DNC Slams Trump Ahead of South Dakota Visit

2 Jul

Ahead of Donald Trump’s trip to South Dakota on Friday, Democratic National Committee spokesperson John Weber released the following statement:

“South Dakotans — and voters across the country — don’t need a president obsessed with his own photo ops, especially in the middle of a crisis. They need coronavirus tests, they need personal protective equipment, and they need a president who’s willing and able to lead us. But instead of living up to the most basic responsibilities of his office this Independence Day, Donald Trump is still downplaying the virus, calling for a slowdown of testing, bucking social distancing guidelines, and showing Americans why we can’t afford four more years of him in the White House.” 

BACKGROUND ON TRUMP’S FAILED CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

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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DNC Battleground Brief

2 Jul

This is the DNC’s Battleground Brief — a weekly wrap-up of Trump’s broken promises and everything you need to know across the path to 270. 

“EXPLODING”: BATTLEGROUND DEMOCRATS SLAM TRUMP AS COVID CASES SKYROCKET. Four months into this pandemic, coronavirus cases are spiking across the country and even breaking records in some states. Across the battlegrounds, Democrats, health experts, and front line workers called out the devastating impacts of Donald Trump’s failed, erratic response.

In Florida:

Lakeland Ledger: Democrats aim ad blitz at Pence. “Vice President Mike Pence canceled a scheduled Thursday visit to Lake Wales, but the Democratic National Committee engineered a message for him in Polk County anyway. The committee arranged a ‘homepage takeover’ of The Ledger’s website, reserving advertising space for a 24-hour period.”

Florida Politics: Democratic ad spotlights ‘exploding’ coronavirus, President Trump’s China capitulation. “A thirty second ad launched Tuesday by the Democratic National Committee hits President Donald Trump on coronavirus failings, framing it in a larger capitulation to China.”

In Nevada:

NV Dems: “Donald Trump is more concerned with his re-election than seriously addressing this pandemic and local Republicans are contorting themselves to act as his rubber stamp. Every day, Nevadans continue to live with the consequences of this Administration’s failure to address this virus and, come November, they will hold Trump and Republicans accountable.”  

In New Hampshire:

State Senator Martha Hennessey: “In the Western part of New Hampshire, we are reeling from the impacts of COVID-19 in our communities, and we can trace the severity of this crisis back to Donald Trump and his chaotic, unprepared, and failed response which has actively made the coronavirus outbreak worse for our seniors in long-term care.”

In Pennsylvania:

PA Dems Chair Nancy Patton Mills on CBS 21: “Donald Trump still has not delivered on a national testing strategy, he regularly mocks the use of masks and continues to push states around the country to re-open before it’s safe to do so.”

In Wisconsin:

WIZM: Former La Crosse County board chair Johnson slams GOP on coronavirus response. “[The] state Democratic Party featured Tara Johnson criticizing state and federal Republican leaders for downplaying the seriousness of COVID-19. Johnson pointed to the large increase in La Crosse County cases during June to argue that stay-at-home orders were lifted prematurely.”

READ THE ROOM — TRUMP CHEERS 17.8 MILLION AMERICANS OUT OF WORK. While Trump celebrated a devastating economic outlook for working families, Democrats across the country called out his failure to protect Americans’ livelihoods.

  • AZ Dems: “The American people deserve a President with compassion and competence. That’s why they will be voting for Vice President Biden in November.” 
  • FL Dems: “Donald Trump’s leadership failure is devastating our economy and costing Floridians their jobs, their savings, and their lives.”
  • GA Dems: “Under Donald Trump’s failed leadership on coronavirus, our economy is struggling and Georgians have lost their livelihoods.”
  • NC Dems: “Working North Carolinians continue to bear the brunt of this administration’s failures.”
  • OH Dems: “Donald Trump keeps breaking his promises, and Ohioans are paying the price.”
  • PA Dems: “Donald Trump can’t pin this recession on the virus alone, it’s a direct result of his reckless response. Pennsylvanians can’t afford any more of his failed leadership.” 
  • VA Dems: “From the beginning of this pandemic, Donald Trump has failed to protect the health, lives, and livelihoods of Virginians.”
  • WI Dems: “Wisconsin families are suffering simply because Trump cares more about what he looks like on TV than their livelihoods and wellbeing.”

 

 

HOLDING THEM ACCOUNTABLE. Wherever Trump and his cronies go, Democrats will be there to hold them accountable. See for yourself!

In Arizona:

Arizona State Representative and Doctor Randy Friese on ABC 15: “Trump has wasted months ignoring the warning signs from experts, Trump has ignored the science, and downplayed this pandemic. When it mattered most, Trump has failed to take action. Arizona is at the epicenter of one of the worst public health crises in history.”

  • Arizona Republic: “Shortly before Pence stepped off the plane, Arizona Democratic Party Chairwoman Felecia Rotellini, Democratic lawmakers, and a Tucson physician criticized Trump, Pence and Ducey for downplaying the gravity of the coronavirus risks. Rotellini called Pence’s trip a ‘photo op.’”
  • KYMA: Arizona frontline workers seek more action from Trump Administration. “Ahead of Vice President Pence’s visit to Arizona Wednesday, Arizona Democratic leaders and frontline workers held a conference to discuss what they say is the Trump Administration’s failed response to COVID-19.”
  • Cronkite News: “‘We don’t need presidential visits or vice president visits or campaign visits. We need testing, we need staff and we need supplies,’ said state Rep. Randy Friese, D-Tucson, who works as an emergency physician.” 
  • Arizona Republic: Has Vice President Mike Pence lost his mind on COVID-19, or does he think we have? “Then again, Pence’s fantasy of success shouldn’t surprise us. It’s not much different than the Trump’s long strain of delusional claims about the virus. […] That delusion has not disappeared, even as the lives of thousands of Americans have done just that.”

In Florida:

Florida Politics: Donna Shalala, Democratic leaders rip Trump administration in advance of Mike Pence’s Florida visit. “South Florida Democratic leaders blasted President Donald Trump’s administration for its handling of the coronavirus epidemic Thursday morning in advance of a visit by Vice President Mike Pence.”

In Texas:

Dallas Morning News: Mike Pence in Dallas as Gov. Abbott says COVID-19 has taken ‘very dangerous turn in Texas.’ “‘The COVID-19 situation is out of control,’ said Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa. ‘Pence doesn’t get it. The best way to get out of a hole is not to keep digging deeper. We need drastic measures and for the administration to show some leadership.’”

  • Dallas Morning News: Dallas County records 496 coronavirus cases, a new one-day high, and 10 deaths. “‘We broke 300 two weeks ago. We broke 400 a week ago. We’re at 496 and counting today,’ County Judge Clay Jenkins said on a conference call with other Democrats ahead of Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to First Baptist Dallas on Sunday.”
  • CBS Dallas: “On Friday, the Texas Democratic Party held a virtual news conference featuring various North Texas elected leaders who criticized the President’s, Vice President’s, and Governor Abbott’s response to the pandemic. U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Dallas said, ‘Mr. Vice President, we need your attention in this area.’ […] She also complained that the state does not have enough tests for residents in under-served communities.” 

In Ohio:

Youngstown Vindicator: “Pepper said the visits are intended to ‘spin Donald Trump’s disastrous trade failures, but today’s photo ops can’t change the fact that General Motors is building its new Chevrolet Blazer in Mexico, not their Lordstown plant, which GM shut down last year.’”

In Pennsylvania:

GoErie.com: US commerce chief touts new trade deal in Erie stop. “The Pennsylvania Democratic Party said Erie County has lost thousands of manufacturing jobs since Trump took office and said ‘Trump failed to keep his promise to get tough on China.’”

In Michigan:

MI Dems: “Donald Trump has failed small businesses in Michigan with his disastrous COVID-19 response and a Paycheck Protection Program that put big corporations first while leaving small businesses behind. After months of erratic economic leadership, he’s now sending Jovita Carranza to Michigan to clean up his mess just as fears of yet another wave of COVID threaten our state.”

  • MI Dems: “Sonny Perdue is coming to our state in a desperate attempt to cover for their failures after mocking farmers as ‘whiners.’ Cheap handouts and empty words can’t undo the damage done by Donald Trump’s failed leadership.”

In Louisiana:

LA Dems: “Betsy DeVos can’t spin her boss’ three and a half years of broken promises. Instead of getting emergency resources to schools that need it, Trump and DeVos are using this crisis to push a failed, anti-education agenda.”

VOTERS SWARM TO VOTE-BY-MAIL … INCLUDING REPUBLICAN LEGISLATORS!

  • Wisconsin State Journal: 80% of Wisconsin Republican legislators voted absentee in April. “Wisconsin Republicans who oppose making it easier for people to vote absentee have taken advantage of the opportunity to vote by mail in recent elections, with more than 80% of GOP members of the state Legislature doing it in April.”
  • Detroit Free Press: Michigan issues more than 1 million absentee ballots, sees surge in voter registration. “Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s office provided data Wednesday showing that local clerks across Michigan have received a total of more than 1.3 million requests for absentee ballots. The data shared with the Free Press also indicated more than a million absentee ballots have already been sent out. That’s about 3½ times the number of applications received and ballots issued ahead of the August primary in the last presidential election cycle in 2016.”
  • The New York Times: An Election Day Success. “Voters didn’t have to wait in long lines. Turnout was high. And results were available shortly after the polls closed. […] Colorado accomplished all of this thanks to a universal system of voting by mail, which began in 2014.”

PAGING RONNA: DEMS KEEP BUILDING VOTER REGISTRATION ADVANTAGE.

  • Portland Press-Herald: Democrats take lead in voter registrations in Maine. “For the first time in more than three decades, Democrats have the largest bloc of registered voters in Maine, with more than 40,000 new party members enrolled since the last presidential election cycle in 2016. Over the same four-year period, Republicans have added fewer than 6,000 new members, according to voter registration data from the Secretary of State’s Office. That gives Democrats more than a 90,000-vote advantage – the largest in the last five presidential election cycles – over their conservative rivals.”

GUEST COLUMN IN THE NH BUSINESS REVIEW: “TRUMP GOT PLAYED BY CHINA; GRANITE STATERS PAY THE PRICE.” “It’s no wonder that, while groveling for help in his re-election, Trump told China’s President Xi Jinping that Democrats would be tougher on China. After three and a half years of Trump’s failed theatrics, we can do better. Granite Staters deserve a president who will truly make America great again by standing up and fighting for us on the world stage. This November, we’re going to get one in Joe Biden.”

THE STORY THAT ISN’T GOING ANYWHERE. This week, we learned that Donald Trump received intelligence reports that Russia paid bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill coalition forces in Afghanistan, including U.S. servicemembers — and he still refuses to take any action to punish Russia and protect troops on the ground. Democratic leaders and veterans across the country called out this dereliction of duty:

  • DNC Veterans and Military Families Council: “Trump’s failure to take action and his betrayal of American troops makes him a national security threat. Enough is enough. We must restore civility, trust, and competence to the White House by electing Joe Biden as our next president and commander in chief of the United States.”
  • ME State Representative John Schneck: “It’s unconscionable that Donald Trump would sit by and do nothing in response to credible intelligence that Russia offered bounties on American service members […] As a veteran, I’m appalled that Trump is putting Americans in harm’s way by capitulating to authoritarians like Putin.”
  • NV Dems Chair William McCurdy II, Nevada State Senator Pat Spearman, and DNC Committeeman Alex Goff: “It is difficult to comprehend how self-involved one must be to blatantly ignore intel about a grave danger posed to U.S. troops fighting in Afghanistan.”
  • Texas Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign Director Brooklynne Mosley: “This is a flat-out betrayal of members of the military, their families, and our country. Texas Republicans must fully condemn Trump’s actions and demand a full account to Congress and the public. The American people and U.S. troops deserve answers.”
  • VA State Senator Dick Saslaw: “Our brave men and women in uniform risk their lives every day and expect our Commander in Chief to have their backs. But this president panders to our enemies and feigns ignorance when bounties are placed on the heads of those that wear the uniform for this nation.”

 

 

Make sure to follow the DNC’s War Room (@DNCWarRoom) to get real-time updates on Trump’s abuses of power and broken promises.

Happy 4th! 

The DNC Comms Team

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DNC Battleground Brief

2 Jul

This is the DNC’s Battleground Brief — a weekly wrap-up of Trump’s broken promises and everything you need to know across the path to 270. 

“EXPLODING”: BATTLEGROUND DEMOCRATS SLAM TRUMP AS COVID CASES SKYROCKET. Four months into this pandemic, coronavirus cases are spiking across the country and even breaking records in some states. Across the battlegrounds, Democrats, health experts, and front line workers called out the devastating impacts of Donald Trump’s failed, erratic response.

In Florida:

Lakeland Ledger: Democrats aim ad blitz at Pence. “Vice President Mike Pence canceled a scheduled Thursday visit to Lake Wales, but the Democratic National Committee engineered a message for him in Polk County anyway. The committee arranged a ‘homepage takeover’ of The Ledger’s website, reserving advertising space for a 24-hour period.”

Florida Politics: Democratic ad spotlights ‘exploding’ coronavirus, President Trump’s China capitulation. “A thirty second ad launched Tuesday by the Democratic National Committee hits President Donald Trump on coronavirus failings, framing it in a larger capitulation to China.”

In Nevada:

NV Dems: “Donald Trump is more concerned with his re-election than seriously addressing this pandemic and local Republicans are contorting themselves to act as his rubber stamp. Every day, Nevadans continue to live with the consequences of this Administration’s failure to address this virus and, come November, they will hold Trump and Republicans accountable.”  

In New Hampshire:

State Senator Martha Hennessey: “In the Western part of New Hampshire, we are reeling from the impacts of COVID-19 in our communities, and we can trace the severity of this crisis back to Donald Trump and his chaotic, unprepared, and failed response which has actively made the coronavirus outbreak worse for our seniors in long-term care.”

In Pennsylvania:

PA Dems Chair Nancy Patton Mills on CBS 21: “Donald Trump still has not delivered on a national testing strategy, he regularly mocks the use of masks and continues to push states around the country to re-open before it’s safe to do so.”

In Wisconsin:

WIZM: Former La Crosse County board chair Johnson slams GOP on coronavirus response. “[The] state Democratic Party featured Tara Johnson criticizing state and federal Republican leaders for downplaying the seriousness of COVID-19. Johnson pointed to the large increase in La Crosse County cases during June to argue that stay-at-home orders were lifted prematurely.”

READ THE ROOM — TRUMP CHEERS 17.8 MILLION AMERICANS OUT OF WORK. While Trump celebrated a devastating economic outlook for working families, Democrats across the country called out his failure to protect Americans’ livelihoods.

  • AZ Dems: “The American people deserve a President with compassion and competence. That’s why they will be voting for Vice President Biden in November.” 
  • FL Dems: “Donald Trump’s leadership failure is devastating our economy and costing Floridians their jobs, their savings, and their lives.”
  • GA Dems: “Under Donald Trump’s failed leadership on coronavirus, our economy is struggling and Georgians have lost their livelihoods.”
  • NC Dems: “Working North Carolinians continue to bear the brunt of this administration’s failures.”
  • OH Dems: “Donald Trump keeps breaking his promises, and Ohioans are paying the price.”
  • PA Dems: “Donald Trump can’t pin this recession on the virus alone, it’s a direct result of his reckless response. Pennsylvanians can’t afford any more of his failed leadership.” 
  • VA Dems: “From the beginning of this pandemic, Donald Trump has failed to protect the health, lives, and livelihoods of Virginians.”
  • WI Dems: “Wisconsin families are suffering simply because Trump cares more about what he looks like on TV than their livelihoods and wellbeing.”

 

 

HOLDING THEM ACCOUNTABLE. Wherever Trump and his cronies go, Democrats will be there to hold them accountable. See for yourself!

In Arizona:

Arizona State Representative and Doctor Randy Friese on ABC 15: “Trump has wasted months ignoring the warning signs from experts, Trump has ignored the science, and downplayed this pandemic. When it mattered most, Trump has failed to take action. Arizona is at the epicenter of one of the worst public health crises in history.”

  • Arizona Republic: “Shortly before Pence stepped off the plane, Arizona Democratic Party Chairwoman Felecia Rotellini, Democratic lawmakers, and a Tucson physician criticized Trump, Pence and Ducey for downplaying the gravity of the coronavirus risks. Rotellini called Pence’s trip a ‘photo op.’”
  • KYMA: Arizona frontline workers seek more action from Trump Administration. “Ahead of Vice President Pence’s visit to Arizona Wednesday, Arizona Democratic leaders and frontline workers held a conference to discuss what they say is the Trump Administration’s failed response to COVID-19.”
  • Cronkite News: “‘We don’t need presidential visits or vice president visits or campaign visits. We need testing, we need staff and we need supplies,’ said state Rep. Randy Friese, D-Tucson, who works as an emergency physician.” 
  • Arizona Republic: Has Vice President Mike Pence lost his mind on COVID-19, or does he think we have? “Then again, Pence’s fantasy of success shouldn’t surprise us. It’s not much different than the Trump’s long strain of delusional claims about the virus. […] That delusion has not disappeared, even as the lives of thousands of Americans have done just that.”

In Florida:

Florida Politics: Donna Shalala, Democratic leaders rip Trump administration in advance of Mike Pence’s Florida visit. “South Florida Democratic leaders blasted President Donald Trump’s administration for its handling of the coronavirus epidemic Thursday morning in advance of a visit by Vice President Mike Pence.”

In Texas:

Dallas Morning News: Mike Pence in Dallas as Gov. Abbott says COVID-19 has taken ‘very dangerous turn in Texas.’ “‘The COVID-19 situation is out of control,’ said Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa. ‘Pence doesn’t get it. The best way to get out of a hole is not to keep digging deeper. We need drastic measures and for the administration to show some leadership.’”

  • Dallas Morning News: Dallas County records 496 coronavirus cases, a new one-day high, and 10 deaths. “‘We broke 300 two weeks ago. We broke 400 a week ago. We’re at 496 and counting today,’ County Judge Clay Jenkins said on a conference call with other Democrats ahead of Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to First Baptist Dallas on Sunday.”
  • CBS Dallas: “On Friday, the Texas Democratic Party held a virtual news conference featuring various North Texas elected leaders who criticized the President’s, Vice President’s, and Governor Abbott’s response to the pandemic. U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Dallas said, ‘Mr. Vice President, we need your attention in this area.’ […] She also complained that the state does not have enough tests for residents in under-served communities.” 

In Ohio:

Youngstown Vindicator: “Pepper said the visits are intended to ‘spin Donald Trump’s disastrous trade failures, but today’s photo ops can’t change the fact that General Motors is building its new Chevrolet Blazer in Mexico, not their Lordstown plant, which GM shut down last year.’”

In Pennsylvania:

GoErie.com: US commerce chief touts new trade deal in Erie stop. “The Pennsylvania Democratic Party said Erie County has lost thousands of manufacturing jobs since Trump took office and said ‘Trump failed to keep his promise to get tough on China.’”

In Michigan:

MI Dems: “Donald Trump has failed small businesses in Michigan with his disastrous COVID-19 response and a Paycheck Protection Program that put big corporations first while leaving small businesses behind. After months of erratic economic leadership, he’s now sending Jovita Carranza to Michigan to clean up his mess just as fears of yet another wave of COVID threaten our state.”

  • MI Dems: “Sonny Perdue is coming to our state in a desperate attempt to cover for their failures after mocking farmers as ‘whiners.’ Cheap handouts and empty words can’t undo the damage done by Donald Trump’s failed leadership.”

In Louisiana:

LA Dems: “Betsy DeVos can’t spin her boss’ three and a half years of broken promises. Instead of getting emergency resources to schools that need it, Trump and DeVos are using this crisis to push a failed, anti-education agenda.”

VOTERS SWARM TO VOTE-BY-MAIL … INCLUDING REPUBLICAN LEGISLATORS!

  • Wisconsin State Journal: 80% of Wisconsin Republican legislators voted absentee in April. “Wisconsin Republicans who oppose making it easier for people to vote absentee have taken advantage of the opportunity to vote by mail in recent elections, with more than 80% of GOP members of the state Legislature doing it in April.”
  • Detroit Free Press: Michigan issues more than 1 million absentee ballots, sees surge in voter registration. “Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s office provided data Wednesday showing that local clerks across Michigan have received a total of more than 1.3 million requests for absentee ballots. The data shared with the Free Press also indicated more than a million absentee ballots have already been sent out. That’s about 3½ times the number of applications received and ballots issued ahead of the August primary in the last presidential election cycle in 2016.”
  • The New York Times: An Election Day Success. “Voters didn’t have to wait in long lines. Turnout was high. And results were available shortly after the polls closed. […] Colorado accomplished all of this thanks to a universal system of voting by mail, which began in 2014.”

PAGING RONNA: DEMS KEEP BUILDING VOTER REGISTRATION ADVANTAGE.

  • Portland Press-Herald: Democrats take lead in voter registrations in Maine. “For the first time in more than three decades, Democrats have the largest bloc of registered voters in Maine, with more than 40,000 new party members enrolled since the last presidential election cycle in 2016. Over the same four-year period, Republicans have added fewer than 6,000 new members, according to voter registration data from the Secretary of State’s Office. That gives Democrats more than a 90,000-vote advantage – the largest in the last five presidential election cycles – over their conservative rivals.”

GUEST COLUMN IN THE NH BUSINESS REVIEW: “TRUMP GOT PLAYED BY CHINA; GRANITE STATERS PAY THE PRICE.” “It’s no wonder that, while groveling for help in his re-election, Trump told China’s President Xi Jinping that Democrats would be tougher on China. After three and a half years of Trump’s failed theatrics, we can do better. Granite Staters deserve a president who will truly make America great again by standing up and fighting for us on the world stage. This November, we’re going to get one in Joe Biden.”

THE STORY THAT ISN’T GOING ANYWHERE. This week, we learned that Donald Trump received intelligence reports that Russia paid bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill coalition forces in Afghanistan, including U.S. servicemembers — and he still refuses to take any action to punish Russia and protect troops on the ground. Democratic leaders and veterans across the country called out this dereliction of duty:

  • DNC Veterans and Military Families Council: “Trump’s failure to take action and his betrayal of American troops makes him a national security threat. Enough is enough. We must restore civility, trust, and competence to the White House by electing Joe Biden as our next president and commander in chief of the United States.”
  • ME State Representative John Schneck: “It’s unconscionable that Donald Trump would sit by and do nothing in response to credible intelligence that Russia offered bounties on American service members […] As a veteran, I’m appalled that Trump is putting Americans in harm’s way by capitulating to authoritarians like Putin.”
  • NV Dems Chair William McCurdy II, Nevada State Senator Pat Spearman, and DNC Committeeman Alex Goff: “It is difficult to comprehend how self-involved one must be to blatantly ignore intel about a grave danger posed to U.S. troops fighting in Afghanistan.”
  • Texas Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign Director Brooklynne Mosley: “This is a flat-out betrayal of members of the military, their families, and our country. Texas Republicans must fully condemn Trump’s actions and demand a full account to Congress and the public. The American people and U.S. troops deserve answers.”
  • VA State Senator Dick Saslaw: “Our brave men and women in uniform risk their lives every day and expect our Commander in Chief to have their backs. But this president panders to our enemies and feigns ignorance when bounties are placed on the heads of those that wear the uniform for this nation.”

 

 

Make sure to follow the DNC’s War Room (@DNCWarRoom) to get real-time updates on Trump’s abuses of power and broken promises.

Happy 4th! 

The DNC Comms Team

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Trump Says Coronavirus Will ‘Just Disappear’ As It Surges To Record Highs

2 Jul

Trump continues to downplay the crisis by claiming coronavirus will disappear and that everything is being handled, despite the virus surging more than ever.

Trump said yesterday that coronavirus will “just disappear” and today he claimed “the crisis is being handled” — but it’s not.

TRUMP: “I think we’re going to be very good with the coronavirus. I think that at some point that’s going to, sort of, just disappear.”

TRUMP: “The crisis is being handled.”

New cases topped 50,000 again today to hit another single-day record high, and surged overall by nearly 50 percent in June.

Associated Press: “The number of confirmed coronavirus cases per day in the U.S. climbed to an all-time high of more than 50,000 on Thursday, with the infection curve rising in 40 out of 50 states in a reversal that has largely spared only the Northeast.”

Washington Post: “Coronavirus infections in the United States surged nearly 50 percent in June as states relaxed quarantine rules and tried to reopen their economies, data compiled Wednesday showed, and several states moved to reimpose restrictions on bars and recreation.”

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What They’re Reading & Watching In The Battlegrounds: Democrats Slam Trump’s Failed Coronavirus Response

2 Jul

As coronavirus cases continue to skyrocket across the country, Democrats in the battlegrounds called out Donald Trump’s chaotic response to the pandemic and highlighted the devastating impacts on vulnerable communities, health care workers, and working families. Read more below:

In Arizona:

KYMA: Arizona Frontline Workers Seek More Action From Trump Administration. “Ahead of Vice President Pence’s visit to Arizona Wednesday, Arizona Democratic leaders and frontline workers held a conference to discuss what they say is the Trump Administration’s failed response to COVID-19. […] State Rep. Randy Friese mentioned the need for more testing, medical staff, and supplies in Arizona. Representative Friese is a trauma physician and has been on the frontlines since the pandemic began. He continues to claim that Arizona is ground zero for the President’s failures in regards to his response to the pandemic.”

Arizona Republic: “Shortly before Pence stepped off the plane, Arizona Democratic Party Chairwoman Felecia Rotellini, Democratic lawmakers, and a Tucson physician criticized Trump, Pence and Ducey for downplaying the gravity of the coronavirus risks. Rotellini called Pence’s trip a ‘photo op.’”

Cronkite News: “Earlier Wednesday, Arizona Democrats voiced criticism that Pence’s trip was motivated by political gain more than health needs of the state. ‘We don’t need presidential visits or vice president visits or campaign visits. We need testing, we need staff and we need supplies,’ said state Rep. Randy Friese, D-Tucson, who works as an emergency physician.”

Arizona State Representative and Doctor Randy Friese on ABC 15: “Trump has wasted months ignoring the warning signs from experts, Trump has ignored the science, and downplayed this pandemic. When it mattered most, Trump has failed to take action. Arizona is at the epicenter of one of the worst public health crises in history.”

In Florida:

Florida Politics: Donna Shalala, Democratic leaders rip Trump administration in advance of Mike Pence’s Florida visit. “South Florida Democratic leaders blasted President Donald Trump’s administration for its handling of the coronavirus epidemic Thursday morning in advance of a visit by Vice President Mike Pence. The Vice President will be in Tampa on Thursday to meet with Gov. Ron DeSantis. Terrie Rizzo, the Florida Democratic Party Chair, said it’s important to hold the administration accountable.”

Lakeland Ledger: Democrats aim Polk ad blitz at Pence on Ledger’s website. “Vice President Mike Pence canceled a scheduled Thursday visit to Lake Wales, but the Democratic National Committee engineered a message for him in Polk County anyway. The committee arranged a ‘homepage takeover’ of The Ledger’s website, reserving advertising space for a 24-hour period. The blitz will use all available ad positions, including multiple banner ads, said Cassidy Geoghegan, press secretary for the DNC in battleground states.”

Florida Politics: Democratic ad spotlights ‘exploding’ coronavirus, President Trump’s China capitulation. “The ‘DNC War Room,’ in an email to media Tuesday, outlined the narrative: ‘The Trump campaign is running ads about being tough on China, but Trump’s failure to promptly address coronavirus, lest he upset China, is maybe the most disastrous example of a President getting played by a foreign country, leading to a total catastrophe at home.’”

Associated Press: Florida reports 10,000 coronavirus cases for 1st time. “Earlier Thursday, Florida Democrats held a conference call criticizing the coronavirus response from the White House and DeSantis as inadequate and needlessly endangering lives by opening up too soon and declining to mandate safety measures such as wearing of masks.”

In Pennsylvania:

PA Dems Chair Nancy Patton Mills on CBS 21: “Donald Trump still has not delivered on a national testing strategy, he regularly mocks the use of masks and continues to push states around the country to re-open before it’s safe to do so.”

In Texas: 

CBS Dallas: “On Friday, the Texas Democratic Party held a virtual news conference featuring various North Texas elected leaders who criticized the President’s, Vice President’s, and Governor Abbott’s response to the pandemic. U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Dallas said, ‘Mr. Vice President, we need your attention in this area.’ […] She also complained that the state does not have enough tests for residents in under-served communities.”

Dallas Morning News: “During a conference call staged by the Texas Democratic Party Friday, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Dallas, appealed to Pence to promote more testing, the wearing of masks to mitigate spread and attention to businesses that are suffering. ‘We need your attention Mr. Vice President,’ she said. ‘We are a hotspot.’”

In Wisconsin:

WIZM: Former La Crosse County board chair Johnson slams GOP on coronavirus response. “In an on-line message Wednesday, the state Democratic Party featured Tara Johnson criticizing state and federal Republican leaders for downplaying the seriousness of COVID-19. Johnson pointed to the large increase in La Crosse County cases during June to argue that stay-at-home orders were lifted prematurely.”

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DNC on Latest Black Male Unemployment Rate

2 Jul

DNC Senior Advisor Antjuan Seawright and DNC National Press Secretary Brandon Gassaway released the following statement on the Black male unemployment rate rising from 15.5% to 16.3% in June:

“In the Trump economy, Black men have largely been left out and left behind. Today’s numbers are staggering, but what is even more astounding is that this White House continues to pat itself on the back while millions of families fret under the uncertainty of what tomorrow may bring. This pandemic has been an anchor on Black communities throughout the country that were already struggling to sail. It has taken a disproportionate toll on our health, our jobs, and our lives—but our cries have fallen on the deaf ears of this administration.

Instead of protecting and expanding our access to health care the Trump administration has gone to court to strip it away. Instead of helping to stabilize this economic storm they have left the Heroes Act on the shelf. Instead of working to stop the spread of this lethal virus they have traversed the country doing pep rallies and turned wearing masks into a political issue.

This president and his administration have proven to be no friend to Black men and their families. We need leadership that solves problems rather than exacerbates them, who chooses partnership over partisanship, and puts the health and security of Americans over his own political ambition. We need to turn the page on recklessness and incompetence. We need Joe Biden.”

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Trump Is Still Losing To China

2 Jul

Trump said he’d get tough on China, but he didn’t. Trump lost the trade war he started and said would be easy to win, and he was so eager to secure a trade deal to protect his reelection that he let China off the hook for its pandemic cover-up. Trump’s failures have taken a devastating toll. Nearly 130,000 Americans have lost their lives and we’re facing the worst unemployment crisis since the Great Depression. He put himself first, and Americans last.

Now, despite the Trump administration’s lies, we know that China isn’t living up to its meager commitments in the deal. It’s clear that Trump got played, and American workers and farmers have paid the price.

New data from Trump’s Commerce Department confirms that through May, China was still $130 billion short of its trade deal commitments for 2020 and even behind pre-trade war levels.

Politico’s Doug Palmer: “U.S. goods exports to China for the first five months of 2020 totaled $40.2 billion, about 20 percent less than the same period in 2017, the monthly Commerce Department report showed, raising more questions about whether Beijing will meet the purchase goal in Trump’s trade deal.”

Customs Administration data showed China had only bought about 19% of their 2020 trade deal commitment through the first five months of the year.

Bloomberg: “By the end of May this year, China had only bought about 19% of the total purchase target of more than $170 billion for goods in 2020, according to Bloomberg calculations based on Customs Administration data. That means China needs to buy about $139 billion in the remainder of the year to meet the terms of the agreement signed in January.”

Despite data to the contrary, the Trump administration continues to take China at its word that they’re living up to the trade deal.

LIGHTHIZER: “Every contact I’ve had with the Chinese, they have reaffirmed their commitment to living up to the agreement.”

MNUCHIN: “I have every expectation that they will. They have continued to tell us they will, as recently as last week when Secretary Pompeo met with one of the senior people who flew in from China and they had a summit. So I have that expectation that they will live up to their obligation.”

TRUMP: “We just signed a deal with China, but unfortunately, in that case, the ink wasn’t even dry, and all of the sudden, the plague came in — and so I view it a little bit differently, perhaps. But they’ve been living up to the deal. They’re buying a lot of — a lot of things. They never had any deal. They just came in and took advantage of the United States. Took out hundreds of billions of dollars a year. So they don’t do that anymore, but it’s a terrible thing that happened.”

Trump has even repeatedly claimed China would buy far more than the $200 billion target.

TRUMP: “Phase one will also see China greatly expand imports of the — to the United States. We want to buy a lot of their product inexpensively. But we have an additional $200 [billion]. They are going to be what — what is, to me, very important. Number one, they’re going to be spending much more than $200 billion over the next two years, including up to $50 billion just on agriculture alone.”

TRUMP: “And this is going to be a great agreement for both countries. It’s far greater than $200 billion, and it’ll grow every year.” [Trump Remarks In Luncheon With Vice Premier Liu He Of The People’s Republic Of China, Washington DC, 1/15/20]

TRUMP: “But– the deal is a phenomenal deal. We will take in $250 billion– they’re going to be buying $250 billion, and it could go a lot higher than that.”

TRUMP: “Additionally, China will spend an additional $200 billion over two years on American services, agriculture, and energy, and manufactured goods. So we’ll be taking in an excess of $200 billion; could be closer to $300 billion when it finishes.”

TRUMP: “Well, I did a trade deal with China, where China is supposed to be spending $250 billion in our country.  We’re going to be watching very much to see.  Now, it got a little bit waylaid by the virus.  But, look, I’d love to have a good relationship with China.”

TRUMP: “So I just made a deal with China where they’re going to put in $250 billion of product.  They’re going to be — they’re going to be buying $250- — 50; from 40 to 50 — billion in farm.  I want to see what’s happening with China.  I want to see how they’re doing on it: Are they fulfilling the deal, the transaction?”

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The Full Picture: Trump’s Economy

2 Jul

The country is in the worst unemployment crisis since the Great Depression because of Trump’s failures—and he continues to make it worse. 17.8 million workers are still out of work, and the June report does not account for all of the workers who have recently been laid off, some for a second time, after Trump’s failed leadership led to record coronavirus spikes and more than a dozen states being forced to pause reopening.

Not reflected in this report are the workers who have been laid off for a second time after more than a dozen states were forced to pause reopenings.

Washington Post: “Workers are getting laid off for a second time, as the virus’s surge puts reopenings on hold”

Washington Post: “The June jobs numbers were good — in part because they predate the new coronavirus surge.”

Business Insider: “Here are the 19 states and cities that have slowed or backtracked their reopenings so far.”

The unemployment rate is still higher than any period since WWII at 11.1%, and would be even higher if not for misclassification issues in the data. 

New York Times: “The unemployment rate fell to 11.1 percent, down from a peak of 14.7 percent in April but still higher than in any previous period since World War II. The rate would have been about one percentage point higher had it not been for persistent data-collection problems, the Labor Department said.”

The number of continuing unemployment claims increased from the prior week to 19.3 million, and 31 million Americans are receiving some form of unemployment benefits. 

CNN: “The Department of Labor reported Thursday that 1.4 million workers—more than expected—filed for first-time unemployment benefits last week. Continued claims, which count people filing at least two weeks in a row, stood at 19.3 million, slightly more than the revised number of the prior week.”

Business Insider: “The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs —PUA and state benefits — was about 31 million in the week ending June 13, an uptick from the previous week.”

Another 2.2 million Americans filed new claims for some form of unemployment assistance last week. 

New York Times: “More timely data, also released by the Labor Department on Thursday morning, showed that 1.4 million Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits last week, and more than 800,000 filed for benefits under the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program.”

The unemployment rate for minorities, especially Black Americans, remains far higher than for White Americans.

New York Times: “The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 11.1 percent in June, data released Thursday showed, but minority unemployment remained higher — especially for Black workers.  Black adults saw their unemployment rate ease to 15.4 percent, the data showed. Hispanic unemployment fell to 14.5 percent in June, compared to 17.6 percent in May. The Asian unemployment rate stood at 13.8 percent, down from 15 percent the prior month.”

The number of permanent job losses rose by 588,000 in June to 2.9 million. 

Bureau of Labor Statistics: “The number of permanent job losers continued to rise, increasing by 588,000 to 2.9 million in June.”

Republicans refuse to support extending enhanced unemployment benefits and are instead prioritizing more tax cuts for investors and corporations.

NBC News: “The $600 federal unemployment benefit ends this month. GOP senators say enough already.”

NBC News: “In interviews By NBC News with nearly a dozen GOP senators on Tuesday, one consistent theme emerged: They are certain they don’t want to extend the $600 per week in emergency jobless compensation because they widely agree that it is motivating people to stay out of work.”

Washington Post: “While it is clear Trump is eager to pass a payroll tax cut, a cut to taxes on capital gains, and deductions for the restaurant and entertainment industries, the administration has not formulated a concrete proposal, and these ideas have largely been dismissed by Congressional lawmakers.”

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DNC on Latest Unemployment Numbers

2 Jul

After the U.S. Department of Labor released the latest jobs and unemployment numbers, DNC Chair and former Labor Secretary Tom Perez issued the following statement:

“The economic situation in our country didn’t have to be this bad. While this jobs report is a snapshot of our economy as many states were reopening, we are now seeing states backtracking and American workers are the ones feeling the pain – all  because of Trump’s incompetent handling of this pandemic. It’s critical that we get people back to work and continue to help the millions who are still out of work, but this president’s failure of leadership is devastating our economy and costing people their jobs, their savings, and their lives.

“Nearly 130,000 Americans have died from this pandemic, and the number of cases is spiking in states across the country; small businesses have shuttered, hospitals are overwhelmed, and our economy is in recession – with 17.8 million Americans still out of work. In fact, this is now the 15th straight week where unemployment claims have exceeded a million. The number of permanent job losses skyrocketed in June to 2.9 million. And the numbers are even worse for communities of color. The unemployment rate for Black men increased last month, and Latino and youth communities have also faced economic disaster.

“But Donald Trump can barely put one foot in front of the other, let alone manage a global crisis. Instead of leading the nation, he’s been playing golf, holding pep rallies, and tweeting racist videos – all while downplaying the severity of this virus and the hardship of the working families. Republicans in Congress have made matters even worse, refusing to authorize more relief for American workers after enhanced unemployment insurance expires at the end of this month. The American people deserve a president with the empathy and experience to lead us forward. They deserve a president who prioritizes their well-being, not his own TV ratings. They deserve Joe Biden.”

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DNC on Latest Unemployment Numbers

2 Jul

After the U.S. Department of Labor released the latest jobs and unemployment numbers, DNC Chair and former Labor Secretary Tom Perez issued the following statement:

“The economic situation in our country didn’t have to be this bad. While this jobs report is a snapshot of our economy as many states were reopening, we are now seeing states backtracking and American workers are the ones feeling the pain – all  because of Trump’s incompetent handling of this pandemic. It’s critical that we get people back to work and continue to help the millions who are still out of work, but this president’s failure of leadership is devastating our economy and costing people their jobs, their savings, and their lives.

“Nearly 130,000 Americans have died from this pandemic, and the number of cases is spiking in states across the country; small businesses have shuttered, hospitals are overwhelmed, and our economy is in recession – with 17.8 million Americans still out of work. In fact, this is now the 15th straight week where unemployment claims have exceeded a million. The number of permanent job losses skyrocketed in June to 2.9 million. And the numbers are even worse for communities of color. The unemployment rate for Black men increased last month, and Latino and youth communities have also faced economic disaster.

“But Donald Trump can barely put one foot in front of the other, let alone manage a global crisis. Instead of leading the nation, he’s been playing golf, holding pep rallies, and tweeting racist videos – all while downplaying the severity of this virus and the hardship of the working families. Republicans in Congress have made matters even worse, refusing to authorize more relief for American workers after enhanced unemployment insurance expires at the end of this month. The American people deserve a president with the empathy and experience to lead us forward. They deserve a president who prioritizes their well-being, not his own TV ratings. They deserve Joe Biden.”

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