Trumpism 🐘 Newsbites
Fox News said Trump was 'ambushed' in town hall where undecided American voters asked him basic questions
  • Fox News' Laura Ingraham on Tuesday night suggested President Donald Trump was ambushed by voters asking timely questions during an ABC News town hall.
  • Trump was questioned on everything from why he downplayed the COVID-19 pandemic to his stance on insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions.
  • The president fumbled during the town hall, coming off unprepared and repeatedly pushing false information.

Trump was caught off guard by voter questions at the ABC News town hall, which could spell trouble for the presidential debates
  • After President Donald Trump was unable to answer basic questions from undecided voters at an ABC town hall event Wednesday night, his debate prep strategy — or lack thereof — became apparent.
  • Asked on "Fox & Friends" how he's getting ready for the first presidential debate against Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Sept. 29, Trump said, "I sort of prepare every day, by just doing what I'm doing."
  • Setting Trump's penchant for winging it aside, first-term presidents have historically seen a modest incumbency disadvantage going into debates against challengers who got plenty of practice during the primaries.
  • The Obama-Romney opening debate in 2012, along with Carter vs. Reagan in 1980 and even the first Bush vs. Gore debate in 2000 demonstrate how the insulary effects of incumbency can spell trouble.
  • Despite the president's holding pattern of being cocooned in fawning praise, Tuesday night should serve as a wakeup call as Biden heads into the debate with both more practice and lower expectations thanks to the Trump campaign's own "cognitive decline" attacks.

It's official: Trump's trade war with China is now an unmitigated, farcical disaster
  • Trump's trade war with China is officially a joke.
  • The World Trade Organization ruled that the Trump administration's trade war with China violates the body's trade rules — rules the US helped to design.
  • That alone isn't enough to sink the trade war into full absurdity.
  • But add the fact that the US trade deficit surged to its highest level in 12 years this summer, and the fact that China isn't meeting its purchasing targets, and that China hasn't made any structural changes to its economy and well...
  • The whole project looks completely ridiculous.

Voters see Biden as more moderate than Trump, suggesting his attacks that Biden is a 'Trojan horse' for the 'radical left' aren't working
  • Voters view Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden as more moderate than President Donald Trump, a new poll found.
  • While 21% percent ranked Biden as a "moderate," only 8 percent did the same for Trump.
  • The results suggest that Trump's campaign tactics to characterize Biden as a tool of "radical socialists" have not yet proved effective.

Trump and his allies are normalizing the possibility of violence surrounding the 2020 election in order to bolster his reelection
  • President Donald Trump and his allies are normalizing the potential for violence on Election Day with incendiary and conspiratorial rhetoric.
  • Trump has repeatedly suggested — without evidence — that if he loses the 2020 election it will be because it was rigged by the Democrats.
  • Meanwhile, Trump and his allies have expressed support for violent crackdowns on dissent.
  • Trump has consistently pushed a conspiracy theory that a group he refers to as "ANTIFA THUGS" will invade the suburbs if former Vice President Joe Biden wins.
  • Experts have expressed serious concerns about the potential for violence on and after Election Day due to Trump's divisive, provocative, and conspiratorial rhetoric.

Federal officers stockpiled semi-automatic rifles and tried to obtain a controversial 'heat ray' ahead of tear-gassing protesters for Trump's photo-op, a whistleblower says
  • Federal law enforcement officers stocked up on semi-automatic rifles hours before forcefully clearing protesters from Lafayette Square in Washington, DC, according to whistleblower testimony obtained by The Washington Post.
  • Officers also unsuccessfully sought to obtain a controversial "heat ray" that can cause second-degree burns, according to the testimony, which was submitted to lawmakers by a top DC National Guard officer.
  • His account contradicts previous claims by the Trump administration that protesters were violent, that officers didn't use tear gas, and that they issued legally required warnings to protesters to disperse, according to The Post.
  • In early June, federal officers used tear gas and rubber pellets to clear peaceful protesters from the park so President Donald Trump could take a photo at a church near the White House.

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.