Trump Visits Ohio To Sell His Tariffs That Didn’t Help Workers & Falsely Tout His Manufacturing Record

6 Aug

Today, Trump is in Ohio to talk about manufacturing and tout Whirlpool as the “poster child’ for his tariffs. But the tariffs Trump imposed to help Whirlpool cost consumers $1.5 billion a year and boosted corporate profits while doing little to save jobs. And despite his promises, Ohio has lost thousands of manufacturing jobs under his watch, even before the pandemic hit.

The washing machine tariffs Trump imposed to help Whirlpool cost consumers $1.5 billion a year and more than $800,000 per job created.

Wall Street Journal: “President Trump’s tariffs on imported washing machines cost U.S. consumers about $1.5 billion a year, according to new research. The paper released Monday found the tariffs raised the price of washing machines by 12%.”

New York Times: “And while the tariffs did encourage foreign companies to shift more of their manufacturing to the United States and created about 1,800 new jobs, the researchers conclude that those came at a steep cost: about $817,000 per job.”

Washing machine tariffs boosted Whirlpool’s corporate profits at the expense of consumers—and Whirlpool avoided paying any federal income taxes in the first year under Trump’s tax law.

Wall Street Journal: “Whirlpool posted increased profitability in North America, its largest market, as higher prices and cost-cutting measures offset lower volumes. The company sold 7.8 million products in North America during the quarter, a 3.8% decline.”

CNBC: “The study by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, a left-leaning think tank, covers the first year following passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act championed by President Donald Trump, which was signed into law in December 2017… The following companies had effective rates of 0% or less, according to the report: … Whirlpool”

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said Whirlpool was the “poster child” for the success of Trump’s trade policies even though the company raised prices on consumers and laid off workers.

Fremont News-Messenger: “A high-ranking economist in the Trump administration on Wednesday called Whirlpool a triumph of the president’s trade and tariff policies.  Peter Navarro, director of trade and manufacturing for the White House, spoke at a dial-in press conference one day before the president visits Clyde’s Whirlpool plant, the largest employer in Sandusky County, on Thursday.  ‘This is a very special trip for me and the president because Whirlpool really is the poster child for the astonishing success of Trump trade policy,’ Navarro said.”

Navarro claimed there had not been any “dire consequences” of tariffs on washing machines as analysts had warned, but consumer prices spiked.

NAVARRO: “I guess my point here would be that we’ve already seen the impacts of the tariffs. Remember, we imposed tariffs on solar panels and dishwashers many months ago. Donald J. Trump had the courage and vision to do that. We haven’t seen any of these dire consequences you mentioned.”

Wall Street Journal: “President Trump’s tariffs on imported washing machines cost U.S. consumers about $1.5 billion a year, according to new research. The paper released Monday found the tariffs raised the price of washing machines by 12%.”

Whirlpool struggled in the months after Trump imposed washing machine tariffs because his untargeted steel and aluminum tariffs more than offset the benefits.

Wall Street Journal: “Business there appears to have slowed in the past few months. Whirlpool paused operations at the Clyde facility for a few days each around the Memorial Day and Fourth of July holidays, according to workers, suppliers and Scott Black, the town’s mayor.”

CNBC: “Shares of Whirlpool, the U.S. based washing machine giant who was once in favor of stricter trade controls for its own industry, posted their worst day in over 30 years after executives blamed rising steel and aluminum costs for diminished quarterly earnings.  ‘Global steel cost has risen substantially and, particularly in the US, they have reached unexplainable levels,’ Whirlpool CEO Marc Bitzer told shareholders during a conference call Tuesday.  Whirlpool stock fell 14.5 percent Tuesday, its worst day since October 19, 1987.”

Wall Street Journal: “Nearly six months later, the company’s share price is down 15%. One factor is a separate set of tariffs on steel and aluminum, imposed by the U.S. in March and later expanded, that helped drive up Whirlpool’s raw-materials costs. Net income, even with the added benefit of a lower tax bill, was down $64 million in the first quarter compared with a year earlier.”

Trump promised to bring factories and jobs back to Ohio.

TRUMP: “The era of economic surrender is over. We are going to fight for every last American job. It’s time to remove the rust from the rust belt—to usher in a new industrial revolution. We are going to do it.”

TRUMP: “Jobs will return, don’t you like the sound of that? Incomes will rise and new factories will come rushing onto our shores.”

TRUMP: “I said, those jobs have left Ohio. They’re all coming back. They’re all coming back. Don’t move, don’t sell your house.”

Instead, Ohio lost 44,000 manufacturing jobs over the past year. And even before the pandemic, Ohio had its worst employment year in 2019 since the Great Recession, losing 12,500 jobs overall, including 5,500 in manufacturing.

Toledo Blade: “The state had regained 58,000 manufacturing jobs by June, but was still down 44,000 manufacturing jobs from June, 2019.”

Columbus Dispatch: “New revisions made 2019 the worst year for employment in Ohio since the Great Recession.  Ohio’s employment picture is off to a rough start in 2020.  And that’s before any economic fallout the coronavirus might cause.  Employers cut 6,300 jobs in January, led by steep losses in government and in the professional and business services sector, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said Friday.  Counting January’s losses, the state now has 12,500 fewer jobs than it did a year ago, the state data shows, making 2019 the worst year for employment in Ohio since the Great Recession.”

Bureau of Labor Statistics: January 2019-January 2020: Ohio lost 5,500 manufacturing jobs.

Toledo Blade: “Donald Trump was speaking directly to Ohioans during the 2016 election when he vowed to bolster the U.S. economy and reinvigorate domestic manufacturing in places where jobs had long since disappeared overseas. But when he returns here Thursday, it’s to a state confronting unemployment on level with the 2008 Great Recession, the loss of thousands of jobs at factories in the past year, and a still-raging health emergency that’s killed more than 3,500 Ohioans.”

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Trump Lies About Coronavirus Threat to Children as He Pushes for Schools to Reopen Without Necessary Safety Measures In Place

6 Aug

Yesterday, Trump continued to lie about the threat of coronavirus to children as he pushed schools to reopen without putting in place comprehensive guidelines that would allow them to reopen safely. Medical experts, educators, and parents have sounded the alarm on Trump risking children’s health and safety, but he’s ignored them — as more and more children are getting infected.

Instead of outlining a plan to safely reopen schools, Trump, in an interview with Fox & Friends yesterday, continued to wrongly claim that children are “almost immune” to coronavirus. 

TRUMP: “If you look at children, children are almost — and I would almost say definitely — but almost immune from this disease. … They don’t have a problem. They just don’t have a problem.”

Trump has been pushing these claims even as new research and reports directly debunk it. 

CNN: “Two teens in Florida die of coronavirus complications”

CNN: “Researchers in South Korea have found that children between the ages of 10 and 19 can transmit Covid-19 within a household just as much as adults, according to new research published in the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.”

New York Times: “Infected children have at least as much of the coronavirus in their noses and throats as infected adults, according to the research. Indeed, children younger than age 5 may host up to 100 times as much of the virus in the upper respiratory tract as adults, the authors found.”

AP Fact Check: “Trump’s statements overlook severe COVID-19 illnesses and some deaths of children in the U.S., even though kids in general tend to get less sick from it than adults do. He also glosses over the fact that kids can spread disease without showing symptoms themselves.”

As Trump ignores the advice of experts again and pushes states to reopen schools without the necessary safety measures in place, the lives of students, teachers, and their families are being put at risk.

CBS News: “Two suburban Atlanta school districts that began in-person classes Monday with mask-optional policies face more questions about COVID-19 safety protocols after on-campus pictures showed students packed shoulder-to-shoulder. The day after school resumed, one school announced a second grader tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing the child’s teacher and classmates to be sent home to quarantine for two weeks, CBS affiliate WGCL-TV reports.”

Washington Post: “A Mississippi town welcomed students back to school last week. Now 116 are home in quarantine.”

And across the country, teachers and other school staff are worried about being put at risk by returning to school without safety measures in place. 

NPR: “When it comes to going back to the classroom, 77% of teachers are worried about risking their own health. Robin Stauffer is one of them. She’s taught high school English for four decades, most recently in Katy, Texas, a suburb west of Houston. She says working with kids has kept her young and lighthearted, and she has a strong sense of mission ‘to be the type of teacher that I wish I would have had when I was in public school, to kind of right the wrongs that I experienced.’ But she’s also 66 years old and has diabetes, both of which make her more vulnerable to the coronavirus. According to the U.S. Department of Education, almost 30% of teachers are 50 and older, putting them in a higher-risk category for the virus.”

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DNC on Voting Rights Act Anniversary

6 Aug

On the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, DNC Chair Tom Perez and DNC Vice Chair for Civic Engagement and Voter Participation Karen Carter Peterson released the following statement reaffirming the Democratic Party’s commitment to protecting every eligible American’s right to cast a ballot:

“55 years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law. It was a historic and hard-fought victory fueled by activists and civil rights leaders across the nation, by those who marched for freedom and organized for justice, who faced down billy clubs and baseball bats for the right to make their voices heard at the ballot box. John Lewis was one of those leaders. From Freedom Summer to Bloody Sunday, he risked his life for what was right. While we mark this year’s anniversary of the Voting Rights Act without one of its greatest champions, we must carry on his fight.

“Today, the Voting Rights Act is a shell of what it was on the day it was signed. The Supreme Court eviscerated key provisions in 2013 that helped protect against discrimination and secure the sanctity of the ballot for voters of color. Democrats in the House have passed legislation to restore this landmark law, but due to Republican obstruction, it has yet to be considered by the Senate. And with less than three months until Election Day, the Republican voter suppression machine is in full swing. In the middle of a global pandemic, Donald Trump and GOP leaders have made it their mission to silence as many voters as possible, especially in communities of color.

“Democrats believe our democracy works better when more people can participate, not fewer. We will keep fighting to end discrimiantion at the ballot box, expand access to vote-by-mail, and restore critical parts of the Voting Rights Act. In the words of Barack Obama, the best way to honor the lives of John Lewis, C.T. Vivian, and all of the heroes we’ve lost is by revitalizing the law they were willing to die for. That starts with electing Joe Biden as the next president of the United States.”

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Less Than Three Months To Election Day, Democrats Turn Out In Droves Across The Country

5 Aug

Democrats turned out in massive numbers across the country for yesterday’s primaries, sparking a historic surge in mail-in voting and securing key victories including Medicaid expansion in Missouri. While ballots continue to be counted, one thing is clear: less than three months to Election Day, Democrats are energized and eager to vote.

In Arizona:

In Kansas:

In Michigan:

  • MI Dems: Michigan Democrats See Enthusiasm in August Primaries. “Tuesday’s primary results continue to show increased enthusiasm among Democrats heading into November … key Democratic base counties saw spikes in turnout over August 2016 primaries. Wayne County turnout increased by over 115%. Washtenaw County saw over 100,000 voters, an increase of over 165%. In Genesee County, turnout nearly doubled, increasing by 96%. The increase in absentee voting was especially pronounced in counties that supported Clinton, with a 223.8% increase.”

In Missouri:

In Washington:

  • In Washington’s nonpartisan gubernatorial primary, Democratic Governor Jay Inslee currently leads his closest Republican challenger by 35 percentage points.

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NEW VIDEO: Trump Golfs as Economy Crumbles and Americans Suffer From His Failed Coronavirus Response

5 Aug

It’s been more than six months since the first coronavirus cases were reported in the U.S., and because Trump has failed to get the virus under control, the economy is crumbling. As a result, 30 million Americans are unemployed, over 100,000 small businesses have permanently shuttered, millions of families are facing evictions, and as of last week, tens of millions have lost half of their income after Trump let enhanced unemployment benefits expire.

The DNC War Room’s latest video, “Golf Course,” slams Trump for standing on the green instead of getting to work to help solve this unprecedented economic and public health crisis. Rather than presenting a national testing strategy, listening to experts, and outlining a plan to reopen schools safely, Trump has spent his time golfing.


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Trump’s Attacks on The Census and USPS Undermine Our Democracy

5 Aug

As the American people deal with the devastating consequences of his failed coronavirus response, Trump has been busy working to sabotage the census and undermine mail-in voting — all in a shameless effort to ensure he and his party benefit politically.

The Trump administration has announced it will stop all census counting a month earlier than previously planned, threatening to undercount marginalized communities.

NPR: “These last-minute changes to the constitutionally mandated count of every person living in the U.S. threaten the accuracy of population numbers used to determine the distribution of political representation and federal funding for the next decade. With roughly 4 out of 10 households nationwide yet to be counted, and already delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, the bureau now has less than two months left to try to reach people of color, immigrants, renters, rural residents and other members of historically undercounted groups who are not likely to fill out a census form on their own.”

And after Trump’s efforts to add a citizenship question to the census were rebuffed by the Supreme Court, he pressured the Census Bureau to provide data that would benefit the Republican Party politically. 

Politico: “Dillingham also said the bureau ‘continues its work on meeting the requirements’ of two Trump orders: a July 2019 executive order that asked administrative agencies to collect data on undocumented immigrants in order to provide counts that states could use to draw state legislative maps that did not include those people; and a presidential memorandum from last month instructing the Census Bureau to calculate apportionment counts — the number of congressional seats each state will have in the next decade — without undocumented immigrants included.  ‘A team of experts are examining methodologies and options to be employed for this purpose,’ Dillingham said.”

Politico: “Excluding these immigrants would likely benefit Republicans in future elections for Congress and the presidency. According to the University of Virginia Center for Politics, a count that did not include undocumented immigrants would mean California would lose two House seats, not the one seat the state is projected to lose in the next decade. Fast-growing Texas, increasingly a competitive state, would gain two seats instead of three. New Jersey would lose a seat.  Alabama and Ohio, meanwhile, would each gain a seat under a count that excluded undocumented immigrants — though they are not currently projected to gain seats under a conventional count.”

Meanwhile, Trump fundraiser-turned-Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s mismanagement of USPS has caused massive slowdowns, which could disrupt an election in which a record number of voters are expected to vote by mail.

Washington Post: “DeJoy, a North Carolina logistics executive who donated more than $2 million to GOP political committees in the past four years, approved changes that took effect July 13 that the agency said were aimed at cutting costs for the debt-laden mail service. They included prohibiting overtime pay, shutting down sorting machines early and requiring letter carriers to leave mail behind when necessary to avoid extra trips or late delivery on routes.”

Washington Post: “The U.S. Postal Service is experiencing days-long backlogs of mail across the country after a top Trump donor running the agency put in place new procedures described as cost-cutting efforts, alarming postal workers who warn that the policies could undermine their ability to deliver ballots on time for the November election.”

Washington Post: “As President Trump ramps up his unfounded attacks on mail balloting as being susceptible to widespread fraud, postal employees and union officials say the changes implemented by Trump fundraiser-turned-postmaster general Louis DeJoy are contributing to a growing perception that mail delays are the result of a political effort to undermine absentee voting.”

After the slowdowns were implemented, Trump worked to further undermine confidence in the USPS’s ability to handle election mail. 

CNN: “Later Monday, Trump again slammed mail-in ballots during a press briefing, saying, ‘How are you going to do that for an entire nation? They’re using Covid to try and get the mail-in ballots. ‘The Post Office for many, many years has been, you know, run in a fashion that hasn’t been great—great workers and everything, but they have old equipment, very old equipment,’ Trump added. ‘And I don’t think the Post Office is prepared for a thing like this. You have to ask the people at the Post Office, but how can the Post Office be expected to handle?’”

New York Times: “In tweet after all-caps tweet, Mr. Trump has warned that allowing people to vote by mail will result in a ‘CORRUPT ELECTION’ that will ‘LEAD TO THE END OF OUR GREAT REPUBLICAN PARTY’ and become the ‘SCANDAL OF OUR TIMES.’ He has predicted that children will steal ballots out of mailboxes.”

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Trump Administration Confirms China Isn’t Living Up To Trump’s Trade Deal

5 Aug

Once again, data from Trump’s own administration confirms that the China trade deal he staked his reelection on has been a failure. After losing the trade war he started, Trump settled for a bad deal, and was so eager to secure it that he let China off the hook on the coronavirus, which has cost over 155,000 American lives and wreaked havoc on our economy. Now, China isn’t even living up to its purchase agreements. Trump promised to get tough on China, but he got played instead.

New data from Trump’s Commerce Department confirmed that through the first half of the year China was still $120 billion short of its trade deal commitments for 2020 and even behind pre-trade war levels.

January 2020-June 2020: The U.S. exported $49.5 billion in goods to China.

Bloomberg: “By the end of the first half of this year, China had bought about 23% of the total purchase target of more than $170 billion for goods in 2020, according to Bloomberg calculations based on Chinese Customs Administration data.”

January 2017-June 2017: The U.S. exported $58.9 billion in goods to China.

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: “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.”

TRUMP: “They’re buying. You know, I made a trade deal, and it’s a wonderful deal… The deal with China was a great deal.”

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

TRUMP: “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 Remarks At Signing Of The U.S.-China Phase One Trade Agreement, Washington DC, 1/15/20]

TRUMP: “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.” [Squawk Box, CNBC, 1/22/20]

TRUMP: “So we’ll be taking in an excess of $200 billion; could be closer to $300 billion when it finishes.” [Trump Remarks At The World Economic Forum, Davos CH, 1/21/20]

TRUMP: “I did a trade deal with China, where China is supposed to be spending $250 billion in our country.”

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.”

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WATCH: Trump Says Coronavirus ‘Will Go Away’ And Children Are ‘Almost Immune’

5 Aug

On Fox and Friends this morning, Trump said schools should fully reopen, even though he doesn’t have a plan to ensure it is done safely, because the coronavirus “will go away like things go away” and children are “almost immune to this disease.” That’s false:

Trump said schools should reopen because coronavirus “will go away like things go away” and children are “almost immune from this disease.”

TRUMP: “This thing’s going away. It will go away like things go away.”

TRUMP: “Children are almost, and I would almost say definitely, but almost immune from this disease.”

But the coronavirus does pose risks for children and their families, and the more we learn, the clearer it becomes how risky fully reopening schools would be.

Axios: “There’s not much good news about kids and coronavirus”

Axios: “The more we learn about kids and the coronavirus, the riskier reopening schools for in-person learning appears to be, at least in areas with high caseloads.”

Numerous studies have shown that children are susceptible to infection and can spread the coronavirus at least as well as adults do. 

New York Times: “A large new study from South Korea offers an answer: Children younger than 10 transmit to others much less often than adults do, but the risk is not zero. And those between the ages of 10 and 19 can spread the virus at least as well as adults do.”

Washington Post: “A new report suggests that children of all ages are susceptible to coronavirus infection and may also spread it to others — a finding likely to intensify an already fraught discussion about the risks of sending children back to school this fall. The analysis, released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, details an outbreak at a sleep-away camp in Georgia last month in which 260 children and staffers — more than three-quarters of the 344 tested — contracted the virus less than a week after spending time together in close quarters.”

The American people know the risk of fully reopening schools without a plan. New polling shows that opposition to reopening schools at the end of summer is rising.

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Trump Calls Testing ‘An Amazing Achievement,’ Despite Still Having No Testing Strategy

5 Aug

Trump claims that testing has been “an amazing achievement” and his administration says there is nothing more they can do, even as testing problems persist and Trump still has no national testing strategy to help contain the coronavirus.

Last night, Trump said that testing has been “an amazing achievement.”

TRUMP: “It’s been an amazing achievement, the testing.”

Trump still has no national testing strategy and persistent testing delays have hindered the pandemic response.

Washington Post: “There’s no national testing strategy for coronavirus. These states banded together to make one.”

New York Times: “‘It’s Like Having No Testing’: Coronavirus Test Results Are Still Delayed”

Trump announced a plan to provide every nursing home with a fast COVID-19 testing machine. But he won’t supply enough test kits.

Associated Press: “The Trump administration’s plan to provide every nursing home with a fast COVID-19 testing machine comes with an asterisk: The government won’t supply enough test kits to check staff and residents beyond an initial couple of rounds. A program that sounded like a game changer when it was announced last month at the White House is now prompting concerns that it could turn into another unfulfilled promise for nursing homes, whose residents and staff represent a tiny share of the U.S. population but account for as many as 4 in 10 coronavirus deaths, according to some estimates.”

Despite the Trump administration’s claims, experts overwhelmingly say the administration can do more to fix the country’s testing problems.

CNN: “CNN asked more than 20 public health and lab industry sources whether Giroir and the administration were doing all they could to fix the country’s testing problems and there was an overwhelming consensus: No.”

Most Americans agree and want the Trump administration to do more to slow the spread of the coronavirus, including expanding testing.

NPR: “Two-thirds of respondents said they believe the U.S. is handling the pandemic worse than other countries, and most want the federal government to take extensive action to slow the spread of the coronavirus, favoring a top-down approach to reopening schools and businesses.”

NPR: “Other measures that enjoy broad backing include government funding to expand testing for the coronavirus and make it free of charge.”

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DNC launches digital ad campaign highlighting Trump’s failed COVID-19 response in The Tampa Bay Times

5 Aug

Chris King, Florida Faith Leaders to hold press call

Ahead of Vice President Pence’s trip to Clearwater today, the Democratic National Committee is launching a digital ad campaign in The Tampa Bay Times, highlighting Trump’s failed coronavirus response. The Tampa Bay Times reaches voters in Clearwater, where Pence is set to visit today for a “Faith in America” Tour event.

Additionally, today at 11:30 AM EDT, the Florida Democratic Party will host a press call featuring Reverend Dr. Joe Parramore, president and founding pastor of New Journey Ministries; Reverend Gina Durbin of King of Peace in St. Petersburg; Reverend Dr. James Golden of Mt. Zion AME Church, Port of Tampa; Chris King, CEO of Elevation Financial Group and 2018 Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor of Florida to discuss how Trump’s failed, ineffective coronavirus response has hurt Floridians and resulted in nearly 500,000 cases and more than 7,000 deaths statewide. The speakers will also highlight how the Trump administration is failing on issues critical to Floridians of faith, from his mission to undermine the Affordable Care Act during a pandemic to his cruel immigration agenda, to his absolute failure to lead during his pandemic, which has disproportionately hurt Black and Brown communities.

“Nothing Pence says today can change Trump’s total incompetence in responding to the coronavirus — it didn’t need to be this bad, it’s getting worse, and his failure in handling this crisis effectively has cost Floridians their jobs and lives,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez. “Instead of this photo-op, Pence should be listening to the voices of Floridians who are still suffering as COVID spikes, or the Floridians of faith who are repulsed by Trump’s efforts to strip away health care coverage from millions in the midst of a pandemic. In November, Floridians of every faith and political persuasion will hold this administration accountable by voting Trump and Pence out of office.”

These display ads will reach voters throughout The Tampa Bay Times’ website and will run for 24 hours.  Images of the ads are below:

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