Trump Has Tried To Cut Social Security And Medicare Every Year — Now He’s At It Again

12 Aug

Yesterday, when asked about Trump’s plan to permanently eliminate the tax that funds Social Security and Medicare, Kellyanne Conway dodged the question and lied that Trump has lived up to his promise not to touch these vital programs.

Yesterday, Kellyanne Conway said that Trump will continue to make good on his promise not to touch Social Security and Medicare.

CONWAY: “As a candidate, as president, Donald J. Trump has said he is not touching entitlements and of course, Medicare, he’s made good on that, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid… He will continue to make good on his five-year promise now to not touch Social Security and Medicare.”

At a tele-town hall last night, Trump once again made clear that he plans to rescind the tax that funds Social Security and Medicare.

TRUMP: “If we win … the payroll tax will be rescinded.”

Trump has proposed cuts to Social Security and Medicare every year.

  • Trump’s FY21 budget proposal called for a net Medicare cut of $480 billion.

  • Trump’s FY21 budget called for $24 billion in cuts to Social Security programs.

  • Trump’s FY20 budget proposed cutting $575 billion from Medicare.

  • Trump’s FY20 budget proposed a $26 billion cut to Social Security programs.

  • Trump’s FY19 budget proposed $72.5 billion in cuts to SSDI and Supplemental Security Income.

  • Trump’s FY19 budget proposed cutting Medicare spending by $554 billion.

  • Trump’s FY18 budget called for a $70 billion cut to SSDI benefits.

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DNC Statement on Joe Biden’s Selection of Kamala Harris as his Running Mate

11 Aug

DNC Women’s Caucus Chair Lottie Shackelford, DNC Black Caucus Chair Virgie M. Rollins, DNC AAPI Caucus Chair Bel Leong-Hong, and DNC Hispanic Caucus Chair Iris Martinez released the following statement on Joe Biden’s selection of Kamala Harris as his running mate:

“Earlier this year, Joe Biden announced that he would  pick a woman to be his running mate in recognition of the role that we have played in fighting for freedom, fairness, and equality for all Americans. His decision to elevate a qualified woman to be the next vice president of the United States stands in contrast to the hate, misogyny, xenophobia, and division that Trump has sown since he took office.

“Sen. Kamala Harris is the embodiment of what America needs at this critical juncture, as we work together to rebuild our country from a deadly pandemic that has claimed the lives of more than 160,000 Americans. She will be a key ally to Joe Biden as they lead the recovery from one of the worst economic collapses our country has ever seen, as a result of Trump’s mismanagement of the global pandemic. But most importantly, she will work side-by-side with Joe to heal the social wounds that have long festered under Trump and to fight for the soul of America.

“As the first Black woman and first Asian American person to be part of a major party’s presidential ticket, Kamala is breaking grounds for so many who have felt attacked, villainized, and forgotten in Trump’s America. But more than just making history, she represents America’s future, a choice that will put our country on the right track. That’s why in November, we will make sure to elect Joe Biden as the next president of the United States and Kamala Harris as our next vice president.”

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DNC on Joe Biden’s VP Selection of Kamala Harris

11 Aug

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement after Joe Biden announced his selection of Kamala Harris as his vice presidential running mate:

“Kamala Harris is an extraordinary leader. And she’s going to make an extraordinary vice president. Throughout her career, Senator Harris has championed working families and helped us build a better nation for all – no matter what you look like, where you come from, who you love, or how you pray. Through her service on the Senate Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, she has amassed the necessary experience to confront the biggest threats facing our nation at home and abroad. From fighting big oil, to taking on the gun lobby, to going after big banks, Kamala Harris is afraid of no one. Her leadership as California’s attorney general and in the U.S. Senate has made our country stronger. She shares the values of Joe Biden and Democrats across the country who want to rebuild our economy and restore the soul of our nation. And she will make history as the first woman, first African American, and first Indian American to serve as our nation’s vice president.

“Joe Biden approached this decision with the same care and sound judgement he’ll show as president. He knows Kamala Harris is ready for this job on day one, and he knows she has the empathy, experience, and character to lead. Just as importantly, Senator Harris will continue to show generations of young women, particularly young women of color, that there is no height to which they cannot aspire. Together, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are Donald Trump and Mike Pence’s worst nightmare. They are going to win this election, end this pandemic, and build a brighter future for all Americans.”

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Ahead of Pence Visit, DNC Launches Bilingual Digital Ad Campaign Calling Out Trump’s Failed Pandemic Response in Arizona Daily Star, La Estrella De Tucsón

11 Aug

Ahead of Mike Pence’s visit to Arizona today, the Democratic National Committee launched a daylong bilingual digital advertising campaign on the homepages of the Arizona Daily Star and La Estrella De Tucsón to call out Donald Trump’s failed pandemic response. The newspapers reach voters in the Tucson area, where Pence is set to hold campaign events today.

Later today, Arizona Democrats are greeting Pence’s visit with a press call featuring Rob Taber, National Co-Chair of the Latter-Day Saint Democrats of America, State Representatives Reginald Bolding and Andrés Cano, and President of the Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans Saundra Cole, to discuss how Trump’s failed leadership has hurt Arizona communities and resulted in more than 4,100 deaths statewide.

“Nothing Mike Pence says today can distract from the truth about Trump: his failed leadership has cost Arizonans their lives and their jobs,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez. “Trump’s ineffective pandemic response has put hundreds of thousands of Arizonans out of work, sadly taken more than 4,100 lives, and done nothing to make us safer from the virus. To make matters even worse, now he’s threatening to cut funding to Social Security, even in the midst of a pandemic. At every turn, Arizonans have paid the price for Trump’s failures, and they’ll hold him accountable in November.”

Today’s digital advertising campaign will run prominent display ads on both the Arizona Daily Star and La Estrella’s homepages for a 24-hour period and will aim to reach bilingual voters in the greater Tucson area. The digital advertising campaign comes on the heels of the DNC’s television ad targeting seniors in the Tucson media market, which was announced in July. See images of the ads below.

 

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Trump Keeps Lying That Children Are Immune As More Evidence Shows They Aren’t

11 Aug

Trump continues to falsely claim that children are immune to the coronavirus to push schools to reopen without having a plan to ensure it is done safely, even as more evidence continues to come out that children are susceptible to the virus and his own administration officials warn that outbreaks in reopened schools will be “inevitable.”

Last night, Trump once again falsely claimed that children are essentially immune to the coronavirus.

QUESTION: “Do you still believe that children are essentially immune?”

TRUMP: “Yeah, I think that for the most part they do very well.”

Trump’s own administration officials are contradicting him, warning that outbreaks are “inevitable” at reopened schools.

The Daily Beast: “Trump Aides: Outbreaks ‘Inevitable’ at Reopened Schools”

More evidence shows children aren’t immune. In Florida, infections in children rose 137% in the past month and hospitalizations jumped 105%.

CNN: “In Florida, the total number of cases in children 17 and under rose from 16,797 on July 9 to 39,735 on August 9 — an increase of 137%, according to Florida Department of Health data. Covid-19 hospitalizations among children in Florida rose from 213 to 436 during that same period, a 105% increase. Deaths among children rose from four to seven in Florida during that period.”

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DNC, Nebraska Dems Hold Second Virtual Text Bank, Encouraging 17,000 Nebraskans To Vote-By-Mail

11 Aug

Last week, the Democratic National Committee and Nebraska Democratic Party partnered to text more than 17,000 voters in Sarpy County with information on how to request a mail-in ballot for the general election. This follows an initial text bank that contacted 110,000 voters in Douglas County.

“Nobody should be forced to choose between their health and their vote,” said Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez. “It’s never been more important for voters to make their voices heard, and we are using every tool at our disposal to ensure Nebraskans have a plan to vote this year.”

“Nebraska Democrats are putting our foot on the gas,” said Nebraska Democratic Party Chair Jane Kleeb. “We won’t allow others to use this crisis to silence Nebraskans in the most important election of our lifetimes. Voters are energized like never before, and we’re working every day to ensure that energy is channeled into the ballot box.”

This texting campaign comes as Democrats have shifted to virtual organizing tactics in the midst of COVID-19. The DNC’s acquisition of tens of millions of cell phone numbers earlier this year has allowed Democrats in Nebraska and across the country to seamlessly transition to digital-only organizing by improving voter contact and strengthening data infrastructure. Democrats have also recently launched vote-by-mail text banks in Pennsylvania, Florida, Maine, and Georgia.

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Trump Downplays Virus, Suggests It Will Go Away As Cases Surge Past 5 Million

11 Aug

At his briefing last night and again this morning, Trump continued to downplay the coronavirus and suggest that it would disappear even as coronavirus cases continue to surge across the country.

Trump downplayed the virus by saying “it’s been amazing what we’ve been able to do” after being asked about 160,ooo dead Americans.

TRUMP: “I think it’s been amazing what we’ve been able to do.”

Trump also suggested — and suggested again this morning — that the virus would disappear, saying in a “fairly short period of time” we’ll be in “very, very good shape” all over the country.

TRUMP: “I do want to say that, I think, at the end of a fairly short period of time, you’re going to be in very, very good shape all over our country.”

TRUMP: “We’re doing very well in everything, including corona, as you call it. We’re getting to an end..”

Meanwhile, states across the country set record highs in new coronavirus infections and hospitalizations last week.

Axios: “Five states set new highs last week for coronavirus infections recorded in a single day, according to the COVID Tracking Project and state health departments.”

NBC News: “Florida shattered its record for weekly hospitalizations, making it one of the biggest coronavirus hot spots in the nation. Some 3,355 people were admitted to Florida hospitals from Sunday, Aug. 2, to Monday, the state’s COVID-19 dashboard showed.”

After doubling our number of infections in just 6 weeks, the U.S. surpassed 5 million cases and now has more cases than countries like Ireland and New Zealand have people.

CBS News: “The U.S. has had more coronavirus cases than some countries have people”

CNBC: “It took just six weeks for the number of Covid-19 infections to double in the U.S., which logged the last 1 million infections over the last two weeks, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.”

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At Least 7 Times Trump Said He Will Permanently Eliminate Funds To Social Security And Medicare

11 Aug

After Trump announced that he would permanently eliminate the tax that funds Social Security and Medicare if he wins reelection, the White House tried to walk back his comments, but then Trump doubled down last night, making it clear what he plans to do.

Last night, Trump doubled down on his plan to make the payroll tax cut permanent if he’s reelected.

  1. TRUMP: “After the election, on the assumption that it would be victorious for an administration that’s done a great job, we will be ending that tax. We will be terminating that tax.”

On Saturday, Trump vowed three times to make the payroll tax cut permanent if he won reelection.

  1. TRUMP: “If I’m victorious on November 3rd, I plan to forgive these taxes and make permanent cuts to the payroll tax.  So I’m going to make them all permanent.”

  2. TRUMP: “But if I win, I may extend and terminate.  In other words, I’ll extend it beyond the end of the year and terminate the tax.”

  3. TRUMP: “And this is deferral payroll tax obligations.  So this is your payroll tax obligations, which we’re going to end up terminating eventually, right?”

In April, Trump said twice that he wanted to permanently cut the payroll tax.

  1. TRUMP: “I would love to see a payroll tax cut. There are many people that would like to see it as a permanent tax cut — payroll tax cut.”

  2. TRUMP: “I mean, there are a lot of people — I’m one of them — that would have liked to have seen the payroll tax cut as a permanent cut.”

In March, Trump was privately encouraging Republican lawmakers to permanently eliminate the payroll tax cut.

  1. Wall Street Journal: “Following the meeting, Mr. Trump told reporters he had discussed stimulus measures with Republicans, but offered few details. Mr. Trump wants to suspend the payroll tax through Dec. 31, an administration official said, though he has also said privately he wants the tax to be permanently eliminated.”

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At Least 7 Times Trump Said He Will Permanently Eliminate Funds To Social Security And Medicare

11 Aug

After Trump announced that he would permanently eliminate the tax that funds Social Security and Medicare if he wins reelection, the White House tried to walk back his comments, but then Trump doubled down last night, making it clear what he plans to do.

Last night, Trump doubled down on his plan to make the payroll tax cut permanent if he’s reelected.

  1. TRUMP: “After the election, on the assumption that it would be victorious for an administration that’s done a great job, we will be ending that tax. We will be terminating that tax.”

On Saturday, Trump vowed three times to make the payroll tax cut permanent if he won reelection.

  1. TRUMP: “If I’m victorious on November 3rd, I plan to forgive these taxes and make permanent cuts to the payroll tax.  So I’m going to make them all permanent.”

  2. TRUMP: “But if I win, I may extend and terminate.  In other words, I’ll extend it beyond the end of the year and terminate the tax.”

  3. TRUMP: “And this is deferral payroll tax obligations.  So this is your payroll tax obligations, which we’re going to end up terminating eventually, right?”

In April, Trump said twice that he wanted to permanently cut the payroll tax.

  1. TRUMP: “I would love to see a payroll tax cut. There are many people that would like to see it as a permanent tax cut — payroll tax cut.”

  2. TRUMP: “I mean, there are a lot of people — I’m one of them — that would have liked to have seen the payroll tax cut as a permanent cut.”

In March, Trump was privately encouraging Republican lawmakers to permanently eliminate the payroll tax cut.

  1. Wall Street Journal: “Following the meeting, Mr. Trump told reporters he had discussed stimulus measures with Republicans, but offered few details. Mr. Trump wants to suspend the payroll tax through Dec. 31, an administration official said, though he has also said privately he wants the tax to be permanently eliminated.”

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In The Battlegrounds: Democrats Slam Donald Trump’s Attack on Social Security

10 Aug

Following Donald Trump’s executive action threatening Social Security over the weekend, Democrats across the battleground states slammed his continued attacks on Americans’ retirement security and earned benefits. See for yourself:

In Arizona:

AZ Dems: “Donald Trump’s disastrous pandemic response has been a raw deal for working families and older Americans in Arizona and across the country … And as the coronavirus outbreak tore through Arizona’s retirement communities and nursing homes, Trump failed to act and left seniors to fend for themselves. Now, after tanking good-faith negotiations to extend economic relief for working families, Trump is cutting unemployment benefits by $200 a week and exploiting a public health crisis to gut Social Security funding — right when communities need help the most.”

In Florida: 

Palm Beach Post: “Florida Democrats immediately seized on the potential ramification of the pledge, which would deprive Social Security of its main funding source. ‘Amid yesterday’s train wreck of neglect, Trump still manages to needlessly imperil seniors’ Social Security and Medicare benefits,’ said U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, in a statement. ‘The only certainties his executive orders deliver are more debt for working families, deeper state and local layoffs and a continuing refusal to address the testing and tracing measures needed to pull us out of this pandemic quagmire.’”

Rep. Ted Deutch: “Donald Trump has been a disaster for our seniors. His chaotic response to the coronavirus pandemic has threatened our seniors’ lives — and now he’s using the pandemic to gut Social Security’s funding. Make no mistake: Donald Trump just unilaterally decided to cut Social Security’s funding source and, if he gets a second term, vowed to defund Social Security once and for all.”

In Georgia:

GA Dems: “Donald Trump has already broken promise after promise towards America’s seniors, but this betrayal might be one of the worst ones yet. More than one million Georgians depend on Social Security to make ends meet and plan for a safe retirement.”

In Michigan:

MI Dems: “This president’s inability to get a handle on the pandemic continues to have a devastating impact on Michiganders … Today’s report is a shocking reminder of that reality. At a time when seniors in our state desperately need economic support and security, this president is inexplicably attacking Social Security and Medicare. We need a president who’s up to the task in confronting this virus and supporting Michiganders struggling to find their footing. Donald Trump continuously shows us he’s the opposite of that leader.”

In Nevada:

NV Dems: “Time and again, Donald Trump has thrown America’s seniors to the wolves, from undermining Medicare to letting the coronavirus rip through nursing homes. Now, as the coronavirus outbreak continues to hit older Nevadans hard, Trump is exploiting a public health crisis to drain funding from Social Security and leave seniors to fend for themselves. Older Americans deserve better than Trump’s out-of-touch and disastrous leadership. Now more than ever, we need leaders who will fight to protect our family members and loved ones, and that leader is Joe Biden.”

In North Carolina: 

Rep. G.K. Butterfield:  “President Trump’s Executive Order will endanger the long-term stability of the Social Security Trust Fund. The Fund was facing a revenue shortfall prior to the Pandemic and now Trump’s actions will further deplete the fund.  It is foreseeable that the Social Security Trust Fund could run out of money within ten years which would reduce retirements payments by 31%.”

In Ohio:

OH Dems: “When he was on the campaign trail, Trump claimed he wouldn’t cut Medicare and Social Security. But over the past three years, Trump has proposed and supported cutting both programs. In January, Trump suggested cutting Social Security and Medicare was ‘the easiest of all things’ — as if these programs aren’t benefits that Americans have earned over decades of work. Senate Republicans who have discussed it with the president say he calls it a ‘second-term project.’ That makes it clear what’s at stake in 2020 — if Trump wins a second term, he will slash Medicare and Social Security. The president keeps making promises to the people of Ohio. Time and time again, he keeps breaking those promises, and everyday Ohioans — like the nearly 2.4 million Ohioans who rely on Social Security — are paying the price.”

In Virginia:

VA Dems: “1.6 million Virginians, including seniors and people with disabilities, rely on Social Security. Donald Trump’s war on our nation’s most cherished earned benefit is one where everyone loses. When he said that if re-elected, he plans to cripple the revenue for Social Security, he showed that financial security for the most vulnerable Virginians is the least of his concerns. We’re already dealing with Trump’s failed pandemic leadership; putting Social Security into doubt may be even more disastrous.”

In Wisconsin: 

WI Dems: “Threatening to slash Social Security in the middle of a pandemic that has wreaked havoc on older Wisconsinites is typical of the ineffective, chaotic leadership we’ve come to expect from Donald Trump. Trump and his administration have repeatedly attacked Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, despite the fact that  these popular programs are an essential lifeline for millions across the nation. The choice between Joe Biden and Trump could not be more clear. Democrats created Social Security, and Joe Biden has shown his commitment time after time to strengthen and preserve this vital program.”

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