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Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power comes from three crucial aspects of his character: His hatred of losing, his willingness to cheat, and his nonchalance about violence
  • President Donald Trump has refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power "win lose or draw" in November's presidential election.
  • "Well, we'll have to see what happens," he said when asked about leaving office on Wednesday. "Get rid of the ballots and we'll have a very peaceful — there won't be a transfer, frankly, there'll be a continuation."
  • Trump has long refused to even countenance the prospect of defeat, and stirs doubts about the legitimacy of contests he might lose.
  • For months Trump has been spreading groundless fears that Democrats are plotting to steal the election.
  • He has also repeatedly suggested that the election will be followed by violence.

A retired Air Force general who served as a senior military advisor to Trump just endorsed Biden for president
  • Nearly 500 former national security leaders signed an open letter backing Democratic nominee Joe Biden for president.
  • Among the signatories was retired Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, who served as the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the first two and a half years of the Trump administration.
  • The letter published Thursday follows a letter signed by more than 200 military leaders supporting President Donald Trump as he seeks re-election.

How Trump fell out of love with his generals — and why the feeling is mutual
  • President Donald Trump began his term by embracing the military, picking many retired officers for top positions, and continues to tout his record of defense spending and support for the military.
  • Critics say Trump has used the military as a prop, and as he approaches what is likely to be a tight reelection fight, the relationship seems to have curdled, with Trump attacking the Pentagon and its leaders.

Mary Trump is suing the president and his family, claiming millions of dollars in lost inheritance
  • Mary Trump is suing President Donald Trump and family members over fraud allegations.
  • Lawyers representing Trump's niece filed the lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court on Thursday.
  • The suit claims that Trump, his brother Robert and sister Maryanne, cheated Mary out of an inheritance.
  • The news comes after Mary published a tell-all memoir describing similar allegations two months ago.

The Justice Department released a 'bizarre' statement saying it's investigating 'potential issues with mail-in ballots' in Pennsylvania, and no one knows what it means
  • The Justice Department released two statements on Thursday announcing an investigation into "potential issues with mail-in ballots" in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
  • The first statement said a "small number of military ballots were discarded," that investigators had "recovered nine ballots at this time," and that "all nine ballots were cast for presidential candidate Donald Trump."
  • That statement was deleted from the DOJ's website and a revised statement that was released shortly after said that seven of the nine ballots were cast for Trump and it was unknown who the remaining two were cast for.
  • Both statements set off immediate alarm bells with election experts and DOJ veterans who said they likely violated the department's policy and appeared to be politically motivated in light of Trump's baseless attacks on voting by mail.
  • It was unclear whether the ballots the statement said were "discarded" were cast as part of the primary or general election, and experts said it was also highly unusual for the statement to disclose who voters cast their ballots for.

Trump claimed he's going to send $200 cards to millions of people in the mail weeks before the election — but it's not clear he can actually do it
  • Trump said on Thursday that seniors would receive $200 for prescription drugs in the mail in the coming weeks, a brazenly political effort to win over seniors before Election Day.
  • "Nobody's seen this before. These cards are incredible," Trump said at a North Carolina event.
  • It's not immediately clear Trump has the authority to pull it off, and a leading drug lobbying group said it had no idea about the administration's plan.
  • Drug makers previously rejected an effort from the administration to send cash cards to seniors as part of a deal to lower drug prices.

Press freedom advocates are slamming Trump for glorifying violence against reporters
  • President Donald Trump applauded violence against reporters during a campaign rally on Tuesday night.
  • "They grabbed a guy — 'I'm a reporter! I'm a reporter!' — 'Get out of here!' They threw him aside like a bag of popcorn. But honestly, when you watch the crap we've all had to take ... it's actually a beautiful sight," Trump said.
  • Press freedom organizations say they're shocked, but not surprised, by Trump's remarks.
  • They also warned that this sort of rhetoric is dangerous for reporters and the American people.

The USPS claimed it can't restore some mail sorting machines because it 'dismantled' them
  • The US Postal Service claimed in a court filing Wednesday that it has already taken apart high-speed mail sorting machines and therefore can't put them back into service.
  • The USPS claimed it was "not possible" to restore machines it had "dismantled" for parts, only those that had merely been "disconnected."
  • A federal judge issued an injunction last week requiring the USPS to reverse those and other changes made by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, calling them an "an intentional effort" by Trump and DeJoy "to disrupt and challenge the legitimacy of upcoming local, state, and federal elections."
  • Fourteen Democratic state attorneys general sued over DeJoy's initiative after Trump admitted it was meant to sabotage mail-in voting, while two additional lawsuits have been filed since then.

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.