Trumpism 🐘 Newsbites
Bernie Sanders says there are a 'number of plans' to force Trump from office if he refuses to peacefully transfer power
  • There are a "number of plans" to remove Donald Trump out of office if he refuses to leave the White House after losing the election, Senator Bernie Sanders has said.
  • Sanders said the Democrats had prepared a series of contingency plans if the president refuses to leave.
  • Trump doubled down on Friday, after refusing this week to commit to a peaceful transfer of power.
  • A former aide to Vice President Mike Pence said the possibility of Trump refusing to quit has been discussed in the White House.

Joe Biden's plan would create 7 million more jobs than Trump, according to one economic forecast
  • An economic forecast from Moody's indicated that a Biden presidency would create 7 million more jobs compared to a second Trump term.
  • "The Moody's analysis tells us the Biden plan would result in more jobs, a stronger economy, and higher incomes for the middle class," economics expert Michael Linden said.
  • Household incomes would also rise nearly $5,000 under Biden, but stay unchanged if Trump is reelected to another term.

Joe Biden says Trump is like the Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels
  • Joe Biden has compared President Donald Trump to Joseph Goebbels, who masterminded Hitler's Nazi propaganda machine.
  • "You say the lie long enough, keep repeating it, repeating it, repeating it, it becomes common knowledge" Biden explained.
  • The former vice president also compared Trump to Fidel Castro.
  • The Republican Jewish Coalition called on the former vice president to retract and apologize for his comments.

Trump's campaign is suing North Carolina over a change that would allow voters to more easily fix incomplete mail-in ballots
  • President Donald Trump's campaign and the Republican National Committee on Saturday sued to stop North Carolina election officials from enforcing rule changes that could increase the number of ballots counted.
  • Last week, the state elections board issued new guidance to allow mail-in absentee ballots with deficient information to be fixed without forcing the voter to fill out a new blank ballot.
  • Under the change, voters who neglect to provide complete information on their envelope about a witness will only have to turn in an affidavit confirming they filled out the original ballot.
  • Trump has taken legal action against several states over their efforts to expand mail-in-voting.

Trump says he's 'strongly demanding' Biden is drug tested ahead of their first presidential debate
  • President Donald Trump on Sunday tweeted that he was "strongly demanding" Democratic nominee Joe Biden take a "Drug Test" either before or after Tuesday's first presidential debate.
  • "Naturally, I will agree to take one also," the president tweeted. "His Debate performances have been record setting UNEVEN, to put it mildly."
  • Trump has previously speculated, without evidence, that Biden had taken drugs to improve his performance at the Democratic Party's primary debates.
  • In 2016, Trump also floated the unfounded accusations that then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton had used drugs to improve her performance at a debate.

NASA astronaut says voting is 'critical' to democracy so she plans to cast an absentee ballot from space
  • NASA astronaut Kate Rubins will be in space during the upcoming general election, but won't let that stop her from voting.
  • "We consider it an honor to be able to vote from space, and so we fill out a form and we vote via absentee ballot," she told the Associated Press.
  • Texas, where most US astronauts live, allows them to vote via a secure electronic ballot, which, once completed, is forwarded to the country clerk by Mission Control.
  • "I think it's really important for everybody to vote, and if we can do it from space, then I believe folks can do it from the ground too," Rubins told AP.

Democrats condemn Trump for gloating about an end to Obamacare less than a day after announcing his Supreme Court nominee
  • President Donald Trump on Sunday tweeted that it will be "a big WIN" for the US if the Supreme Court strikes down the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
  • "Obamacare will be replaced with a MUCH better, and FAR cheaper, alternative if it is terminated in the Supreme Court," he wrote, less than a day after nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
  • Democrats condemned Trump's message with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeting that the president had all but admitted that he plans to invalidate Obamacare.
  • "She will be the vote that takes away health care for millions of Americans, including 130 million people and counting with pre-existing conditions, Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow told Fox News about Barrett.

The Trump campaign is waging an all-out legal war to stop the expansion of vote-by-mail in 7 different states
  • Amid President Donald Trump's opposition to mail-in voting, his campaign for re-election has so far filed lawsuits in multiple states: including in Pennsylvania, Iowa, Nevada, New Jersey, and Montana.
  • The president's campaign also filed a motion against members of the Navajo Nation in Arizona, who are suing the state in an attempt to extend the state's deadline for counting their mailed-in ballots, although a federal judge later denied the campaign's request to join the lawsuit.
  • Trump has for months opposed state efforts to make it easier for residents to cast their ballot by mail, arguing without evidence that such plans would lead to widespread voter fraud.

Democrats and Republicans clash over whether Amy Coney Barrett should recuse herself from election decisions if confirmed to the Supreme Court
  • President Donald Trump tapped Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee on Saturday.
  • Democrats, including senators Dick Durbin and Cory Booker, argued Barrett should recuse herself from any cases involving the election if she is confirmed before November. But Republican Sen. Mike Lee said it's "up to her."
  • "President Trump has said, 'I will not accept the result of the election unless I win. I'm going to push it to the Supreme Court and, oh by the way, during the election, I'm going to put somebody on the court as well,'" Booker said.

Trump denies New York Times report detailing his tax returns and financial problems: 'It's totally fake news'
  • President Donald Trump fielded questions from reporters on Sunday following an article by The New York Times that delved into his tax returns and detailed his financial woes.
  • "It's totally fake news. Made up, fake," Trump said.
  • Asked by reporters to be transparent about how much he paid in taxes, the president replied: "It's under audit, they've been under audit for a long time."
  • The Times reported that Trump shelled out only $750 in federal income tax in 2016 and 2017, but spent $70,000 on hair styling during "The Apprentice."

Trump spent more than $70,000 to style his hair when he was on 'The Apprentice' and wrote it off as a business expense: NYT
  • President Donald Trump spent more than $70,000 to style his hair when he was on "The Apprentice," and he wrote off the costs as a business expense, The New York Times reported Sunday.
  • The Times obtained Trump's tax returns, compiling a much-anticipated report that details how the president has avoided paying taxes for much of the last two decades.
  • According to the bombshell report, Trump paid more than $70,000 on haircuts and styling when he hosted his reality show, "The Apprentice."
  • Additionally, nine Trump entities paid nearly $100,000 to Ivanka Trump's hair and makeup artist, according to The Times report.
  • Both expenses were written off as business costs, which contributed to the reduction of Trump's tax bill.
  • The Times report, which includes "detailed information from his two years in office," revealed that Trump has avoided paying federal income taxes for 10 of the last 15 years, and he paid just $750 in taxes in 2016 and 2017.
  • The tax-return data also showed that Trump's businesses reported major losses, and he avoided paying income taxes "largely because he reported losing much more money than he made," the report said.
  • Trump's business entities reported losses of at least $315.6 million from his golf courses and $55.5 million lost in his hotel in Washington DC, according to the data.
  • At a press conference on Sunday, Trump denied The Times report. "It's totally fake news. Made up, fake," he told reporters at the White House.
  • The president also fielded questions about how much he paid in taxes, saying, "It's under audit, they've been under audit for a long time."

The most shocking revelations from The New York Times report about Trump's tax returns
  • An investigation released by The New York Times on Sunday gave Americans a look into President Trump's finances.
  • Trump reportedly paid just $750 in federal income taxes in both 2016 and 2017. In 11 of the 18 years that were examined by The Times, Trump paid $0 in federal income taxes.
  • Losses at Trump golf courses have exceeded $315 million since 2000, according to The Times.
  • Trump has received millions from foreign licensing deals, per the Times.
  • In 2017 and 2018, his first two years as president, Trump reportedly received $73 million in revenue from his interests in other countries.

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.