FACT SHEET: Trump Is Making Americans Less Safe

1 Sep

Trump falsely claims to be the law and order president as he fans the flames of hate and division and tries to blame the chaos that ensues on his political opponents — despite the fact that, last we checked, he is currently the president. Trump keeps telling us if he is reelected, you’d feel safe, but does anyone actually believe that?

Americans are less safe because of Trump’s failed coronavirus response.

  • The United States has the worst coronavirus outbreak in the world, with more deaths and cases than any other country by far.

  • The U.S. has over six million confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 183,000 Americans have died, with an average of 1,000 Americans dying each day last month.

  • More cops have died of coronavirus this year than on patrol.

  • Trump ignored warnings and unsafely pushed for the country to reopen. Now he is falsely claiming children are immune to coronavirus and pushing for schools to fully reopen without a plan to ensure it is done safely.

Trump is putting Americans’s health and economic security at risk. 

  • Trump has tried to cut Social Security programs every year, and an analysis by the Social Security Administration’s chief actuary determined that his plan to eliminate the payroll tax could deplete Social Security by 2023.

  • Trump’s failed coronavirus response has contributed to millions of small businesses are at risk of closing for good, up to 40 million Americans are at risk of being evicted, tens of millions are going hungry, and 58 million Americans have filed for unemployment with over 16 million still out of work.

  • Trump is fighting to overturn the entire Affordable Care Act, which would take health care away from 20 million Americans and eliminate protections for as many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions, potentially including those recovering from coronavirus.

Trump has fanned the flames of hate for his political gain and refused to condemn violence from his own supporters.

  • Trump outright defended one of his own supporters charged with murdering two protestors.

  • Trump’s top advisor Kellyanne Conway said she thinks more violence and chaos will help Trump politically, and Trump dismissed concerns that going to Kenosha, Wisconsin would exacerbate violence, instead noting it would “increase enthusiasm.”

  • Trump encouraged a caravan of supporters who traveled to Portland to fight back protestors, and defended his supporters for shooting protestors with paintballs.

  • Trump encouraged violence against peaceful protesters in Minnesota, calling protestors “thugs” and suggesting they would be shot.

  • Trump implied his supporters should fight back against protesters, and threatened that his supporters were “much tougher” and “much stronger.”

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Trump Says Coronavirus Is ‘Going Away’ As Deaths Spike

13 Aug

As deaths hit record levels, Trump continues to lie about the coronavirus, saying it will disappear and falsely suggesting that children are almost immune. The U.S. has averaged over 1,000 deaths for 17 straight days, but Trump still refuses to listen to the experts and does not have a plan to control the virus.

Trump continues to say the virus is “going away” even as the U.S. hit the highest number of deaths in a single day since mid-May yesterday and averaged over 1,000 deaths for 17 straight days.

TRUMP: “We’re still in the pandemic, which will be going away. As I say, it will be going away.”

Washington Post: “As the United States reported its highest number of deaths from the novel coronavirus in a single day since mid-May, President Trump on Wednesday continued to press for the nation’s schools to bring children into classrooms, for businesses to open and for athletes to fill stadiums.”

CNN: “The seven-day average of daily coronavirus deaths was just over 1,000 on Tuesday, the 16th consecutive day the US averaged over 1,000 deaths per day. [Wednesday] became the 17th day as more than 1,300 deaths were reported.”

Trump continues to lie that kids “don’t get sick” even as they’re forced to quarantine after their classmates tested positive, and he replaced public health experts with a Fox News pundit who echoes his lies in order to push schools to unsafely reopen.

QUESTION: “The transmission rate as some students are now rising in the numbers of COVID cases… are you at all concerned about that?”

TRUMP: “No because they don’t get sick.”

Bloomberg: “Hundreds Quarantined in Schools That Followed Trump’s Advice”

CNN: “The man Trump was pointing to was Dr. Scott Atlas, a fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution who frequently appears on Fox News and has advised Republicans in the past. And crucially, unlike the government’s medical experts who have advised Trump until now, has adopted a public stance on the virus much closer to Trump’s — including decrying the idea that schools cannot reopen this fall as ‘hysteria’ and pushing for the resumption of college sports.”

The country is doing less testing, and there is less hospital data available after his administration ordered states to report it directly to them, hurting the pandemic response.

Axios: “The U.S. is cutting back on coronavirus testing. Nationally, the number of tests performed each day is about 17% lower than it was at the end of July, and testing is also declining in hard-hit states.”

Wall Street Journal: “Public release of hospital data about the coronavirus pandemic has slowed to a crawl, one month after the federal government ordered states to report it directly to the Department of Health and Human Services and bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

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Trump Says Coronavirus Is ‘Going Away’ As Deaths Spike

13 Aug

As deaths hit record levels, Trump continues to lie about the coronavirus, saying it will disappear and falsely suggesting that children are almost immune. The U.S. has averaged over 1,000 deaths for 17 straight days, but Trump still refuses to listen to the experts and does not have a plan to control the virus.

Trump continues to say the virus is “going away” even as the U.S. hit the highest number of deaths in a single day since mid-May yesterday and averaged over 1,000 deaths for 17 straight days.

TRUMP: “We’re still in the pandemic, which will be going away. As I say, it will be going away.”

Washington Post: “As the United States reported its highest number of deaths from the novel coronavirus in a single day since mid-May, President Trump on Wednesday continued to press for the nation’s schools to bring children into classrooms, for businesses to open and for athletes to fill stadiums.”

CNN: “The seven-day average of daily coronavirus deaths was just over 1,000 on Tuesday, the 16th consecutive day the US averaged over 1,000 deaths per day. [Wednesday] became the 17th day as more than 1,300 deaths were reported.”

Trump continues to lie that kids “don’t get sick” even as they’re forced to quarantine after their classmates tested positive, and he replaced public health experts with a Fox News pundit who echoes his lies in order to push schools to unsafely reopen.

QUESTION: “The transmission rate as some students are now rising in the numbers of COVID cases… are you at all concerned about that?”

TRUMP: “No because they don’t get sick.”

Bloomberg: “Hundreds Quarantined in Schools That Followed Trump’s Advice”

CNN: “The man Trump was pointing to was Dr. Scott Atlas, a fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution who frequently appears on Fox News and has advised Republicans in the past. And crucially, unlike the government’s medical experts who have advised Trump until now, has adopted a public stance on the virus much closer to Trump’s — including decrying the idea that schools cannot reopen this fall as ‘hysteria’ and pushing for the resumption of college sports.”

The country is doing less testing, and there is less hospital data available after his administration ordered states to report it directly to them, hurting the pandemic response.

Axios: “The U.S. is cutting back on coronavirus testing. Nationally, the number of tests performed each day is about 17% lower than it was at the end of July, and testing is also declining in hard-hit states.”

Wall Street Journal: “Public release of hospital data about the coronavirus pandemic has slowed to a crawl, one month after the federal government ordered states to report it directly to the Department of Health and Human Services and bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

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Trump Keeps Lying That He’s Stopping Evictions

13 Aug

Trump keeps claiming that he is stopping evictions. He’s not. Even Larry Kudlow admitted that Trump’s executive order wasn’t actually an eviction moratorium.

Trump said yesterday that his executive order is protecting people from evictions and that Democrats didn’t want to do that.

TRUMP: “I want to make it unmistakably clear that I’m protecting people from evictions. They didn’t want to do that.  The Democrats didn’t want to do a protection from evictions.”

TRUMP: “I took the executive action signing executive orders to freeze the evictions. We’re freezing evictions.”

Trump’s executive order isn’t an eviction moratorium, which even Larry Kudlow admits, and isn’t likely to actually prevent any evictions.

KUDLOW: “It’s not quite an eviction moratorium.”

Bloomberg: “Trump’s Executive Order on Evictions Likely Won’t Prevent Any Evictions”

Yahoo Money: “President Trump’s promises to prevent evictions offers ‘false hope,’ experts say”

Democrats passed a bill three months ago to provide renter assistance and to extend the federal eviction moratorium for a year.

CNBC: “In May, House Democrats passed a bill providing $100 billion in renter assistance, $75 billion for homeowners and to extend the eviction ban for a year following its enactment date.”

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DNC on Black Women’s Equal Pay Day

13 Aug

To commemorate Black Women’s Equal Pay Day – the day that marks how much longer it takes for the average Black woman to earn as much as a white man – DNC Chair Tom Perez, DNC Women’s Caucus Chair Lottie Shackelford, and DNC Black Caucus Chair Virgie M. Rollins released the following statement: 

“Black women are the backbone of the Democratic Party and the lifeblood of the American workforce. During this pandemic, they have been on the front lines as essential workers, risking their lives to help keep us safe. And yet, they still aren’t paid equally for their work. Time and again, Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress have ignored the challenges of Black women and even rolled back policies aimed at reducing the gender pay gap.

“Joe Biden and Kamala Harris believe in equal pay for equal work, and our party stands shoulder to shoulder with Black women across the country fighting for equality in their workplaces. In fact, the very first piece of legislation enacted by the Obama-Biden administration was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. After winning in November, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will continue to prioritize the economic opportunities of women of color by working to close the pay gap and end paycheck discrmination. As Democrats, we believe that when women succeed, America succeeds. And we will keep fighting for the equal pay and dignity Black women and all working families deserve.”

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DNC on Latest Unemployment Numbers

13 Aug

DNC Chair and former labor secretary Tom Perez released the following statement after nearly 1 million more Americans filed initial claims for unemployment last week:

“Nearly 1 million new unemployment claims last week. Nearly 30 million Americans out of work. Over 166,000 deaths. And what is this president’s response? To cut benefits and attack critical programs like Social Security.

“The American people are sick and tired of Donald Trump’s incompetence. They are fed up with his failures. And they are ready for a new era of leadership. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will usher in that new era by ending this pandemic and building back better.”

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DNC on Pence Visiting Iowa as State Crosses 50,000 COVID Cases

13 Aug

DNC Spokeswoman Maddie McComb released the following statement on Pence visiting Iowa as the state hits 50,000 cases: 

“It didn’t have to be this bad, but Mike Pence and Donald Trump’s failure to prepare or contain the coronavirus has now led to more than 50,000 positive cases in Iowa alone. As Pence heads to the Hawkeye state for a political photo op, Iowans are still dealing with the aftermath of devastating flooding, a chaotic trade war that Trump lost, and massive unemployment across the state. Pence should stop the political games, head back to Washington, and work on the coronavirus task force he was charged with leading. Iowans deserve more than the failed leadership they’re currently seeing from the Trump White House.”

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DNC on Trump Admitting to Sabotaging the Post Office to Boost his Reelection

13 Aug

In response to Trump admitting that he is withholding money from the U.S. Post Office to try to stop mail-in voting, DNC senior spokesperson and adviser Lily Adams released the following statement:

“Donald Trump admitted that he is deliberately sabotaging the Post Office because he thinks it will help boost his reelection. Trump is taking money the Post Office needs and holding up coronavirus relief for millions of struggling Americans and small businesses because he wants to try to stop more voters from voting safely in a pandemic.

“It’s simple – he is terrified of being held accountable. Trump knows Americans are sick of his chaos and incompetence that has contributed to more than 166,000 deaths, over 5 million coronavirus cases, and the sharpest economic decline on record.”

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NEW DNC VIDEO: Trump Puts Children in Danger by Ignoring the Facts on COVID

12 Aug

As coronavirus cases in children spike across the country, Trump still has not listened to medical experts or ensured students, teachers, and families will be safe as he pushes for schools to restart in-person classes. He continues to claim that children are “immune” and that the virus will “disappear.” And today at the White House, he’s expected to continue this push, even as experts and parents worry about the potentially deadly consequences.

In response, the DNC War Room is releasing a new video, “Trump Should Know Better,” blasting Trump for ignoring the facts and needlessly putting children in danger as he continues with his disastrous coronavirus response.

“Parents and teachers don’t trust Donald Trump to make the right call on schools when he’s ignored the science and rejected experts,” said DNC War Room senior spokesperson and advisor Lily Adams. “Even after more than 160,000 Americans have died and millions have lost their jobs, Trump continues to follow his failed playbook: lie and downplay the threat of the virus and make decisions based on what he thinks will benefit him politically. As a result, American families continue to weather chaos as Trump prolongs this crisis.”

WATCH HERE:

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NEW DNC VIDEO: Trump Puts Children in Danger by Ignoring the Facts on COVID

12 Aug

As coronavirus cases in children spike across the country, Trump still has not listened to medical experts or ensured students, teachers, and families will be safe as he pushes for schools to restart in-person classes. He continues to claim that children are “immune” and that the virus will “disappear.” And today at the White House, he’s expected to continue this push, even as experts and parents worry about the potentially deadly consequences.

In response, the DNC War Room is releasing a new video, “Trump Should Know Better,” blasting Trump for ignoring the facts and needlessly putting children in danger as he continues with his disastrous coronavirus response.

“Parents and teachers don’t trust Donald Trump to make the right call on schools when he’s ignored the science and rejected experts,” said DNC War Room senior spokesperson and advisor Lily Adams. “Even after more than 160,000 Americans have died and millions have lost their jobs, Trump continues to follow his failed playbook: lie and downplay the threat of the virus and make decisions based on what he thinks will benefit him politically. As a result, American families continue to weather chaos as Trump prolongs this crisis.”

WATCH HERE:

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