June 2020

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  • 6/1/20 As protesting continues near the White House after George Floyd's death, threatens protesters with the following tweet: "The front line was replaced with fresh agents, like magic. Big crowd, professionally organized, but nobody came close to breaching the fence. If they had they would have been greeted with the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons, I have ever seen. That's when people would have been really badly hurt, at least. Many Secret Service agents just waiting for action. 'We put the young ones on the front line, sir, they love it, and ... good practice." (Independent)
    • Follows the tweet with another: "MAGA NIGHT AT THE WHITE HOUSE" in an apparent attempt to summon counterprotesters to the White House protests. (Independent)
    • Denies any culpability for the MAGA tweet, saying to reporters: "I have no idea if they’re going to be here. By the way, they love African Americans, they love black people. MAGA loves the black people.” (Independent)
  • 6/1/20 Demands a Republican convention "with no masks or social distancing" despite CDC guidelines to the contrary during the coronavirus pandemic. (Independent)
  • 6/1/20 In a call with governors, tells them "most of you are weak" and urges them to "dominate" as protests spread to every major city. (BusinessInsider)
  • 6/1/20 As protesters gather at an outer perimeter half a mile from the White House, Trump escapes to a secret bunker and the White House lights go dark. (Atlantic)
  • 6/1/20 Announces that he will designate "ANTIFA" as a terrorist organization. (Independent)
  • 6/1/20 Speaks in the White House Rose Garden as protesters gather outside a widened perimeter around the White House, announcing that he will deploy the U.S. military to cities to quell demonstrations, indirectly citing the Insurrection Act of 1807. (NYT
    • While speaking in the Rose Garden, has federal law enforcement use tear gas flashbangs, batons and riot shields to beat back peaceful protesters in order to clear the area around St. John's Church. After speaking, walks to the church to hold up a Bible for cameras. (BusinessInsider) The expulsion of people from the church area includes a priest of the church who was standing in front of it. (ReligionNewsService)
  • 6/1/20 Is reported that Trump made 19,127 false or misleading claims in 1,226 days, or 16 lies per day. (WaPo)
  • 6/3/20 Admits that he went to the White House bunker during George Floyd protests, but claims it was just for a brief "inspection." (CNBC)
  • 6/4/20 Directs federal agencies to bypass requirements of some of the most most significant environmental laws (National Environment Policy Act) on the books, citing the coronavirus pandemic's economic impact. (NPR)
  • 6/4/20 Trump's former Secretary of Defense James Mattis releases an incendiary letter condemning Trump's attempts to use the military to quell peaceful protests. (TheAtlantic)
  • 6/5/20 Invokes the name of George Floyd, the police violence victim whose death launched weeks of nationwide and global protests against police brutality, saying during a White House Rose Garden signing of a small business loan flexibility bill: "Hopefully George is looking down and saying this is a great thing that's happening for our country. (It's) a great day for him. It's a great day for everybody. This is a great, great day in terms of equality." (CNN)
  • 6/5/20 After Trump visits a coronavirus testing swab production facility, the company throws out all of the swabs being made in the room that he visits because he refused to wear protective gear. (USAToday)
  • 6/6/20 Is revealed that Trump was demanding 10,000 active-duty troops to be deployed on the streets of D.C. when protests first started near the White House. (CBS)
  • 6/9/20 Accuses the 75-year-old man who was shoved to the ground by Buffalo police and bled from his ears of faking his fall. Martin Gugino was immediately hospitalized with severe head trauma. (Vice)
  • 6/10/20 Lifts a ban on cruel hunting tactics in Alaska, once again allowing hunters to shoot bear and wolf cubs in their dens, blind then with artificial light, shoot them while they are hibernating, use dogs to hunt them, and lure them with bait. (TheIncentive)
  • 6/10/20 The U.S. surpasses two million confirmed cases of COVID-19. (NPR)
  • 6/10/20 Vice President Mike Pence deletes a tweet showing him addressing about a hundred campaign staffers standing in a tight group without masks. (CNN)
  • 6/10/20 Proposes a rule that would make it extremely difficult for any migrant to claim asylum. (CNN)(the draft rule)
  • 6/10/20 Opposes efforts to remove Confederate commanders' names from military bases. (CNN
  • 6/11/20 Is reported that nursing homes are receiving defective personal protective equipment from Trump's supply initiative. (CNN)
  • 6/11/20 Administration will not disclose who received $511 billion in coronavirus loans. (WaPo)
  • 6/12/20 Erases transgender patients civil rights in health care by removing any rules against discrimination from doctors, hospitals and health insurance companies. (NYT)
  • 6/12/20 Says that Abraham Lincoln "did good [for the black community], although it's always questionable, you know, in other words, the end result." (BusinessInsider)
  • 6/16/20 Signs an executive order that encourages police reform, but which falls short on any demands from the Black Lives Matter movement. At the signing, touts school choice as the civil rights cause of our time. (Guardian)
  • 6/18/20 After suffering two consecutive defeats in the Supreme Court (the first a 6-3 decision continuing to bar employers from discriminating against transgendered people, and the second a 5-4 decision barring his adminstration from ending the DACA program), tweets: "These horrible & politically charged decisions coming out of the Supreme Court are shotgun blasts into the face of people that are proud to call themselves Republicans or Conservatives. We need more Justices or we will lose our 2nd. Amendment & everything else. Vote Trump 2020!" (DailyBeast)
  • 6/18/20 Claims that he deserves credit regarding Juneteenth. Tells the Wall Street Journal: "I did something good: I made Juneteenth very famous. It's actually an important event, an important time. But nobody had ever heard of it." (WSJ)
  • 6/18/20 Includes in a Facebook campaign ad that is later removed an upside down red triangle symbol used by Nazis during WWII that identified political opponents. (NPR)
  • 6/18/20 Twitter flags a tweet by Trump that contains manipulated imagery made to look like a CNN newscast. The video's chyron reads "terrified todler[sic] runs from racist baby." (Hill)
  • 6/19/20 Vice President Mike Pence refuses to say "black lives matter" on Juneteenth after being pressed repeatedly by an interviewer. (NYT)
  • 6/19/20 Is reported that the elderly protester Martin Gugino who was shoved by Buffalo police and sustained serious head injuries, and who was accused by Trump of faking his fall, has retreated to an undisclosed medical facility in response to death threats. (Independent)
  • 6/20/20 Attorney General William Barr attempts to remove the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan, Geoffrey Berman, meeting resistance by Berman. Berman is currently overseeing an investigation into Trump personal attorney Rudolf Giuliani, and successfully prosecuted Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen. (NYT)
    • 6/20/20 Trump fires Berman himself. (NYT)
  • 6/20/20 Levels a death threat at his former national security adviser John Bolton, tweeting: “Bolton broke the law and has been called out and rebuked for so doing, with a really big price to pay. He likes dropping bombs on people, and killing them. Now he will have bombs dropped on him!” (RollingStone)
  • 6/21/20 Suffers extremely low attendance at a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, in which he had attendees agree to waive all liability claims for contracting the coronavirus. (Independent)
  • 6/22/20 Congressional leadership claims that Trump is sitting on $14 billion of unused coronavirus funding that was earmarked for testing and contact tracing, as the daily numbers of new coronavirus cases nationwide reach their all-time peak. (NBC
  • 6/22/20 Halts all mandatory temperature checks for White House staffers and visitors. (NBC)
  • 6/22/20 Suspends H1-B visas that allowed hundreds of thousands of foreigners to work in the U.S., and restricts the movement of foreign executives in the U.S. (NYT)
  • 6/23/20 Almost 80% of the faculty at Attorney General Bill Barr's law school sign a letter proclaiming that Barr has "failed to fulfill his oath of office." (CNN)
  • 6/24/20 After telling attendees at a rally that he has called for less testing in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, White House aides and spokespersons claimed that he was only joking. Trump then tells reporters: "I don't kid." (Independent)
    • Also tweets: "Cases are going up in the U.S. because we are testing far more than any other country, and ever expanding. With smaller testing we would show fewer cases!"
    • Cuts federal funding for testing sites in five states. (Politico)
  • 6/24/20 Announces that he will hold a Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza at Mount Rushmore, which causes immediate concern of wildfires in the dry forests of the area. (WaPo)
  • 6/24/20 Trump orders NIH to cancel coronavirus research funding. (ArsTechnica)
  • 6/25/20 The day after the highest national increase in coronavirus cases, tells attendees at a Phoenix re-election event that "it's going away." Phoenix itself saw a 149.2% increase in cases from the previous week. (NBC)
  • 6/25/20 In an interview on Fox News, is unable to name one item or issue that he would prioritize in his second term as president if he were to win it. (RollingStone)
  • 6/25/20 Is revealed that the Trump administration sent $1.4 billion in stimulus checks to deceased people. (Forbes)
  • 6/26/20 Is reported that a company run by a White House “volunteer” with no experience in medical supplies got $2.4 million from the Trump administration for medical supplies. (ProPublica)
  • 6/26/20 The Trump administration files a legal brief asking the Supreme Court to invalidate the entirety of the Affordable Care Act at the height of the coronavirus pandemic. The move would strip 20 million Americans of health insurance. (CommonDreams)(the legal brief)
  • 6/26/20 The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rules against Trump by determining that the transfer of military funds to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall was "unlawful." (WaPo)
  • 6/26/20 The White House scales up coronavirus protections for Trump personally as he seeks to downplay the virus to the public. (CNN)
  • 6/27/20 Is reported that Trump knew of a Russian bounty on U.S. troops in Afghanistan in early 2020 and did nothing to stop it through public or private channels. (MSNBC)
  • 6/28/20 Retweets a video of a retiree in a golf cart in Florida shouting "white power" to protesters. (Axios) White House aides spend three hours trying to get him to delete the tweet. (TheWeek)
  • 6/29/20 Twitch suspends Trump's account for violating "hateful conduct" rules, citing two videos of his that contained footage from his 2015 campaign kickoff speech and his most recent rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (HuffPo)
  • 6/30/20 Is reported that in hundreds of classified calls with foreign heads of state, Trump was so unprepared, outmaneuvered, abusive or delusional, that top aides universally believed he was a danger to national security. (CNN