Words, Labels, and Political Phrases we probably didn’t know we needed to know until Trump’s 4-year Reign of Terror

1. Alternative Facts: Contrary information matching one’s preferred narrative or interpretation of events
2. Alt-right: catch-all descriptor for a faction of ultra-conservatives with white nationalist or anti-Semitic ideologies
3. Antifa: Anti-fascist movements and organizations, treated as a whole
4. Appropriation Laws: the act of setting apart something for its application to a particular usage, to the exclusion of all other uses and refers to the legislative designation of money for particular uses, in the context of a budget or spending bill
5. Bigly: widespread mishearing of Trump’s use of big-league
6. Blue Wave: major Democratic electoral gain
7. Campaign Finance Law: prohibited unregulated contributions (“soft money”) to national political parties and limited the use of corporate and union money to fund ads discussing political issues within 60 days of a general election or 30 days of a primary election
8. Caravan: procession of Central American asylum seekers to US/Mexico border
9. CDC: the US department of health
10. Collusion: secret agreement or cooperation especially for an illegal or deceitful purpose
11. Concede Election: the act of a losing candidate publicly yielding to a winning candidate after an election
12. Conservatives Adherents of a political philosophy favoring and preserving traditional values
13. Covfefe: Trump tweeted, “Despite the constant negative press covfefe”
14. Deepfake: realistic digitally composed video used to misrepresent someone
15. Defunding Police: a movement to refocus US police departments by reassigning parts of budgets to more community-oriented work
16. Deleted Family Unit: bureaucratic term referring to asylum-seeking families whose children were removed
17. Dumpster Fire: poorly-handled out-of-control situation
18. Eighteen (18) U.S. Code § 610: Coercion of political activity
19. Eighteen (18) U.S. Code § 872: Extortion by officers or employees of the United States
20. Executive Time: presidential down-time
21. Facticide: killing or distortion of facts
22. Fake News: actual news claimed to be untrue
23. Fascist: far-right, authoritarian ultranationalism characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition and strong regimentation of society and the economy
24. Flatten the Curve: the ability to manage the number of medical cases so as to not overwhelm the hospital system
25. Foreign Emoluments Clause: prohibits the president from accepting personal benefits from any foreign government or official
26. Himpathy: flow of sympathy away from female victims toward their male victimizers
27. House Committee on Oversight and Reform: is the main investigative committee of the United States House of Representatives
28. Identity Politics: based on certain elements of one’s makeup, such as skin color, ethnic background or gender
29. Impeach: process by which a legislative body addresses legal charges against a government official
30. Individual 1: pseudonym for Trump in documents from the Mueller investigation
31. Insurgent: a person who revolts against civil authority or an established government acting contrary to the policies and decisions of one’s own political party
32. Insurrection: Rebellion or uprising, refusal of obedience, open resistance against the orders of established authority.
33. Intransigence: refusing to compromise or agree; inflexibility
34. Lockdown: restricting movement outside homes or geographic districts
35. Maga: Trump’s Make America Great Again slogan
36. New Normal: the state to which an economy, society, etc. settles following a crisis, when this differs from the situation that prevailed prior to the start of the crisis.
37. Obstruction of Justice: an act “corruptly, by threats or force, or by any letter or communication, influencing, obstructing, impeding, or endeavoring to influence
38. Oligarchy: power structure in which power rests with a small number of people
39. Orbiting: ending communication with someone while still monitoring them on social media
40. Outbreak: sudden appearance of a disease in a community or geographic location
41. Pandemic: an event in which a disease spreads across several countries
42. Pressure Campaign: intimidation, threats, and covert techniques relying heavily on the use of mass media and mass communications to persuade politicians the public wants or demands a particular action
43. Progressives: US replacement for the word “liberals” term of abuse in American politics
44. Pussyhat: Pink knitted hat worn by demonstrators at the Women’s March
45. QAnon: far-right conspiracy theory of Satan-worshipping cannibalistic pedophiles running a global child sex-trafficking ring and plotting against U.S. President Trump
46. Quarantine: Restricting physical movements to one’s home or institution, separated from all others
47. Racially Charged: a deliberately vague racist attempt regarding racism
48. Reclaiming My Time: Phrase used in congressional hearings when politicians are allotted a specific amount of time to speak and/or question those called to testify at such hearings.
49. RINO: Republican in Name Only
50. Sanctuary City: municipal jurisdictions limiting their cooperation with national government’s effort to enforce immigration law
51. Second Amendment: protecting the right to keep and bear arms
52. Sedition: subversion of the constitution and incitement of discontent toward, or rebellion against, established authority
53. Self-isolate: Quarantined after being exposed to Covid-19 to help stop the spread of virus
54. Shelter-in-place: being confined to one’s home
55. Shithole Countries: Trump’s description for places he does not want to accept immigrants from
56. Social Distancing: distance individuals should keep from each other
57. Stable Genius: is a proposed Act of Congress requiring presidential candidates to have a medical exam and publicly disclose the results before the general election (Trump refused the exam – IQ 110–115, with Borderline Psychotic Flavorings, a Pathological Liar with a Gigantic Helping of Sociopathology)
58. Super Spreader: a single person or event propagating “clusters” of a virus outbreak
59. Take A Knee: Kneel in protest when others are standing
60. Tender-Age Shelter: Children in Cages
61. Today Years Old: an indication someone has just recently learned something
62. Trade War: countries trying to damage each other’s trade, typically by the imposition of tariffs or quota restrictions
63. Trumpery: worthless nonsense.
64. Tweetstorm: series of connected tweets about a particular subject, often a passionate rant
65. Twenty-fifth Amendment: removing the president from office if s/he becomes incompetent, dies or resigns,
66. Violating the Constitution: is not a crime, however, it is a civil matter
67. Wall: proposed barrier along the US/Mexico border to prevent illegal crossings
68. White Caller Crime: White people calling police on Black people for doing common-place things
69. WHO: World Health Organization
70. Woke: Suggesting a high level of social consciousness
71. Wuhan: largest city in central China
72. WYPIPO: Humorous phonetic spelling of “white people” used to flag white privilege, cluelessness,
73. Zoom Meeting: Group meetings held over videoconferencing channels

These were just off the top, feel free to add your own in the comments section

press Kristeen Irigoyen-Hernandez Human Rights Advocate, Researcher/Chronological Archivist and member in good standing with the Constitution First Amendment Press Association (CFAPA.org) Kristeen Irigoyen-Hernandez aka Lady2Soothe

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