Trumpism 🐘 Newsbites
Trump cancelled his annual plan to spend Thanksgiving at Mar-a-Lago, as aides describe a 'bunker mentality' at the White House
  • President Donald Trump has cancelled his annual plans to spend Thanksgiving at his Mar-a-Lago resort, instead choosing to remain in the White House.
  • The scheduling update was announced Tuesday by Stephanie Grisham, the spokeswoman for first lady Melania Trump.
  • Trump has repeatedly refused to concede the 2020 election to President-elect Joe Biden, claiming without grounds that voter fraud was widespread. Trump's term ends on January 20.
  • Since his defeat, Trump has confined himself to the White House, watching cable news, stewing over his future, and firing a slew of senior officials.
  • Trump aides told The New York Times that the president's "mood is often bleak," and a White House official told CNN before the Thanksgiving plan was announced: "It feels like bunker mentality."

Security officials worry Israel and Saudi Arabia may see the end of Trump as their last chance to go to war with Iran
  • European security officials are worried that outgoing president Donald Trump will trigger a military conflict with Iran in order to tie President-Elect Joe Biden's hands, sources tell Insider.
  • They also fear that Israel and Saudi Arabia may see the departure of Trump as a ticking clock they need to beat.
  • "Both countries are run by immature leaders who have been screaming about the need for war with Iran for so long it's possible they really believe that a Biden administration will be followed by an Iranian nuclear attack," one source told Insider.
  • Trump has elevated hardliners on Iran inside the Pentagon.

Trump orders the Pentagon to pull thousands of US troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller announced Tuesday afternoon that the US is withdrawing thousands of US troops from Afghanistan and Iraq.
  • By Jan. 15, there will be 2,500 troops in Iraq, down from the current 3,000, and 2,500 in Afghanistan, down from the current 4,500.
  • Since Miller became the acting secretary of defense last Monday following the firing of Mark Esper, he has pushed messages on ending the ongoing wars in the Middle East, one of President Donald Trump's aspirations.

After 5 of them quit, Trump was left with just one lawyer defending his big election lawsuit in Pennsylvania. He previously said the litigation 'will not work.'
  • President Donald Trump's legal team defending his big Pennsylvania election lawsuit had a mass exodus in the last week.
  • It left him with just one lawyer left: Right-wing radio host Marc Scaringi, who previously said litigation won't affect President-elect Joe Biden's victory.
  • Rudy Giuliani and Brian Caffrey, a colleague of Scaringi, joined the case on Tuesday, just hours before a judge planned to hear the case.

Pennsylvania lawyers shredded Rudy Giuliani's arguments in Trump's biggest election lawsuit as 'disgraceful' and 'really inventive'
  • Lawyers representing the Pennsylvania secretary of state's office shredded the Trump campaign's lead lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, in a major court hearing on Tuesday about the campaign's biggest election lawsuit.
  • Giuliani alleged that "widespread nationwide voter fraud" took place in the election and asked the judge to toss out nearly 700,000 mail ballots in Pennsylvania and block the state from certifying its election results.
  • Mark Aronchick, one of the defense lawyers representing Pennsylvania secretary of state Kathy Boockvar's office, tore into Giuliani, describing him as living in a "fantasy world," calling him "really inventive," and saying he was making arguments that were "disgraceful in an American courtroom."
  • Daniel Donovan, another defense lawyer, reminded the judge that despite Giuliani's claims of widespread fraud, the campaign's lawsuit did not make any such allegation.

Trump just fired the US's top cybersecurity official who was instrumental in striking down the president's conspiracy theories about election fraud
  • President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he had fired Chris Krebs, the head of the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).
  • Krebs was instrumental in protecting US elections from domestic and foreign interference and enjoyed broad bipartisan support as the head of CISA, which was created in 2018.
  • Krebs spearheaded the DHS's robust effort to combat many of Trump's election-related conspiracies involving voter fraud, election fraud, and voting by mail.
  • He also appeared in a pre-election video with top US law enforcement and counterintelligence officials to reassure Americans of a free and fair election, and remind them that it was safe to vote by mail.
  • In recent days, Krebs told multiple associates that he expected Trump to fire him, Reuters reported.

Trump is dead set on fighting election-fraud claims — even as his entire team is 'despondent' — because he thinks it will help him in 2024, report says
  • As President Donald Trump continues to erroneously contest the results of the 2020 election, some of his advisors told The Washington Post that he thinks his supporters want to see him "keep fighting" to bolster support for a 2024 run.
  • "He is more dug into his position than he was at the beginning," one Trump advisor told The Post. "He thinks this is his base for 2024, and that half the country are warriors fighting for him, and that he's got to keep fighting."
  • The advisor also told The Post that those in the president's close circle are all "despondent."
  • Some of Trump's advisors are encouraging the president to allow the Biden-Harris transition team access to White House resources and to commit to a peaceful transfer of power, The Post reported.
  • Trump has repeatedly claimed that he "won" the election, and his campaign and some of his supporters have falsely alleged election fraud.
  • Last week, the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency refuted election fraud allegations, saying the 2020 presidential election was "the most secure in American history."
  • No evidence has emerged "that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised," they continued in the statement.

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.