreme action” needed to be taken to stop migrants from entering the US, as he used anti-immigration rhetoric as part of the Republican midterm campaign.

Officials discussed deploying a microwave weapon, that was designed by the military to make people’s skin feel like it is burning when in range of its invisible beams, at the border to deter migrants, according to the New York Times.

The US intelligence community has found no evidence of foreign nations interfering with mail-in ballots, throwing a wrench into Trump's conspiracies
  • The US intelligence community has found no evidence that foreign nations are trying to interfere in the November election by manipulating mail-in voting, senior government officials said Wednesday.
  • "We have no information or intelligence that any nation or state actor is engaging in any kind of activity to undermine any part of the mail-in vote or ballots," a senior federal official told reporters at a Wednesday briefing, according to The Washington Post.
  • Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen made a similar statement: "We have yet to see any activity intended to prevent voting or to change votes, and we continue to think that it would be extraordinarily difficult for foreign adversaries to change vote tallies."
  • Wednesday's development threw a wrench into President Donald Trump's baseless claim that hostile foreign powers are trying to meddle in the election by mass producing counterfeit ballots to send to voters.

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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.