DNC Statement on Trump Campaign’s South Carolina Fundraiser

12 Aug

Ahead of the Trump campaign’s fundraiser in Lake Keowee, South Carolina today, Democratic National Committee spokesperson John Weber released the following statement:

“South Carolinians don’t need the Trumps parachuting in for a high-d0llar fundraiser. They need tests, personal protective equipment, and a president with the capacity to lead. But nearly seven months after Donald Trump promised that the virus was ‘totally under control,’ the pandemic is still getting worse every day. South Carolina can’t afford four more years of his incompetence and broken promises.”

BACKGROUND ON TRUMP’S FAILED PANDEMIC RESPONSE

Promise: “We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China. We have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.” [CNBC Interview, 1/22/20]

Promise: “We are marshalling the full power of the federal government and the private sector to protect the American people.” [Oval Office Address, 3/11/20]

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COVID-19 Cases in Children Spike As Trump Holds WH Event Pushing Potentially Unsafe School Reopenings

12 Aug

Across the country, reports of child cases of coronavirus are spiking, yet Trump remains focused on getting children back to school as soon as possible, even if doing so is potentially unsafe. At a White House event today, he’s expected to do more of the same — lie and downplay the threat of the coronavirus while pushing for students, their families,and school workers to be put in danger.

Trump has repeatedly said that children are “almost immune” to the coronavirus, but new reports show an alarming increase in coronavirus cases among children — disproportionately impacting Black and Hispanic children. 

CBS News: “There has been a dramatic increase in coronavirus cases among children in the United States, according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The association noted a 90% increase in pediatric cases over four weeks. From July 9 to August 6, confirmed cases of COVID-19 in children across the country went from 200,184 to 380,174 – an increase of 179,990 new cases, according to the pediatrics group. During the last two weeks of July alone, more than 97,000 children tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the AAP.”

CNN: “Black and Hispanic children are impacted more severely by coronavirus, with higher case rates, hospitalizations and virus-related complications, according to research released this week. These findings mirror similar reports across the nation of adults in minority communities being hit harder by Covid-19. … The report found Hispanic children were hospitalized for coronavirus at the highest rate, 16.4 per 100,000 people, followed by Black children at 10.5 per 100,000. In contrast, White children were hospitalized at a rate of 2.1 per 100,000.”

Children in states across the country are contracting coronavirus, yet Trump continues to push for schools to reopen even if doing so would risk the health of students, their teachers, and their families.

Georgia — BuzzFeed News: “A Georgia School District Has To Quarantine More Than 900 People Over Fears Of Coronavirus Exposure”

California — Fox News: “Coronavirus cases in children spike in California, according to reports”

Kentucky — Lexington Herald-Leader: “After Kentucky allowed regulated child care providers to reopen in June following a three-month shutdown, reports of COVID-19 infections among employees and children began to trickle in, according to state data. Two months later, new reports arrive on a daily basis. On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear said 123 child care facilities have disclosed infections for 96 staff members and 82 children.”

Massachusetts — Worcester Telegram & Gazette: “As school districts around Massachusetts decide on how they plan to reopen this fall, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 continues to increase and the number of unknowns surrounding children and the disease remain. … Since the pandemic began, more than 394 Worcester residents 18 younger have tested positive for coronavirus, according to a spokesman for the city, while 17 have required hospitalization.”

Ohio — News 5 Cleveland: “Medical experts in Northeast Ohio and across the state have issued a warning and are giving advice to parents concerning a growing number of child COVID-19 cases statewide. … The governor unveiled the latest data from the Ohio Department of Health, showing child COVID-19 cases climbed to 12.8% when cases in children only made up 2.4% back in March.”

Minnesota — Star Tribune: “Children, teens fuel Minnesota COVID-19 case growth”

Florida — CNN: “Florida’s number of official Covid-19 cases in children has more than doubled over the past month, data from the state showed Tuesday. … 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.”

Pennsylvania — Penn Live: “Several student athletes at Central Dauphin High School have tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting the district to cancel team workouts and gatherings for all sports for the next week. According to school district officials, the student athletes had been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and, as a result, have received positive tests.”

Texas — San Antonio Express-News: “A Comal ISD high school student tested positive for COVID-19 during a school band camp, according to a letter sent to parents over the weekend. … The positive case comes only weeks before the school district will begin in-person instruction on Aug. 25.”

Hawaii — Honolulu Civil Beat: “Thirteen positive coronavirus cases have been reported across Hawaii Department of Education schools since the summer, the DOE said Tuesday, shortly after the teachers union pressed the department and health officials for greater transparency in school-based cases as many students return to school next week.”

Indiana — Indianapolis Star: “A Greenfield-Central High School student has tested positive for COVID-19, Superintendent Harold Olin said. The student attended school last week.”

Arkansas — The Daily Citizen: “The Searcy School District has been informed that three of its student-athletes — a football player and two members of the Lionsteppers – have tested positive for COVID-19.”

Meanwhile, a growing majority of voters oppose Trump’s push to fully reopen schools.

Politico: “A growing majority of voters oppose the Trump administration’s demand that schools and colleges fully open for in-person instruction, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll. In the survey of nearly 2,000 registered voters, 59 percent said they oppose fully reopening K-12 schools for the beginning of the academic year. Those numbers are up from polling last month that showed 53 percent opposed.”

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Trump Lies That He’s Helping Farmers And Shows How He Got Played By China

12 Aug

In an interview yesterday, Trump continued to lie about helping farmers and once again made clear that he has given up on a phase two trade deal after settling for a phase one deal that left the biggest issues with China unaddressed in exchange for purchases to help his reelection, which aren’t happening. It’s obvious that Trump got played.

Trump made clear that a phase two trade deal isn’t happening and claimed that farmers are in business now because of him.

TRUMP: “The last thing I think about right now is phase two. It’s the last thing I’m thinking about right now, is a China phase two deal.”

TRUMP: “You ever notice you never hear anything bad from the farmers? It’s because they hit pay dirt because of me. Without me, they would be out of business right now. They hit pay dirt. We gave them $28 billion for targeted aid.”

Farm bankruptcies increased this year and thousands of farmers are out of business because of Trump’s failed trade policy and coronavirus response.

Wall Street Journal: “More U.S. farmers are filing for bankruptcy, as federal payments projected to reach record levels this year fall short of compensating for the coronavirus pandemic and a yearslong slump in the agricultural economy. About 580 farmers filed for chapter 12 bankruptcy protection in the 12-month period ended June 30, according to federal data. That was 8% more than a year earlier, though bankruptcies slowed slightly in the first half of 2020 partly because of an infusion of federal aid and hurdles to filing during the pandemic, according to agricultural economists and attorneys.”

Trump settled for a phase one deal that left the biggest issues unaddressed in exchange for purchases to help his reelection, but they aren’t happening.

Bloomberg: “The six-month review of the U.S.-China phase-one trade deal is set to take place against a backdrop of rising acrimony, and the fact that Beijing’s purchases under the agreement continue to fall substantially short.”

Barrons: “But according to data compiled by the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE), Chinese agricultural purchases at the end of June were far from where they should be at this point in the year. They had reached only 39 percent of their semi-annual target, according to US figures.”

Reuters: “China bought only 5% of the targeted $25.3 billion in energy products from the United States in the first half of 2020, falling well short of its trade deal commitments at a time when relations between the two top economies are already sour.”

Trump lost his trade war with China, and few U.S. businesses say the trade war he started was worth it.

Reuters: “Few U.S. companies doing business in China view President Donald Trump’s Phase 1 trade deal as being worth the cost of tariffs incurred over a two-year trade war, a new survey by the U.S.-China Business Council showed on Tuesday. The trade group said that just 7% of respondents to its annual membership survey said that the benefits from the Phase 1 agreement outweigh the costs of tariffs incurred along the way.”

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DNC Chair on Third Anniversary of Deadly White Supremacy Rally in Charlottesville

12 Aug

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement on the third anniversary of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA, and the murder of Heather Heyer by one of the rally’s participants:

“Three years ago today, our nation watched in horror as hate and bigotry flooded the streets of Charlottesville. White supremacists, emboldened by this president, left their hoods at home and marched in torchlight, unafraid to show their faces. They chanted racist and anti-Semitic slurs, celebrated symbols of slavery, and viciously murdered Heather Heyer, who had shown up to fight back against their message of hate.

“Instead of condemning the neo-Nazis and Klan members leading this movement, President Trump defended them as ‘very fine people.’ And in the three years since, Trump and his allies have not only allowed such hatred to go unchecked, they have actively encouraged and enabled its perpetrators.

“What we saw three years ago was not an isolated incident. It was the product of a country being led by those more interested in stoking fear and division than hope and unity; by those who believe in fueling hate instead of fighting it. It was a result of the systemic racism that plagues every aspect of our society. Make no mistake: The same sentiment that took to the streets in Charlottesville also took the life of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

“This November, voters will not only make their voices heard on critical issues like health care, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Bigotry will also be on the ballot. And as Americans, we need to elect a president and vice president who will fight for dignity, equality, and justice for all. We need an administration that will confront our nation’s history of racism, not celebrate it from the Oval Office. Unlike Donald Trump, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris know there are not ‘many sides’ to the issue of white supremacy. There is right and wrong. In fact, it was this display of unbridled hatred that inspired Vice President Biden to take on Donald Trump and restore the soul of our nation. Those who gathered in Charlottesville in the name of racism were wrong, and it is up to all of us to stand up for what is right.”

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DNC Chair on Third Anniversary of Deadly White Supremacy Rally in Charlottesville

12 Aug

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement on the third anniversary of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA, and the murder of Heather Heyer by one of the rally’s participants:

“Three years ago today, our nation watched in horror as hate and bigotry flooded the streets of Charlottesville. White supremacists, emboldened by this president, left their hoods at home and marched in torchlight, unafraid to show their faces. They chanted racist and anti-Semitic slurs, celebrated symbols of slavery, and viciously murdered Heather Heyer, who had shown up to fight back against their message of hate.

“Instead of condemning the neo-Nazis and Klan members leading this movement, President Trump defended them as ‘very fine people.’ And in the three years since, Trump and his allies have not only allowed such hatred to go unchecked, they have actively encouraged and enabled its perpetrators.

“What we saw three years ago was not an isolated incident. It was the product of a country being led by those more interested in stoking fear and division than hope and unity; by those who believe in fueling hate instead of fighting it. It was a result of the systemic racism that plagues every aspect of our society. Make no mistake: The same sentiment that took to the streets in Charlottesville also took the life of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

“This November, voters will not only make their voices heard on critical issues like health care, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Bigotry will also be on the ballot. And as Americans, we need to elect a president and vice president who will fight for dignity, equality, and justice for all. We need an administration that will confront our nation’s history of racism, not celebrate it from the Oval Office. Unlike Donald Trump, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris know there are not ‘many sides’ to the issue of white supremacy. There is right and wrong. In fact, it was this display of unbridled hatred that inspired Vice President Biden to take on Donald Trump and restore the soul of our nation. Those who gathered in Charlottesville in the name of racism were wrong, and it is up to all of us to stand up for what is right.”

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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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