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Trump told a rally crowd in swing-state Pennsylvania that he was only there because of how badly his campaign is going
  • Donald Trump told followers at a rally in Erie, Pennsylvania, that he never expected to have to campaign for their votes in person.
  • "Before the plague came in, I had it made. I wasn't coming to Erie. I mean, I have to be honest, there was no way I was coming," Trump said Thursday night.
  • "I didn't have to. I would've called you and said, 'Hey, Erie. You know, if you have a chance, get out and vote.' We had this thing won," he said.
  • Trump continued: "We got hit with the plague and I had to go back to work. 'Hello, Erie, may I please have your vote?'"

A Miami police officer wore a Trump 2020 mask and his uniform to a polling site, and now faces disciplinary action
  • A police officer in Miami, Florida, was photographed in full uniform wearing a Trump 2020 mask at an early-voting polling site this week.
  • Miami-Dade Democratic Party chairman Steve Simeonidis, who took and published the photo, identified the officer as Daniel Ubeda.
  • Miami police and city authorities did not identify Ubeda by name, but said the officer would face disciplinary action.
  • Mayor Francis Suarez of Miami said the officer was waiting in line to cast his vote, so was not working at the time.
  • Surarez called his actions "unacceptable" nonetheless.
  • Florida law forbids officials from using their authority to coerce or intimidate people into voting for a particular political party.

A White House coronavirus task force member says Trump barely meets them anymore, and is only getting updates from Mike Pence and anti-lockdown advisor Scott Atlas instead
  • A member of the White House coronavirus task force has told NPR that President Donald Trump has not attended a meeting "for quite some time."
  • Dr. Francis Collins said that Trump mainly gets his updates from Vice President Mike Pence and Dr. Scott Atlas, the task force member who has advised against lockdowns.
  • The US has entered its third wave of coronavirus cases, with the Midwest recording new spikes.
  • Collins said Pence is "incredibly engaged" in task force meetings but that the president appears to be prioritizing campaigning for his reelection. Election Day is in less than two weeks.

The Trump campaign is burning through its finances and isn't raising enough money to make up for it
  • President Donald Trump's campaign started October with $63.1 million in its war chest, new filings with the Federal Election Commission show.
  • That's nearly three times less than the $177.3 million Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden had left in campaign funds at the same time, according to the filings.
  • The Trump campaign has also had issues with fundraising recently. Last weekend the president cut short campaigning time to attend a prominent fundraising event in California, which ultimately got him just $11 million, CNN reported.
  • GOP and Trump advisors told Business Insider earlier this month that the president's campaign doesn't "have enough money to close out the race."
  • Election Day is in less than two weeks.
Trump has denied that reports of his campaign being strapped for cash, and said that if that were the case, he would finance the campaign personally.

"I keep reading Fake News stories that my campaign is running low on money. Not true, & if it were so, I would put up money myself," he tweeted on October 13.

In a Tuesday rally in Erie, Pennsylvania, the president addressed reports of his fundraising issue, saying that he "could be the king of all fundraisers," but that he did not want to "owe" large donors, according to The New York Times.

In response to the release of the new FEC filings, Rufus Gifford, who is Biden's deputy campaign manager, tweeted on Tuesday: "Remember when Trump said he would fund his own campaign if he needed to? Well ... He needs to."

The rise of White House COVID-19 adviser Dr. Scott Atlas, a lockdown skeptic who has Trump's ear and is worrying experts like Fauci
  • President Donald Trump brought Dr. Scott Atlas, a vocal anti-lockdown critic, onto his coronavirus task force in August.
  • Atlas is a healthcare-policy expert who works at the Hoover Institute, a conservative think tank at Stanford University. He is not an infectious-disease expert.
  • Yet according to reports, Trump is sidelining other public-health experts while hearing Atlas' advice, and not spending money earmarked for a widespread testing program because Atlas is against expanded testing.
  • Atlas also appears to be worrying top US health experts: CDC Director Robert Redfield was overheard saying "everything" Atlas says "is false," and Fauci said he worried Atlas was giving "incorrect" information to the president.
Since joining the White House task force, Atlas has been widely criticized by scientists:
  • Fellow task force member Fauci told CNN he was concerned that Atlas was feeding information "really taken either out of context or actually incorrect" to the president.
  • CDC Director Robert Redfield was overheard by a reporter criticising Atlas in a phone call, saying "everything he says is false."
  • Former CDC Director William Foege wrote to Redfield saying that the Trump administration had turned the CDC's reputation "from gold to tarnished brass". Foege said Atlas joining the task force was what prompted him to speak out.
  • More than 100 of Atlas' former colleagues at Stanford Medical School signed a letter warning that many of his "opinions and statements run counter to established science."
  • Bill Gates suggested Atlas was hired only because he "agrees" with what Gates called the White House's "crackpot COVID theories."

Only 2 major US newspapers have endorsed Trump for reelection
  • President Donald Trump has received only two endorsements from major newspapers for his reelection, as of Oct. 21.
  • That's far behind the three dozen leading newspapers that have endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
  • Newspaper endorsements have historically helped undecided voters choose a candidate.
The major outlets in favor of Trump are the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.

E. Jean Carroll, the woman who accused Trump of raping her in the 90s, is expected to appear in court in her defamation suit
  • E. Jean Carroll, the woman who accused President Donald Trump of raping her in the 1990s, is expected to appear in court Wednesday to hear lawyers argue whether Trump can substitute the United States for himself as the defendant in her defamation lawsuit.
  • Carroll, a longtime advice columnist, sued Trump for defamation in 2019 after the president denied her allegations of rape.
  • In September, the US Department of Justice requested that it be substituted for the president in the lawsuit, meaning the federal government could be on the hook for any damages awarded in the cases.
  • Carroll's lawsuit is one of a number of lawsuits currently faced by Trump, which he has largely avoided during his time as president.

'I did not vote for President Trump': Mitt Romney says he's already cast his ballot in the 2020 election but wouldn't say if he voted for Biden
  • Senator Mitt Romney of Utah said on Wednesday that he did not cast a ballot for President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election, according to CNN.
  • Romney was a leading GOP presidential candidate in 2008 and served as the party's standard bearer in 2012.
  • Romney was the only Republican senator who who voted to convict Trump in his impeachment trial in 2020.

'Tweeting at the television doesn't fix things': Obama digs into Trump at a drive-in rally for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris
  • Former President Barack Obama slammed President Donald Trump on Wednesday over his decisions in office and accusing him of exhibiting "unpresidential behavior."
  • Obama delivered searing attacks against the president on Wednesday at a Philadelphia drive-in rally for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
  • The former president mentioned the Trump administration's disastrous response to the COVID-19 pandemic, noted The New York Times' bombshell reports on Trump's tax records, and tore into him for exhibiting "unpresidential behavior" throughout his presidency.
  • "There are consequences to these actions," Obama said. "They embolden other people to be cruel and divisive and racist, and it frays the fabric of our society and affects how our children see things, and it affects the ways that our families get along."
  • "It affects how the world looks at America," he continued.

Trump campaign appeals for votes from recent immigrants with new Facebook ads — despite Trump's overall anti-immigrant rhetoric
  • President Donald Trump's re-election campaign has spent tens of thousands of dollars on Facebook ads targeting recent immigrants in battleground states.
  • The ads don't blame them for violence or disease — unlike some of Trump's rhetoric about immigrants — but ask for their votes, in Spanish, and concede that they came to the United States in search of a better life.

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.