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Trump is campaigning that he's kept 'every single one' of his promises. Here are 5 kitchen-table economic pledges he's failed to fulfill.
  • Trump is campaigning that he's kept every promise he made during his presidency.
  • But his record is not as clear-cut as he makes it appear.
  • Trump has kept pledges to deregulate industries, renegotiate trade deals and appoint conservative judges. but he's also broken other promises.
  • His administration supports tossing out Obamacare, which would increase the number of uninsured people and hasn't tried raising the minimum wage as he said he would during the 2016 campaign.

Trump and his allies are using the prospect of a ‘red mirage’ election result to prepare a betrayal narrative for November
  • President Donald Trump is creating a narrative in case the November election results in a "red mirage" scenario — where Trump appears to win on election night, but loses after postal votes are counted.
  • Data firm Hawkfish, which works with Democrats, warned of the scenario, with its CEO saying what could happen is "It looked like Donald Trump was in the lead and he fundamentally was not when every ballot gets counted."
  • Trump has been seeking to discredit mail-in voting for months, and suggested in response to Hawkfish's claims that this could be a "Rigged Election?"
  • Trump allies are warning that widespread postal voting could harm Republicans, and even that it's part of a plot to reject the results of the election.
  • Experts say that there's no evidence the system is unsafe, and point to the fact that the practice has been widely used by both Democrats and Republicans with no issues in previous elections.

Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook won't allow Trump to declare victory before the results are in (FB)
  • Facebook is taking sweeping precautionary measures ahead of the US presidential election, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Thursday.
  • Those measures target everything from misinformation on mail-in voting to candidates outright declaring victory before official ballot results are in.
  • "If any candidate or campaign tries to declare victory before the results are in," Zuckerberg said, "we'll add a label to their post educating that official results are not yet in and directing people to the official results."
  • The company will also police content "that seeks to deligitimze the outcome of the election or discuss the legitimacy of voting methods, for example, by claiming that lawful methods of voting will lead to fraud" — a claim that President Trump has repeatedly made about voting by mail.

Trump campaign pushes back on Facebook's new election policies: 'The President will be silenced by the Silicon Valley Mafia' (FB)
  • Facebook is taking sweeping precautionary measures ahead of the US presidential election, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Thursday.
  • Among those measures is a freeze on new political ads during the final week leading up to the November 3 presidential election.
  • The Trump campaign criticized the policy in a statement sent to Business Insider on Thursday.
  • In the last seven days of the most important election in our history, President Trump will be banned from defending himself on the largest platform in America," deputy national press secretary Samantha Zager said. "When millions of voters will be making their decisions, the President will be silenced by the Silicon Valley Mafia."

Trump has repeatedly denied that a series of 'mini strokes' caused his unscheduled visit to a hospital last year. Here's what we know about his mysterious trip to Walter Reed.
  • A seemingly out-of-the-blue Tweet from President Trump denying he had a seires of mini strokes brought renewed scrutiny over his mysterious visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center last year.
  • The visit was unscheduled, which is highly unusual for a president.
  • White House staff later caimed it was a session to kick off Trump's annual physical.
  • But the results of that physical were not released until months later.
  • A new book details how Vice President Mike Pence was told "to be on standby to take over the powers of the presidency temporarily if Trump had to undergo a procedure that would have required him to be anesthetized."

'He better have an army': Cuomo takes a swipe at Trump amid the president's threats to defund 'lawless' cities like New York
  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday warned President Donald Trump to bring not just bodyguards, but "an army" if he plans to walk through New York City amid an ongoing feud between the two.
  • Cuomo's comments came after Trump signed a memo threatening to slash funding from several Democrat-led cities — which he dubbed "anarchist jurisdictions" — including New York City and Portland.
  • Calling out the legality of such a move, Cuomo said, "There is a Constitution and there are laws — nothing that he knows anything about."
  • Trump fired back at Cuomo on Thursday, criticizing his coronavirus response and blaming him for 11,000 deaths in New York's nursing homes.

Trump's press secretary refuses to blame Russia for the nerve agent attack on Putin's top opponent
  • White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Thursday avoided assigning direct blame to Russia for the poisoning of Putin's top opponent, Alexei Navalny.
  • Russia has a long history of attacking dissidents.
  • Other world leaders have explicitly demanded an explanation from the Russian government, and Biden directly blamed the Kremlin for Navalny's poisoning.

Twitter flags Trump's tweets encouraging people to vote twice for 'violating our Civic Integrity Policy'
  • Twitter on Thursday flagged two of President Donald Trump's tweets for violating its Civic Integrity Policy by "encouraging people to potentially vote twice" in the November election.
  • "On Election Day, or Early voting ... go to your Polling Place to see whether or not your Mail In Vote has been Tabulated (Counted)," Trump wrote in one of the tweets that was flagged.
  • "If it has you will not be able to Vote & the Mail In System worked properly," he continued. "If it has not been Counted, VOTE (which is a citizen's right to do)."
  • "To protect people on Twitter, we err on the side of limiting the circulation of Tweets which advise people to take actions which could be illegal in the context of voting or result in the invalidation of their votes," Twitter said in a statement.
  • On Wednesday, the president similarly urged people in North Carolina to vote twice in the general election (which is illegal): once by mail and once in person, to test the integrity of the system.

Trump's 'law and order' messaging isn't sticking with voters as new polls show they trust Biden more on public safety
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden visited Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Thursday and met with the family of Jacob Blake, who was shot by police last month.
  • Biden's trip was vastly different than Trump's two days earlier, when the president emphasized a return to "law and order."
  • But Trump's messaging on the shooting and subsequent protests does not seem to be resonating with voters.
  • Several new polls show that voters favor Biden to lead on issues like public safey over Trump.

Trump called US Marines who died during World War I 'losers' and 'suckers,' report says
  • President Donald Trump described American Marines who lost their lives during a crucial World War I battle as "suckers" and "losers," The Atlantic reported.
  • "Why should I go to that cemetery? It's filled with losers," Trump reportedly told senior staff members before a scheduled visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France to commemorate the centennial of the end of World War I.
  • In another conversation, the president called US Marines who were killed in the Battle of Belleau Wood "suckers" because they died, the report said.
  • He also didn't understand the significance of the battle and asked his advisers, "Who were the good guys in this war?" according to The Atlantic.
  • A White House official condemned The Atlantic's report and said these "accusations" were "false."

'I don't get it': Trump questioned why retired Gen. John Kelly's son gave his life fighting in Afghanistan on a Memorial Day visit to his grave
  • President Donald Trump questioned a Marine's sacrifice during a Memorial Day visit to his grave with the man's father, The Atlantic reported Thursday.
  • "I don't get it. What was in it for them?" Trump reportedly asked retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, his former chief of staff, as the two stood beside 1st Lt. Robert Kelly's grave at Arlington National Cemetery in 2017.
  • A retired four-star general and one of Kelly's friends said that Trump "can't fathom the idea of doing something for someone other than himself."
  • The White House responded to The Atlantic story almost immediately, criticizing it as "just another anonymously sourced story meant to tear down a Commander-in-Chief who loves our military."

Trump didn't want wounded veterans to attend a military parade because 'nobody wants to see that,' report says
  • President Donald Trump did not want injured veterans to be present at a military parade because he believed it would make spectators uneasy, sources said an Atlantic report published Thursday.
  • "Nobody wants to see that," Trump reportedly said.
  • Trump has repeatedly demanded military parades throughout his tenure in office, a move national security experts say mirrors the actions of authoritarian regimes like North Korea.
  • The White House issued several statements disputing The Atlantic's story on Thursday, calling it a "disgrace" and "patently false."

Trump reportedly called John McCain a 'f---ing loser' and said 'we're not going to support that loser's funeral'
  • President Donald Trump referred to two Republican leaders who served in the US military as "losers" because they were shot down by enemies, The Atlantic reported.
  • Trump was referring to the late Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona and former President George H.W. Bush, both of whom served in the US Navy as fighter pilots, the report said.
  • Trump and McCain were longtime political foes despite both being Republicans, and Trump was reportedly angry that McCain was given half-staff honors after his death in 2018.
  • Trump also said to his staff of McCain, "We're not going to support that loser's funeral," sources told The Atlantic.
  • White House communications director Alyssa Farah denied the claims made in The Atlantic's report and called it "offensive and patently false."

Trump falsely claimed he never called John McCain a 'loser.' Just check his Twitter account.
Trump falsely claimed he never called John McCain a 'loser.' Just check his Twitter account.
  • President Donald Trump denied having ever called the late Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona a "loser," despite having previously tweeted out a news article that described himself doing exactly that.
  • Trump denied a report from The Atlantic that claimed he called McCain and former President George H.W. Bush losers.
  • Trump admitted on Twitter that he "was never a big fan" of McCain, but that despite their differences, he had "never called John a loser."
  • In 2015, Trump tweeted a link to a political blog that quoted himself calling McCain a loser.

ICE reportedly relied on a 'politically motivated' request from the Kremlin to try to deport a Russian asylum seeker legally staying in the US
  • ICE is attempting to deport a Russian national, legally in the US awaiting a decision on his asylum application, at the "politically motivated" request of the Russian government, Politico reported Thursday.
  • According to Politico, ICE arrested Gregory Duralev after Russia asked Interpol to issue a "Red Notice," a request to law enforcement agencies around the world to arrest someone pending their formal extradition.
  • But autocratic governments like Russia have a well-documented history of using Red Notices to target political opponents, and the Justice Department says they aren't a sufficient basis on which to arrest suspects.
  • Still, legal experts told Politico that Duralev's case is part of a disturbing trend of US law enforcement using the notices to deport immigrants, with one saying it risked making the US "a willing participant in Russia’s persecution of dissidents."

Trump’s Tactic: Sowing Distrust in Whatever Gets in His Way
From business competition in New York to President Barack Obama’s birthplace to mail-in voting, President Trump’s goal has been to undermine the opposition and leave people uncertain about what to believe.

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.