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Trump Books Keep Coming, and Readers Can’t Stop Buying
Sales of tell-all books about President Trump are soaring.

White House memoirs, journalistic exposés, full-throated defenses of the president: Publishers are producing books for every partisan and wondering if the gravy train ends on Election Day.

“The Room Where It Happened” by John Bolton, Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, sold more than a million copies this summer. “Too Much and Never Enough,” by Mr. Trump’s niece, Mary L. Trump, has gone into its 20th printing. There are many, many other titles, including a substantial number by his defenders.

Many in the industry wonder if the so-called Trump Bump can be sustained if the president is defeated in November, and whether sales of political books will suffer in a post-Trump slump.

Former Trump chief of staff John Kelly says telling the president that things he wants to do were illegal was like 'French kissing a chainsaw'
  • Trump's former chief of staff John Kelly had a vivid simile for the experience to refusing his requests, according to an upcoming book.
  • Kelly, a former Marine Corps general, said it was like "French kissing a chainsaw," per a Daily Beast report on the contents of the book "Donald Trump v. The United States."
  • It reports Kelly as saying: "Trump wanted to behave like an authoritarian and repeatedly had to be restrained and told what he could and could not legally do."
  • Neither Kelly or Trump have publicly responded to the book, which was written by Michael Schmidt, a correspondent for The New York Times.

More US troops say they would vote for Biden than Trump as favorable views of the president fade among those serving in the military, new poll shows
  • More US service members said they would vote for former Vice President Joe Biden than President Donald Trump in a recent survey of more than one thousand active-duty US troops conducted by Military Times.
  • The survey also found that unfavorable views of the president are on the rise, jumping from 37% four years ago to 49.9% now.
  • The survey also found significant disagreements with the president among US troops over a variety of issues ranging from using active-duty military to quell civil unrest in American cities to the White House's handling of reports that Russia paid militants to kill US troops in Afghanistan.

Trump's $300 unemployment benefit is set to be paid in 34 states. But the program may only provide aid for just over a month.
  • Most states have been approved to distribute federal aid under Trump's $300 unemployment aid program.
  • It'll be $400 in a few states since they were given the option to provide an extra $100 in weekly benefits.
  • Thirty-four states are scheduled to begin paying out the money in the coming weeks, including California, Florida, Iowa, New York, Ohio, and Oregon.
  • The $300 federal benefit is a 50% cut from the $600 supplement that was in place from late March to the end of July. It expired because of fierce disagreements between Republicans and Democrats in Congress over the amount it should be replaced with.

The Trump campaign has knowingly taken thousands of dollars from a neo-Nazi leader and other racists
  • Morris Gulett, a neo-Nazi leader who created an outpost of the Aryan Nations in Louisiana, has donated at least $2,000 to President Donald Trump's reelection campaign, according to data collected by Popular Information.
  • He has donated at least 29 times since 2017, and the Trump campaign was reportedly made aware of the donations in 2018 by The Forward.
  • Popular Information detailed donations from several others, including businessman Peter Zieve, who was sued by Washington state over accusations of discriminating against minority employees.

Trump thinks violence and chaos on the streets is good for his reelection, and he's not trying to hide it
  • President Donald Trump is actively working to incite violence and chaos in American cities, hoping he can carry himself to a reelection victory on a "law and order" platform.
  • Trump on Sunday took to Twitter to decry anti-racism protesters and praise a caravan of his supporters who rode into Portland after deadly violence followed clashes between the groups.
  • Biden has fervently condemned the recent violence while Trump expresses explicit support for one group over others, and paints all protesters as destructive anarchists.

Trump Defends Kenosha Shooting Suspect Kyle Rittenhouse
President Donald Trump on Monday continued the finger-pointing between him and former Vice President Joe Biden over the violence at recent protests, with Trump defending the actions of Kyle Rittenhouse, who is accused of killing two protesters and injuring another with a semi-automatic rifle in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

"He was trying to get away from them, I guess, it looks like, and he fell," Trump said at the White House. "And then they very violently attacked him."

Rittenhouse was seen in videos brandishing a gun while walking around protests over Jacob Blake, a Black man who was shot seven times by a police officer. The 17-year-old has been charged as an adult with two counts of first-degree homicide and one count of attempted homicide.

Trump added the events are "interesting" and under investigation. He said he'd like to see everything be taken care of by law enforcement instead of private citizens, but he seemed to suggest that Rittenhouse was acting in self-defense.

"I guess he was in very big trouble. He probably would have been killed," he said.

Although Rittenhouse has been documented attending at least one Trump rally, the president criticized Biden for not acknowledging violence coming from his supporters.

'We don't have a family pastor': Jacob Blake's father refutes Trump's account of trying to reach the family
  • Jacob Blake's father refuted President Donald Trump's account of the White House trying to get the Blake family on the phone.
  • Trump said during his press briefing that he was unable to get in touch with the Blakes because "they wanted to have lawyers involved, and I thought that was inappropriate so I didn't do that. But I did speak with the pastor of the family."
  • White House Senior Communications Adviser Ben Williamson tweeted, "The President was referring to the pastor of Julia Jackson—Jacob Blake's mother."
  • The family's attorney later said the president reached out to Jacob Blake's mother's pastor and Trump declined to have a call if their legal team monitored it.

Biden accuses Trump of refusing to 'even acknowledge that there's a racial justice problem in America,' while Trump says he won't meet with Jacob Blake's family when he visits Kenosha
  • Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and President Donald Trump painted two opposing perspectives on the issue of racial injustice in light of the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
  • The president has largely praised law enforcement policing the ongoing protests sparked by Blake's shooting, condemned "rioters" and "looters," and sought to paint Biden as a proponent of the "radical left."
  • In a campaign speech in Pittsburgh on Monday, Biden said "Donald Trump adds fuel to every fire" because he overlooks that "there's a racial justice problem in America."
  • "You know me. You know my heart, and you know my story, my family's story," Biden said. "Ask yourself: Do I look to you like a radical socialist with a soft spot for rioters? Really?"

Trumpism
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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.

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