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Trump's campaign is despondent as he keeps reusing strategies which worked against Hillary Clinton but aren't landing on Joe Biden, reports say

  • The Trump campaign team is worried that President Donald Trump's attacks on Joe Biden are failing to connect, The New York Times and The Associated Press reported.
  • Sources cited by the outlets worried that Trump is reusing strategies from the 2016 election which were effective against Hillary Clinton, but not her successor.
  • Recent polls frequently show Biden with a more than 10 point advantage over Trump.
  • As the election nears its end, increasing numbers of people close to Trump are downbeat about his chances. Some still insist that victory is possible.

Supreme Court to hear case over border wall funding
  • The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to review a dispute over the Trump administration's diversion of billions in Defense Department funds to build a wall along the US-Mexico border.
  • A federal appeals court ruled in June that the president's use of money that was not earmarked for the border wall violated the Appropriations Clause of the Constitution.
  • But the high court ruled to allow construction to continue, prompting Justice Stephen Bryer to write in his dissent that he was afraid the court's action "may operate, in effect, as a final judgment."
  • The case will be heard later this year so it's unclear what impact the presidential election's results and nomination of a new Supreme Court justice will have.

Trump reportedly got bored during one of his first classified briefings on Afghanistan and ordered milkshakes in the middle of it
  • President Donald Trump interrupted a classified intelligence briefing on Afghanistan in the early months of his presidency to order milkshakes, per Politico.
  • Trump has garnered a reputation as a president who routinely ignores intelligence briefings, and reportedly prefers visuals over written briefings.
  • This same disinterest is viewed as a major contributor to Trump's haphazard response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump reportedly slammed Anthony Fauci as 'a disaster' on a campaign phone call
  • President Donald Trump blasted Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious disease expert, calling him a "disaster" in a campaign phone call, according to CNN.
  • "If I listened to him, we'd have 500,000 deaths," Trump said. "People are saying whatever. Just leave us alone."
  • As part of the White House coronavirus task force, Fauci has been one of the most visible faces for Americans during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • In a September ABC News/Ipsos poll, only 35% of Americans approved of how Trump has handled the coronavirus pandemic, with 67% of respondents saying that he acted too slowly to combat the disease.
  • Later on Monday, Trump once again lashed out at Fauci, this time mocking him for having a "bad arm" and throwing "perhaps the worst first pitch in the history of Baseball!"

Trump ridicules Fauci for throwing 'the worst first pitch' in baseball history and urges him to stop wearing a Washington Nationals face mask
  • On Monday, President Donald Trump scorned Dr. Anthony Fauci's baseball skills and said the US' top infectious disease expert should stop wearing a Washington Nationals mask.
  • "Tony threw out perhaps the worst first pitch in the history of Baseball!" Trump tweeted.
  • The comments came hours after Trump ranted against Fauci and called him a "disaster" on a campaign call, according to multiple reports.

Trump is 'sitting' on $9 billion earmarked for COVID-19 testing because of a controversial advisor, new report reveals
  • The Trump administration has not spent $9 billion in funding for COVID-19 testing due to opposition from Scott Atlas, an advisor on the White House coronavirus task force, per a Washington Post report.
  • Atlas is not an infectious disease expert and has emerged as perhaps the most controversial advisor on the task force by promoting ideas in line with Trump's anti-science approach to the pandemic.
  • "We're demanding that the feds release ... those dollars," Senate Minority Leader Schumer said on Sunday, urging the Trump administration to commit to a "robust testing and tracing program."

'Black lives matter': Navy SEAL who oversaw bin Laden raid says he voted for Joe Biden
  • Retired Adm. William McRaven wrote in op-ed Monday saying that while he supports certain conservative ideals, he also believes in ideas like "Black lives matter."
  • He wrote that he voted for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden because "we need a president for all Americans, not just half of America."
  • During the Trump administration, McRaven has been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, who he has accused of harming American values and tearing down US institutions.

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.