Opinion Trump Is Just Another Moocher
President Donald Trump and Joe Biden brace for vicious match-up in first presidential debate in Cleveland
Analysts expect a bruising first presidential debate hinged on personal attacks as the Biden and Trump face off for the first time in Cleveland.President Trump dismisses a New York Times report alleging years of tax avoidance
Remember: Back in 2015, when Donald Trump announced his campaign for president, about one-third of Republicans and Republican-leanersin the United States as unjust. Those class-aggrieved Republicans believed high-earners paid too little in tax and wanted on corporations and rich people raised, not cut. Those were the Republicans who rejected Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz—and elevated Trump as the party nominee instead.
Donald Trump sidesteps call to condemn white supremacists — and the Proud Boys were 'extremely excited' about it
Debate moderator Chris Wallace asked if Donald Trump would urge groups to stand down and avoid contributing to the violence. He sidestepped.Watch the key moments from the first presidential debate
Trump voters were more economicallythan other Republicans. They were more racially aggrieved. They identified themselves as people who worked, who were mooched upon from below and exploited from above.
Donald Trump spoke powerfully to those voters. He told them a story about corrupt elites, symbolized first by his Republican rivals, then by Hillary Clinton. He told them that he had gamed the system better than anyone. In July 2015, he, “As a businessman and a very substantial donor to very important people, when you give, they do whatever the hell you want them to do.” Now Trump was now offering to put his hard-won knowledge to work for put-upon voters. He alone would bring class justice to this country, redirecting the benefits from the super-rich to deserving people like themselves. On Fox & Friends that August, he complained about financiers avoiding taxes: “They should be taxed a fair amount of money,” he . “They’re not paying enough tax.” He committed that when he got hold of power, he would sacrifice his own interests to look out for the people who had trusted him. When Trump at last delivered a tax plan in 2017, he insisted: “This is going to cost me a fortune, this thing, believe me. This is not good for me. … I think my accountants are going crazy right now,” he of the plan that materialized in 2017.
‘All the red flags’: Political analysts warn of U.S. election violence in November
With President Donald Trump refusing to commit to a peaceful transition of power in the event that he loses the upcoming election and violent clashes already unfolding in a number of states, political analysts are uniquely fearful as November approaches. Asked last week to commit to conceding should the November 3 election go in favor of Democratic nominee Joe Biden, Trump again cited unfounded claims about mail-in ballots leading to widespread voter fraud in justifying his reluctance.
The highly politically aware always recognized these claims of wealth and sacrifice were. But they were central to Trump’s messaging.
Trump repeatedly insisted that the presidency had “cost me billions.” In a October 2018 call to, he estimated the loss at $2 billion to $3 billion. At a press conference a year later, he upped the estimate of his sacrifice to . Trump’s son Don Jr. compared the family’s sacrifices to the heroism honored at Arlington National Cemetery. In his book Triggered, he his feelings on a visit to Arlington: “In that moment, I also thought of all the attacks we'd already suffered as a family, and about all the sacrifices we’d have to make to help my father succeed—voluntarily giving up a huge chunk of our business and all international deals to avoid the appearance that we were ‘profiting off the office.’”
Trump, 10 others test positive for COVID: A running list of everyone being tested and their results
Sen. Mike Lee and others tested positive for COVID-19. Barron, Ivanka and Jared tested negative for coronavirus.Trump announced his positive test early Friday morning, sending Washington and the rest of the country into fresh turmoil just a month before the presidential election. Hours earlier, the president said Hope Hicks, one of his closest advisers with whom he had recently traveled, has been infected and he and the first lady have started to quarantine.
The definitive debunking of this lie now does two things.
First, it melts Trump’s support a little more. Trump’s hopes for 2020 depended upon fantastic overperformance with. He’s elsewhere that he must hold every last member of his core group. He doesn’t need to decline much among these voters to convert any faint hope of success into certainty of disaster.
Second, and perhaps even more important, the ink-on-paper confirmation of Trump’s indebtedness, tax-dodging, and all-around crookedness will get into Trump’s head. His political project through the pandemic has been to mess with his opponents by hurling one crazy distraction after another. Now, suddenly, it’s his own decision loop that has been disrupted. On the pre-existing trajectory of the 2020 campaign, Trump was going to lose—and probably lose big. He needed something to happen either to help him or, more plausibly, to push the Biden camp into some mistake or misstep. Now, suddenly, the banana peels have been dumped beneath his own feet.
Fact check: Claim that Trump's positive COVID-19 test result is a 'con' has no basis in fact
A claim suggesting President Trump will politically leverage his positive test result includes speculations that aren't proven. We rate the claim false.President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Friday morning to confirm a positive COVID-19 test result.
Whatever initiative he possessed as the incumbent president, it’s suddenly vanished. Instead, every step threatens disaster. At a press conference on the afternoon the New York Times Trump tax story broke, he denounced as false the report that he paid only $750 in tax in 2017. Watch his face as he issued the denial, though, and you can see him belatedly foresee the follow-up: “But can you give people an idea of how much you actually are paying?” Trump was visibly scrambled.
Scrambled too are whatever plans Trump may have had for the first presidential debate tomorrow night. He may try to huff and puff—a tactic that might save the day if he were sitting on a lead. Instead, he’s trying to climb out of an 8-to-10 point deficit. Gravity is now pulling harder against him.
For once in his life, Trump seems tongue-tied. His supporters, even those willing to be shameless, have been left desperately to contrive messages of their own. They are not doing a very good job, in part because they must worry about the line that Trump will eventually want them to take, when he finally announces a line. Not many days and hours remain, and Trump has abruptly lost almost any vestige of control of either the game or the clock.
President Donald Trump and his staff have defied CDC coronavirus guidelines 23 times since Sept. 1 .
Since Sept. 1, Trump and other key White House officials have violated CDC coronavirus guidance at least 23 times, according to a USA TODAY analysis.President Donald Trump and members of his administration have often flouted guidelines aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19, according to a review of news events by USA TODAY.