Trumpism Highlights

There is still no proof TikTok is spying on you for China
  • The Trump administration is forcing TikTok to sell off its US business by September 15 or else face a ban, accusing it of posing a privacy and national security threat because it is owned by a Chinese company.
  • The administration has explicitly claimed TikTok spies on people but has never offered public evidence.
  • Experts diving through TikTok's code and policies say the app collects user data in a similar way to Facebook and other popular social apps.
  • Google and Facebook by comparison almost certainly hoover up more user data than TikTok through their sprawling number of apps and services — but get less US political scrutiny on privacy.

No, Donald Trump can't 'ban' TikTok
  • TikTok is facing choppy waters in the United States, as President Donald Trump and his administration amp up threats to ban the app in the US.
  • Although the Trump administration has painted a ban on TikTok as a simple action, experts told Business Insider it's not so easy.
  • Experts say there are other actions Trump could take, such as adding TikTok to the same banned "Entity List" that Huawei is on, or by declaring a "national emergency" that would give him "broad authority" over foreign business transactions.
  • These other possible actions Trump could take, however, raise concerns about violations of First Amendment rights, as well as how effective they would be in actually restricting TikTok in the US.

Trump Sues Nevada Over Mail-in Ballot Law, Escalating Fight Against Universal Vote-By-Mail
President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit challenging Nevada's new election law that will send ballots by mail to all registered voters for the November election, the latest move by the president to undermine states that are expanding vote-by-mail operations due to the coronavirus.

The president, in conjunction with the Republican National Committee and the Nevada Republican Party, filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Nevada late Tuesday against Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, a Republican. The election reform bill, which passed the Democratic-led state legislature and was signed into law on Monday, seeks to shorten wait times for in-person voting by sending absentee ballots to every registered voter in the upcoming election as well as any others held during a statewide disaster or emergency.

... But Trump, who has voted absentee while serving in the White House, has made some exceptions when it comes to mail-in ballots. He supports absentee voting since most voters need to request a ballot rather than automatically receive one. Plus, about one-third of states require an excuse to request an absentee ballot. And on Tuesday, Trump urged voters in Florida, a key battleground state that's likely to make-or-break his reelection, to vote by mail.

Trump's pick for internal State Department watchdog resigns in new shake-up
The internal US State Department watchdog chosen by Donald Trump to replace his fired predecessor has now himself resigned, the latest turmoil at the office that was investigating Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Stephen Akard took over the office of inspector general at the State Department in an acting capacity in May after the president fired former IG Steve Linick, who had been probing the details of a US-Saudi arms deal as well as allegations that Mr Pompeo was abusing the power of his office for political gain and to keep his household orderly.

“Ambassador Stephen J. Akard, the State Department’s Acting Inspector General and the Director of the Office of Foreign Missions, has announced he is returning to the private sector after years of public service,” an internal statement from the department announced to staff this week, The Washington Post reported.

A GOP lawyer who represented the Trump campaign just last week is helping Kanye West get on the ballot in Wisconsin
  • Kanye West is apparently getting help from a well-connected GOP lawyer in his bid for the presidency.
  • Lane Ruhland, who represented the Trump campaign in court last week, was seen on Tuesday dropping off ballot signatures in Wisconsin on West's behalf.
  • Questions have been raised as to how serious West is about running for president as those close to him have raised concerns about his mental health.

Trump falsely said NASA 'was closed and dead' before he was president and appeared to take credit for a private SpaceX launch
  • SpaceX on Tuesday launched and landed a vehicle called SN5, which is a full-scale prototype of a planned Mars rocket ship called Starship.
  • On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump wrongfully appeared to take credit for the privately developed vehicle's creation or launch.
  • Trump also shared falsehoods about NASA, which spaceflight experts pointed out and corrected.

Trump says mail-in voting will be a 'nightmare' and 'you'll never know who the winner is, but the winner is going to be me'
  • President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that mail-in voting will be such a "nightmare" that you won't know who the winner is, while also claiming he will be the winner.
  • "You'll never know who the winner is, but the winner is going to be me," Trump said during a meeting with Arizona's governor.
  • Trump has repeatedly made unfounded assertions regarding mail-in voting, claiming it will lead to widespread voter fraud. There is little to no evidence to back-up Trump's claims.

Twitter temporarily blocked the Trump campaign from tweeting after it shared a video of the president spreading COVID-19 misinformation
  • Twitter briefly blocked the Trump campaign's account from tweeting Wednesday after it violated the company's policies against COVID-19 misinformation, a company representative told Business Insider.
  • The campaign tweeted a Fox News interview in which President Donald Trump falsely claimed children were "almost immune" to the disease.
  • Trump himself also tweeted a link to the video, which has since been blocked, but the company did not take action against the president's account.
  • In an apparent first, Facebook took down a similar post by Trump earlier for violating its own COVID-19 misinformation policies.

Facebook removed a Trump post because it violated the company's policies banning 'harmful COVID misinformation' (FB)
  • Facebook took down a post by President Donald Trump for violating its policies against misinformation, the company confirmed.
  • Trump posted a video of his interview with Fox News where he falsely claimed that children are "almost immune" from COVID-19, which CNN reporter Donie O'Sullivan captured before it was removed from Facebook.
  • "This video includes false claims that a group of people is immune from COVID-19 which is a violation of our policies around harmful COVID misinformation," a Facebook spokesperson told Business Insider.
  • Facebook said this is the first time it has completely taken down a post by Trump for pushing coronavirus misinformation, according to The New York Times' reporter Davey Alba.

As Susan Rice emerges as one of Biden's top choices for vice president, Trump allies struggle to cast her as an 'extreme leftist,' a tag they've slapped on the other contenders
  • As Susan Rice emerges as a top contender for Democrat Joe Biden's running mate, Donald Trump's allies are struggling to define her in efforts to tie the president's rival to the far left wing of his party.
  • Trump's campaign and his advisers have used a predictable playbook that casts Biden's choices as extreme left. But they know that tag won't stick with Rice, a former Obama national security adviser and moderate with extensive foreign policy experience.
  • 'Susan Rice is the most threatening, the deal on her is the Benghazi record has already been played, that cake is baked, everyone knows what happened,' said one Republican close to the campaign. 'She has no voting record, she can be whoever she wants to be.'
  • Still, some in the GOP are pining for a Rice pick so that they can wield controversies from her Obama administration years and her ties to the Clintons to fire up Trump's base.

New York prosecutors reportedly subpoenaed Deutsche Bank as part of an extensive investigation into Trump's business dealings
  • The Manhattan district attorney's office subpoenaed Deutsche Bank as part of a wide-ranging investigation into President Donald Trump's business dealings, The New York Times reported.
  • Prosecutors issued the subpoena last year and are seeking documents that could point to potential fraud. Deutsche Bank reportedly complied with the subpoena and turned over Trump's financial statements and other detailed records.
  • The Manhattan DA's office subpoenaed Deutsche Bank as it investigates whether the Trump Organization violated state laws while coordinating illegal hush-money payments to the adult film actress Stormy Daniels in 2016.
  • This week, prosecutors indicated that the investigation is far more expansive than previously known, pointing to "public reports of possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization" as the basis for seeking nearly a decade's worth of Trump's personal taxes.

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.