Trumpism 🐘 Newsbites
The ban on TikTok downloads has been postponed by one week after Trump gave his 'blessing' to a deal with Oracle and Walmart
  • The US is officially postponing the ban on TikTok downloads it said would come into force on Sunday.
  • Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said in a statement Saturday that "recent positive developments" meant the deadline for the ban has now been moved to 11:59 p.m. on September 27.
  • This came the same day Trump told reporters he had given his "blessing" to a deal between TikTok and Oracle.

Officials identify a woman suspect after letter laced with deadly ricin poison sent to President Trump
  • An envelope addressed to the White House that contained the deadly poison ricin was intercepted by US authorities on Saturday, according to a report by the New York Times.
  • The letter was addressed to President Donald Trump and appears to have been sent from Canada.
  • Officials have identified a woman as a suspect, but have given no further details about the incident.

Trump gloated over an MSNBC anchor being shot by a rubber bullet at an anti-racism protest, calling it a 'beautiful sight'
  • President Donald Trump at a Minnesota rally mocked MSNBC's Ali Velshi for being shot by police with a rubber bullet at anti-racism protests in May.
  • "Wasn't it really a beautiful sight? It's called law and order," Trump told cheering supporters.
  • In a statement, MSNBC said the president "endangers thousands of other journalists and undermines our freedoms."
  • During his presidency, Trump has repeatedly attacked the press and encouraged violent tactics used by police against anti-racism demonstrators and rioters.

One stock market signal suggests the US presidential race is tightening, Goldman Sachs says
  • The trading activity of certain stocks is sending a signal to investors that the upcoming Presidential election this November is going to be close — and is getting closer, Goldman Sachs said on Friday.
  • The relative outperformance of high-tax stocks relative to their low-tax counterparts signals a recent preference for stocks expected to benefit from a Republican victory.
  • It specifically suggests a 53% probability of corporate tax reform, according to Goldman. The firm says this is only likely happen if Democrats pull off a sweep in November.

Trump supporters staged a rally at a Virginia polling center during early voting, intimidating voters, election officials say
  • Trump supporters waving flags and chanting slogans staged a rally near a polling center in Fairfax, Virginia, Saturday on the second day of early voting in the state, filmed footage shows.
  • "Some voters, and elections staff, did feel intimidated by the crowd and we did provide escorts past the group," said Gary Scott, the general registrar of Fairfax County.
  • But a local Republican official, Steve Rastatter, denied that protesters had been seeking to intimidate voters and said they had complied with officials' requests to move away.
  • President Trump has spread groundless accusations that Democrats are seeking to steal the election, and has called on supporters to act as poll monitors.
  • Attempts at voter intimidation are illegal in Virginia and other US states.

Students are in a lose-lose situation during the pandemic, and Trump is to blame
  • Trump's leadership in the White House has left students in a lose-lose situation.
  • Either schools will do virtual learning with the risk of students falling behind, or they can reinstate in-person learning and face the obvious health risks.
  • Joe Biden is much better equipped to handle a crisis like this.

A federal judge has temporarily blocked the Trump administration's WeChat download ban
  • A federal judge on Saturday blocked the Trump administration's attempt to institute a download ban on Chinese-owned social media app WeChat.
  • US Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in California granted "the motion on the ground that the plaintiffs have shown serious questions going to the merits of the First Amendment claim, the balance of hardships tips in the plaintiffs’ favor, and the plaintiffs establish sufficiently the other elements for preliminary-injunctive relief."
  • The plaintiffs in the case argued that the Trump administration's WeChat download ban violated the First and Fifth Amendments, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and that the ban "was not a lawful exercise of the President’s and the Secretary’s authority under the International Economic Emergency Powers Act.
  • The US Department of Commerce had announced the download ban, which had also included TikTok, on Friday.

Trump said 'there will be no God' if Biden is elected
  • At a campaign rally in Fayetteville, N.C., President Trump said that "there will be be no God" if Joe Biden is elected.
  • Trump has increasingly used religion as a wedge issue to attack Biden, despite none of the claims being true.
  • Biden, a lifelong Catholic, has spoken openly for years about the role faith has played in life, especially during times of enormous tragedy.

Nancy Pelosi won't rule out impeachment to block a Trump Supreme Court nominee
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi won't rule out impeachment proceedings to block a Trump Supreme Court nominee from replacing the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
  • On Sunday, Pelosi appeared on ABC's "This Week," to speak with George Stephanopoulos about Ginsburg and the Supreme Court nomination process.
  • When asked what tools Pelosi and House Democrats would employ to stop a Supreme Court nomination, she said "we have our options."
  • Though she doesn't have a vote in the Senate process for confirming Supreme Court nominations, Pelosi's comments represent an escalation of the judicial wars that will only intensify on Capitol Hill going forward.

Joe Biden told Senate Republicans to 'follow your conscience' on nominee vote to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat
  • Joe Biden on Sunday appealed to Senate Republicans in the aftermath of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's passing, asking them to "cool the flames that have been engulfing our country" and not confirm an immediate successor before the November election.
  • Biden said that if he wins the November election, President Donald Trump should withdraw his pick. Biden would then nominate a successor to Ginsburg's seat, with hearings to begin in 2021.
  • In appealing to Senate Republicans who could scuttle a vote on a Supreme Court pick, Biden implored them to "follow your conscience."
  • Biden reiterated that he would not release a list of potential Supreme Court justices before the election.

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.