Trumpism 🐘 Newsbites
Trump joked that he'll 'find a way' to fire Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis if he loses the state in November
  • President Donald Trump said at a rally in Florida that if he did not win the state in November, he would "fire" the state's Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.
  • "You know if we don't win it, I'm blaming the governor," Trump joked. "I'll fire him somehow. I'm going to fire him. I will find a way, anyway."
  • Trump has largely praised the electoral process in GOP-run states while alleging that several Democratic governors have tried to tilt the election against him.
  • Florida has 29 electoral votes and is a critical part of Trump's reelection calculus.

A top Trump administration lawyer reportedly said a plan to send $200 prescription-drug coupons to seniors may be illegal
  • The Health and Human Services Department's top lawyer has described concerns that the Trump administration's plan to send prescription-drug coupons to seniors could violate election laws, Politico reported.
  • Though many would receive the coupons after the November 3 presidential election, the Trump administration reportedly wanted to send letters describing the effort to 39 million seniors this week.
  • Trump-administration officials had previously said the plan may violate rules on federal spending and Medicare-related tests, Politico reported.

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A Georgia state lawmaker crowdsurfed over maskless attendees at a Georgia Trump rally
  • Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones, a top Black surrogate for President Donald Trump, crowd surfed while maskless at a rally while awaiting the arrival of the Republican president.
  • The interaction with the crowd flouted social distancing and mask-wearing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control.
  • Jones was sharply criticized by state Democratic party leaders for endorsing Trump over Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

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'TAKE TRUMP TO PRISON': Vandals target a Trump billboard in Houston
  • A billboard put up by the right-wing PAC Turning Point Action for President Donald Trump's reelection campaign in Houston, Texas, was vandalized this week.
  • The vandalism was first reported on Twitter by Houston-based lawyer Rogelio Garcia, who said the sign had been vandalized about a week after it had been installed.
  • According to KXAN, the left-wing group "Turn Texas Blue" took credit for altering the sign on Twitter, writing "Trump put up a billboard in Houston last week. We fixed it."
  • The large, pro-Trump billboard was changed to read "TAKE TRUMP TO PRISON."
  • The group also recently took credit for vandalizing changing an "iconic" Houston sign over an overpass to read "Vote or Die," according to the local NBC affiliate.

Trump repeatedly botched Rep. Matt Gaetz's name at a Florida rally, calling him the name of a former aide who was convicted
  • President Donald Trump mixed up the names of Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz and Rick Gates, a former aide who was convicted after pleading guilty to crimes related to Russian interference in the 2016 election.
  • Gaetz has been one of Trump's most vocal supporters.
  • Rick Gates, the man Trump appeared to confuse the Florida representative for, was not present at the rally.
  • Gates in 2018 pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy and false statements during former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Biden calls controversial New York Post story about his son Hunter a 'smear campaign'
  • Joe Biden on Friday pushed back against the explosive New York Post article that circulated this week alleging that his son Hunter tried to set up a meeting with a Ukrainian official while he was still vice president, a narrative long pushed by President Trump.
  • "I have no response," Biden said when asked about the report.
  • Trump, Steve Bannon, and Rudy Giuliani have long maintained that Hunter Biden was conducting secret business affairs with the Ukrainian government.
  • Joe Biden has long denied any questions of impropriety regarding Burisma.
  • Trump was impeached by the US House of Representatives in February 2020 after a formal House report alleged that he sought to "use the powers of his office to solicit foreign interference on his behalf in the 2020 election."

US spies say the Hunter Biden email controversy shows how 'exploitable' and 'grotesquely vulnerable' Trump and Giuliani are to Russian intelligence
  • Former spooks told Business Insider that Rudy Giuliani's role in a widely discredited New York Post story and President Donald Trump's willingness to seize on it highlights how vulnerable they are to being duped by Russian intelligence.
  • Giuliani's access to Trump, the two men's personality traits, their eagerness to obtain dirt on the Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, and unwillingness to acknowledge Russian interference makes them a goldmine for foreign intelligence services, former spies said.
  • They are "grotesquely vulnerable, exploitable targets" and "any foreign intelligence service would be derelict if they did not try to exploit this," said a former CIA covert operative.
  • Steve Hall, the CIA's former chief of Russia operations, also said Trump and Giuliani's tendency to traffic in conspiracies and the rise of misinformation in right-wing media mean "we're doing a lot of [Russia's] work for them."
... "They want to protect their boy in the White House because Trump's policies have been strategically fantastic for Russia," Carle said. "He alienated the United States from NATO and turned a blind eye to Russian influence in Crimea. His actions in the Middle East, especially in Syria and Libya, helped Russia gain a significant presence in the region for the first time in 48 years."

Moreover, Russia also has a strategic objective to "make America dysfunctional because what's bad for America is good for Russia," Carle added. "So if they can sow dissension in our political practices that discredits our institutions and disaffects Americans from participating in the democratic process, then America crumbles."

Trump lashes out at Ben Sasse after leaked audio, calls him 'the least effective' Senate Republican
  • President Donald Trump blasted Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse in a series of tweets, likely in response to leaked audio from this past week where Sasse criticized Trump during a constituent town hall.
  • Trump slammed Sasse as "the least effective of our 53 Republican Senators" and someone "who truly doesn't have what it takes to be great."
  • He then proceeded to call Sasse a "RINO," or Republican in name only.
  • Sasse has expressed concerns that Trump's declining poll numbers are further imperiling the Senate GOP majority.

Trump's COVID-19 treatment would have cost an estimated $650,000 out of pocket
  • President Trump's three-day hospital stay cost much more than the treatment the average American COVID-19 patient receives.
  • We estimate Trump's bill would have cost nearly $650,000 out of pocket, between experimental drug treatments, his hospital stay, and transportation.
  • But the actual cost extends beyond the president's own infection — the costs of treatment for people he may have infected is still unknown.

Trump laughs at 'lock her up' chants about Gretchen Whitmer at Michigan rally, just days after the FBI said it foiled a right-wing militia plot to kidnap her
  • At a campaign rally in Michigan on Saturday, President Donald Trump criticized Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's COVID-19 restrictions, prompting the crowd to chant "lock her up."
  • Trump responded to the crowd's chant with "lock 'em all up."
  • The remarks came about a week after the FBI said it foiled a right-wing militia plot to kidnap Whitmer.
  • Whitmer responded on Twitter, saying, "This is exactly the rhetoric that has put me, my family, and other government officials' lives in danger while we try to save the lives of our fellow Americans."

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.