Trumpism 🐘 Newsbites
Trump's post-presidency is going to be boisterous and belligerent. And that will cause headaches for Biden, the media, and the US economy.
  • Trump's will be a first-of-its-kind post-presidency in the modern era, with "the Donald" norm-busting his way out of the tradition of reticence that has been observed by American leaders who have departed the White House.
  • Trump will likely go on to lead a rump government (a T-Rump government, as it were) over his tens of millions of adulating supporters.
  • His future incarnation will not only do its best to undermine the Biden administration, but will send consumers, businesses, financial markets and foreign nations riding on an alternative-fact-powered consensus roller coaster with regard to current conditions and the future of the nation and its policies.
  • It is up to the incoming administration and the mainstream media to ignore him and focus all attention on doing what we need to do to make the lives of the Americans who support Trump "Great Again" during the coming four years.
The election will be certified by the states on December 14, 2020. In less than 10 weeks Joe Biden will become President of the United States to the sound of huzzahs from a majority of its people, the pealing of church bells, and the beating of pots and pans at noon on January 20, 2021. And Donald Trump, like every bully, will run from the White House well before the US Marshals or Secret Service is forced to physically remove him.

Yes, the finale of the single season (term) of 'The Apprentice POTUS' will attract the "high ratings" that Trump has always craved. He will also put on one doozy of a show (or "no-show" when Inauguration Day comes around). But don't be distracted, you have a far greater concern. One that will emerge, not end, on January 20. ... Trump has always placed image before reality – in business as well as politics. He is fueled by attention. He will get plenty of it from his self-created media outlet (or Fox News if he and his supporters can find a way to forgive the Murdoch empire) and social media. It is up to the rest of America, and the Trump-titled "Lamestream" media to work overtime to ignore him, deprive him of his "T-Rump" government, and, instead, focus all attention on doing what we need to do to makes the lives of the Americans who support Trump "Great Again" during the coming four years. That is the only way to move past the era of Trumpism.

If the GOP doesn't quit its Trump addiction it'll suck the life out of American democracy
  • The longer the GOP holds on to Trump, the longer he will be able to damage to our democracy.
  • Yes he wins elections for the party, but he also refuses to lose them. Plus Trump's main tools for staying in power are mendacity, corruption and grievance politics.
  • Eventually the GOP will have to decide if it will allow him to retain influence within its ranks, supporting candidates who owe their loyalty to him and follow the tenets of Trumpism.
  • In the meantime Trump will continue poisoning our democracy, spreading lies that erode trust in our system, and making millions of Americans feel like this isn't the country they know.
The transcripts of the Trump campaign's appearances in various state courts — which are very clearly annoying judges in courts across the country — would be funny if they weren't such a waste of time and if Trump's attack on democracy weren't so hazardous. He has no path to reclaim the presidency.

And yet, high-ranking Republicans in Congress and the administration are going along with Trump's delusional attempts to stay in power. And the only reason the Republican establishment won't break with the president's fantasy is because they are addicted to Trumpism and the way it turns out voters. Winning is a high.

This addiction puts the entire country in a precarious situation. As long as the GOP relies on Trumpism to win elections it will be anti-democratic leech on our system, draining it of trust and poisoning our political discourse.

Consider the damage he is doing now. Despite the fact that election officials from both parties across the country keep saying this election was fair, Trump keeps casting doubt on the electoral process and his followers believe him. ... Now that he has been voted out of the White House it is the GOP that will decide if Trump will continue dividing the country into white and non-white, Republican and Democrat, urban versus rural. In the meantime 80 million Americans will wait for the Republican Party to admit it has a problem. That's the first step to recovery.

Trump indirectly admits he lost the presidential election by tweeting Biden 'won because the election was rigged'
  • President Donald Trump on Sunday for the first time seemingly admitted that he lost the 2020 presidential election to President-elect Joe Biden in a series of early morning tweets.
  • "He won because the Election was Rigged," Trump wrote, referring to Biden.
  • Since Biden was declared president-elect, Trump has not conceded to Biden and his administration has refused to cooperate with the Biden transition team.

John Bolton says GOP leaders need to tell voters that Trump lost and dismiss his 'baseless' election fraud claims
  • Former White House advisor John Bolton asked GOP leaders to go against President Donald Trump's assertion that the winner of the 2020 election has not yet been decided.
  • Republican leaders should tell voters that "Trump has lost the election and that his claims of election fraud are baseless," Bolton said Sunday in an interview with ABC News' "This Week."
  • There is substantial evidence that voter fraud has not occurred in this election, including a report from a group of international election observers.

Obama says it's 'disappointing' that more Republicans aren't standing up to Trump over election results
  • Former President Barack Obama said in a CBS interview that aired on Sunday that it was "disappointing" that more Republicans haven't rejected President Donald Trump's refusal to acknowledge his election loss.
  • While speaking with Gayle King on "CBS Sunday Morning," Obama said that President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris were rightfully elected and that there was "no legal basis" to challenge the results.
  • Obama's memoir, "A Promised Land," will be released on November 17.

Trump allies are reportedly considering buying out Newsmax to build a strong competitor to Fox News
  • Allies to President Donald Trump are exploring the possibility of acquiring and investing in conservative outlet Newsmax to set up a competitor to the Fox News Channel, the Wall Street Journal reported.
  • There are ongoing discussions between Newsmax and Hicks Equity Partners, an investment firm connected to the Republican National Committee.
  • CNN reported that Fox News viewers have been navigating over to Newsmax after the network declared Biden was the winner.

2 more GOP governors push Trump to start the formal presidential transition process with Biden
  • GOP Govs. Mike DeWine of Ohio and Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas are both pushing the administration of President Donald Trump to begin the transition process with President-elect Joe Biden.
  • Both men said that it was important for Biden to be up to speed with pertinent issues that would not compromise governmental functions.
  • Trump has repeatedly refused to formally concede the presidential race to Biden.
"It's clear, that certainly based on what we know now, that Joe Biden is the president-elect and that transition for the country's sake, it's important for a normal transition to start through," DeWine said on CNN's "State of the Union. "The president could go on his other track, his legal track, we should respect that, but we also need to begin that process."

... On NBC's "Meet the Press," Hutchinson said that the president-elect won the election.

"I expect Joe Biden to be the next president of the United States," he said. "It is very important that [he] has access to the intelligence briefings to make sure that he is prepared. During times of transition, our enemies have an opportunity to take advantage of us, and we want to make sure that there is a smooth transition, particularly when it comes to the vaccine distribution [so that] everybody understands what we're doing there and what the plan is for the future."

Hutchinson added: "It was good actually to see President Trump tweet out that 'he [Biden] won.' I think that's a start of an acknowledgment.

... While most Republican governors have supported Trump's legal efforts or remained mum about the situation, Govs. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and Chris Sununu of New Hampshire both said last week that Biden was the winner of the election.

The Trump campaign dropped a major part of its election lawsuit regarding their claims that observers were not allowed to watch vote counts in Pennsylvania
  • The Trump campaign dropped a major part of its lawsuit regarding their allegation that observers were not allowed to watch vote counts in Pennsylvania, The Washington Post reported Sunday.
  • Campaign lawyers filed a revised lawsuit Sunday that removed a request to prohibit the certification of ballots that the "Trump Campaign's watchers were prevented from observing."
  • The revised lawsuit seeks an order to block the validating of ballots cast by some voters who were allowed to fix errors on their ballot, which reportedly does not affect a significant number of votes.
The revised lawsuit seeks an order to block the validating of ballots cast by voters who were allowed to fix errors on their ballot in a way that the lawsuit claims "illegally disadvantaged" Republicans.

"Now you're only talking about a handful of ballots," Cliff Levine, a lawyer for the Democrats in the case, told The Post. "They would have absolutely no impact on the total count or on Joe Biden's win over Donald Trump."

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.