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.

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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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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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DNC on Unemployment Benefits Expiring Tonight

31 Jul

As unemployment benefits are set to expire tonight for millions of Americans, DNC War Room senior spokesperson and advisor Lily Adams released the following statement: 

“Trump and Republicans have pulled the rug out from under millions of working families — costing unemployed Americans $600 in income every week and demanding unemployment benefits be cut by as much as half. We have known about this deadline for months, and more than a million additional Americans are filing initial claims for unemployment each week, but Trump and Republicans are forcing families to make impossible decisions about whether to pay for food, rent, or medical treatment. It’s always the same with Trump — when it’s big corporations and the top 1%, he’s eager to help. But when it’s working families, he’s nowhere to be found.”

Enhanced unemployment benefits officially expire tonight, but most unemployed Americans already received their final check last weekend because of Republicans’ delays.

NBC News: “The Republican-led Senate adjourned Thursday for a long weekend with no action on COVID-19 relief, all but ensuring that a $600 weekly federal unemployment benefit would expire Friday.”

Associated Press: “The $600 weekly bonus is technically set to expire July 31, but the cutoff is effectively [July 25] owing to how states process payments.”

Tens of millions of out-of-work Americans will lose an average of half their income.

CBS News: “Over 30 million Americans set to lose enhanced unemployment benefits”

New York Times: “More than 20 million Americans could soon see their weekly income fall by half or more at a time when the unemployment rate remains higher than in any period since World War II.”

CNBC: “Millions of Americans will fall off an ‘income cliff’ when extra $600 in unemployment benefits ends”

This is Trump and the GOP’s fault. They delayed acting for months after House Democrats passed the Heroes Act.

Nexstar: “House Democrats are pushing the Senate to take up the Heroes Act after it was passed two months ago.”

Washington Post: “After delaying discussions for weeks, the White House is now trying to rush talks in part because more than 20 million Americans are slated to receive their final expanded unemployment check at the end of this week before the program expires.”

Now, Trump and Republicans are pushing a bill that slashes workers’ income by more than 40%.

CNBC: “GOP relief plan slashes unemployment benefits by 43% for average worker”

Business Insider: “Trump suggested Republicans could reduce extra unemployment benefits to an estimated $175 a week. That would cause millions of jobless Americans to lose up to half their income.”

Republicans are pushing to cut workers’ income while the country faces a historic recession, GDP collapsed by an unprecedented 32.9%, and unemployment claims rise.

NPR: “3 Months Of Hell: U.S. Economy Drops 32.9% In Worst GDP Report Ever”

New York Times: “It was the 19th straight week that the tally exceeded one million, an unheard-of figure before the coronavirus pandemic. And it was the second weekly increase in a row after nearly four months of declines, a sign of how the rebound in cases has undercut the economy’s nascent recovery.”

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A Week Of Trump’s Failed China Strategy

31 Jul

News from this week makes clear that Trump has no clear strategy on China. He not only got played by China on trade, but jobs are not coming back as he promised and his inconsistency puts our national security at risk and could cause irreversible damage.

Trump said he’d stand up to China, but during his presidency China has felt they could get away with whatever they wanted.

Los Angeles Times: “During Trump’s presidency, China has furthered its incursion into the disputed South China Sea, given little in trade deals despite U.S. tariffs that have boomeranged on American farmers, cracked down on democracy activists in Hong Kong and put religious minorities in concentration camps in Xinjiang, all with little resistance.”

Trump got played — China isn’t living up to its meager phase one purchase commitments or its promises on intellectual property theft. 

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.”

ABC News: “More than 50% of the nation’s counterfeit COVID-19 goods found since ‘Operation Stolen Promise’ was launched 100 days ago came from China, according to Homeland Security Investigations, an arm U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”

Trump’s reckless tariffs did not have the intended effect and cost American jobs, and fewer Americans now see the U.S. ahead of China economically.

Associated Press: “Chinese purchases of American farm goods, semiconductors and other goods declined 11.4% last year but still exceeded $100 billion. Exports to China support just under 1 million American jobs, according to the U.S.-China Business Council, though that was down 10% from 2017’s peak.”

Pew Research: “While more Americans say the U.S. is the world’s leading economy (52%) than say the same of China (32%), views of U.S. economic superiority declined 7 percentage points over the past four months.”

Trump’s inconsistent China strategy puts our national security at risk, and he’s only acting tough on China now ahead of the election.

Foreign Policy: “Trump’s Flip-Flops On China Are A Danger To National Security”

New York Times: “With President Trump trailing badly in the polls as the election nears, his national security officials have intensified their attack on China in recent weeks, targeting its officials, diplomats and executives. While the strategy has reinforced a key campaign message, some American officials, worried Mr. Trump will lose, are also trying to engineer irreversible changes, according to people familiar with the thinking.”

It is no wonder Beijing wants Trump to win reelection.

CNBC: “Beijing Would Prefer Trump Be Reelected As It Gives China An Advantage Internationally, Analyst Says”

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Americans See Through Trump’s ‘New Tone,’ Overwhelmingly Disapprove of His Coronavirus Response

31 Jul

As his poll numbers reached record lows due to his handling of the coronavirus, Trump and his allies touted a “new tone,” but new polling makes it clear that Trump’s failures speak louder than his empty words. Americans know that Trump’s failed leadership caused the coronavirus to get out of hand, and he’s only making things worse.

Trump returned to holding coronavirus briefings as a way to improve his poll numbers, but a new poll shows the American people disapprove of how he’s handled the coronavirus crisis in the country. 

ABC News: “Nearly two-thirds of Americans disapprove of President Donald Trump’s handling of three major challenges facing the country — the coronavirus pandemic, nationwide unrest over racial inequality and relations with Russia — in a new ABC News/Ipsos poll, a sign of the obstacles that his reelection bid faces just three months before Election Day.”

Trump’s failure to successfully put together a strategy let the coronavirus get out of control. Now, as work on a vaccine progresses, officials fear a lack of strategy from the administration may hinder its rollout.

Reuters: “As scientists and pharmaceutical companies work at breakneck speed to develop a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, public health officials and senior U.S. lawmakers are sounding alarms about the Trump administration’s lack of planning for its nationwide distribution.”

Reuters: “‘We have not heard anything from the federal government since April 23,’ Danielle Koenig, health promotion supervisor for the Washington State Department of Health, said in an email. … ‘We urgently await federal, state and local collaborative discussions to identify challenges and plan solutions. A vaccination campaign of this magnitude is unprecedented and it’s going to take more than an army,’ Hannan said on Tuesday, referring to Trump’s repeated statements that the U.S. military stands ready to deliver vaccines.”

The White House sought to implement a new hospital data system, but after the administration bungled the rollout, hospitals are now scrambling to treat the influx of new patients while also dealing with delayed and inconsistent data. 

NPR: “Earlier this month, when the Trump administration told hospitals to send crucial data about coronavirus cases and intensive care capacity to a new online system, it promised the change would be worth it. The data would be more complete, transparent, and an improvement over the old platform run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, administration officials said. Instead, the public data hub created under the new system is updated erratically and is rife with inconsistencies and errors, data analysts say.”

NPR: “‘If the information is not accurate, it could cost time — and lives,’ says Lisa M. Lee, formerly the chief science officer for public health surveillance at CDC, now at Virginia Tech. For instance, knowing which hospitals have the capacity to take on new patients is critical, she explains. ‘If all the ICU beds are taken up, emergency medical personnel need to take [new patients] to the next town over or to the next county.’”

Trump often touts his administration’s ability to acquire a large supply of ventilators in order to deal with the rise of coronavirus, but new evidence suggests he overspent by as much as $500 million for tens of thousands of them. 

NBC News: “But internal emails and documents obtained by Democrats on the House Oversight Committee suggest that the Trump administration failed to enforce an existing contract with a major medical manufacturer, delayed negotiations for more than a month and subsequently overpaid as much as $500 million for tens of thousands of the devices — a costly error at a time when officials from some of the biggest states were warning of shortages.”

NBC News: “White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, who recently criticized the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, as having ‘been wrong about everything,’ negotiated the new contract at almost five times the price the Obama administration paid. The devices Navarro purchased were ‘functionally identical’ to the previous ones, according to Food and Drug Administration approvals in the report.”

As Americans struggle to get tested for the coronavirus, a new report found that the Trump administration decided not to implement a national testing strategy for political reasons.  

Vanity Fair: “Most troubling of all, perhaps, was a sentiment the expert said a member of Kushner’s team expressed: that because the virus had hit blue states hardest, a national plan was unnecessary and would not make sense politically. ‘The political folks believed that because it was going to be relegated to Democratic states, that they could blame those governors, and that would be an effective political strategy,’ said the expert.”

Contact tracing is a key way to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, but because the Trump administration failed to make testing easily available with quick results, tracers have been unable to reach many of those infected.

New York Times: “Contact tracing, a cornerstone of the public health arsenal to tamp down the coronavirus across the world, has largely failed in the United States; the virus’s pervasiveness and major lags in testing have rendered the system almost pointless.”

New York Times: “‘I think it’s easy to say contact tracing is broken,’ said Carolyn Cannuscio, an expert on the method and an associate professor of family medicine and community health at the University of Pennsylvania. ‘It is broken because so many parts of our prevention system are broken.’”

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Trump Says ‘Children Are At The Lowest Risk,’ But A New Study Suggests They Can Carry More Virus Than Adults

30 Jul

At his briefing just now, Trump said that “children are at the lowest risk” and young people are “almost immune” to the coronavirus. But a new study warns that young children may carry significant amounts of the coronavirus — with children under 5 potentially carrying up to 100 TIMES more virus than adults.

New York Times: Children May Carry Coronavirus at High Levels, Study Finds

By Apoorva Mandavilli

It has been a comforting refrain in the national conversation about reopening schools: Young children are mostly spared by the coronavirus and don’t seem to spread it to others, at least not very often.

But on Thursday, a study introduced an unwelcome wrinkle into this smooth narrative.

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.

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As His Failed Response Decimates the Economy, Trump Continues to Put Lives at Risk as New Cases Soar

30 Jul

New economic numbers released today show that Trump’s failed coronavirus response has decimated the U.S. economy. Yet, even as tens of millions are unemployed and over 150,000 lives have been lost, Trump continues to make this crisis worse by pushing for businesses and schools to unsafely reopen despite a surge of cases across the country.

Trump’s mismanagement of the coronavirus has decimated the economy, leading to the worst economic downturn on record and more than a million Americans filing for unemployment for the 19th straight week. 

Washington Post: “U.S. economy contracted at fastest quarterly rate on record from April to June as coronavirus walloped workers, businesses”

Bloomberg News’ Sarah Ponczek: “19th straight week in which more than 1 million people filed for unemployment insurance”

Coronavirus cases and deaths continue to spike across the country as Trump urges states to fully reopen before it’s safe to do so. 

CNN: “The sharp increase in coronavirus infections that slammed the US Northeast in March and April followed by the South and West in June and July is now making its way inland.”

Wall Street Journal: “Daily U.S. Coronavirus Cases Climb Back Above 70,000”

Washington Post: “More than 1,400 coronavirus-related deaths were reported nationwide on Wednesday — roughly one fatality for every minute of the day. It was the worst day for covid-19 deaths in more than two months, as Florida, California, North Carolina and Idaho recorded single-day highs.”

Trump is putting lives in danger by continuing to promote unproven treatments to coronavirus, forcing medical experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci to repeatedly correct him to get credible information to the public. 

NBC News: “Describing the video Trump promoted as ‘a bunch of people spouting something that isn’t true,’ Fauci said, ‘The only recourse you have is to be very, very clear in presenting the scientific data that essentially contradicts that.’”

As Trump pushes for schools to fully reopen without proper safety measures, he often cites examples from European countries, but the reality is most countries have only done more limited reopenings.  

Politico: “Only a few countries have opened schools nationwide in the manner the Trump administration is pushing. They include Norway, France and New Zealand, as well as Nicaragua, Taiwan and Vietnam. On the other hand, 143 countries have instituted country-wide closures.”

Politico: “Countries with open schools tend to fall into two categories. Some took swift action against the pandemic in January to minimize disruption. Others were less proactive in the fight against Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, but they prioritized education in their recovery plan, coordinated by the top levels of government. The United States did neither.”

In another admission that Trump didn’t take COVID-19 seriously, former White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney this week acknowledged that the administration was slow to see the threat of the virus. 

Washington Examiner: “‘We didn’t know it was a crisis at the outset,’ he said, revealing the inside fight to contain it. In fact, he added, he didn’t even recall the first time he discussed the virus with the president. ‘I honestly don’t remember the first time that I talked with the president specifically about COVID. It would have been sometime in January, and it would have been a list of five or six things that we covered on a particular day,’ he said in a Zoom conference hosted by Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Public Service at the McCourt School of Public Policy.”

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Trump Finds Funding For Himself, But Refuses To Give Food Assistance To 30 Million Hungry Americans

30 Jul

Trump and Republicans are refusing to give more funding for food assistance in the stimulus relief bill even as 30 million Americans went hungry last week. But he is making sure to get money to remodel his office. Once again, Trump puts himself first, and the American people last.

30 million Americans went hungry last week.

Bloomberg: “Food insecurity for U.S. households last week reached its highest reported level since the Census Bureau started tracking the data in May, with almost 30 million Americans reporting that they’d not had enough to eat at some point in the seven days through July 21.”

Yet Trump is refusing to give more funding for food assistance.

Washington Post: “But Republicans’ Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools Act (the Heals Act) does not expand the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, nor does it extend the Pandemic EBT program, a debit-card benefit for households with children who have temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals. The Pandemic EBT program expired at the end of June.”

But he is making sure to get money to remodel his office.

Associated Press: “The Trump administration wants $377 million in the next coronavirus relief bill for a long-delayed modernization of the West Wing, but the timetable for construction is yet to be determined.”

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Perez, Lu: Trump Responsible for Sharpest Economic Downturn in U.S. History

30 Jul

Today, DNC Chair Tom Perez and Miller Center Senior Fellow Chris Lu discussed the unprecedented 32.9% annualized drop in GDP last quarter and additional 2.2 million Americans who applied for some form of unemployment last week. Trump’s failed response to the coronavirus has brought on the staggering health and economic crisis facing our nation.

“It’s been another week of economic hardship for millions of American families. … The only thing more jaw-dropping than these numbers is the incompetence that caused them. Donald Trump inherited the longest uninterrupted string of private sector job growth in our nation’s history, and what did he do with it? He torpedoed it. He plunged us into the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression. As the crisis intensified, he did not take bold action. Instead, he ignored the experts and told everyone it wasn’t a big deal,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez.

“Today is the culmination of three and a half years of failed Trump administration policies. … So how are Donald Trump and his congressional allies trying to help average Americans? Well, for starters, they want to cut unemployment benefits that are allowing millions to pay their rent and groceries. They want to give blanket immunity to companies when their employees get infected. They want to allow companies to fully deduct their three-martini lunches at a time when millions are going to food pantries. And Republicans refuse to help cash-strapped state and local governments that are on the verge of laying off teachers, police, and firefighters. Oh, here’s one more thing: they want to spend $1.75 billion on a new FBI building, which conveniently sits across the street from the Trump hotel,” said Miller Center Senior Fellow Chris Lu.

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