DNC Statement On Trump Campaign Lawsuit in Pennsylvania

30 Jun

DNC Spokesperson Maddie McComb released the following statement after the Trump campaign sued the state of Pennsylvania over mail ballot drop-off boxes: 

“This lawsuit is yet another brazen attempt by Donald Trump and his allies to limit Pennsylvanians’ access to voting — but Democrats will continue fighting to ensure Pennsylvanians can safely and easily exercise their right to participate in our democracy. The truth is that Trump and nearly all his cronies and lackeys vote by mail — but they would rather spread misinformation about voting by mail because they want to prevent the rest of us from using the same process. Pennsylvanians see this lawsuit for what it is: a blatant attempt to suppress the voice of the voters, and they’ll hold Trump accountable for it.”

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Trump Caves to Russia — Again

30 Jun

Despite the White House’s spin, it’s clear that Trump has failed to protect American troops by repeatedly caving to Russia and allowing the Kremlin to expand its footprint in the Middle East. For years, Trump has given Russia exactly what it wanted in the Middle East. And now we’ve learned that after Russia offered Taliban-linked militants bounties to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Trump did nothing to stop it or punish Russia for its actions.

At today’s White House press briefing, McEnany lied about Trump’s failure to support our troops or stand up to Russia.

MCENANY: “There’s no stronger advocate for our service men and women than President Trump.”

MCENANY: “This president has been extremely strong on Russia.”

In reality, Trump caved to Russia repeatedly in his Middle East policy, and now American service members are believed to have been killed as a result of Russian-paid bounties.

Washington Post: “Russian bounties offered to Taliban-linked militants to kill coalition forces in Afghanistan are believed to have resulted in the deaths of several U.S. service members, according to intelligence gleaned from U.S. military interrogations of captured militants in recent months.”

Trump already gave Russia what it wanted with his abrupt withdrawal from Syria, escalation of tensions with Iran, and election-driven withdrawal from Afghanistan.

New York Times: “In Syria, Russia Is Pleased to Fill an American Void”

Washington Post: “Russia stands to benefit as Middle East tensions spike after Soleimani killing”

Foreign Policy: “Observers worry that if [the] United States pulls out of Afghanistan without cementing a peace agreement between the Taliban and the Afghan government, Moscow’s outsize influence will strengthen the Taliban’s hand.”

As president, Trump encouraged Russia to assert itself in Afghanistan and the Middle East, at the expense of U.S. influence in the region.

TRUMP: “Russia should be fighting. The reason Russia was in Afghanistan was because terrorists were going into Russia. They were right to be there… But why isn’t Russia there?”

TRUMP: “Do we want to stay there for another 19 years? I don’t think so. So at a certain point, other countries—and that includes Russia and it includes Iran and Turkey and Iraq and Afghanistan and Pakistan and India… ‘All right, maybe we go home now. Let these other countries handle it.’”

TRUMP: “Syria has a relationship with the Kurds. So they’ll come in for their border, and they’ll fight. They may bring partners in. They could bring Russia in. And I say, ‘Welcome to it.’

Instead of standing up to Putin, Trump repeated Russian propaganda calling this past weekend’s reports “fake news.”

Russian Embassy: “We have paid attention to another piece of fake news, launched in the media space by the #US intelligence community.”

TRUMP: “Nobody briefed or told me, @VP Pence, or Chief of Staff @MarkMeadows about the so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by Russians, as reported through an ‘anonymous source’ by the Fake News @nytimes.”

Trump and the White House are now casting doubt on the intelligence, which American officials already briefed our allies on.

New York Times: “In addition to saying he was never ‘briefed or told’ about the intelligence report — a formulation that went beyond the White House denial of any formal briefing — Mr. Trump also cast doubt on the assessment’s credibility, which statements from his subordinates had not.”

New York Times: “They said the intelligence had been treated as a closely held secret, but the administration expanded briefings about it this week — including sharing information about it with the British government, whose forces are among those said to have been targeted.”

MCENANY: “There is no consensus within the intelligence community on these allegations and in effect there are dissenting opinions from some in the intelligence community with regards to the veracity of what’s being reported.”

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Trump Wants To Take Health Care From Millions With No Replacement Plan

30 Jun

Trump is fighting to overturn the Affordable Care Act, during a pandemic and the worst unemployment crisis since the Great Depression, with no plan to replace it. Trump’s only plan is to take health care away from millions of Americans.

Trump is trying to overturn the ACA, along with its preexisting condition protections, with no replacement plan for any of its provisions.

Washington Post Fact Checker: “Trump has offered no plan to replace these, or any, provisions of the law. He has supported legislation to water down protections for people with preexisting conditions, and his administration has issued new rules promoting plans that allow insurance companies to deny coverage or charge higher prices to sick patients.”

Secretary Azar said the Trump administration does not have the “exact details” of an ACA replacement plan while lying about protecting people with preexisting conditions.

AZAR: “Well, we have made very clear what we’re going to do, which is protect those with preexisting conditions through mechanisms that genuinely can protect them, real insurance, and have financing that meets the needs of people the way they want them met, not with a one-size-fits-all solution. The exact details will be dependent on the — frankly, the composition of Congress if and when the Supreme Court does strike down all or a large part of Obamacare.”

Kayleigh McEnany tried to blame Democrats for not having a plan, but Democrats aren’t the ones trying to take health care away from millions of Americans, and today they’re considering a bill to improve the ACA.

MCENANY: “It’s on Democrats to come forward with a solution.”

CNN: “House Democrats seek to enhance Obamacare ahead of Trump push to dismantle the law”

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DNC on SCOTUS Striking Down Louisiana’s Restrictive Abortion Law

30 Jun

DNC Chair Tom Perez, DNC Women’s Caucus Chair Lottie Shackelford, and DNC Vice Chair and Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld abortion rights in Louisiana: 

“It’s a good day for freedom. Again, Republicans tried to attack access to safe and legal abortion at the Supreme Court, and again they were shot down. This critical victory is the result of tireless grassroots organizing and advocacy. But our battle is far from over. Republican leaders will continue to go after the rights of women and anyone seeking reproductive care to make decisions about their own bodies, their own families, and their own futures. In fact, two of today’s votes against abortion rights came from Trump’s Supreme Court appointees, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch. Democrats are doing everything in our power to flip the Senate, defeat Donald Trump, and make sure Roe remains the law of the land. And we will continue fighting to protect every American’s right to reproductive freedom by electing Joe Biden as the next president of the United States.”

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