DNC on Trump Letting Small Business Loans Go to Chinese Corporations

2 Aug

In response to Trump allowing taxpayer money for small businesses to go to Chinese corporations, DNC War Room senior spokesperson and advisor Lily Adams released the following statement: 

“Instead of holding China accountable, Trump allowed Chinese corporations and their subsidiaries to receive millions of dollars of taxpayer money while thousands of U.S. small businesses still struggle and more than 100,000 have been forced to close for good. Trump has repeatedly left American small businesses high and dry, making this crisis far worse than it needed to be for small businesses and their workers.”

New York Times: U.S. Small Business Bailout Money Flowed to Chinese-Owned Companies

By Alan Rappeport

President Trump has blamed China for the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis, but as the White House looks to stabilize small businesses in the United States, the rescue effort has had an unintended beneficiary: Chinese companies.

Millions of dollars of American taxpayer money have flowed to China from the $660 billion Paycheck Protection Program that was created in March to be a lifeline for struggling small businesses in the United States. But because the economic relief legislation allowed American subsidiaries of foreign firms to receive the loans, a substantial chunk of the money went to America’s biggest economic rival, a new analysis shows.

According to a review of publicly available loan data by the strategy consulting firm Horizon Advisory, $192 million to $419 million has gone to more than 125 companies that Chinese entities own or invest in. Many of the loans were quite sizable; at least 32 Chinese companies received loans worth more than $1 million, with those totaling as much as $180 million.

“The extent and nature of P.R.C.-owned, -invested and -connected entities among the P.P.P. loan recipients indicate that without appropriate policy guardrails, U.S. tax dollars intended for relief, recovery and growth of the U.S. economy — and small businesses in particular — risk supporting foreign competitors, namely China,” wrote Emily de La Bruyère and Nathan Picarsic, the co-founders of Horizon Advisory, referring to the People’s Republic of China.

[…]

Among the companies highlighted in the report were Continental Aerospace Technologies, which received a loan of up to $10 million, and Aviage Systems, which received a loan of up to $350,000. The companies are owned by Aviation Industry Corporation of China, a state-owned conglomerate that the Department of Defense classified this year as a Chinese military company.

[…]

Larger loans went to businesses that spanned critical sectors such as pharmaceuticals, defense, advanced manufacturing, electric cars and information technology. In each case, the United States was indirectly funding the kinds of corporations whose owners the Trump administration regularly accuses of intellectual property theft.

For example, Dendreon Pharmaceuticals, a California-based biotech company, received a loan worth $5 million to $10 million. It is owned by Nanjing Xinbai, a Chinese state-invested company whose controlling shareholder has close ties to the Communist Party.

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TWO WEEKS AGO: Trump Promised a ‘Full and Complete Health Care Plan’ — It Never Materialized

2 Aug

Two weeks ago during a Fox News Sunday interview, Trump boasted about health care initiatives he would sign into law in two weeks. But two weeks later, it turned out to be just another one of Trump’s lies — and his health care plan continues to be sabotaging the Affordable Care Act and taking health care away from millions of Americans during the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump lied when he said on Fox News Sunday that he would sign a new health care plan in two weeks.  

NPR: “‘We’re signing a health care plan within two weeks, a full and complete health care plan,’ Trump claimed, despite not being able to pass a health care bill since taking office and despite there being no push for one in Congress at this point.”

And he lied again on Friday when he doubled down on his claim. 

Bloomberg: “President Donald Trump said he plans to sign a ‘very inclusive’ health-care plan ‘very soon’ — perhaps as soon as Sunday — that will result in Americans paying significantly less for pharmaceutical drugs.”

Instead of following through on his supposed “health care plan,” Trump spent his weekend golfing.

CNN’s Manu Raju on Saturday: “As his chief of staff and Treasury Secretary meet in the Capitol with Dem leaders over stalled stimulus talks, Trump arrives at his Virginia golf club for the 283th day of his presidency at one of his golf clubs. He’s been at one of his properties 376 days since taking office.”

New York Times’s Eric Lipton on Sunday: “President Trump is back at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, VA as of 9:05 a.m., per pool report.”

The reality is that Trump’s health care plan is to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, even as millions of Americans are relying on it during the coronavirus pandemic. 

New York Times: “The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court late Thursday to overturn the Affordable Care Act — a move that, if successful, would bring a permanent end to the health insurance program popularly known as Obamacare and wipe out coverage for as many as 23 million Americans.”

As Trump tries to eliminate the ACA, his administration is also making it more difficult for Americans to get health care coverage during the pandemic. 

Forbes: “The Trump administration has decided against opening up a special enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, instead doubling down on his support of a lawsuit by Republican states aimed at killing the entire Affordable Care Act.”

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WATCH: Dr. Birx Says Virus ‘Is Extraordinarily Widespread’ And Warns Of ‘New Phase’

2 Aug

As Trump acts like the coronavirus is under control and downplays new outbreaks, Dr. Birx warned on CNN’s State of the Union that we “are in a new phase” and the virus “is extraordinarily widespread,” more than it was in March and April.

WATCH HERE:

BIRX: “We are in a new phase and that’s why I really wanted to make it clear to the American people.”

BIRX: “I want to be very clear, what we’re seeing today is different from March and April. It is extraordinarily widespread. It is into the rural as equal urban areas.”

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DNC Battleground Brief

1 Aug

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. 

“THIS IS NOT A TEST” — NEW BATTLEGROUND AD SLAMS TRUMP’S SCHOOL REOPENING FAILURES. The DNC released a new ad this week calling out Donald Trump for gambling with children’s health and safety. Targeted to teachers and parents with school age children, the ad is airing in the Milwaukee and Detroit media markets, and a Spanish-language version is airing in Phoenix and Miami.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOW IT’S PLAYING: While Trump gets hammered on the airwaves, he isn’t faring any better on the ground.

“WE’VE LOST A WHOLE LOT” — TRUMP SLAMMED ON FAILURES TO COMMUNITIES OF COLOR. On Tuesday, while Joe Biden unveiled his plan to advance racial equity as part of the United States’ economic recovery, Democrats across the battleground states slammed Trump’s disastrous record with communities of color.

In Georgia:

Democratic Party of Georgia Chair and State Senator Nikema Williams: “At every level, Donald Trump’s failed leadership has made life harder for Black Americans and people of color. While Trump used his economic policies to enrich big banks and corporate cronies, Black and brown Georgians were left out, and our racial wealth gap has grown.”

In Nevada:

Nevada Assemblyman Edgar Flores: “From day one, Donald Trump’s rhetoric has demonized the Latino community, while his anti-immigrant agenda has terrorized our families. Now, as a direct result of his failed pandemic response, Latinos are bearing the brunt of the coronavirus crisis as our communities, businesses, and priorities get left behind.”

In North Carolina:

North Carolina Senate Democratic Leader Dan Blue: “Four years ago, Donald Trump asked African American North Carolinians what we have to lose by voting for him. We knew the answer then and we know it now — we have everything to lose by supporting Donald Trump. Trump has spent his presidency supporting big businesses and wealthy investors over communities of color; undercutting affordable housing opportunities and undermining efforts to reduce racial disparities in education.”

In Pennsylvania: 

State Senator Sharif Street: “Four years ago, Donald Trump tried to sell himself to Black Americans by asking us ‘What the hell do you have to lose?’ It turns out we’ve lost a whole lot under the Donald Trump presidency … We’ve watched Donald Trump go after our health care, undermine civil rights protections, and in recent months, fail to address the COVID-19 pandemic which is disproportionately killing Black and Brown Americans.”

Check out much more HERE!

WHILE BIDEN LEADS WITH WOMEN’S AGENDA, TRUMP BLASTED OVER BROKEN PROMISES. This week, Joe Biden unveiled an aggressive and comprehensive plan to further women’s economic security and civil rights. While Biden continues to lead,  Democrats across the battleground states slammed Trump’s nearly four years of broken promises to women.

In Arizona: 

State Senator and National Organization for Women (NOW) Board Member Victoria Steele: “For the past four years, Donald Trump’s utter contempt for women’s fundamental rights has been on full display … Trump promised time and again that he would ‘do more for women than anybody else,’ but over the course of his presidency, Trump has done nothing but wage relentless attacks on women’s rights.” 

In Florida:

Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo: “Not only has Donald Trump failed to deliver on this promise to ‘do more for women,’ he’s actively worked to make it easier to discriminate against women.”

In Maine:

Maine Democratic Party Chair Kathleen Marra: “Donald Trump’s presidency has been a disaster for women … His administration’s cruel and ineffective policies have endangered our health, threatened our physical safety, and reduced our opportunities in the workforce.”

In Minnesota: 

Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan: “Donald Trump made a career demonstrating and celebrating behavior that perpetuates violence against Native women and girls … We need a President who will fight for the health and safety of women and Native people across the country. Joe Biden spent his career doing just that and will set a good example for our children as they learn to treat their neighbors with dignity and respect.”

Plus a lot more HERE!

HEALTH CARE, HEALTH CARE, HEALTH CARE! Marking the three-year anniversary of Republicans’ failed ACA repeal vote, battleground Democrats called out Trump’s continued broken promises and attacks on working families’ health care.

In Colorado:

Colorado Democrats: “Colorado families can’t afford more years of leaders hellbent on ripping away coverage and spiking costs — they want leaders who will work to protect our healthcare and lower costs for everyone across our state. That’s why Colorado will reject Trump and his Republican enablers’ horrific health care agenda come November.”

In Iowa:

Iowa Democrats: “Even during a global pandemic, the GOP’s only plan for health care is to rip it away from as many Iowans as possible … While Democrats are running to expand access to affordable, high-quality health care, GOP leaders like Trump and Ernst have been relentless in their attempt to deny health coverage to Iowans.”

In New Hampshire:

New Hampshire Democrats: “Today marks three years since this fight should have been settled once and for all in favor of the Affordable Care Act, but Republicans continue to attack. Americans everywhere made it clear — you cannot take away our care, we will fight back every time.”

In Virginia:

Virginia Democrats: “On the campaign trail, Donald Trump promised Virginians that we would ‘pay much less’ for a ‘great health care program.’ But from his first days in office, he has instead waged a ruthless campaign to overturn the Affordable Care Act, threatening coverage for hundreds of thousands of Viginians and protections for millions more with preexisting conditions.”

You guessed it — read more HERE!

FROM THE GRANITE STATE TO THE SUNSHINE STATE. Wherever Trump and his cronies go, Democrats will be there to hold them accountable. See for yourself:

In Texas: 

KOSA: Democratic National Committee launches advertising campaign on Odessa American’s website ahead of President Trump’s visit. “Ahead of President Trump’s trip to Odessa and Midland today, the Democratic National Committee launched a daylong digital advertising campaign on the Odessa American’s homepage. The bright orange ads scattered up and down the newspaper’s website call out the President’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, calling it catastrophic.”

  • Dallas Morning News: “Democrats accused [Trump] of trying to shift attention from the pandemic, for which he receives low approval ratings in Texas and nationwide … ‘They’re more concerned about covering up their failures than they are about covering up their faces with a mask,’ said Rep. Sylvia Garcia, a Houston Democrat, referring to Trump and Abbott in particular.” 
  • BONUS READ: Houston Chronicle Editorial Board: “Things have only gotten worse since you last visited in June … You can’t take Texas for granted this time. We know you don’t put much stock in independent polls, Mr. President, but a consensus is growing that Texans are losing confidence that you are the person to lead the nation out of the canyon that you and your administration have helped dig.”

In New Hampshire:

WMUR: Ahead of ‘tele-rally,’ Democratic leaders say Trump has broken promises to women. “Three New Hampshire Democratic women who formerly held top elected positions on Thursday accused President Donald Trump of breaking promises to women that he made on the campaign trail, including in New Hampshire, in 2015 and 2016 … ‘When Donald Trump appears on his tele-rally tonight, it will be a glaring reminder that his presidency is defined by a record of broken promises to Granite State women,’ [Former Rep. Carol] Shea-Porter said.”

  • Union Leader: “Earlier in the day on a call with reporters, Democrats, including former Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, panned what they thought Trump would likely say … ‘In four years, he has dismantled what little our country provides to address the health and wellbeing of half of our country, breaking the promise he made to women in our state.’”

In North Carolina:

WRAL: Former Gov. Perdue: Cooper staying focused on pandemic, but Trump wasting time on politics. “Former Gov. Beverly Perdue praised Gov. Roy Cooper’s efforts to keep the coronavirus pandemic in check in North Carolina while also criticizing the federal response. President Donald Trump spends too much time worried about the political fallout and hasn’t provided a coordinated national response, Perdue says.”

In Florida: 

Florida Politics: Democrats decry Donald Trump for fundraising despite weather, virus concerns. “A hurricane is coming, the virus is here, and Florida Democrats are blasting President Donald Trump for fundraising during crisis. A quartet of disgruntled Democrats and Joe Biden surrogates took to Zoom Friday morning to blast Trump’s politically-motivated foray into Florida.”

 

  • Florida Politics: Donna Shalala rips Mike Pence ahead of Miami visit. “Shalala, the former U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services and President of the University of Miami, hosted a conference call with several fellow Democratic party leaders on Monday, and she said Pence and President Donald Trump have a lot of questions to answer.”

 

In Pennsylvania:

CBS 21: PA Democrats criticize Trump administration’s handling of pandemic ahead of Pence’s visit. “Pennsylvania Democrats are using the visit as a chance to critique the Trump administration’s pandemic response, which they say has been mishandled from the start. ‘Trump has put big corporations and his millionaire and billionaire friends first, giving large bailouts to the corporations he’s tied to, rather than the small businesses that are struggling to survive,’ Nancy Patton Mills, chairperson for the PA Democrats, said.”

  • PoliticsPA: Guilfoyle to Headline ‘Catholics for Trump’ Virtual Event in PA. “The Pennsylvania Democratic Party criticized the Trump campaign over its healthcare policies, tax reform, and coronavirus response in a statement about the event … ‘No amount of spin will change the fact that Donald Trump has broken his promises to Pennsylvanians and left us behind,” said Pennsylvania Democratic Party spokesperson Andres Anzola.”

In Minnesota: 

Refinery29: Why Is Ivanka Trump Taking Credit For Preventing Violence Against Indigenous Women? “Democratic lawmakers and Indigenous women expressed concerns and skepticism that the Trump Administration is doing much to help, especially after failing to quickly provide COVID-19 relief to tribal nations in early 2020.”

 

  • Star Tribune: “Both stops were met by protests and heavily criticized by Minnesota DFL leaders, who derided the tour as a ‘campaign photo op.’ Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, a member of the White Earth Nation of Ojibwe, slammed the president for doing little to promote the health and safety of Native Americans while ‘demonstrating and celebrating behavior that perpetuates violence against Native women and girls.’”

 

BATTLEGROUND DEMS FLEX THEIR MUSCLE 95 DAYS OUT. Politico: State Democrats mount big comeback in 2020. “Across 15 possible battleground states, nearly every Democratic state party group is hitting higher quarterly fundraising totals or holding more cash on hand in their federal accounts than they did at this point during the 2016 presidential campaign, and a majority of them did both … Many of these state parties — responsible for field operations and coordinating a ticket-wide campaign — are seeing three, four or five times the amount of cash they did before.”

GOOD LUCK WITH THAT! While Trump continues to light his own votes on fire with vote-by-mail conspiracy theories, Democrats are flocking to mail-in ballots with less than 100 days to Election Day.

ABC News: Months away from Election Day, Democrats show signs of outpacing Republicans in mail voting. “In the key battleground of Florida and Ohio, Democrats outpaced Republicans in absentee ballot requests during primary contests. North Carolina, another state that is crucial for the presidential electoral count, is slated to be among the first to mail general election ballots this fall. There, Democrats’ requests for absentee ballots currently top Republicans by nearly five times.”

YOUR WEEKEND READING: TRUMP’S BUMPY ROAD TO CHARLOTTE.

NBC News: In N.C., economic fallout for business and political repercussions for Trump. “The political bickering over the convention has left North Carolina GOP leaders worried about November, with Biden hoping to reclaim a state Democrats last won when he was on the ticket in 2008 but lost in 2012. ‘If Joe Biden wins North Carolina, Trump gets his ass kicked all across the country,’ one state Republican official told NBC News.”

  • POLITICO: “The North Carolina Democratic Party blasted Trump’s acceptance speech flip-flop as evidence of his ‘bungled response to the coronavirus.’”
  • Charlotte Observer: “Democrats called the situation ‘embarrassing.’ … ‘It seems obvious that a man who’s incapable of managing his own party’s convention certainly can’t be trusted to lead this country out of a pandemic and an economic recession.”

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 Friday! 

The DNC Comms Team

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DNC on the Devastating Impact of the Coronavirus on Native American Tribes

1 Aug

As the coronavirus spreads across Native American communities nationwide, DNC Native Outreach Director Theresa Sheldon released the following statement: 

“Trump’s failure to control the spread of the coronavirus is taking a devastating toll on Native Americans across the country. Due to an underfunded Indian Health Service, tribal citizens have limited access to hospitals, testing, and medical supplies, and exposure to the virus is catastrophic. Yet nothing is being done by the president to protect sick and vulnerable Native citizens. The continued inaction of this administration proves just how little they care about our health and safety. As America’s first inhabitants, Tribal Nations have endured tragedy and loss far too many times. The coronavirus, and Trump’s disastrous response to it, has unleashed a new threat facing these communities.

“As we‘ve faced 19 weeks straight of over one million additional Americans filing for unemployment, with more than 100,000 small businesses permanently closed, and the largest GDP drop on record, we must also remember the impact of the recession on our Native American communities who have lost tens of thousands of jobs at record rates. Native Americans can’t afford four more years of Donald Trump. We need to elect Joe Biden, who has a plan to control the coronavirus, build back the economy, and restore dignity, services and opportunities to Tribes.”

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DNC Launches ‘Blistering’ New Ad in AZ, FL, MI, WI

1 Aug

This week, the DNC War Room released a new television ad, “This Is Not a Test,” which calls out Trump for gambling with children’s health and safety by demanding schools reopen unsafely. See highlights below:

CNN: DNC launches TV ad hitting Trump on coronavirus and reopening of schools ahead of new school year

The Democratic National Committee is launching a new offensive on President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic with a focus on the thorny issue of reopening schools, rolling out a television ad on Monday as parents and educators across the country express widespread concern ahead of the new school year.

In the 60-second TV spot titled “This Is Not a Test” first shared with CNN, the narrator begins by describing Trump as “unprepared and making it up” when it comes to the virus. The ad features some of Trump’s own past statements about Covid-19, including his prediction that it might disappear in April in the heat and his desire to slow down testing.

CNN: New Day Interview with Sen. Tammy Duckworth

ALISYN CAMEROTA: The Democratic Party out with a blistering new ad taking aim at President Trump’s handling of coronavirus.

[…]

JOHN BERMAN: Moments ago, former Vice President Joe Biden and the Democratic National Committee released a new campaign ad focusing on President Trump’s coronavirus response and his push to reopen schools.

[…]

SEN. TAMMY DUCKWORTH (D-IL): This discussion has been something that’s been tearing me up and tearing up all the moms in my mom group. You know, we talk to each other, we want our kids to go back to school. Believe me, I need my daughter back in school because she needs trained educators, not a — not a politician trying to teach her to read. I’m not trained to do this.

But on the other hand, I don’t want her getting sick and potentially dying, or even if it doesn’t really affect her, her bringing home a virus that will affect my 79-year-old mom. You know, I have a whole household, or her two and a half year old baby sister. This is a hot topic. I want my daughter to go back to school, of course, but not if there’s not enough PPE, not if there’s not enough testing, not if we don’t know, you know, what the protocols are for schools. None of that has been provided by the Trump administration.

CNN en Español: Anuncio en español del Partido Demócrata critica respuesta de Trump a la pandemia

Un mensaje en español del Partido Demócrata critica la respuesta del presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, frente a la pandemia de coronavirus. El presidente del Comité Nacional Demócrata, Tom Pérez, dijo en entrevista con Juan Carlos López que los fracasos del presidente Trump durante la pandemia y la caída en la economía serán centrales en la decisión de los latinos a la hora de votar en noviembre.

The Hill: Democrats hit Trump on reopening schools in new ad: ‘He ignored science’

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) launched an ad Monday attacking President Trump over his push to reopen schools in the fall amid surging coronavirus cases across much of the U.S.

[…] The ad ends with audio of Trump boasting about having “aced” a cognitive test. He’s recently bragged in multiple interviews about his performance on a cognitive test that is typically used to detect dementia. 

The Hill: Atlanta mayor: ‘As a mother of four children I do not trust this president with their lives’

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) criticized President Trump’s push for schools to reopen in the fall amid surging coronavirus cases — as both a lawmaker and a mother. 

“As a mother of four children I do not trust this president with their lives,” Bottoms said Monday on a call with reporters.

[…] Bottoms was one of two Democrats who spoke to reporters on the Monday call with Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez. Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) also criticized Trump’s push, as both a lawmaker and a mother of school-aged children. She said her three children, ages 8, 12 and 14, are enrolled year-round in public school in Irvine. 

“I want to be clear about what’s at stake here: Children and teachers will get the virus. They will bring it home to their families, they will spread it to other community … some will get sick and some are going to die,” Porter said. “It’s an absolute failure of leadership to send kids and teachers back into a classroom without so much as a sticky note checklist on how to keep them safe, much less detailed plan.” 

Washington Times: DNC: Trump’s school push risks lives

The Democratic National Committee on Monday intensified its criticism of President Trump’s push to reopen schools, saying the administration is gambling with lives in a naked attempt to score political points ahead of the fall election.

In a new television attack ad, the DNC highlighted how Mr. Trump initially downplayed the virus and questioned whether the president can be trusted to protect students and teachers from COVID-19.

[…] On Monday, DNC Chair Tom Perez said in a conference call with reporters the Trump administration has offered school districts little guidance or assistance to help schools open safely and said The White House’s race to reopen schools will “imperil children, school staff and their families.”

Daily Kos: ‘This is not a test. Trump is failing’: New DNC ad on school reopening pulls no punches

The Democratic National Committee is launching a hard-hitting cable ad buy focused on the spread of coronavirus and Donald Trump’s dangerous push to reopen schools. A DNC aide told CNN there was a six-figure cable buy focusing on battleground states.

Trump has pushed hard to reopen schools, clearly seeing it as a political winner in the early days of summer before coronavirus spiked in many states. And once Trump has decided something is a winner, he notoriously doesn’t back down. COVID-19 rates have changed dramatically, though, and with them, public opinion. Polls show growing fear of school reopenings, and parents’ groups, education advocates, and teachers unions are demanding that any reopening plans listen to the science and emphasize safety, with a national day of resistance planned for August 3.

Education Week: GOP Bill Would Tie Two-Thirds of COVID Relief to Schools Physically Reopening

That rhetorical pushback from Democrats continued into Monday, when Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said on a call with reporters that, “We need to make sure that we have more resources for public education, not to funnel away resources from public education.”

Perez also said the “original sin” of the Trump administration was not taking sufficient action to halt the spread of the virus at the end of last year and the start of 2020. 

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Trump resurrects voucher plan as public schools stay closed

Democrats are fighting back at what they see as a move to undermine support for public schools.

During a Monday conference call with reporters, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said Education Secretary Betsy DeVos “has been on a mission along with this president to undermine public education.”

“He’s saying to schools, I’m going to take away your funding if you don’t open,” Perez added.

Detroit Metro Times: New DNC ad airing in Michigan accuses Trump of forcing schools to reopen too soon in attempt to save his reelection

A new ad that aired in the Detroit area Tuesday flunks President Donald Trump for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 57-second spot, paid for by the DNC War Room, accuses Trump of making the coronavirus crisis worse by ignoring experts and publicly insisting for months that the pandemic would go away on its own. Now, as COVID-19 cases surge in the U.S., Trump is insisting that schools reopen in the fall, and has even threatened to without federal funding from districts that don’t.

WisPolitics.com: DNC’s latest ad knocking Trump running in Milwaukee

Milwaukee is one of the markets that will see the DNC‘s latest TV ad, which knocks President Trump on his response to COVID-19.

The party, which released the spot yesterday, said this morning it will run on cable networks in Milwaukee with a target audience of parents with school-aged children and teachers. The DNC said it is a six-figure buy, but didn’t include details on how much of that would be spent in the Milwaukee market.

La Voz Arizona: Comité Nacional Demócrata lanza anuncio en español ‘Esto no es una prueba’, en contra de Trump

El Comité Nacional Demócrata lanzó hoy un nuevo anuncio televisivo en español en Arizona titulado “Esto no es una prueba”, mediante el cual critica al presidente Donald Trump por presuntamente jugar con la salud y la seguridad de los niños.

Según comentan en un comunicado de prensa, Trump está tratando de obligar a las escuelas a reabrir por completo antes de que puedan hacerlo de manera segura, pese a la elevada cantidad de casos de coronavirus en todo el país. Trump cree, mencionan, que una reapertura de escuelas le ayudará a el con su reelección.

El anuncio fue lanzado a los medios en Arizona a partir de hoy jueves, dirigido a llegar a los padres latinos con niños en edad escolar y los maestros.

Florida Politics: Democrats’ new Spanish ad in Miami warns against school reopening

The Democratic National Committee’s effort to hoist Joe Biden to victory is launching a new Spanish-language television ad in Miami Thursday questioning the wisdom of reopening schools under President Donald Trump‘s direction.

“This is not a test” the 60-second commercial, “Esto no es una prueba,” warns.

The commercial then runs through a series of Trump statements and news reports about the coronavirus crisis resurgent and out of control, accusing Trump of being “unprepared, and making it up.” It then moves on to Trump’s various demands that schools reopen this fall, “because he thinks it will save his reelection … threatening their funding, ignoring the science, risking teachers’ and parents’ lives.”

The Grio: Sen. Nikema Williams: We can’t trust Trump with our kids’ health

Because Trump let the virus get so out of control, many schools can’t reopen safely. Instead of listening to experts, parents, and teachers, Trump is threatening to force schools to reopen without the necessary equipment and testing, and he wants to cut their funding if they don’t.

As the mother of a rising kindergartener, I would never put his safety and well-being in the hands of Donald Trump. Trump continues to ignore the data that shows children can contract the coronavirus and infect their teachers and family members without showing any symptoms. A new study says kids starting at age 10 are at least as likely to spread the virus as adults. And after he claimed the coronavirus would ‘disappear’ and has still failed to set up the testing and contact tracing we needed to confront the pandemic, we can’t trust him to make decisions about our kids’ health.

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DNC Launches ‘Blistering’ New Ad in AZ, FL, MI, WI

1 Aug

This week, the DNC War Room released a new television ad, “This Is Not a Test,” which calls out Trump for gambling with children’s health and safety by demanding schools reopen unsafely. See highlights below:

CNN: DNC launches TV ad hitting Trump on coronavirus and reopening of schools ahead of new school year

The Democratic National Committee is launching a new offensive on President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic with a focus on the thorny issue of reopening schools, rolling out a television ad on Monday as parents and educators across the country express widespread concern ahead of the new school year.

In the 60-second TV spot titled “This Is Not a Test” first shared with CNN, the narrator begins by describing Trump as “unprepared and making it up” when it comes to the virus. The ad features some of Trump’s own past statements about Covid-19, including his prediction that it might disappear in April in the heat and his desire to slow down testing.

CNN: New Day Interview with Sen. Tammy Duckworth

ALISYN CAMEROTA: The Democratic Party out with a blistering new ad taking aim at President Trump’s handling of coronavirus.

[…]

JOHN BERMAN: Moments ago, former Vice President Joe Biden and the Democratic National Committee released a new campaign ad focusing on President Trump’s coronavirus response and his push to reopen schools.

[…]

SEN. TAMMY DUCKWORTH (D-IL): This discussion has been something that’s been tearing me up and tearing up all the moms in my mom group. You know, we talk to each other, we want our kids to go back to school. Believe me, I need my daughter back in school because she needs trained educators, not a — not a politician trying to teach her to read. I’m not trained to do this.

But on the other hand, I don’t want her getting sick and potentially dying, or even if it doesn’t really affect her, her bringing home a virus that will affect my 79-year-old mom. You know, I have a whole household, or her two and a half year old baby sister. This is a hot topic. I want my daughter to go back to school, of course, but not if there’s not enough PPE, not if there’s not enough testing, not if we don’t know, you know, what the protocols are for schools. None of that has been provided by the Trump administration.

CNN en Español: Anuncio en español del Partido Demócrata critica respuesta de Trump a la pandemia

Un mensaje en español del Partido Demócrata critica la respuesta del presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, frente a la pandemia de coronavirus. El presidente del Comité Nacional Demócrata, Tom Pérez, dijo en entrevista con Juan Carlos López que los fracasos del presidente Trump durante la pandemia y la caída en la economía serán centrales en la decisión de los latinos a la hora de votar en noviembre.

The Hill: Democrats hit Trump on reopening schools in new ad: ‘He ignored science’

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) launched an ad Monday attacking President Trump over his push to reopen schools in the fall amid surging coronavirus cases across much of the U.S.

[…] The ad ends with audio of Trump boasting about having “aced” a cognitive test. He’s recently bragged in multiple interviews about his performance on a cognitive test that is typically used to detect dementia. 

The Hill: Atlanta mayor: ‘As a mother of four children I do not trust this president with their lives’

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) criticized President Trump’s push for schools to reopen in the fall amid surging coronavirus cases — as both a lawmaker and a mother. 

“As a mother of four children I do not trust this president with their lives,” Bottoms said Monday on a call with reporters.

[…] Bottoms was one of two Democrats who spoke to reporters on the Monday call with Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez. Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) also criticized Trump’s push, as both a lawmaker and a mother of school-aged children. She said her three children, ages 8, 12 and 14, are enrolled year-round in public school in Irvine. 

“I want to be clear about what’s at stake here: Children and teachers will get the virus. They will bring it home to their families, they will spread it to other community … some will get sick and some are going to die,” Porter said. “It’s an absolute failure of leadership to send kids and teachers back into a classroom without so much as a sticky note checklist on how to keep them safe, much less detailed plan.” 

Washington Times: DNC: Trump’s school push risks lives

The Democratic National Committee on Monday intensified its criticism of President Trump’s push to reopen schools, saying the administration is gambling with lives in a naked attempt to score political points ahead of the fall election.

In a new television attack ad, the DNC highlighted how Mr. Trump initially downplayed the virus and questioned whether the president can be trusted to protect students and teachers from COVID-19.

[…] On Monday, DNC Chair Tom Perez said in a conference call with reporters the Trump administration has offered school districts little guidance or assistance to help schools open safely and said The White House’s race to reopen schools will “imperil children, school staff and their families.”

Daily Kos: ‘This is not a test. Trump is failing’: New DNC ad on school reopening pulls no punches

The Democratic National Committee is launching a hard-hitting cable ad buy focused on the spread of coronavirus and Donald Trump’s dangerous push to reopen schools. A DNC aide told CNN there was a six-figure cable buy focusing on battleground states.

Trump has pushed hard to reopen schools, clearly seeing it as a political winner in the early days of summer before coronavirus spiked in many states. And once Trump has decided something is a winner, he notoriously doesn’t back down. COVID-19 rates have changed dramatically, though, and with them, public opinion. Polls show growing fear of school reopenings, and parents’ groups, education advocates, and teachers unions are demanding that any reopening plans listen to the science and emphasize safety, with a national day of resistance planned for August 3.

Education Week: GOP Bill Would Tie Two-Thirds of COVID Relief to Schools Physically Reopening

That rhetorical pushback from Democrats continued into Monday, when Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said on a call with reporters that, “We need to make sure that we have more resources for public education, not to funnel away resources from public education.”

Perez also said the “original sin” of the Trump administration was not taking sufficient action to halt the spread of the virus at the end of last year and the start of 2020. 

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Trump resurrects voucher plan as public schools stay closed

Democrats are fighting back at what they see as a move to undermine support for public schools.

During a Monday conference call with reporters, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said Education Secretary Betsy DeVos “has been on a mission along with this president to undermine public education.”

“He’s saying to schools, I’m going to take away your funding if you don’t open,” Perez added.

Detroit Metro Times: New DNC ad airing in Michigan accuses Trump of forcing schools to reopen too soon in attempt to save his reelection

A new ad that aired in the Detroit area Tuesday flunks President Donald Trump for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 57-second spot, paid for by the DNC War Room, accuses Trump of making the coronavirus crisis worse by ignoring experts and publicly insisting for months that the pandemic would go away on its own. Now, as COVID-19 cases surge in the U.S., Trump is insisting that schools reopen in the fall, and has even threatened to without federal funding from districts that don’t.

WisPolitics.com: DNC’s latest ad knocking Trump running in Milwaukee

Milwaukee is one of the markets that will see the DNC‘s latest TV ad, which knocks President Trump on his response to COVID-19.

The party, which released the spot yesterday, said this morning it will run on cable networks in Milwaukee with a target audience of parents with school-aged children and teachers. The DNC said it is a six-figure buy, but didn’t include details on how much of that would be spent in the Milwaukee market.

La Voz Arizona: Comité Nacional Demócrata lanza anuncio en español ‘Esto no es una prueba’, en contra de Trump

El Comité Nacional Demócrata lanzó hoy un nuevo anuncio televisivo en español en Arizona titulado “Esto no es una prueba”, mediante el cual critica al presidente Donald Trump por presuntamente jugar con la salud y la seguridad de los niños.

Según comentan en un comunicado de prensa, Trump está tratando de obligar a las escuelas a reabrir por completo antes de que puedan hacerlo de manera segura, pese a la elevada cantidad de casos de coronavirus en todo el país. Trump cree, mencionan, que una reapertura de escuelas le ayudará a el con su reelección.

El anuncio fue lanzado a los medios en Arizona a partir de hoy jueves, dirigido a llegar a los padres latinos con niños en edad escolar y los maestros.

Florida Politics: Democrats’ new Spanish ad in Miami warns against school reopening

The Democratic National Committee’s effort to hoist Joe Biden to victory is launching a new Spanish-language television ad in Miami Thursday questioning the wisdom of reopening schools under President Donald Trump‘s direction.

“This is not a test” the 60-second commercial, “Esto no es una prueba,” warns.

The commercial then runs through a series of Trump statements and news reports about the coronavirus crisis resurgent and out of control, accusing Trump of being “unprepared, and making it up.” It then moves on to Trump’s various demands that schools reopen this fall, “because he thinks it will save his reelection … threatening their funding, ignoring the science, risking teachers’ and parents’ lives.”

The Grio: Sen. Nikema Williams: We can’t trust Trump with our kids’ health

Because Trump let the virus get so out of control, many schools can’t reopen safely. Instead of listening to experts, parents, and teachers, Trump is threatening to force schools to reopen without the necessary equipment and testing, and he wants to cut their funding if they don’t.

As the mother of a rising kindergartener, I would never put his safety and well-being in the hands of Donald Trump. Trump continues to ignore the data that shows children can contract the coronavirus and infect their teachers and family members without showing any symptoms. A new study says kids starting at age 10 are at least as likely to spread the virus as adults. And after he claimed the coronavirus would ‘disappear’ and has still failed to set up the testing and contact tracing we needed to confront the pandemic, we can’t trust him to make decisions about our kids’ health.

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DNC, Nebraska Dems Text 110,000 Nebraskans Encouraging Vote-By-Mail

1 Aug

This week, the Democratic National Committee and Nebraska Democratic Party held a virtual text bank encouraging Nebraskans to fill out and return an application to receive a mail-in ballot for the general election. Some 75 volunteers texted approximately 110,000 voters in Douglas County, continuing Democrats’ months-long effort to ensure voters can safely cast their ballots.

“Nebraskans have a right to make themselves heard without putting themselves in harm’s way,” said Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez. “Our democracy is strongest when every voter can participate, and Democrats are using every tool we have to ensure that this pandemic isn’t used as an excuse to suppress our right to vote. By contacting and mobilizing Nebraska voters now, we’re laying the groundwork to maximize turnout in November.”

“We’re working to ensure that every Nebraskan has the information they need to safely vote,” said Nebraska Democratic Party Chair Jane Kleeb. “Our circumstances and tactics have changed, but our mission remains the same: reaching and mobilizing Nebraskans to elect Democrats up and down the ballot in November.”

This week’s 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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DNC, Nebraska Dems Text 110,000 Nebraskans Encouraging Vote-By-Mail

1 Aug

This week, the Democratic National Committee and Nebraska Democratic Party held a virtual text bank encouraging Nebraskans to fill out and return an application to receive a mail-in ballot for the general election. Some 75 volunteers texted approximately 110,000 voters in Douglas County, continuing Democrats’ months-long effort to ensure voters can safely cast their ballots.

“Nebraskans have a right to make themselves heard without putting themselves in harm’s way,” said Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez. “Our democracy is strongest when every voter can participate, and Democrats are using every tool we have to ensure that this pandemic isn’t used as an excuse to suppress our right to vote. By contacting and mobilizing Nebraska voters now, we’re laying the groundwork to maximize turnout in November.”

“We’re working to ensure that every Nebraskan has the information they need to safely vote,” said Nebraska Democratic Party Chair Jane Kleeb. “Our circumstances and tactics have changed, but our mission remains the same: reaching and mobilizing Nebraskans to elect Democrats up and down the ballot in November.”

This week’s 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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Fauci Repeatedly Contradicts Trump’s Coronavirus Claims

31 Jul

At today’s House Select Coronavirus Committee hearing, Dr. Fauci repeatedly contradicted Trump’s false claims on coronavirus.

Fauci contradicted Trump’s claim that children are immune to coronavirus.

QUESTION: “Are children ‘almost immune’ to the disease?”

[…] FAUCI: “Do children get infected, yes they do.”

Fauci contradicted Trump’s claim that coronavirus will disappear.

QUESTION: “Is Covid-19 going to magically disappear, Dr. Fauci?”

FAUCI: “I do not believe it will disappear.”

Fauci contradicted Trump’s claim that coronavirus was a hoax.

QUESTION: “Is Covid-19 a hoax?”

FAUCI: “No.”

Fauci contradicted Trump’s recommendation to inject bleach as a cure.

QUESTION: “Can people cure themselves of Covid-19 by injecting themselves with disinfectant or bleach?”

FAUCI: “No.”

Fauci contradicted Trump’s repeated pushing of hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus treatment.

FAUCI: “Any and all of the randomized placebo-control trials, which is the gold standard of determining if something is effective, none of them had shown any efficacy of hydroxychloroquine.”

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