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What the RNC Looked Like to Donald Trump’s Niece
In her book, she wrote that the reelection of Donald Trump “would be the end of American democracy,” and so as a rattled America hurtles toward Election Day, Mary Trump has decided she will play as large a role as possible in the effort to topple the president. “We’re at this extraordinarily crucial point in this country’s history, and we need to do everything.” ... The most jarring thing initially was the recognition that the entire convention was a law-breaking enterprise. And people may say, ‘Oh, Hatch Act, not a big deal,’ but it is a big deal. He co-opted or the Republican National Committee co-opted the people’s house for their own political benefit. That’s not a small thing. ... I guess the simplest way of putting it is that Donald continues to be this vortex that kind of sucks in attention. I think in the book I refer to him as ‘a black hole of need.’ And just as his family of origin organized itself around him, his family now, his children, seem to be playing the same role. And when a family system arranges itself or organizes itself around the most deeply damaged person in the family, nothing good comes of that. We see the same thing with the Republican Party. I know it sounds reductive, but it actually seems to be playing out that way—and it’s quite terrifying.

The Republican National Committee used stock footage from a 2019 protest in Spain to show rioting in 'Biden's America'
  • At the Republican National Convention earlier this week, a video shown used footage from a 2019 protest in Spain in a montage that alluded to the ongoing protests against racism in the US, NBC News reported.
  • In the video, which aired Monday and has since been posted on President Trump's YouTube channel, two women talk about their conservative values and allude to recent protests, bemoaning "rioting" and "crime."
  • Anti-racism and anti-police brutality protests have continued across the US, and while they've mostly been peaceful, destructive and sometimes violent moments have dominated headlines.

50,000 people in Iowa will need to request another absentee ballot after a judge sided with the Trump administration and invalidated their requests
  • About 50,000 people in Iowa will need to submit another request for an absentee ballot, a judge ruled this week, siding with the Trump administration, who challenged a local county's decision to pre-fill portions of the ballots.
  • The Trump administration filed three lawsuits against Linn, Woodbury, and Johnson counties in Iowa over their decisions to send absentee ballot request forms that had pre-filled information, including a person's voter identification number.
  • President Donald Trump has been a vocal opponent of mail-in-voting and state efforts to expand it, though has himself voted by mail as recently as March 2020.

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.