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The Republican convention depicted an alternate reality. Will Americans buy it?
Fear of violence and disorder in cities might persuade some centrist suburban women back into the Republican fold

When Democrats held their national convention in Chicago in 1968, the radical Youth International Party – better known as the Yippies – promised to send all of the delegates into a psychedelic trance by dumping LSD into the city’s water supply. Watching the Republican National Convention take place this week in and around Washington DC, I wondered if the Yippies had finally pulled off their prank. Some of the speakers’ descriptions of Donald Trump, his presidency, and the state of the country were so far removed from reality that you’d have to be in the grip of powerful hallucinogens to believe them.

In the alternate reality described by many of the Republican convention speakers, President Trump is a warm, empathetic human being and an exemplar of presidential conduct, not the narcissistic Twitter bully who consistently places familial and tribal interests over constitutional order and democratic norms. In the telling of his RNC boosters, the president acted with great speed and competence to vanquish the coronavirus – Trump’s chief economic advisor Larry Kudlow spoke about it repeatedly in the past tense in his convention address – when in reality the administration’s incoherent response has meant that US per capita death and infection rates are still among the world’s highest and the death toll has passed 180,000. Speaker after speaker praised the what Trump, in his closing address, called “the greatest economy in history,” despite the fact that the inability to contain the coronavirus has meant that unemployment is still above 10% and thousands of businesses have permanently disappeared.

Michael Moore warned that Trump's support among his base is 'off the charts', and he is on course to win the presidential election
  • Filmmaker Michael Moore has warned that history may be repeating itself, and as in 2016 complacent progressives are ignoring the huge and fervent support President Trump has in battleground states.
  • "I'm warning you almost 10 weeks in advance. The enthusiasm level for the 60 million in Trump's base is OFF THE CHARTS! For Joe, not so much," wrote Moore on Facebook.
  • Moore cited a series of polls showing Biden and Trump tied, or the race narrowing, in swing states that helped propel Trump to a shock victory in 2016.
  • Moore, a supporter of Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign, was one of few to predict that "Rust Belt" voters would abandon Democrats and propel Trump to victory in 2016.

Trump isn't the 'law and order' president. He's the 'lawless and disorder' president.
  • Throughout the Republican National Convention, speakers tried to paint President Trump as the "law and order" president.
  • But Trump has routinely shown a disregard for the law, sown chaos across the country, and promoted disorder in our society.

Trump will visit Kenosha, Wisconsin to meet with law enforcement, Jacob Blake's family, and 'survey' damage, sources say
  • President Donald Trump is slated to visit Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday in the wake of protests that erupted after police shot and wounded Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man.
  • White House spokesman Judd Deere told reporters that Trump is set to meet with local law enforcement and "survey damage from recent riots," AFP reported.
  • The president's daughter-in-law Lara Trump said on "Fox News Sunday" that Trump also scheduled a meeting with Blake's family while he's in Wisconsin.
  • After a week of tensions in the city, the Associated Press reported that Trump's visit is sure to "exacerbate tensions" in Kenosha, and Democratic Rep. Karen Bass criticized the trip as designed to "agitate things and to make things worse."

Trump dismissed mixing sports with politics, saying protests in the NBA will ruin the sport
  • President Donald Trump told reporters last week that mixing politics with sports will "destroy basketball."
  • Trump was asked on Friday about some initiatives from the NBA and its players to protest against police brutality, including delaying last week's playoff games days after Jacob Blake was shot by police.
  • "You know when you watch sports, you want to sort of relax, but this is a whole different world ... You don't want to stay in politics. You want to relax," Trump said, before warning that political statements from football and baseball teams could be "very bad" for the leagues.

Joe Biden condemned Portland violence as unacceptable 'on the left or the right' and challenged President Trump to 'do the same'
  • Democratic nominee Joe Biden challenged President Donald Trump in a lengthy statement on the violence that broke out Saturday night at a Portland, Oregon where Trump supporters and Black Lives Matter protesters clashed.
  • Biden flatly condemned the violence at the protest as "unacceptable ... whether on the left or the right," and called for Trump to "do the same."
  • "He may believe tweeting about law and order makes him strong — but his failure to call on his supporters to stop seeking conflict shows just how weak he is," Biden said.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers sends letter to Trump asking to 'reconsider' visit to Kenosha: 'I am concerned your presence will only hinder our healing'
  • Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers asked President Donald Trump in a letter to "reconsider" his visit to Kenosha, saying he is concerned Trump's "presence will only hinder our healing."
  • In a letter sent to the White House Sunday, Evers wrote that he was also concerned that an in-person visit from the president "will require a massive re-direction" of resources to support his visit "at a time when it is critical that we continue to remain focused on keeping the people of Kenosha safe and supporting the community's response."
  • Last Sunday, a Kenosha police officer shot Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, several times in the back after officers initially responded to what the department described as a "domestic incident."
  • A graphic video of the incident went viral, sparking statewide protests. Evers activated the National Guard in response on Monday.
  • In a statement to Business Insider, White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said Trump "looks forward to visiting on Tuesday and helping this great city heal and rebuild."
  • "The White House has been humbled by the outreach of individuals from Kenosha who have welcomed the President's visit and are longing for leadership to support local law enforcement and businesses that have been vandalized," Deere said in the statement.

The Justice Department secretly curtailed the investigation into Trump's links to Russia in 2017
  • The Justice Department made an effort to curtail the 2017 investigation into Russian election interference, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
  • Former Justice Department and FBI officials told The Times that former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein secretly narrowed the investigation by ordering special counsel Robert Mueller to conduct the investigation as criminal, not counterintelligence.
  • Citing journalist Jeffrey Toobin's book that first reported their conversation, Rosenstein told Mueller: "I love Ken Starr. But his investigation was a fishing expedition. Don't do that. This is a criminal investigation. Do your job, and then shut it down."
  • The Times report comes after a bipartisan report by the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee found that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was a "grave counterintelligence threat" due to his extensive ties to pro-Russian individuals and entities.

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.

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