Trumpism 🐘 Newsbites

Facebook says it will remove videos of Trump encouraging people to vote twice, unless they're being posted to show he's wrong
  • Facebook said it will take down videos of President Trump telling voters they should vote twice: once by mail, and once in the polling station.
  • A Facebook spokesperson told Axios the video "violates our policies prohibiting voter fraud," but if users post it with context explaining that the information about voting twice is false, the video can stay up.
  • Facebook on Thursday said it had not removed any versions of the video yet.
  • Twitter placed similar comments from the president about voting twice behind click-through blocks, warning users they broke the platform's rules on "civic and election integrity."

Mark Zuckerberg says he personally told President Trump that some of his 'rhetoric was problematic'
  • Mark Zuckerberg said he has personally discussed with President Donald Trump the use of his "problematic" rhetoric.
  • "I have had certain discussions with him in the past where I've told him that I thought some of the rhetoric was problematic," the Facebook CEO said in an appearance on CBS News.
  • Zuckerberg announced a series of new policies that will be implemented on the social media platform to help safeguard the integrity of the 2020 election.
  • "This will definitely apply to the president," he said.

New York City real-estate moguls who are pals with Trump are steering clear of reelection donations during a tight race
  • Major real-estate executives who supported Donald Trump's 2016 campaign have abandoned the president in the final months of his reelection effort.
  • Sources say these billionaire owners have wanted to distance themselves from the president because supporting Trump could stir public backlash as their businesses remain fragile amid the pandemic.
  • The lack of support is part of a general dearth of big-ticket donors for President Trump's reelection campaign in 2020.

More than Half of Americans Think President Trump Makes Protests Worse, Poll Finds
A majority of Americans believe that President Donald Trump is making the protests and unrest across the country worse and that Joe Biden would do a better job at handling the situation. However, there is a partisan divide. Seventy-nine percent of Democrats think Trump's words make the situation worse compared to 26% of Republicans. ... The poll found that Biden beat Trump in all eight measures included in the survey, including who would be better at uniting Americans, 64% to 33%; handling racial discrimination, 64% to 34%; handling the COVID-19 pandemic, 60% to 38%; and keeping people safe, 56% to 42%.

Trump says he lowered the flag for McCain 'without hesitation or complaint,' but a former senior official says 'that is not true'
  • The Atlantic reported Thursday that when Sen. John McCain died in 2018, Trump told his staff that "we're not going to support that loser's funeral" and was furious when the flags were lowered to honor the senator for his public and military service.
  • Trump denied the report, claiming that he approved the lowering of the flags and funeral services for McCain "without hesitation or complaint."
  • Former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security Miles Taylor responded to the president's tweets, writing in his own post "that is not true."

My son 'wasn't a sucker': Biden demands Trump apologize if he called US troops killed in combat 'losers'
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden addressed reports that President Donald Trump called fallen members of the military "suckers" and "losers."
  • The reported statements are ""disgusting" and the "president should humbly apologize if they're true, Biden said on Friday.
  • The 2020 Democratic presidential nominee also made clear that his late son served in the military and he was not "sucker" for doing so, nor is any other service member.
  • "I would be willing to swear on anything that I never said that about our fallen heroes," Trump told reporters on Thursday evening.

Joe Biden suggests supporters of the 'mortifying' QAnon conspiracy theory should seek mental health treatment
  • Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden described the QAnon conspiracy theory as "mortifying" and "dangerous," and suggested its followers should seek mental health treatment.
  • "I've been a big supporter of mental health," Biden said at a Friday campaign event in Delaware, as first reported by Politico. "I'd recommend the people who believe it maybe should take advantage, while it still exists, of the Affordable Care Act."
  • QAnon began as a fringe conspiracy theory floated on internet message boards but has recently become a staple of mainstream Republican politics.
  • Multiple Republican congressional candidates who have voiced support for it are poised to pick up House seats this year, and President Trump himself praised QAnon followers from the White House last month.
  • Some avid QAnon supporters have been arrested and charged with violent crimes, and the FBI described the baseless conspiracy theory as a domestic terrorism threat.

Facebook's election week ad ban is 'a PR stunt' that won't stop disinformation but could hurt down-ballot candidates, digital campaign strategists say
  • Democratic digital campaign operatives say Facebook's ban on new campaign ads a week before Election Day is 'a PR stunt' to distract from the social network's 'miserable record' of allowing false information to flourish on its platforms.
  • Beginning October 28, political entities cannot run new ads on Facebook, but they can continue to show ads that began running before the deadline and adjust their targeting.
  • The changes announced on Thursday drew condemnation from Democratic digital circles, who say Facebook's decision wouldn't adequately address disinformation or alter major campaigns' strategies, but could hurt smaller races and give conservatives an advantage.
  • 'It's not going to make that big of a difference, and it's window dressing to FB’s awful approach to handling political advertising, misinformation, and harmful speech on their platform,' one Democratic digital strategist told Insider.
  • Meanwhile, President Donald Trump's campaign said the change unfairly targets him and would give Democrats an unfair advantage.

'Miracle on the Hudson' pilot 'Sully' Sullenberger slammed Trump after reports the president called US troops killed in combat 'losers'

Sully Sullenberger on Twitter

  • President Trump was slammed on Friday by Chesley Burnett "Sully" Sullenberger III, the pilot famous for landing a damaged plane on the Hudson River in 2009, saving all 155 people on board.
  • Sully, a US Air Force veteran, criticized Trump as "a coward" who is "completely unfit for" office in a scathing Twitter thread.
  • Sully, a registered Republican, tweeted the comments in response to reports that Trump referred to fallen soldiers as "suckers" and "losers," and that the president did not understand why people chose to serve in the armed forces.

Fox News reported Trump never said that dead US troops were 'suckers,' but the network's national security correspondent said ex-officials confirmed he did
  • The Atlantic reported on Thursday that President Donald Trump made derogatory remarks about fallen members of the military, going so far as to call them "suckers" and "losers."
  • Fox News on Friday said the report was fabricated and criticized The Atlantic's use of anonymous sources.
  • However, one of its own — national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin — said parts of the damning report, which cited two ex-Trump administration officials, were verified to her.
  • "According to one former senior Trump administration official: 'When the President spoke about the Vietnam War, he said, 'It was a stupid war. Anyone who went was a sucker,'" Griffin tweeted.
  • Griffin also reported learning that Trump "just hated" Sen. John McCain and thought it was "not a good look" to include the "wounded guys" in a July 4 military parade.
  • Trump appeared to be aware of Griffin's reporting and demanded Fox News to fire her.
  • Journalists who covered the White House responded by defending Griffin's credentials and her reporting.

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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.