Trumpism 🐘 Newsbites
Michael Cohen says Trump won't release his tax returns because he's scared they contain evidence of fraud
  • Michael Cohen, the former lawyer of President Donald Trump, told CNN that Trump won't release his tax returns because he worries they contain evidence of tax fraud.
  • Trump's "biggest fear is that if his tax return is released, that there's a whole slew of organizations of accountants and forensic accountants that will rip through it and he will end up with a massive tax bill, fraud penalties, fines and possibly even tax fraud," said Cohen.
  • The president has long battled to keep his tax returns from public view.
  • He is currently embroiled in a legal battle to keep his returns from congressional investigators and the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.

A former model has accused Trump of groping and forcibly kissing her in his private box at the 1997 US Open
  • A former model has accused President Donald Trump of sexually assaulting her inside his private box at the US Open tennis tournament in 1997.
  • Amy Dorris told The Guardian that Trump grabbed her after she left a bathroom, touched her, stuck his tongue down her throat, and gripped her so she could not escape.
  • Lawyers for Trump strongly contested the claim and suggested it could be politically motivated.
  • The Guardian reported that friends, family members, and a therapist said Dorris described a similar experience to them previously. Photos show her with Trump that weekend.
  • More than two dozen women have publicly accused Trump of sexual misconduct.

QAnon has infiltrated the Republican Party's base, but these lawmakers are reluctant to denounce the fringe conspiracy theory and its supporters
  • Insider spoke to a dozen House Republicans about QAnon, a conspiracy theory that alleges a cannibalistic child sex-trafficking cult has taken over the Democrats and global elites. Most of them would not denounce it.
  • The absence of a strong and unified stand in the GOP against QAnon suggests that Republicans have little appetite, with fewer than 50 days before Election Day, for alienating their party’s most extreme right-wing voters.
  • A supporter of the outrageous conspiracy that has taken root in the Republican Party, Marjorie Taylor Greene, is favored to win a Georgia congressional seat in the November elections. House GOP leaders are ready to welcome her.
  • ‘I don't think it's a big deal,’ said Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, a close ally of President Donald Trump, who has embraced QAnon supporters. Other Republican lawmakers deflected, saying instead they’d like to see a stronger condemnation for Black Lives Matter activists protesting police brutality.

Top House lawmaker says Barr comparing lockdowns to slavery is 'the most ridiculous, tone-deaf, God-awful thing I've ever heard'
  • House Majority Whip James Clyburn on Thursday condemned Attorney General William Barr for comparing to coronavirus-related lockdowns to slavery.
  • The statement "was the most ridiculous, tone-deaf, God-awful thing I've ever heard," Clyburn said on CNN.
  • Barr had said that stay-at-home orders, imposed to curb virus transmission, are "the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history" since slavery.

Trump's former intelligence chief warns 'our democracy's enemies' want Americans to believe the 2020 election is rigged
  • Former Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats is calling on Congress to create an election oversight commission.
  • Coats in a New York Times op-ed warned that undermining the legitimacy of the election is precisely what "our democracy's enemies, foreign and domestic, want."
  • He served as President Donald Trump's intelligence chief from 2017 to 2019.
  • Coats' warning comes as Trump continues to push the unfounded notion that mail-in voting leads to widespread voter fraud.

Trump's properties have raked in least $1.1 million in fees from the Secret Service since he took office
  • Since 2017, the Secret Service has racked up $1.1 million in fees to stay at Trump properties, according to an updated tally from the Washington Post.
  • A new batch of $188,000 in fees were released by the Secret Service as part of a public records lawsuit from the Post.
  • Even though Trump never stopped by one of his golf clubs when it was shut down amid coronavirus restrictions in New Jersey, the Secret Service still got hit with a $21,800 charge for a cottage rental and other room fees.
  • The usual rate for agents to stay at a Trump property — even when there's no indication he will stop by — is $567 per night, according to the Post. That's a far cry from the mere "50 bucks" Eric Trump claimed the agents are billed.

'What a despicable man': Schumer rips into Trump for saying the coronavirus death toll would be lower if the US ignored Democratic states
  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday gave an impassioned speech on the Senate floor, denouncing President Donald Trump's recent comments on the COVID-19 death toll.
  • "The blue states had tremendous death rates," Trump said at a White House news briefing on Wednesday. "If you take the blue states out, we are at a level I don't think anybody in the world would be at."
  • "What a disgrace! It's monstrous,> Schumer said of Trump's comments.
  • Contrary to Trump's assertion, Republican-controlled Texas and Florida have the third- and fifth-highest death tolls in the US.
  • "Yes, Mr. President, if you don't count the total number of Americans who have died, you might think it's not so bad," Schumer added.

FBI Director Christopher Wray says Russia is meddling in the 2020 election to 'denigrate' Joe Biden
  • FBI Director Christopher Wray on Thursday told House lawmakers that the intelligence community assesses Russia is "very active" in its efforts to influence the 2020 election.
  • Wray said Russia is seeking to "both sow divisiveness and discord and...to denigrate Vice President Biden."
  • The FBI director's comments echoed a statement from William Evanina, a top counterintelligence official, issued last month.

'Textbook anti-Semitism': American Jews condemn Trump for repeatedly telling them that Israel is 'your country'
  • American Jews are sharply condemning President Donald Trump's remarks that Israel is "your country" as anti-Semitic.
  • "We really appreciate you, we love your country also and thank you very much," Trump said during a call with American Jewish leaders on Wednesday.
  • "It's really important that we separate out American Jews and Israel — we are not one in the same. It's anti-Semitic to suggest that we are," said Sophie Ellman-Golan, a progressive Jewish strategist.
  • The outrage comes as Trump has made attempts to rally support from Jewish voters, which some have dismissed as "pandering" to his own base.

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.