As Trump Heads to Wisconsin, DNC Launches Digital Ads Highlighting Trump Failure on COVID

27 Oct

Ahead of Trump’s event in Wisconsin today, the Democratic National Committee is launching Google display ads reaching voters in Western Wisconsin to remind them about Trump’s failed response to the coronavirus.

The Google display ads will reach voters in and surrounding Trump’s events in West Salem with the message “This Administration Failed Us,” and will direct individuals to the DNC’s ad “Infecting Us,” which highlights how Trump is holding dangerous campaign rallies that threaten to worsen the spread of coronavirus.

Ahead of the visit, Wisconsin Democrats held a press call with Rep. Jill Billings, La Crosse County Democratic Party Chair Michael Smuksta, and Wisconsin Farmers Union President Darin Von Ruden to highlight the administration’s failures on COVID-19, especially as cases across the country continue to spike.

Wisconsin is currently experiencing a spike on positive COVID cases, with over 1,800 total deaths in the state as of Monday. Governor Evers opened a field hospital earlier this month in the state to handle the influx of new cases.

“The reality of Trump’s record in Wisconsin is unavoidable: spiking COVID cases, manufacturing jobs decimated in a reckless trade war, and now, even during a pandemic, he is continuing to attack Wisconsinites’ health care and protections for people with preexisting conditions,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez. “Nothing Trump will say today changes the fact that Wisconsintes are sick and tired of his incompetence that is threatening their lives and livelihoods. And that’s why Wisconsinites are holding Trump accountable by making their plan to participate in this election and voting him out of office.”

Images of the ads are below:

 

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Trump Isn’t Even Trying To Control The Pandemic That Continues To Surge To Record Highs

26 Oct

Mark Meadows admitted this weekend that the Trump administration is not even trying to control the pandemic, which has been obvious as new cases once again hit record highs. Trump continues to flout public health guidelines and hold potential superspreader events that have already likely led to new outbreaks — and there’s even a second one in Trump’s own White House.

Trump’s failure to control the pandemic has led to new daily cases hitting record highs and will continue to make this crisis even worse.

MEADOWS: “We are not going to control the pandemic.”

CNN: “The latest surge of Covid-19 infections has pushed the seven-day average of new daily cases to heights not seen since the pandemic began. The seven-day average of new cases hit 68,767 on Sunday, topping the previous peak of 67,293 reported on July 22. The two highest single days of new cases were Friday and Saturday, with more than 83,000 new cases added each day.”

CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla: “MORGAN STANLEY: ‘Our updated base case forecasts up to ~130K daily cases’ by year-end.”

Trump is trying to sell an alternate reality to voters even as the White House goes through its second coronavirus outbreak.

Politico: “President Donald Trump is heading into the final nine days of the 2020 election with a new nationwide explosion in coronavirus cases and a second outbreak in the top ranks of his own White House — all while he tries to sell an alternate reality to voters.”

New York Times: “But just seven hours later, the White House made its own Covid headlines when officials acknowledged that another coronavirus outbreak had struck the White House, infecting Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff and four other top aides — and raising new questions about the Trump administration’s cavalier approach to the worst health crisis in a century.”

Trump continues to flout public health guidelines and hold crowded rallies that have already likely led to coronavirus outbreaks across the country.

Bloomberg: “President Donald Trump is forging ahead with a breakneck pace of rallies in battleground states during the final days of his re-election campaign, defying public-health guidelines as a wave of new coronavirus cases smacks the U.S.”

USA Today: “As President Donald Trump jetted across the country holding campaign rallies during the past two months, he didn’t just defy state orders and federal health guidelines. He left a trail of coronavirus outbreaks in his wake. The president has participated in nearly three dozen rallies since mid-August, all but two at airport hangars. A USA TODAY analysis shows COVID-19 cases grew at a faster rate than before after at least five of those rallies in the following counties: Blue Earth, Minnesota; Lackawanna, Pennsylvania; Marathon, Wisconsin; Dauphin, Pennsylvania; and Beltrami, Minnesota.”

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DNC on U.S. Senate Confirming Amy Coney Barrett

26 Oct

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court:

“Eight days before an election, Donald Trump and Republicans have ignored the will of the American people and forced through a nominee who represents the gravest threat to health care and reproductive rights in a generation, even as the administration gives up on trying to control the coronavirus and fights in court to remove protections for people with preexisting conditions. A nominee more interested in taking away people’s rights than protecting them. This vote is a disgrace to our democracy and a betrayal of the American people’s wishes. That’s why voters are already flocking to the polls and mailing in their ballots in record numbers to send Donald Trump packing. They understand what’s at stake in this election. Health care is on the ballot. LGBTQ rights, voting rights, and workers’ rights are on the ballot. The future of our planet is on the ballot. And we must send a clear message to Trump and every one of his Republican enablers by voting them out of office.”

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“Together, We Are Going To Win:” DNC Launches New Digital Video Featuring Arizona Teacher

26 Oct

Today, the Democratic National Committee released a new digital video featuring Marisol Garcia, a teacher in Arizona. In the video, Garcia discusses why she’s helping turn out voters for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, highlighting her experience fighting for better pay and school funding.

The video directs viewers to IWillVote.com — Democrats’ comprehensive voter participation website — to find out more about their voting options and make a plan to vote.

WATCH HERE:

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Trump Continues To Defend China After The Trade War He Started Failed

26 Oct

Trump lost the trade war he started with China. He failed to boost manufacturing, level the playing field for American workers, or increase exports, and his trade war cost tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs. Now, China isn’t even living up to the trade deal, yet the Trump administration continues to defend China in order to cover for Trump’s failures.

Evidence continues to mount that Trump lost the trade war with China that he started.

CNN: “Trump Promised To Win The Trade War With China. He Failed”

Wall Street Journal: “China Trade War Didn’t Boost U.S. Manufacturing Might”

Trump failed to boost U.S. manufacturing, level the playing field for American workers, or increase U.S. exports.

Wall Street Journal: “President Trump’s trade war against China didn’t achieve the central objective of reversing a U.S. decline in manufacturing, economic data show, despite tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of Chinese goods to discourage imports.”

CNN: “US President Donald Trump started a trade war with China to fix what he’s repeatedly blasted as an unfair relationship between the world’s two largest economies. But as the president makes his case for a second term ahead of November’s election, he doesn’t have much to show for a bruising trade battle that has been a cornerstone of his foreign policy. Trump vowed to cut the US trade deficit, but instead it’s reached historic highs. He wanted China to buy more American products, but that hasn’t happened as much as Washington would like. And he’s made almost no progress on big structural issues that American companies care most about.”

Trump’s trade war with China cost tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs, even before the pandemic hit. 

Wall Street Journal: “An industry-by-industry analysis by the Federal Reserve showed that tariffs did help boost employment by 0.3%, in industries exposed to trade with China, by giving protection to some domestic industries to cheaper Chinese imports. But these gains were more than offset by higher costs of importing Chinese parts, which cut manufacturing employment by 1.1%. Retaliatory tariffs imposed by China against U.S. exports, the analysis found, reduced U.S. factory jobs by 0.7%.”

Wall Street Journal: “However, about 75% of the increase in manufacturing jobs occurred before the first tranche of tariffs took effect against China in July 2018, when annual growth in manufacturing jobs peaked and then began to decline. By early 2020, even before the pandemic reached the U.S., manufacturing job growth had stalled out, and factories shed workers in four of the six months through March.”

Brookings: “Now, there have been various studies that tried to estimate the overall effect of the tariffs. They have all found a net job loss in the U.S. as a result of Trump’s tariffs, and the numbers are big. They range from 175,000 in one credible study to 300,000 in another credible study jobs destroyed by Trump’s tariffs and the retaliation that they inevitably drew.”

The U.S. trade deficit has grown under Trump despite his promise to narrow the deficit and all of the damage he inflicted with his trade policies.

CNN: “Despite Trump’s pledge to narrow America’s trade deficit by slapping heavy tariffs on Chinese goods, the gap by which imports exceeded exports in August widened to more than $67 billion, its highest monthly tally in 14 years. The deficit with China alone fell about 7% from July but was still about $26 billion, according to the US Census Bureau.”

AFP: “Trump has indeed shaken up the global trading system but the US trade deficit has grown under his presidency, and analysts say he has little to show for his efforts. ‘Trump’s trade policies have delivered few tangible benefits to the US economy while undercutting the multilateral trading system, disrupting long-standing alliances with US trading partners, and fomenting uncertainty,’ said Cornell University professor Eswar Prasad.”

ProPublica: “So far, the promised benefits of this upheaval are hard to see. The gap between American imports and exports of goods is as big as it’s ever been, while manufacturing output and job growth flatlined in 2019. To the extent that manufacturers have pulled out of China, they’ve shifted to countries like Vietnam and Mexico, rather than set up factories in the U.S.”

New numbers show China is still not living up to the trade deal, but the Trump administration released a report to defend China and cover up for Trump’s failures.

Bloomberg: “Trump Administration Claims On Farm Trade Progress Questioned”

Peterson Institute For International Economics: “Through the first nine months of 2020, China’s purchases of all covered products were thus only at 54 percent (US exports) or 53 percent (Chinese imports) of their year-to-date targets.”

Bloomberg: “China agreed to buy $36.5 billion in American agricultural products in 2020, up from $24 billion in 2017, the year before the trade war started. In the first eight months of the year, U.S. exports of agricultural goods and related products only reached $10.7 billion, still below 2017 levels, USDA data showed.”

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NEW DNC VIDEO: “Trump’s Health Care Sabotage”

26 Oct

As Trump rushes to confirm a Supreme Court nominee to eliminate the Affordable Care Act and take away health care from millions, the DNC War Room is releasing a new video blasting Trump’s years-long attacks on Americans’ health care.

The video, titled “Trump’s Health Care Sabotage,” highlights how, despite spending years claiming his health care plan is “two weeks” away, Trump admitted during a 60 Minutes interview that his only plan is to gut the Affordable Care Act and strip coverage from tens of millions of Americans and eliminate protections for as many as 133 million people with preexisting conditions, even during a pandemic he’s worsened. 

“In states all over the country, Americans are suffering as the coronavirus continues to surge, yet Trump has continued his years-long fight to take away health care from millions,” said DNC War Room senior spokesperson and advisor Lily Adams. “The American people have made it clear they want a president who will ensure more people have access to quality, affordable health care, not one who admitted on national television it would be ‘good’ if the Affordable Care Act is eliminated, especially when they most need it.”

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As Pence Heads to Minnesota, DNC launches Digital Ads Highlighting Trump Failure on COVID

26 Oct

Ahead of Mike Pence’s event in Minnesota today, the Democratic National Committee is launching Google display ads reaching voters in Northern Minnesota to remind them about Trump’s failed response to the coronavirus.

The Google display ads will reach voters in and surrounding Pence’s events in Hibbing with the message that “This Administration Failed Us,” and will direct individuals to the DNC’s ad “Infecting Us,” which highlights how Trump and Pence are holding dangerous campaign rallies that threaten to worsen the spread of coronavirus.

COVID cases in Minnesota are reaching new highs, with over 133,802 positive cases and more than 2,300 deaths, including an uptick of cases in more rural parts of the state. After Trump’s visit in Bemidji last month, the state reported nearly two dozen new cases linked to Trump’s rallies.

Ahead of the visit, DFLers held a press call with former White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, former Congressman Rick Nolan, and Minnesota labor leaders to highlight the administration’s failures on COVID-19, especially as cases across the country continue to spike.

“The reality of Trump’s record in Minnesota is unavoidable: spiking COVID cases, manufacturing jobs decimated in a reckless trade war, and now, even during a pandemic, he is continuing to attack Minnesotan’s health care and protections for people with preexisting conditions,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez. “Nothing Pence will say today changes the fact that Minnesotans are sick and tired of his incompetence that is threatening their lives and livelihoods. And that’s why Minnesotans are holding Trump and Pence accountable by making their plan to participate in this election and voting him out of office.”

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“Voting Is Your Voice:” DNC Launches New Digital Video Featuring Michigan Nursing Home Worker

26 Oct

Today, the Democratic National Committee released a new digital video featuring Trece Andrews, a nursing home worker and union stewardess in Michigan.

In the video, Andrews discusses why she’s helping turn out voters for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, highlighting how she and her coworkers have had to fight for their own safety amidst Donald Trump’s chaotic pandemic response, particularly due to inadequate access to personal protective equipment even as coronavirus cases spike in nursing homes.

“It’s a good feeling to be able to do something like that and jump right into the election and be a part of getting people out to vote,” said Andrews in the video. “Voting is your voice. If y’all all on the same page, want the same thing, want the same changes, all we gotta do is stick together. When you vote, we win.”

The video directs viewers to IWillVote.com — Democrats’ comprehensive voter participation website — to find out more about their voting options and make a plan to vote.

WATCH HERE:

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DNC Statement on Jared Kushner Comments Concerning the Black Community

26 Oct

Democratic National Committee National Press Secretary Brandon Gassaway released the following statement on Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner’s comments on “Fox and Friends” about policymaking for the Black community:

“According to the Trump administration, when African Americans find fault in policies that have led to historic unemployment for Black families, an explosion of racial inequities and wealth gaps, and an uncontained global pandemic that has taken the lives of over 45,000 Black Americans, it means that we just don’t want to be successful badly enough. In the eyes of this White House, demanding accountability for the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Jacob Blake, and countless other Black men and women who have lost their lives at the hands of law enforcement is just ‘complaining.’

“This dismissive approach to the issues that Black voters care about is indicative of Trump’s callousness and disregard for the lives of Black people. We cannot afford another four years of a White House that does not take our voices seriously and tells us to be grateful for whatever scraps are leftover from the bargaining table. We need leaders who not only value our input but prioritize and act upon it. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are those leaders, and Black voters will continue to show up to the polls in record numbers to ensure that Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, and this failed administration get the message.”

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MEMO: Trump’s Closing Admission: He Wants to Repeal Health Care for Millions

26 Oct

MEMORANDUM:
TO: Interested Parties
FROM: DNC War Room
DATE: October 26, 2020
RE: Trump’s Closing Admission: He Wants to Repeal Health Care for Millions


Throughout his presidency, Trump has worked tirelessly to sabotage Americans’ access to health care by trying to eliminate the Affordable Care Act. Under his watch, drug prices continue to soar and fewer Americans are insured. And now, he’s rushing to confirm a Supreme Court nominee who will undoubtedly support his administration’s legal battle to eliminate the Affordable Care Act. So it’s no surprise that when interviewed by 60 Minutes, he said the quiet part out loud — “I hope that they end [the Affordable Care Act], it will be so good if they end it.” 

Despite years of claiming his health care plan is just “two weeks” away, the truth is, Trump’s only plan is to take health care away from tens of millions of Americans and eliminate protections for as many as 133 million people with preexisting conditions. That’s the whole plan. And to make matters worse — he’s stayed the course on this disastrous route even in the middle of a pandemic that has led to over 225,000 deaths and infected more than 8.6 million people, many of whom now live with preexisting conditions. 

The American people have made it clear that they want a president who will ensure more people have access to quality, affordable health care. But at every step of the way, Trump has fought to undo the progress of the Affordable Care Act when Americans need it most. 

Despite the pandemic, Trump has continued his reckless effort to terminate the Affordable Care Act, putting health care coverage and protections for people with preexisting conditions at risk when they’re most needed.

  • Trump has promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act since he started his campaign.
  • Even a pandemic that has sickened millions of Americans and killed over 225,000 has not deterred Trump from his attempt to overturn and sabotage the Affordable Care Act.
  • The ACA has been a lifeline during the pandemic, and many coronavirus patients experience long-term complications that could qualify as preexisting conditions and lead to denied or more expensive coverage if Trump’s lawsuit succeeds.
  • Trump’s lawsuit to overturn the ACA threatens to end the Medicaid expansion program that brought coverage to 12 million Americans, improved health outcomes, and helped reduce racial disparities.
  • Trump’s effort to overturn the ACA risks raising out-of-pocket prescription drug costs for many seniors on Medicare.
  • Trump’s effort to repeal the ACA could also weaken resident protections at nursing homes, limit options for seniors, and strip health care from employees.

Trump has repeatedly touted the announcement of a new health care plan, but it’s been “ weeks” away for years — and no plan has ever materialized.  

  • JUNE of 2019 — TRUMP: “I’m going have a plan over the next month—”
  • JULY of 2020 — TRUMP “You heard me yesterday. We’re signing a health care plan within two weeks, a full and complete health care plan that the Supreme Court decision on DACA gave me the right to do. So we’re going to solve—we’re going to sign an immigration plan, a health care plan, and various other plans. And nobody will have done what I’m doing in the next four weeks.”
  • JULY of 2020 — TRUMP: “Well, we’re going to be doing a healthcare plan. We’re going to be doing a very inclusive healthcare plan. I’ll be signing it sometime very soon.”
  • AUGUST of 2020 — TRUMP: “We’re going to be introducing a tremendous healthcare plan sometime prior — hopefully, prior to the end of the month.”
  • AUGUST of 2020 — TRUMP: “Over the next two weeks, I’ll be pursuing a major executive order requiring health insurance companies to cover all pre-existing conditions for all customers.”
  • OCTOBER of 2020 — TRUMP: “It’s fully developed. It’s going to be announced very soon.”

Trump’s continued failure to mount an effective pandemic response has exacerbated the public health consequences of coronavirus, which has killed more than 225,000 Americans.

  • Trump has failed to lead a national response to the coronavirus, resulting in surging cases and deaths, and the U.S. experiencing the world’s worst coronavirus outbreak.
  • Trump failed to implement a national testing strategy, even suggesting he told aides to slow down the testing to paint a rosier picture, and he refuses to take responsibility for his response.
  • The U.S. response to the virus was hindered by the Trump administration’s early testing failures, and months later, states are still struggling to get testing supplies in the absence of a national strategy.
  • Trump was slow to ensure that the nation had the medical supplies it needed to combat the virus and those shortages are still plaguing the country’s response.
  • At every turn, Trump has downplayed the virus, refused to listen to medical experts, and put his incompetence on full display.
  • Trump prematurely pushed to relax coronavirus restrictions, without ensuring it could be done safely, when the virus was still circulating at a high rate, leading to a summer resurgence that set new records.
  • Cases are surging in states across the country, with the U.S. hitting record-high numbers of new cases and 15 states adding more cases in the past week than in any other seven-day stretch.
  • And now, as Trump continues to downplay the threat of the virus and lie that it’s “going away,” his White House essentially admitted that they have given up on trying to contain its spread.

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