Donald Trump’s Covid-19 Response has Failed Black Americans

30 Jun

The Trump administration and its failed response to the Covid-19 pandemic has been devastating to Black Americans. Fewer than half of all Black adults now have a job, Black small business ownership has cratered, and Black Americans are more than twice as likely to die due to complications of the disease. These economic and health disparities in the Black community have been exacerbated through his callous obsession to end the Affordable Care Act and insistence to funnel economic benefits to the richest Americans through his disastrous tax law.

“We knew we couldn’t expect much from a Trump presidency, but the harm caused by his failed response to this pandemic has been much deeper and widespread than any of us could have imagined,” said DNC Black Caucus Chair, Virgie M. Rollins. “Donald Trump inherited a thriving economy and a historic drop in Black unemployment from President Obama but has managed to run those tremendous gains into the ground. We have learned the hard way what we have to lose if Trump is reelected and we must do everything in our power to make sure that is not the case.”

Black unemployment fell less than 2% in Trump’s first three years after declining by over 9% under the Obama-Biden administration from its recession peak. Today, the Black unemployment rate has ballooned to nearly 17%.

The number of Black business owners has dropped precipitously and have struggled to secure PPP loans from the Trump administration.

Black people have disproportionately suffered from the pandemic from exacerbated health disparities.

  • Nationwide, about 30 percent of Covid-19 patients are Black, even though Black people only make up 13% of the overall population.

  • Adjusting for age, the death rate for Black Americans is nearly 4 times that of White Americans.

  • Nearly one in three Black adults (31%) say they know someone personally who has died as a result of having Covid-19, more than three times the amount who said this among white adults (9%).

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Trump’s Failed Coronavirus Response Hurts American Women

30 Jun

Trump’s failed coronavirus response has devastated American women. Women comprise a majority of the job losses during the pandemic. The economic fallout from Trump’s erratic, incomplete response has already exacerbated existing inequities between women in the workforce and their male counterparts. The situation is even worse for women of color, who already faced pay inequity and systemic disparities within the American workforce, and are facing devastating job losses while also making up a large portion of the essential workers in nursing homes, hospitals, and grocery stores.

“While attacking protections for people with preexisting conditions and relentlessly opposing efforts to ensure equal pay for equal work, Trump has also managed to botch the coronavirus response and run the strong Obama-Biden economy into the ground,” said DNC Women’s Caucus Chair Lottie Shackelford. “It didn’t have to be this bad, but Trump’s failed leadership in a time of crisis has left American women struggling to stay afloat. And as is often the case, the situation is even more dire for Black women and women of color, who are facing a devastating unemployment crisis. It didn’t have to be this bad, and women will remember these failures when we hold Trump accountable for his inaction.”

Women comprise a majority of the job losses during coronavirus and disproportionately work in jobs that require close contact and cannot be done remotely. 

  • More women than men lost their jobs from February to May, 11.5 million vs. 9.0 million

  • Nearly 1.7 million Black women are out of work

  • Women are about 77% of workers in jobs such as food service and health care support that require close personal contact and cannot easily be done remotely

Pregnant women are at particular risk of hospitalization from coronavirus. 

  • Pregnant women are more likely to face serious complications due to COVID-19, and are at a higher risk of hospitalization, according to the CDC.

Women aren’t represented on the coronavirus task force.

  • There are 27 members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, but only two are women: Dr. Deborah Birx and Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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Trump’s Failures Lead To Coronavirus Spreading Out Of Control

30 Jun

Despite the Trump administration’s claims, the coronavirus is not under control. Trump’s failure to effectively respond to the coronavirus has led to surges in cases across the country, and once again states are facing testing shortages that will make it harder to control.

At least a dozen states and cities have been forced to reverse reopening plans due to surging coronavirus outbreaks.

Associated Press: “States reverse openings, require masks amid virus resurgence”

New York Times: “With new cases surging in many parts of the country, at least a dozen states and cities are pulling back on reopening plans, with measures that effectively declare: Not so fast.”

Despite the Trump administration’s claims, the pandemic is not under control, and the CDC says it is spreading too rapidly to be controlled.

Washington Post: “Trump administration says the epidemic is under control despite surges in the South and West”

CNBC: “The coronavirus is spreading too rapidly and too broadly for the U.S. to bring it under control, Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Monday.”

The European Union is reopening its borders but barring travel from the United States because of our high number of new coronavirus cases.

NBC News: “Most travelers from the United States will be barred from entering the European Union after it reopens its borders Wednesday because the coronavirus is still far too prevalent in the U.S., European officials announced Tuesday.”

Once again, states are facing testing shortfalls that threaten to make it even more difficult to contain the virus.

Bloomberg: “The U.S. is again grappling with a shortfall of testing that has hobbled the nation since the pandemic’s early weeks, and now threatens to further undermine containment efforts at a crucial moment. In new hot spots like Arizona, Texas and Florida, where Covid-19 is rapidly spreading, lines for testing extend outside of urgent-care offices and other sites.”

The Trump administration downplays new outbreaks as only affecting a small number of counties, but more than 20% of Americans live in those counties.

Associated Press: “It’s been a frequent Trump administration talking point on the recent spike in COVID-19 infections: Don’t worry, only a small sliver of U.S. counties is at greater risk. In offering this reassurance, Vice President Mike Pence and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar have said that only 3% or 4% of counties in the country are seeing a surge in cases. Focus on the ‘encouraging signs,’ Pence told senators last week. But they and other administration officials are skirting a key fact: More than 20% of Americans live in those relatively few counties.”

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Trump Was Briefed In February On Russian Bounties That Killed Americans — He’s Done Nothing

30 Jun

Despite the White House’s denials, new reporting indicates that Trump was briefed in writing in February on Russian bounties paid to Taliban-linked militants to kill American troops. Either he knew and did nothing, or he ignored the briefing and did nothing.

Trump was briefed in writing in late February on Russian bounties paid to kill American troops.

New York Times: “American officials provided a written briefing in late February to President Trump laying out their conclusion that a Russian military intelligence unit offered and paid bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan, two officials familiar with the matter said.”

Top White House officials were reportedly aware in early 2019 of Russia secretly offering bounties to the Taliban, and briefed Trump at the time.

Associated Press: “Top officials in the White House were aware in early 2019 of classified intelligence indicating Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of Americans, a full year earlier than has been previously reported, according to U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the intelligence.”

Associated Press: “The assessment was included in at least one of President Donald Trump’s written daily intelligence briefings at the time, according to the officials. Then-national security adviser John Bolton also told colleagues he briefed Trump on the intelligence assessment in March 2019.”

Trump is consistently unprepared and has so often been outplayed by Putin and other leaders that it has posed a national security threat.

CNN: “In hundreds of highly classified phone calls with foreign heads of state, President Donald Trump was so consistently unprepared for discussion of serious issues, so often outplayed in his conversations with powerful leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdogan, and so abusive to leaders of America’s principal allies, that the calls helped convince some senior US officials — including his former secretaries of state and defense, two national security advisers and his longest-serving chief of staff — that the President himself posed a danger to the national security of the United States, according to White House and intelligence officials intimately familiar with the contents of the conversations.”

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MEMO: “Exploding”

30 Jun

MEMORANDUM

TO: Interested Parties

FROM: DNC War Room

DATE: Tuesday, June 30, 2020

RE: “Exploding”


The DNC War Room today released a television ad, “Exploding,” to highlight to critical swing voters how coronavirus is exploding again across the country because of President Trump. America is three months into this crisis, and last week the United States hit a single-day record high of more than 40,000 new coronavirus cases, with Arizona, Texas and Florida reporting their highest case numbers yet.

It didn’t have to be so bad. But Trump lied about the virus early on, saying, “it’s going to disappear.” He wasted critical time to mitigate the outbreak by refusing to push China on its coronavirus response and delayed taking action to mitigate the crisis, in an effort to not upset Beijing and secure a limited trade deal that has largely gone unfulfilled.

The Trump campaign is running ads about being tough on China, but Trump’s failure to promptly address coronavirus, lest he upset China, is maybe the most disastrous example of a president getting played by a foreign country, leading to a total catastrophe at home.

Now coronavirus is raging stronger than ever. More than 125,000 American lives have been lost, 20 million jobs destroyed, the country is in recession and the U.S. leads the world in coronavirus cases. Trump put himself and his political fortunes first. He put the health and economic well-being of the American people last, and we continue to suffer the consequences.

Coronavirus is spiking.

  • Trump’s failed coronavirus response has led to a record surge in new infections, and forced some states to pause reopening plans.

  • New coronavirus cases hit a daily record high last week of more than 40,000 cases, and the true number of infections could be 10 times higher than the confirmed case count.

  • Seven states reached record highs in new cases over the weekend, and only two states are reporting a decline in cases.

At the time it mattered the most, Trump failed to take action to prevent coronavirus.

Trump praised China while the Chinese government pulled one over him.

  • Trump was so eager to get a bad trade deal that he repeatedly praised President Xi for his leadership and refused to demand accountability.

    • TRUMP: “China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus. The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency. It will all work out well. In particular, on behalf of the American People, I want to thank President Xi!”

    • TRUMP: “Just had a long and very good conversation by phone with President Xi of China. He is strong, sharp and powerfully focused on leading the counterattack on the Coronavirus.”

    • TRUMP: “No, I think President Xi is working very, very hard. I spoke to him. He’s working very hard. I think he’s doing a very good job.”

  • And as the extent of the outbreak became more clear, Trump continued to defend China’s handling of the coronavirus.

    • TRUMP: “We have a great trade deal. And we’d like to keep it, they’d like to keep it, and the relationship is good.”

    • TRUMP: “As to whether or not their numbers are accurate, I’m not an accountant from China.”

    • TRUMP: “We did a trade deal and everybody was very happy… I’m making a trade deal with China, of course I’m going to be complimentary.”

Trump got played by China on both the trade deal and coronavirus.

  • Trump signed a “phase one” trade agreement with China that failed to address the structural issues that sparked his trade war in the first place. It only secured vague pledges to buy U.S. products that haven’t panned out, and won’t boost growth.

  • Trump’s “phase one” trade deal failed to boost purchases of U.S. exports, it failed to even stop the bleeding by getting exports back to where they were before his damaging trade war. And China won’t come close to purchasing the $50 billion a year in U.S. agriculture that Trump promised.

Trump’s failure of leadership is hurting America.

  • As a result of Trump’s failed leadership, more than 125,000 Americans are dead and our country leads the world in confirmed coronavirus cases.

  • The economy is in recession. The unemployment rate reached the highest since the Great Depression. Nearly 20 million Americans are unemployed. Black and Hispanic workers have disproportionately suffered from job losses during the pandemic.

  • The Trump administration botched its management of the Paycheck Protection Program, preventing small firms and businesses from getting timely aid to help weather the pandemic, while large corporations got loans. More than 100,000 small businesses have closed for good, and more than 40% of Black small businesses have had to shut down.

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DNC Veterans and Military Families Council on Trump’s Failure to Respond to Russian Bounties on American Troops

30 Jun

DNC Veterans and Military Families Council Chair retired U.S. Navy Lt. Jan Donatelli and Vice Chairs former U.S. Army CPT Terron Sims and U.S. Navy veteran Leo Cruz released the following statement:

“The grave problem America faces is that Donald Trump bows to tyrants like Vladamir Putin. For several months, President Trump and his administration have sat on corroborated intelligence that Russia offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill American troops, a conclusion that reportedly, and tragically, has been borne out. Trump’s failure to take action and his betrayal of American troops makes him a national security threat. Enough is enough. We must restore civility, trust, and competence to the White House by electing Joe Biden as our next president and commander in chief of the United States.”

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DNC WAR ROOM RELEASES NEW TELEVISION AD: “Exploding”

30 Jun

The DNC War Room today released a television ad, “Exploding,” to highlight to critical swing voters how coronavirus is exploding again across the country because of President Trump.

The Trump campaign is running ads about being tough on China, but Trump’s failure to promptly address coronavirus, lest he upset China, is maybe the most disastrous example of a president getting played by a foreign country, leading to a total catastrophe at home.

“More than 125,000 deaths, 20 million jobs lost, and the worst recession in generations. It didn’t have to be this bad. Trump ignored warnings, downplayed the crisis, and put his joke of a trade deal ahead of the American people. Now we’re paying the price,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez. “He put himself and his political fortunes first, and the health and well-being of the American people last.”

WATCH HERE:

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DNC Statement On Trump Campaign Lawsuit in Pennsylvania

30 Jun

DNC Spokesperson Maddie McComb released the following statement after the Trump campaign sued the state of Pennsylvania over mail ballot drop-off boxes: 

“This lawsuit is yet another brazen attempt by Donald Trump and his allies to limit Pennsylvanians’ access to voting — but Democrats will continue fighting to ensure Pennsylvanians can safely and easily exercise their right to participate in our democracy. The truth is that Trump and nearly all his cronies and lackeys vote by mail — but they would rather spread misinformation about voting by mail because they want to prevent the rest of us from using the same process. Pennsylvanians see this lawsuit for what it is: a blatant attempt to suppress the voice of the voters, and they’ll hold Trump accountable for it.”

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Trump Caves to Russia — Again

30 Jun

Despite the White House’s spin, it’s clear that Trump has failed to protect American troops by repeatedly caving to Russia and allowing the Kremlin to expand its footprint in the Middle East. For years, Trump has given Russia exactly what it wanted in the Middle East. And now we’ve learned that after Russia offered Taliban-linked militants bounties to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Trump did nothing to stop it or punish Russia for its actions.

At today’s White House press briefing, McEnany lied about Trump’s failure to support our troops or stand up to Russia.

MCENANY: “There’s no stronger advocate for our service men and women than President Trump.”

MCENANY: “This president has been extremely strong on Russia.”

In reality, Trump caved to Russia repeatedly in his Middle East policy, and now American service members are believed to have been killed as a result of Russian-paid bounties.

Washington Post: “Russian bounties offered to Taliban-linked militants to kill coalition forces in Afghanistan are believed to have resulted in the deaths of several U.S. service members, according to intelligence gleaned from U.S. military interrogations of captured militants in recent months.”

Trump already gave Russia what it wanted with his abrupt withdrawal from Syria, escalation of tensions with Iran, and election-driven withdrawal from Afghanistan.

New York Times: “In Syria, Russia Is Pleased to Fill an American Void”

Washington Post: “Russia stands to benefit as Middle East tensions spike after Soleimani killing”

Foreign Policy: “Observers worry that if [the] United States pulls out of Afghanistan without cementing a peace agreement between the Taliban and the Afghan government, Moscow’s outsize influence will strengthen the Taliban’s hand.”

As president, Trump encouraged Russia to assert itself in Afghanistan and the Middle East, at the expense of U.S. influence in the region.

TRUMP: “Russia should be fighting. The reason Russia was in Afghanistan was because terrorists were going into Russia. They were right to be there… But why isn’t Russia there?”

TRUMP: “Do we want to stay there for another 19 years? I don’t think so. So at a certain point, other countries—and that includes Russia and it includes Iran and Turkey and Iraq and Afghanistan and Pakistan and India… ‘All right, maybe we go home now. Let these other countries handle it.’”

TRUMP: “Syria has a relationship with the Kurds. So they’ll come in for their border, and they’ll fight. They may bring partners in. They could bring Russia in. And I say, ‘Welcome to it.’

Instead of standing up to Putin, Trump repeated Russian propaganda calling this past weekend’s reports “fake news.”

Russian Embassy: “We have paid attention to another piece of fake news, launched in the media space by the #US intelligence community.”

TRUMP: “Nobody briefed or told me, @VP Pence, or Chief of Staff @MarkMeadows about the so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by Russians, as reported through an ‘anonymous source’ by the Fake News @nytimes.”

Trump and the White House are now casting doubt on the intelligence, which American officials already briefed our allies on.

New York Times: “In addition to saying he was never ‘briefed or told’ about the intelligence report — a formulation that went beyond the White House denial of any formal briefing — Mr. Trump also cast doubt on the assessment’s credibility, which statements from his subordinates had not.”

New York Times: “They said the intelligence had been treated as a closely held secret, but the administration expanded briefings about it this week — including sharing information about it with the British government, whose forces are among those said to have been targeted.”

MCENANY: “There is no consensus within the intelligence community on these allegations and in effect there are dissenting opinions from some in the intelligence community with regards to the veracity of what’s being reported.”

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Trump Wants To Take Health Care From Millions With No Replacement Plan

30 Jun

Trump is fighting to overturn the Affordable Care Act, during a pandemic and the worst unemployment crisis since the Great Depression, with no plan to replace it. Trump’s only plan is to take health care away from millions of Americans.

Trump is trying to overturn the ACA, along with its preexisting condition protections, with no replacement plan for any of its provisions.

Washington Post Fact Checker: “Trump has offered no plan to replace these, or any, provisions of the law. He has supported legislation to water down protections for people with preexisting conditions, and his administration has issued new rules promoting plans that allow insurance companies to deny coverage or charge higher prices to sick patients.”

Secretary Azar said the Trump administration does not have the “exact details” of an ACA replacement plan while lying about protecting people with preexisting conditions.

AZAR: “Well, we have made very clear what we’re going to do, which is protect those with preexisting conditions through mechanisms that genuinely can protect them, real insurance, and have financing that meets the needs of people the way they want them met, not with a one-size-fits-all solution. The exact details will be dependent on the — frankly, the composition of Congress if and when the Supreme Court does strike down all or a large part of Obamacare.”

Kayleigh McEnany tried to blame Democrats for not having a plan, but Democrats aren’t the ones trying to take health care away from millions of Americans, and today they’re considering a bill to improve the ACA.

MCENANY: “It’s on Democrats to come forward with a solution.”

CNN: “House Democrats seek to enhance Obamacare ahead of Trump push to dismantle the law”

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