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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DNC on SCOTUS Striking Down Louisiana’s Restrictive Abortion Law

30 Jun

DNC Chair Tom Perez, DNC Women’s Caucus Chair Lottie Shackelford, and DNC Vice Chair and Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld abortion rights in Louisiana: 

“It’s a good day for freedom. Again, Republicans tried to attack access to safe and legal abortion at the Supreme Court, and again they were shot down. This critical victory is the result of tireless grassroots organizing and advocacy. But our battle is far from over. Republican leaders will continue to go after the rights of women and anyone seeking reproductive care to make decisions about their own bodies, their own families, and their own futures. In fact, two of today’s votes against abortion rights came from Trump’s Supreme Court appointees, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch. Democrats are doing everything in our power to flip the Senate, defeat Donald Trump, and make sure Roe remains the law of the land. And we will continue fighting to protect every American’s right to reproductive freedom by electing Joe Biden as the next president of the United States.”

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Trump’s Failed Response Led To Record Surge In New Cases

30 Jun

Trump’s failed coronavirus response has led to a record surge in new cases and inadequate contact tracing to contain the virus. While Trump protects himself, he has left the American people vulnerable to the virus.

Dr. Fauci said contact tracing is “not going well” after the Trump administration failed to provide an adequate national testing strategy.

CNBC: “There’s just a handful of interventions proven to curb the spread of the coronavirus. One of them is contact tracing, and ‘it’s not going well,’ White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Friday.”

CNBC: “In lieu of federal leadership on tracing, underfunded and overwhelmed local health departments have scrambled to get the necessary systems in place, contact tracing specialists who previously spoke with CNBC said.”

Trump’s failed coronavirus response has led to a record surge in new infections. In fact, only two states are reporting a decline in cases.

Washington Post: “With Trump leading the way, America’s coronavirus failures exposed by record surge in new infections”

CNN: “Only two US states are reporting a decline in new coronavirus cases compared to last week: Connecticut and Rhode Island. A rise was reported in a staggering 36 states, including Florida, which some experts have cautioned could be the next epicenter for infections.”

Trump continues to hold a different standard for protecting himself than he does for the rest of the country.

CNN: “President Donald Trump appears ready to move on from a still-raging coronavirus pandemic — skipping the first White House task force briefing in months and moving the event out of the White House itself. But the measures meant to protect him from catching the virus have scaled up dramatically.”

The Trump campaign reversed measures meant to encourage social distancing at his rally and Pence had more than 100 people perform for him without masks.

Washington Post: “In the hours before President Trump’s rally in Tulsa, his campaign directed the removal of thousands of ‘Do Not Sit Here, Please!’ stickers from seats in the arena that were intended to establish social distance between rallygoers, according to video and photos obtained by The Washington Post and a person familiar with the event.”

CNN: “A choir of more than 100 people performed without masks at a robustly attended event in Texas at the First Baptist Church in Dallas on Sunday that featured a speech by Vice President Mike Pence.”

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DNC on Trump Failing to Condemn Russia

29 Jun

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement on Trump failing to condemn Russia after reports that the country offered bounties to kill U.S. soldiers, just the latest example of Russia’s attempts to undermine American national security:

“He knew. He knew and he did nothing. Trump talks tough behind a keyboard but cowers under the resolute desk. Once again, he has put our nation in harm’s way, failing to hold Russia accountable and turning his back on every brave American in uniform. This weekend’s news is just the latest example of Trump’s glaring weakness on national security. Our troops deserve a leader who treats them with dignity and respect, not one who uses them as pawns to be slaughtered. That’s why in November, American voters will send Joe Biden to the White House and expel this sad and feckless excuse for a president.”

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DNC Statement on Trump Tweeting Video Promoting “White Power”

28 Jun

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement on Trump promoting a video on Twitter showing a man in a golf cart with Trump campaign gear shouting “white power”:

“Once again, Donald Trump’s actions are simply indefensible. As our country faces a reckoning since the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and so many others, we are seeking ways to address systemic racism and injustice. But Trump is tweeting a video promoting ‘white power.’ This president tries to claim ignorance, but the consistency of his actions – on Charlottesville and most recently Lafayette Square – drown out his vacuous words. We need a president who will heal our nation’s wounds and unite the American people, not a demagogue who tries to divide us through fear and bigotry.”

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DNC on 51st Anniversary of Stonewall Uprising

28 Jun

DNC Chair Tom Perez and LGBTQ Caucus Chair Earl Fowlkes released the following statement on the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and the 50th anniversary of the first Pride parades:

“51 years ago today, the LGBTQ+ community in New York City, led by transgender and lesbian women of color, fought back against harrassment, persecution, and police brutality. Their activism at Stonewall and in the years to come rippled across America and the world — changing hearts, minds, culture, and law.

“One year later, at the first Pride parades, LGBTQ+ Americans and allies raised their voices and marched against hate, violence, and discrimination. They marched then for many of the same rights that Americans march for today: the right to safety at home, at work, and in society; an end to discriminatory policing; and a reckoning with systemic injustice, be it racism, sexism, transphobia, or homophobia.

“Today, we recognize that despite hard-won achievements, the LGBTQ+ community continues to face unacceptable levels of discrimination, bigotry, and violence, particularly against transgender and gender non-conforming people of color. That bigotry has been exacerbated by Trump, who has moved to legalize discrimination in education, housing, work, military service, and health care.

“Our country faces a reckoning today, just as it did in 1969. Black lives matter. Trans lives matter. Black trans lives matter. The road to full equality is long and winding, but we are committed to moving forward and realizing the more perfect union every American deserves.”

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DNC Statement on Trump Campaign Event Postponements in FL & AZ 

27 Jun

In response to the postponement of Mike Pence’s events in Florida and Arizona as coronavirus case there surge, DNC Director of Battleground State Communications David Bergstein released the following statement: 

“Coronavirus cases in Florida and Arizona are spiking thanks to Trump’s ineffective response to this crisis — and the fact they were trying to hold unsafe events in these states at all is just another demonstration of their incompetence and bad judgment. The truth is that the spike in these states is an indictment of Trump’s botched handling of this pandemic, and it’s clear Pence can’t defend their record.”

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Trump Knew Russia Paid To Have Americans Killed — And Has Done Nothing

27 Jun

A new report revealed that Trump knew Russia was paying bounties to have American soldiers killed in Afghanistan, and has done nothing to stop them.

LATE MARCH: Trump found out in late March, in a briefing by American intelligence officials, that Russia was paying bounties to Taliban fighters to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan.

New York Times: “American intelligence officials have concluded that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan — including targeting American troops — amid the peace talks to end the long-running war there, according to officials briefed on the matter.”

Since then, he has done nothing…

New York Times: “Officials developed a menu of potential options — starting with making a diplomatic complaint to Moscow and a demand that it stop, along with an escalating series of sanctions and other possible responses, but the White House has yet to authorize any step, the officials said.”

EARLY MAY: Trump boasted about his “great friendship” with Putin and said getting along with Russia is a “great thing.”

TRUMP: “We have this great friendship. And, by the way, getting along with Russia is a great thing, getting along with Putin and Russia is a great thing.”

LATE MAY: Trump went against the international community and encouraged the G7 to reinvite Russia.

New York Times: “The president’s saying he would invite Russia — which was indefinitely suspended from the group in 2014 after the annexing of Crimea from Ukraine — could inflame other member nations.”

Politico: “President Donald Trump’s pitch to re-invite Russia to the G-7 got a swift thumbs-down from fellow world leaders on Monday.”

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