Trumpism 🐘 Newsbites
I wouldn't have insurance without the Affordable Care Act. Now Trump is working to deprive millions of struggling Americans health insurance.
  • Many Americans lost their jobs and/or their health insurance this year, leading to a surge in applications for medical coverage through Healthcare.gov and other government programs.
  • People suffering from COVID-related medical issues during and after the pandemic will need the Affordable Care Act (ACA) more than ever.
  • The Trump administration still hasn't yet unveiled any alternative healthcare plan, meaning the abolishment of the ACA would leave millions of Americans with no recourse.
  • Trump is trying to dismantle the Affordable Care Act while millions are sick, dying, and out of work.

Trump's hands don't match his face
Let's talk about how Trump's hands don't match his face and what that says about America right now
  • President Trump's face is one color, his hands are another, and it seems the longer his presidency goes on the more striking the difference is.
  • Trump wears makeup because he wants to seem healthy and vigorous while he is performing the character he's created for himself over the years — because he has always placed a higher value on seeming rather than actually being.
  • Over his presidency the performance has become lazier and less capable.
  • But people still did and do support this hollow performance. Legendary urban planner Jane Jacobs wrote about the American tendency to substitute image for substance in her final book 'Dark Age Ahead.'
  • In the book this tendency — accompanied with a disrespect for science and an absence of logic in policymaking — it is a harbinger of doom for this country.
  • Trump's appeal to some of this country has always been his cold business man greed, his incredible boasting that "he alone" could fix this nation and take it back to a better time — that he could keep the forces that threaten to change us from without and within at bay. He is a caricature of what America looks like in a state of decline. And now that he is beginning to unravel, you can see it clearly on his hands and face.

More than 57 million Americans have already voted, suggesting a huge voter turnout for 2020. But it's not clear who that would favor.
  • More than 57 million Americans have already voted as of Sunday, according to the US Elections Project.
  • The Florida professor who runs the US Elections Project said it suggests a total turnout of 65%, which would be the highest since 1908.
  • Of those to vote early, almost twice as many are registered Democrats than Republicans, per the states which provide such data.
  • However, an increased turnout does not automatically favor one candidate.

Combative Trump, Calm Biden: Two ‘60 Minutes’ Interviews
President Donald Trump chafed at questions he was asked by "60 Minutes" interviewer Lesley Stahl, and had a staffer leave a binder described as holding the president's health care plan, but which in fact included nothing of the kind.

Joe Biden talked taxes and domestic spending (getting corrected by 60 Minutes on one point) and sat calmly – and way across the room from his interviewer, Norah O'Donnell – as if to remind America of what their TV news-watching would be like if he were elected president.

With barely more than a week before Election Day (and with more than 59 million people having voted already), the CBS news magazine's separate interviews with the contenders for president likely didn't change any voters' minds. Trump's combative style was a direct appeal to his base, while Biden's deliberate normalcy was meant to reach a wider group – those firmly on the Democratic side, and those who might just be tired of Trump.

But they offered viewers a consolidated look at the kinds of candidates they are: Trump, defensive, critical and highly complimentary of his own performance, and Biden, not raising his voice as he slammed Trump for his pandemic response and presenting himself as the anti-Trump.

Putin rejects Donald Trump's criticism of Biden family business, saying he sees nothing 'criminal' with Hunter Biden in Ukraine
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that he saw nothing criminal in Hunter Biden's past business ties with Ukraine or Russia.
  • The remarks signaled a disagreement with one of President Donald Trump's attack lines in the US presidential election.
  • Trump has made accusations that Biden and his son Hunter engaged in unethical practices in Ukraine. No evidence has been verified to support the allegations, and Joe Biden has called them false and discredited.
Putin appeared less friendly towards Trump in remarks broadcast by Russian state TV on Sunday. In what may be seen by some analysts as an attempt to try to curry favour with the Biden camp, he took the time to knock down what he made clear he regarded as false allegations from Trump about the Bidens.

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.