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Trump criticised Obama for only paying 20.5% tax in 2012 — a new NYT report shows Trump paid no income tax that year
  • President Donald Trump in a 2012 tweet criticised Barack Obama for only paying 20.5% in federal income tax.
  • But a New York Times report said that in 2012 Trump paid no income tax, because his businesses were losing so much money.
  • Trump has long shielded his tax affairs from public view. He described the new report as "fake news" without explaining why it is false.
  • Obama was criticised when his tax returns were released in 2012 at they revealed that he paid a lower rate of tax than his secretary.

A 2016 video of Hillary Clinton attacking Trump for his low tax bill is resurfacing after an NYT report showed he paid $0 for years
  • A resurfaced 2016 video shows Hillary Clinton accusing Donald Trump of paying no income tax after he refused to make them public.
  • "He doesn't want the American people ... to know that he's paid nothing in federal taxes," Clinton said during the first presidential debate on September 26, 2016.
  • Trump, in response, said paying no taxes "makes me smart."
  • The New York Times reported Sunday that Trump paid $0 in income tax for 11 years, $750 in 2016, and the same in 2017.
  • Trump has since claimed those figures are inaccurate, and says he paid "a lot" of tax.

Trump is a haphazard businessman who has created a financial time bomb under himself
  • President Trump's image as a business magnate took a huge blow from leaked information published by The New York Times.
  • It shows huge losses at Trump's businesses, which meant he has paid virtually no income tax for years.
  • It also shows that he personally owes around $421 million, a figure which could increase by a further $100 million more if he loses an ongoing court case against the IRS.
  • Trump's debts and refusal to divest himself while in office mean that he is uniquely exposed to bribery and foreign influence, as his critics have noted.

Elon Musk on whether he's voting for Trump: 'Let's just see how the debates go' (TSLA)
  • Elon Musk won't say who he's voting for for president, telling The New York Times' Kara Swisher "let's just see how the debates go."
  • Musk discussed his dealings with Trump on Monday's episode of "Sway," Swisher's new podcast.
  • Musk said that Trump has been "as supportive as he can be" of electric cars, but that he recognizes how much support Republicans receive from the oil and gas industry.
  • When it comes to the election, Musk said he thinks Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will probably win if he does well during the debates.

Trump wanted his daughter Ivanka to be his vice presidential pick in 2016, according to a new book from the president's former deputy campaign chairman
  • Then-candidate Donald Trump wanted his daughter, Ivanka, to be his running mate in 2016, a former campaign aide writes in a new book.
  • Rick Gates, who served as campaign deputy chairman in 2016, says in his new book that Trump pushed for her consideration as VP for weeks.
  • "She’s bright, she’s smart, she’s beautiful, and the people would love her!" Trump said, according to Gates.

Trump refutes New York Times investigation of his tax returns, claiming he 'paid many millions of dollars in taxes'
  • On Monday, President Donald Trump again denied a New York Times investigation of his tax return data.
  • "I paid many millions of dollars in taxes but was entitled, like everyone else, to depreciation & tax credits," Trump wrote on Twitter.
  • The Times article reveals that Trump paid $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017, which the president decried as "fake news."

Trump's reported $750 tax bill is smaller than the average payment for an American household making $20,000 a year
  • Trump paid $750 in federal income taxes for 2016 and 2017, and none for many years before, according to a bombshell New York Times report on Sunday.
  • The $750 figure drew much attention since millions of Americans pay more than that every year, and it's less than the average tax payment for a household earning $20,000 a year.
  • "Business owners, especially in real estate, have lots of opportunities to avoid taxes that working people don't have," tax expert Seth Hanlon said.


Nearly 1 million Americans have already voted in the 2020 election, compared to just 10,000 at this point in 2016
  • At least 944,114 Americans have voted in the November presidential election by mail as of Sunday, according to data collected by Michael McDonald, a University of Florida professor who runs the US Election Project.
  • McDonald estimated that at the same point during the 2016 election cycle "only 9,525 people had voted."
  • McDonald's 2020 voting statistics came from early-voting data from 25 states. He said the true number of people who have voted may be higher because not every state releases complete early-voting data.
  • The setting of the 2020 election is a far cry from 2016: The COVID-19 pandemic is encouraging remote voting, and the concerns that the US Postal Service can't deliver votes in time has led to an early rush.
  • McDonald also said that an unprecedented number of people are voting because "whether you love Donald Trump or hate him, he inspires passion unlike any other political figure."

Trump reportedly raked in $427 million from 'The Apprentice,' handing him a financial lifeline amid big losses
  • Trump earned $197 million directly from appearing on the show between 2004 to 2015, and earned a further $230 million from licensing deals, the report said.
  • The money handed him a financial lifeline and boosted his image as his other businesses lost money.
  • Trump’s income from “The Apprentice” and licensing deals dropped considerably after 2011, from $51 million to less than $3 million in 2018.
  • A White House spokesperson, Judd Deere, said the report was "fake news" and "another politically motivated hit piece full of inaccurate smears," but didn't dispute any specific facts.

Joe Biden's campaign declared war on Facebook, accusing it of failing to live up to its promises to rein in Trump
  • Joe Biden's campaign declared war on Facebook over what it called a failure to properly police misinformation from his rival, President Donald Trump.
  • The campaign said that Facebook had not lived up to its own promises to clamp down on misinformation on topics like voting.
  • It claimed that Facebook has instead become worse since promising to step up its moderation.
  • Biden staffers threatened to repeatedly call out Facebook for the remaining 36 days of the election cycle.

Trump said in 2011 lower-income Americans should pay taxes to be 'part of the game,' though he paid nothing to the federal government for many years
  • Trump said in a 2011 radio interview first reported by CNN that low-income Americans should pay taxes to be a "part of the game" and said half of the US wasn't paying anything.
  • Trump also claimed he had recently signed "a big fat check" to pay off his taxes.
  • The Times said in a bombshell report Sunday that Trump paid nothing in federal income taxes for 10 of the 15 previous years.
  • Trump paid $750 in income taxes in 2016 and 2017, the first year of his presidency.

Growing up in poverty, the post office was my lifeline. Now, Trump is attacking the USPS as a political stunt and putting lives at risk.
  • The post office is a lifeline for many vulnerable Americans, especially those living in remote and rural areas.
  • The Postal Service has a prominent role in the presidential election thanks to the anticipated significant increase in mail-in voting due to COVID-19, happening in the wake of sweeping changes implemented by the new Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy.
  • Any changes that negatively impact postal functions and services put American lives at risk.

'They're all hustlers': President Trump privately ridicules Christian leaders, according to new report
  • President Trump privately criticizes his Christian supporters, viewing them with contempt and skepticism, according to a report in The Atlantic.
  • In 2015, according to former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, Trump blasted leaders of faith, saying that "they're all hustlers."
  • For years, Trump has courted religious leaders and wedded his priorities to their agenda, which include anti-abortion legislation and appointing conservative judges to the federal bench.
  • President Trump frequently attacks Joe Biden on the issue of faith, even saying that "there will be no God" if Biden is elected.

Biden paid almost $300,000 in federal income taxes in 2019 as he readies debate attacks on Trump's shockingly low taxes
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden released his 2019 tax returns ahead of the first presidential debate on Tuesday evening.
  • The Democratic presidential candidate and his wife paid nearly $300,000 in federal income taxes last year.
  • Biden's financial disclosures come two days after New York Times reported that President Donald Trump paid $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017, and none at all in 10 of the last 15 years.

Biden tells Trump to 'shut up, man' after 20 minutes of constant bickering in the first presidential debate
  • Democratic nominee Joe Biden got fed up with President Donald Trump cutting him off and talking over him through the beginning of Monday night's debate.
  • "Would you shut up, man?" Biden told Trump.
  • Despite efforts from moderator Chris Wallace to maintain order, the crosstalk persisted.
  • "That was a really productive segment. Keep yappin', man," Biden later said.
  • Biden also asked, "Will he just shush for a minute?"

Biden says 'it's hard to get a word in with this clown' after Trump interrupts him
  • After another episode of getting cut off and shouted over by President Donald Trump, Democratic nominee Joe Biden briefly lost his cool during Tuesday's debate.
  • "It's hard to get any word in with this clown," he said.
  • Biden then caught himself and added, "Excuse me, this person."
  • Moderator Chris Wallace kept attempting to keep Trump to his campaign's agreement on allowing for two minutes of uninterrupted speaking time, but to no avail.

Trump tells Proud Boys to 'stand by' after being asked to condemn white supremacists in presidential debate
  • President Donald Trump hesitated to condemn white supremacists during the first presidential debate.
  • "Proud Boys, stand back and stand by," Trump said on Tuesday evening after being pressed by former Vice President Joe Biden.

Trump urges supporters to 'go into the polls' and 'watch very closely' while questioning the integrity of the 2020 election
  • President Trump made a number of false and inflammatory statements about the election during the first 2020 presidential debate, including calling for his supporters to "carefully watch" at voting locations.
  • "I am urging my supporters to go into the polls and watch very carefully, because that's what has to happen," Trump said. "I am urging them to do it."
  • Trump falsely claimed that poll watchers with his campaign are being wrongly barred from satellite in-person absentee voting sites in Philadelphia.
  • In reality, as the Philadelphia Inquirer reported, there are currently no poll watchers affiliated with the Trump campaign certified to observe polls in the state of Pennsylvania.

The first 2020 debate was a political horror show as Trump tried to bully Biden and the former vice president told him to 'shut-up'
  • The first presidential debate on Tuesday was a disaster.
  • President Donald Trump spent the vast majority of the night lobbing personal attacks at former Vice President Joe Biden.
  • Moderate Chris Wallace begged Trump to stop interrupting Biden, without much success.
  • Presidential debates in the past have generally been little more than political theater. Tuesday night was a political horror show.

'Standing by sir': Proud Boys praise Trump's comment telling them to 'stand by' during first presidential debate
  • Proud Boys are hailing President Donald Trump's comment for them to "stand back and stand by" during the first presidential debate.
  • Multiple members of the neo-fascist group exploded online in response, posting comments like, "Standing by sir."
  • Trump addressed the group after being pressed to condemn white supremacists and right-wing violence on Tuesday evening.

'That was a s--tshow': Pundits called the Biden-Trump debate an unwatchable failure that was mostly the president's fault
  • Pundits were exasperated in their attempts to sum up Tuesday night's debate, which was dominated by cross talk, shouting and President Donald Trump constantly cutting off Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
  • "I'm just going to say it like it is: that was a s--- show," CNN's Dana Bash said. "And we're on cable, we can say that. Apologies for maybe being a little bit crude."
  • "If hearing that this debate is over is music to your ears, you may not be alone. What could have been a low point in American political discourse … just took place over an hour and a half," NBC's Lester Holt said.
  • "It was a train-wreck. But it was the making of one person," NBC's host of Meet the Press Chuck Todd said, referring to the president.
  • "It isn't a normal night," former Obama strategist David Axelrod said, "but it's normal for this president."

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.