NEW POLL: Trump Approval Among Troops Declining as More and More Service Members Support Biden

31 Aug

The results of a new poll released by Military Times today show that military service members are increasingly expressing support for Vice President Biden over Trump, directly undercutting Trump’s claims that his support among service members is strong.

The Military Times poll shows a decline in active-duty service members’ views of Trump.

Military Times: “The latest Military Times poll shows a continued decline in active-duty service members’ views of President Donald Trump and a slight but significant preference for former Vice President Joe Biden in the upcoming November election among troops surveyed. The results, collected before the political conventions earlier this month, appear to undercut claims from the president that his support among military members is strong thanks to big defense budget increases in recent years and promised moves to draw down troops from overseas conflict zones.”

The poll found that if the election were held today, more active-duty service members would vote for Biden than for Trump, by nearly a 6-point margin. This is a notable change from 2016, when Trump led by a wide margin in Military Times’ October poll.

Nearly half of respondents had an unfavorable view of Trump, compared with less than 38% who had a positive view, directly contradicting Trump’s claims that his support among military members is strong.

Military Times: “In the latest results — based on 1,018 active-duty troops surveyed in late July and early August — nearly half of respondents (49.9 percent) had an unfavorable view of the president, compared to about 38 percent who had a favorable view.”

The poll also found that active-duty service members overwhelmingly disagreed with Trump’s handling of reports that Russian officials offered bounties to target and kill American troops and his suggestion that active-duty military personnel should be used to respond to protests. 

Military Times: “Only about 17 percent of those surveyed felt the White House has properly handed reports that Russian officials offered bounties for Afghan fighters to target and kill American troops, an issue Trump has dismissed as unreliable intelligence. Nearly 47 percent disagreed with his statements.

“Similarly, almost 74 percent of those surveyed disagreed with Trump’s suggestion that active-duty military personnel should be used to respond to civil unrest in American cities, including the ongoing racial equality protests. Only about 22 percent supported the president’s idea.”

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NEW POLL: Trump Approval Among Troops Declining as More and More Service Members Support Biden

31 Aug

The results of a new poll released by Military Times today show that military service members are increasingly expressing support for Vice President Biden over Trump, directly undercutting Trump’s claims that his support among service members is strong.

The Military Times poll shows a decline in active-duty service members’ views of Trump.

Military Times: “The latest Military Times poll shows a continued decline in active-duty service members’ views of President Donald Trump and a slight but significant preference for former Vice President Joe Biden in the upcoming November election among troops surveyed. The results, collected before the political conventions earlier this month, appear to undercut claims from the president that his support among military members is strong thanks to big defense budget increases in recent years and promised moves to draw down troops from overseas conflict zones.”

The poll found that if the election were held today, more active-duty service members would vote for Biden than for Trump, by nearly a 6-point margin. This is a notable change from 2016, when Trump led by a wide margin in Military Times’ October poll.

Nearly half of respondents had an unfavorable view of Trump, compared with less than 38% who had a positive view, directly contradicting Trump’s claims that his support among military members is strong.

Military Times: “In the latest results — based on 1,018 active-duty troops surveyed in late July and early August — nearly half of respondents (49.9 percent) had an unfavorable view of the president, compared to about 38 percent who had a favorable view.”

The poll also found that active-duty service members overwhelmingly disagreed with Trump’s handling of reports that Russian officials offered bounties to target and kill American troops and his suggestion that active-duty military personnel should be used to respond to protests. 

Military Times: “Only about 17 percent of those surveyed felt the White House has properly handed reports that Russian officials offered bounties for Afghan fighters to target and kill American troops, an issue Trump has dismissed as unreliable intelligence. Nearly 47 percent disagreed with his statements.

“Similarly, almost 74 percent of those surveyed disagreed with Trump’s suggestion that active-duty military personnel should be used to respond to civil unrest in American cities, including the ongoing racial equality protests. Only about 22 percent supported the president’s idea.”

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U.S. Hits 6 Million Coronavirus Cases as Trump Golfs, Tweets Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories

31 Aug

Over the weekend, as Trump golfed and tweeted out conspiracy theories, the United States surpassed six million confirmed coronavirus cases. As more and more Americans get infected and lose their lives, Trump has still not outlined a comprehensive plan to combat the virus — he’s instead continued to sideline medical experts, downplay the virus, and attempt to use federal agencies for his own political gain.

Coronavirus cases in the United States continue to rise, with the U.S. hitting 6 million confirmed cases. 

New York Times: “It took more than three months for the United States to reach one million coronavirus cases after reporting its first confirmed infection, but less than a third of that time to notch the latest million-case leap. On Sunday, the United States hit yet another milestone, with six million reported cases, according to a New York Times database.”

As the U.S. hit 6 million cases, the highest in the world, Trump was busy golfing and tweeting out coronavirus conspiracy theories. 

NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell: “The president has spent part of his Sunday at his Virginia Trump branded golf property.  These @NBCNews images were taken at extreme distance.”

New York Times: “Mr. Trump likewise reposted messages asserting that the real death toll from the coronavirus is only around 9,000 — not nearly 183,000 — because the others who died also had other health issues and most were of an advanced age. … The post was a distortion of data available on the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which reports that 6 percent of coronavirus fatalities list only the virus on the death certificates. For other deaths, the patients had an average of 2.6 other conditions or causes of death. The statistics do not mean that they did not die because of the virus, but help explain who is most vulnerable to it. Twitter deleted one of the tweets that Mr. Trump reposted advancing this claim, replacing it with a message: ‘This Tweet is no longer available because it violated the Twitter Rules.’”

Trump misrepresented the effectiveness of a coronavirus treatment, worrying experts and FDA scientists over the way Trump was using government agencies for his own political benefit. 

Washington Post: “At a news conference on the eve of the Republican National Convention, Trump lauded an emergency authorization for convalescent plasma as a ‘very historic breakthrough.’ … The misrepresentations became a stunning debacle for the FDA, shaking its professional staff to the core and undermining its credibility as it approaches one of the most important and fraught decisions in its history amid a divisive presidential election — deciding when a coronavirus vaccine is safe and effective. Yet again, the president had harnessed the machinery of government to advance his political agenda — with potentially corrosive effects on public trust in government scientists’ handling of the pandemic.”

And Trump has also elevated a new coronavirus adviser whose “herd immunity” strategy to combat the coronavirus could, according to experts, lead to hundreds of thousands or even millions more deaths. 

Washington Post: “One of President Trump’s top medical advisers is urging the White House to embrace a controversial ‘herd immunity’ strategy to combat the pandemic, which would entail allowing the coronavirus to spread through most of the population to quickly build resistance to the virus, while taking steps to protect those in nursing homes and other vulnerable populations, according to five people familiar with the discussions. … That this approach is even being discussed inside the White House is drawing concern from experts inside and outside the government who note that a herd immunity strategy could lead to the country suffering hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of lost lives.”

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U.S. Hits 6 Million Coronavirus Cases as Trump Golfs, Tweets Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories

31 Aug

Over the weekend, as Trump golfed and tweeted out conspiracy theories, the United States surpassed six million confirmed coronavirus cases. As more and more Americans get infected and lose their lives, Trump has still not outlined a comprehensive plan to combat the virus — he’s instead continued to sideline medical experts, downplay the virus, and attempt to use federal agencies for his own political gain.

Coronavirus cases in the United States continue to rise, with the U.S. hitting 6 million confirmed cases. 

New York Times: “It took more than three months for the United States to reach one million coronavirus cases after reporting its first confirmed infection, but less than a third of that time to notch the latest million-case leap. On Sunday, the United States hit yet another milestone, with six million reported cases, according to a New York Times database.”

As the U.S. hit 6 million cases, the highest in the world, Trump was busy golfing and tweeting out coronavirus conspiracy theories. 

NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell: “The president has spent part of his Sunday at his Virginia Trump branded golf property.  These @NBCNews images were taken at extreme distance.”

New York Times: “Mr. Trump likewise reposted messages asserting that the real death toll from the coronavirus is only around 9,000 — not nearly 183,000 — because the others who died also had other health issues and most were of an advanced age. … The post was a distortion of data available on the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which reports that 6 percent of coronavirus fatalities list only the virus on the death certificates. For other deaths, the patients had an average of 2.6 other conditions or causes of death. The statistics do not mean that they did not die because of the virus, but help explain who is most vulnerable to it. Twitter deleted one of the tweets that Mr. Trump reposted advancing this claim, replacing it with a message: ‘This Tweet is no longer available because it violated the Twitter Rules.’”

Trump misrepresented the effectiveness of a coronavirus treatment, worrying experts and FDA scientists over the way Trump was using government agencies for his own political benefit. 

Washington Post: “At a news conference on the eve of the Republican National Convention, Trump lauded an emergency authorization for convalescent plasma as a ‘very historic breakthrough.’ … The misrepresentations became a stunning debacle for the FDA, shaking its professional staff to the core and undermining its credibility as it approaches one of the most important and fraught decisions in its history amid a divisive presidential election — deciding when a coronavirus vaccine is safe and effective. Yet again, the president had harnessed the machinery of government to advance his political agenda — with potentially corrosive effects on public trust in government scientists’ handling of the pandemic.”

And Trump has also elevated a new coronavirus adviser whose “herd immunity” strategy to combat the coronavirus could, according to experts, lead to hundreds of thousands or even millions more deaths. 

Washington Post: “One of President Trump’s top medical advisers is urging the White House to embrace a controversial ‘herd immunity’ strategy to combat the pandemic, which would entail allowing the coronavirus to spread through most of the population to quickly build resistance to the virus, while taking steps to protect those in nursing homes and other vulnerable populations, according to five people familiar with the discussions. … That this approach is even being discussed inside the White House is drawing concern from experts inside and outside the government who note that a herd immunity strategy could lead to the country suffering hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of lost lives.”

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DNC on U.S. Passing 6 Million COVID-19 Cases

31 Aug

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement after the United States reached 6 million COVID-19 cases, more than any other country in the world:

“6 million cases. 183,000 dead. But God forbid Donald Trump take any responsibility. This president still has no plan to end this pandemic, no plan to contain the spikes we’re seeing across the country, no plan to rebuild our economy and put Americans back to work safely. We’re witnessing one of the worst failures of leadership in American history. Our economy is in recession; our nation is gripped by civil unrest over racial injustice and police brutality. And yet, Trump and Republicans spent their four-day convention congratulating themselves on a job well-done. What planet are they living on?

“Chaos is not leadership. Cruelty is not strength. We need proven leaders in the White House who will get the job done and help us build back better. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will act decisively to ensure the wide availability of free testing, develop a vaccine, bring an end to this pandemic, and revitalize our economy for a new era. This is a dark era for our nation, but on November 3, we begin a new era.”

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Today In Trump’s America: Skyrocketing COVID Cases, More Chaos, Struggling Economy & Higher Costs

31 Aug

Americans awoke today to a bleak reality as a result of Trump’s failed leadership. The coronavirus continues to surge, Americans are paying more for health care, and the economy is struggling, and Trump is inciting more violence. Instead of doing anything about it, Trump is downplaying the pandemic, further dividing Americans, and denying responsibility for the chaos happening under his watch.

CORONAVIRUS CRISIS: New cases continue to rise at an alarming rate and the U.S. surpassed 6 million cases because of Trump’s failed response. 

New York Times: “Confirmed virus cases in the U.S. surpass 6 million.”

New York Times: “Twenty-two days. It took more than three months for the United States to reach one million coronavirus cases after reporting its first confirmed infection, but less than a third of that time to notch the latest million-case leap.”

HEALTH CARE IN CRISIS: Americans are still being hit with tens of thousands in hospital bills after Trump’s plan to cover coronavirus treatment for uninsured Americans has not lived up to its promise.

New York Times: “Trump Program to Cover Uninsured Covid-19 Patients Falls Short of Promise”

New York Times: “The program has drawn little attention since, but a review by The New York Times of payments made through it, as well as interviews with hospital executives, patients and health policy researchers who have examined the payments, suggest the quickly concocted plan has not lived up to its promise.”

ECONOMY IN CRISIS: Trump has tried to ignore the reality of a struggling economy as the country suffers even more permanent job losses because of his failure to get the virus under control.

Politico: “The economy Trump and others described at the GOP convention doesn’t match up with the reality on the ground for millions of Americans.”

Politico: “The rapid recovery that Trump and Pence spoke of at the convention does not square with the reality of new jobless claims that continue to flood in around 1 million per week, well above the previous record of close to 700,000 set in the 1980s.”

Wall Street Journal: “New Covid-19 Layoffs Make Job Reductions Permanent”

COUNTRY IN CRISIS: Trump continued to incite violence over the weekend as he tries to shirk responsibility for the chaos and division happening under his watch.

NBC News: “President Donald Trump on Sunday praised a pro-Trump caravan of activists whose presence appeared to contribute to violent clashes Saturday in Portland, Oregon.”

ABC News: “A nationwide review conducted by ABC News has identified at least 54 criminal cases where Trump was invoked in direct connection with violent acts, threats of violence or allegations of assault.”

Associated Press: “All of the convention’s apocalyptic rhetoric was in service of bashing Trump challenger Joe Biden, Democratic mayors and national Democrats both in and out of office as being soft on violence and anarchy. Yet the landscape of lawlessness they described is Trump’s America now.”

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