Trumpism Highlights

Trump wants the Treasury to get a substantial cut of any TikTok acquisition. China's state media says that would be 'open robbery.'
  • President Trump said on Monday TikTok has a deadline of September 15 to sell its US business or it will be "out of business in the United States."
  • Trump also said a "substantial portion" of the any sale of the app should go to the US treasury.
  • He wasn't clear whether that cut should come from the purchasing company or ByteDance, TikTok's parent company.
  • Chinese state media has reacted furiously to the remarks, with one editor saying any such cut would constitute "open robbery" and one newspaper describing the prospect as a "smash and grab."

'It is what it is': Trump dismisses the rising coronavirus death toll in the United States
  • President Trump dismissed the mounting death toll from COVID-19 in the United States, telling Axios' Jonathan Swan that "it is what it is" in an interview that aired Monday evening on HBO.
  • Swan challenged Trump's repeated assertions that the COVID-19 pandemic is "under control" and noted that the US is now reporting a seven-day average of over 1,000 new deaths from the virus.
  • "They are dying, that's true. And it is what it is. But that doesn't mean we aren't doing everything we can, it's under control as much as we can control it," Trump said.

Trump mangles the word 'Yosemite' at signing of Great American Outdoors Act
During a bill signing ceremony for the bipartisan-led Great America Outdoors Act, Donald Trump mispronounced Yosemite National Park as "yo-semite" as he delivered remarks praising national landmarks.

The measure calls for the "mandatory funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund and addresses the maintenance backlog facing America's national parks and public lands," according to the White House.

"We want every American child to have access to have access to pristine outdoor spaces," he said in prepared remarks. "When young Americans experience the breathtaking beauty of the Grand Canyon. when their eyes widen in amazement as Old Faithful bursts into the sky, when they gaze upon Yo-semites – Yo-seminites – towering sequoias, their love of country grows stronger, and they know that every American has a duty to preserve this wondrous inheritance."

As Trump attacks voting by mail, the Post Office says it has 'ample capacity' to handle a surge in ballots
  • Mail deliveries have slowed in recent weeks as a confidant of President Trump took over the US Postal Service.
  • With voting by mail of extra importance in the face of the coronavirus, Trump has attacked it as a potential source of election fraud.
  • There is no evidence of voter fraud in mailed ballots, nor is there evidence of mailed ballots skewing to one party of the other.
  • Trump himself voted by mail earlier this year in Florida.

Satisfaction with State of U.S. Hits Nine-Year Low, Poll Finds
American's satisfaction with the way things are going in the U.S. has dropped more than 30 points since a 15-year high earlier this year, reaching the lowest level in nine years.

A Gallup poll released Tuesday found that just 13% of Americans report being satisfied with the state of the nation, a 32 percentage point drop from a 15-year high in February. National satisfaction has not been this low since November 2011.

National satisfaction now sits just six points above an all-time low of 7% in October 2008 after the financial crisis.

The latest poll was taken between July 1 and July 23, as the nation grappled with surging coronavirus cases and deaths, as well as a historic economic downturn.

Democrats were already largely dissatisfied with the state of the nation, so the shift is mostly occurring among Republicans. The poll found that satisfaction in the party in the most recent survey, 20%, is about half of what it was a mong ago, 39%. It's also a 60-point drop from February's 80% satisfaction rate.

Despite an overall dissatisfaction with the state of the country, a separate Gallup poll found that most Republicans, 91%, approve of the job President Donald Trump is doing in office.

A former top Trump adviser says partial economic shutdowns may be needed as 'some places are too open'
  • Kevin Hassett, former top economic adviser to President Donald Trump, said partial lockdowns could help contain the virus in parts of the US.
  • "It does feel like there are some places are too open," he said in a CNN interview.
  • Trump has repeatedly pushed states to reverse their lockdowns and downplayed the virus.

Trump says voting by mail in Florida is 'safe and secure, tried and true' after months of falsely claiming that mail voting is fraudulent
  • President Trump explicitly encouraged Florida voters to cast their ballots by mail this November in a Tuesday tweet.
  • The tweet, which described Florida's mail voting system as "safe and secure, tried and true," is a major departure from Trump's months of claiming that mass-scale mail voting is highly fraudulent.
  • Florida, a state that will be critical to Trump's re-election, has allowed voters to cast a ballot by mail without an excuse for several years.

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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.