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News from the DNC (Democratic National Committee) and ASDC (Association of State Democratic Chairs), among others, will be shared here.


July 13, 2020

NEWS OF THE DAY

Trump’s Abuse of Power

Trump and DeVos Demand Unsafe School Reopening

Trump’s Exploding Coronavirus Crisis

DNC WAR ROOM

Trump’s Tax Returns

Trump’s Unemployment Crisis

Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit


NEWS OF THE DAY

Trump’s Abuse of Power

Background: On Friday night, Trump commuted the sentence of his longtime political adviser Roger Stone, who was convicted on seven counts, including lying to Congress, witness tampering, and obstruction.


  • Trump has once again abused his power in a historic act of corruption. He commuted Roger Stone’s sentence as a reward for covering up for him.


  • While COVID-19 is devastating our communities and our economy, Trump is focused on bailing out his longtime adviser. Stone was just days away from going to prison for lying to Congress, witness tampering, and obstruction.


  • Americans are fed up with Trump’s corruption and abuse of power. That’s why we’re going to replace him with a man of integrity who will respect the rule of law — Joe Biden.


Trump and DeVos Demand Unsafe School Reopening

  • Trump and DeVos have no idea what they’re doing and no clear plan to safely reopen our schools.


  • Trump and DeVos are pushing to reopen schools without ensuring the safety of our students, teachers, staff, and parents. They are weakening the CDC’s guidance, downplaying the risk of children spreading coronavirus, and threatening to take away funding that schools need to safely reopen.



  • This is only the latest example of Trump’s complete incompetence and utter failure to respond to this pandemic.


  • Trump rushed to reopen states without doing so safely, and we know how that turned out — now he’s at it again. More Americans are put at risk because of DeVos and Trump running our schools and our country.


Trump’s Exploding Coronavirus Crisis

Background: Last month, the DNC War Room released a new television ad, “Exploding,” to highlight how the coronavirus is exploding again across the country because of Trump. This is part of a five-week sprint to frame Trump’s record as a complete failure by almost any measure.


  • Trump failed Americans from day one. He said we’d win so much, we’d get tired of winning. Now we’re first in the world with 3.3 million cases and 135,000 deaths. America is more than four months into this crisis, yet we are still hitting record highs of new cases.


  • It didn’t have to be this bad. But Trump lied about the virus from the start, saying, “it’s going to disappear.” He wasted critical time by refusing to push China and delayed taking action to not upset Beijing and secure a limited trade deal that isn’t even being fulfilled.


  • Now the coronavirus crisis is worse than ever. More than 135,000 American lives have been lost, millions of jobs destroyed, the country is in recession, and the U.S. leads the world with more than 3.3 million confirmed infections.


  • Instead of fighting the pandemic, Trump is attacking Dr. Fauci and the CDC, and refusing to follow their advice. Trump is covering up for his failures by falsely blaming testing for the surge of cases and claiming “99 percent” of infections are “totally harmless.”


  • 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 at least 22 states to pause or roll back reopening plans.

    • New coronavirus cases hit a record high of more than 68,000 new cases Friday — a seventh record in 11 days — and hospitalizations are surging.

    • The spread of the virus is so out of control that the European Union banned Americans from entering because we’re considered a global health risk.


  • When it mattered the most, Trump failed to take action.

    • January 22: “We have it totally under control. It's one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.”

    • February 27: “It’s going to disappear. One day — it’s like a miracle — it will disappear.”

    • Trump ignored more than a dozen early warnings about the coronavirus from U.S. intelligence agencies and health officials throughout January and February.

    • Studies show that if Trump had acted earlier, the vast majority of lives could have been saved and hundreds of thousands of Americans wouldn’t have been infected.


  • 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!”

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

      • 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 deal 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 trade deal failed to boost U.S. exports or even get exports back to where they were before his damaging trade war. Nearly halfway through the year, China had only purchased about 19% of what Trump promised. While China is $130 billion short of its 2020 trade deal commitments, the Trump administration continues to take China at their word.


  • Trump’s failure of leadership is hurting America.

    • As a result of Trump’s failed leadership, more than 135,000 Americans are dead and our country leads the world with 3.3 million confirmed coronavirus cases.

    • The economy is in recession. Unemployment reached the highest rate since the Great Depression. Nearly 20 million Americans are unemployed — disproportionately Black and Hispanic workers.

    • Trump’s administration botched the Paycheck Protection Program, preventing small businesses from getting 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 shut down.

    • Trump wants to “slow the testing down” and has failed to coordinate testing and tracing, creating supply shortages and long delays in getting results, which undermines the coronavirus response.

    • Trump failed seniors — creating a catastrophe in nursing homes that has resulted in 40% of all coronavirus deaths.

    • Wearing a mask reduces infection rates, but Trump took months to wear one and still refuses to encourage it. Instead of relying on science, Trump has pushed dangerous suggestions like injecting disinfectants and taking unproven treatments.


DNC WAR ROOM

Trump’s Tax Returns

Background: The Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution does not preclude Trump from complying with a criminal or congressional subpoena.


  • No one is above the law – not even the president. Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision is a victory for accountability, the separation of powers, and our system of justice.


  • The Supreme Court slapped down Trump’s claims that he is above the law and cannot be criminally prosecuted.


  • Americans deserve to know the depth of Trump’s corruption. We already know about his long history of tax fraud and reportedly paying bribes to lower his tax bill.



  • Trump said for years that he would release his taxes if he ran. He even suggested that candidates are hiding something if they don’t. Now we’re one step closer to finding out what Trump is so desperate to hide.


Trump’s Unemployment Crisis

  • 17.8 million Americans — nearly one in nine workers — are out of work, and another 2.3 million workers filed for some form of unemployment in the first week of July.


  • Unemployment is even worse for people of color. More than 15% of Black Americans, more than 14% of Hispanic Americans, and nearly 14% of Asian Americans are out of work.

    • Nearly 3 million fewer Black Americans and almost 4 million fewer Hispanic Americans were employed last month than in February.


  • American workers are now being laid off a second time because Trump’s failed leadership forced nearly two dozen states to pause or reverse reopening plans.


  • It didn’t have to be this bad. Trump is responsible for the highest unemployment since the Great Depression.

    • We’ve had 16 straight weeks of more than a million unemployment claims — higher than any week during the Great Recession.

    • June was the worst month yet for permanent job losses — 2.9 million workers now consider themselves permanently out of work.


  • Trump’s failure of leadership helped plunge us into a recession beginning in February, marking the end of the longest era of economic growth on record, started during the Obama-Biden administration.


  • Trump is utterly disconnected from the pain and suffering so many families across the country are experiencing, with more than one in six workers unemployed, underemployed, or no longer looking for work.


  • Trump and Republicans are refusing to extend enhanced unemployment benefits for millions of workers. These benefits expire at the end of the month and letting them do so would only make the unemployment crisis worse.

    • House Democrats passed the Heroes Act more than eight weeks ago, but Trump and McConnell have refused to even begin negotiations on additional stimulus funding.

    • Instead, Trump is focused on more tax cuts for investors and corporations.


  • More than 135,000 Americans have died, tens of millions have lost work and small businesses across the country have closed for good. That’s not a success, it’s a catastrophe.


  • It didn’t have to be this bad — had Trump made China come clean, had he taken coronavirus seriously from day one, had he not weakened the economy with a failed trade war and phony trade deal we never would have gotten to this point.


  • But instead, Trump failed to prepare for a pandemic, ignored warnings, failed to ramp up testing or secure supplies, and downplayed the crisis to appease China. As a result, there are about 15 million fewer jobs than in February.

    • Studies confirm that millions of Americans who lost their jobs would still be employed if Trump had led a competent response in line with other developed nations.

    • America has been hit much harder than other countries because of Trump’s inexcusable mismanagement.


Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit

  • During the worst health crisis of our time, Trump and Republicans are fighting to take health care away from 20 million Americans and strip protections from as many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions. And they still have no plan to keep Americans covered or protect people with preexisting conditions.


  • Americans are relying on our health care system now more than ever, and the ACA is one of our most critical tools to protect Americans from the consequences of the coronavirus. Yet Trump and Republicans are moving full steam ahead with their lawsuit to repeal it.


  • The ACA is more popular than ever for one simple reason: it works. The ACA has significantly reduced the number of uninsured; helped Americans get the health care they need; and helped keep them from being bankrupted just because they get sick.


  • Even as Trump quietly relies on key provisions in the ACA to fight the spread of the virus, he and Republicans will stop at nothing to take the entire law away.


  • While Trump and Republicans try to tear health care away, Joe Biden will protect and build on the ACA to give Americans more choice, reduce health care costs, and make our health care system less complex. And last week, House Democrats passed legislation to make health care and prescription drugs more affordable, expand access, and strengthen protections for people with preexisting conditions.


  • In the midst of a global pandemic, the ACA is one of our most critical tools.

    • Comprehensive Coverage: The ACA established what are known as “essential health benefits,” mandating coverage of services like prescription drugs and hospitalization. Coronavirus testing and treatment are essential health benefits and must be covered by all ACA-compliant plans.

    • Access to Critical Vaccinations Without Cost Sharing: Once a coronavirus vaccine is developed, the ACA will almost certainly cover the coronavirus vaccine without cost-sharing, because it requires plans to cover all vaccinations recommended by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

    • Protections for as Many as 133 Million Americans With Preexisting Conditions: Under the ACA, insurance companies are not allowed to discriminate against those with preexisting conditions by denying them coverage or charging higher rates.

    • Coverage for 20+ Million People: Because of the ACA, more than 20 million Americans gained health coverage. People with insurance are much more likely to see a doctor when they are sick and to get the treatment they need.

    • Increased CDC Funding: The ACA established the CDC Prevention and Public Health Fund, which helps states prepare for disease outbreaks.

    • Medicaid Expansion: Because of the ACA, states can get additional federal money to expand Medicaid to vulnerable populations. More than 17 million Americans now have coverage through Medicaid expansion. Importantly, Medicaid’s funding structure allows funds to increase in response to a public health emergency like coronavirus.

    • Key Support for Rural Hospitals: The ACA significantly reduced uncompensated care costs. Between 2013 and 2015, hospitals’ uncompensated care costs decreased by $12 billion, or roughly 30 percent. As hospitals face an influx in coronavirus patients, it is critical that they are paid for the treatment they provide.

    • Coverage for Recently Unemployed: Thanks to the ACA, nearly half a million workers who lost their jobs this year have gotten health insurance through the ACA marketplaces.


  • Trump will keep lying to Americans about protecting their health care — but he has already broken his biggest health care promises.

    • Fewer Americans Covered: Trump promised that whoever “wanted health care” would have it under his administration, but the Trump-backed lawsuit could cause more than 20 million Americans to lose their insurance.

    • Rising Health Care Costs: Trump promised he would put a stop to rising health care costs and even reduce them — but his lawsuit would raise out-of-pocket costs for premiums and prescription drugs.

    • No Preexisting Condition Protections: Trump promised to support preexisting condition protections and said that costs for people with preexisting conditions would be “much lower” under his leadership — but his lawsuit would end these vital protections.

    • Gutting Medicaid Access: Trump promised to protect Medicaid — but his lawsuit would end access to Medicaid for millions of Americans enrolled through the ACA’s expansion program.

    • Worse Coverage at Higher Costs: Trump promised better health care at a lower cost, but has expanded “junk” insurance plans that don’t have the same coverage requirements as the ACA and can leave patients on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars in unexpected costs.


--Democratic National Committee, 430 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA


July 8, 2020

NEWS OF THE DAY

Trump’s Unemployment Crisis

Criminal Justice Reform

DNC WAR ROOM

Trump’s Exploding Coronavirus Crisis

Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit


NEWS OF THE DAY

Trump’s Unemployment Crisis

  • 17.8 million Americans — nearly one in nine workers — are out of work, and another 2.2 million workers filed for some form of unemployment in the fourth week of June.


  • Unemployment is even worse for people of color. More than 15% of Black Americans, more than 14% of Hispanic Americans, and nearly 14% of Asian Americans are out of work.

    • Nearly 3 million fewer Black Americans and almost 4 million fewer Hispanic Americans were employed last month than in February.


  • Not yet reflected in these numbers are the American workers being laid off a second time because Trump’s failed leadership forced nearly two dozen states to pause or reverse reopening plans.


  • It didn’t have to be this bad. Trump is responsible for the highest unemployment since the Great Depression.

    • We’ve had 15 straight weeks of more than a million unemployment claims — higher than any week during the Great Recession.

    • June was the worst month yet for permanent job losses — 2.9 million workers now consider themselves permanently out of work.


  • Trump’s failure of leadership helped plunge us into a recession beginning in February, marking the end of the longest era of economic growth on record, started during the Obama-Biden administration.


  • Trump is utterly disconnected from the pain and suffering so many families across the country are experiencing, with more than one in six workers unemployed, underemployed, or no longer looking for work.


  • Trump and Republicans are refusing to extend enhanced unemployment benefits for millions of workers. These benefits expire at the end of the month and letting them do so would only make the unemployment crisis worse.

    • House Democrats passed the Heroes Act more than seven weeks ago, but Trump and McConnell have refused to even begin negotiations on additional stimulus funding.

    • Instead, Trump is focused on more tax cuts for investors and corporations.


  • More than 130,000 Americans have died, tens of millions have lost work and small businesses across the country have closed for good. That’s not a success, it’s a catastrophe.


  • It didn’t have to be this bad — had Trump made China come clean, had he taken coronavirus seriously from day one, had he not weakened the economy with a failed trade war and phony trade deal we never would have gotten to this point.


  • But instead, Trump failed to prepare for a pandemic, ignored warnings, failed to ramp up testing or secure supplies, and downplayed the crisis to appease China. As a result, there are about 15 million fewer jobs than in February.

    • Studies confirm that millions of Americans who lost their jobs would still be employed if Trump had led a competent response in line with other developed nations.

    • America has been hit much harder than other countries because of Trump’s inexcusable mismanagement.


Criminal Justice Reform

For Black Lives Matter organizing resources, visit the DNC’s website.


  • Trump is not leading on criminal justice reform. He has no serious plan to end police brutality or address racial inequality.

    • Trump’s weak executive order falls far short of the comprehensive reform needed. It has no mandatory accountability measures and will not create meaningful change.


  • Vice President Biden and Democrats are providing the leadership we need.

    • Vice President Biden is listening to Black Americans and meeting with community leaders. He has a plan for criminal justice reform, including reinvigorating community-oriented policing. He has addressed Americans on the systemic racism and inequity that pervades our society.

    • House Democrats passed meaningful reform legislation that would ban chokeholds; create a model use of force standard; give DOJ subpoena power for pattern or practice investigations; take steps to ensure the independence of prosecutors in cases with police-involved deaths; and mandate state and local law enforcement agencies report use of force data.


  • Instead of uniting our country and addressing the pain felt by so many Americans, Trump has fanned the flames.

    • Trump incited violence by tweeting “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” and threatening protesters with “vicious dogs” and “ominous weapons.”

    • Trump pushed for violent crackdowns and essentially authorized a police state, including the use of tear gas against peaceful protesters without warning.

    • Trump retweeted a video promoting “white power” and thanked the “great people” in it.

    • Trump called Black Lives Matter “a symbol of hate.”

    • Trump tweeted an unhinged conspiracy theory that a peaceful 75-year-old protester pushed to the ground by police somehow “set up” his fractured skull.

    • Trump threatened to veto the NDAA and block coronavirus research, a pay raise for troops, and funding for new aircrafts and ships to prevent military bases named after Confederate generals from being renamed.

    • Trump would rather stoke a culture war over Confederate statues and defend the Confederate flag than listen to protesters’ demands to address systemic racism.

    • Trump attacked Bubba Wallace, the only Black NASCAR driver, and demanded he apologize for an FBI hate crime investigation that he didn’t initiate.


  • Trump has a history of ignoring civil rights abuses and undermining trust between police and the communities they serve.

    • While Trump lies about the Obama-Biden record on police reform, the truth is he rolled back several policies they started, including investigating police departments and limits on the transfer of military equipment to police.

    • Trump’s DOJ essentially dismantled a reform program started under President Obama that helped build trust between law enforcement and local communities.

    • In 2018, Trump’s DOJ sharply limited consent decrees, which the Obama-Biden administration used to curb police abuses and reform abusive police departments.

    • In Trump’s first year in office, the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division was “completely inactive” and didn’t open a single new case or issue any new agreements.

    • As president, Trump has encouraged law enforcement to rough up people who have been arrested and advocated for the return of stop and frisk.

    • Trump’s administration has dismissed police shootings of African Americans as a “local matter” and brushed off concerns that communities live in fear of police.

    • Bill Barr has said that certain “communities” need to show police more respect or they will “find themselves without the police protection they need.”


  • The Obama-Biden Justice Department took these matters seriously, but the Trump-Barr Justice Department has effectively put a moratorium on pattern-or-practice investigations. We must elect Joe Biden — who will take aggressive action against systemic racism — in November.


DNC WAR ROOM

Trump’s Exploding Coronavirus Crisis

Background: Last week, the DNC War Room released a new television ad, “Exploding,” to highlight how the coronavirus is exploding again across the country because of Trump. This is part of a five-week sprint to frame Trump’s record as a complete failure by almost any measure.


  • Trump failed Americans from day one. He said we’d win so much, we’d get tired of winning. Now we’re first in the world with 3 million cases and 130,000 deaths. America is more than four months into this crisis, yet we are still hitting record highs of new cases.


  • It didn’t have to be this bad. But Trump lied about the virus from the start, saying, “it’s going to disappear.” He wasted critical time by refusing to push China and delayed taking action to not upset Beijing and secure a limited trade deal that isn’t even being fulfilled.


  • Trump’s failure to promptly address coronavirus because he didn’t want to upset China is potentially the most disastrous example of a president getting played by a foreign country, leading to a total catastrophe at home.


  • Now the coronavirus crisis is worse than ever. More than 130,000 American lives have been lost, millions of jobs destroyed, the country is in recession, and the U.S. leads the world with 3 million confirmed infections.



  • 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 at least 21 states to pause or roll back reopening plans.

    • New coronavirus cases hit a record high of more than 60,000 new cases yesterday, and hospitalizations are surging.

    • The spread of the virus is so out of control that the European Union banned Americans from entering because we’re considered a global health risk.


  • When it mattered the most, Trump failed to take action.

    • January 22: “We have it totally under control. It's one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.”

    • February 27: “It’s going to disappear. One day — it’s like a miracle — it will disappear.”

    • Trump ignored more than a dozen early warnings about the coronavirus from U.S. intelligence agencies and health officials throughout January and February.

    • Studies show that if Trump had acted earlier, the vast majority of lives could have been saved and hundreds of thousands of Americans wouldn’t have been infected.


  • 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!”

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

      • 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 deal 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 trade deal failed to boost U.S. exports or even get exports back to where they were before his damaging trade war. Nearly halfway through the year, China had only purchased about 19% of what Trump promised. While China is $130 billion short of its 2020 trade deal commitments, the Trump administration continues to take China at their word.


  • Trump’s failure of leadership is hurting America.

    • As a result of Trump’s failed leadership, more than 130,000 Americans are dead and our country leads the world with 3 million confirmed coronavirus cases.

    • The economy is in recession. Unemployment reached the highest rate since the Great Depression. Nearly 20 million Americans are unemployed — disproportionately Black and Hispanic workers.

    • Trump’s administration botched the Paycheck Protection Program, preventing small businesses from getting 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 shut down.

    • Trump wants to “slow the testing down” and has failed to spend $14 billion to expand testing and tracing, leaving states without the supplies they need as we run out of testing capacity.

    • Wearing a mask reduces infection rates, but Trump refuses to wear one or encourage it. Instead of relying on science, Trump has pushed dangerous suggestions like injecting disinfectants and taking unproven treatments.


Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit

  • During the worst health crisis of our time, Trump and Republicans are fighting to take health care away from 20 million Americans and strip protections from as many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions. And they still have no plan to keep Americans covered or protect people with preexisting conditions.


  • Americans are relying on our health care system now more than ever, and the ACA is one of our most critical tools to protect Americans from the consequences of the coronavirus. Yet Trump and Republicans are moving full steam ahead with their lawsuit to repeal it.


  • The ACA is more popular than ever for one simple reason: it works. The ACA has significantly reduced the number of uninsured; helped Americans get the health care they need; and helped keep them from being bankrupted just because they get sick.


  • Even as Trump quietly relies on key provisions in the ACA to fight the spread of the virus, he and Republicans will stop at nothing to take the entire law away.


  • While Trump and Republicans try to tear health care away, Joe Biden will protect and build on the ACA to give Americans more choice, reduce health care costs, and make our health care system less complex. And last week, House Democrats passed legislation to make health care and prescription drugs more affordable, expand access, and strengthen protections for people with preexisting conditions.


  • In the midst of a global pandemic, the ACA is one of our most critical tools.

    • Comprehensive Coverage: The ACA established what are known as “essential health benefits,” mandating coverage of services like prescription drugs and hospitalization. Coronavirus testing and treatment are essential health benefits and must be covered by all ACA-compliant plans.

    • Access to Critical Vaccinations Without Cost Sharing: Once a coronavirus vaccine is developed, the ACA will almost certainly cover the coronavirus vaccine without cost-sharing, because it requires plans to cover all vaccinations recommended by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

    • Protections for as Many as 133 Million Americans With Preexisting Conditions: Under the ACA, insurance companies are not allowed to discriminate against those with preexisting conditions by denying them coverage or charging higher rates.

    • Coverage for 20+ Million People: Because of the ACA, more than 20 million Americans gained health coverage. People with insurance are much more likely to see a doctor when they are sick and to get the treatment they need.

    • Increased CDC Funding: The ACA established the CDC Prevention and Public Health Fund, which helps states prepare for disease outbreaks.

    • Medicaid Expansion: Because of the ACA, states can get additional federal money to expand Medicaid to vulnerable populations. More than 17 million Americans now have coverage through Medicaid expansion. Importantly, Medicaid’s funding structure allows funds to increase in response to a public health emergency like coronavirus.

    • Key Support for Rural Hospitals: The ACA significantly reduced uncompensated care costs. Between 2013 and 2015, hospitals’ uncompensated care costs decreased by $12 billion, or roughly 30 percent. As hospitals face an influx in coronavirus patients, it is critical that they are paid for the treatment they provide.

    • Coverage for Recently Unemployed: Thanks to the ACA, nearly half a million workers who lost their jobs this year have gotten health insurance through the ACA marketplaces.


  • Trump will keep lying to Americans about protecting their health care — but he has already broken his biggest health care promises.

    • Fewer Americans Covered: Trump promised that whoever “wanted health care” would have it under his administration, but the Trump-backed lawsuit could cause more than 20 million Americans to lose their insurance.

    • Rising Health Care Costs: Trump promised he would put a stop to rising health care costs and even reduce them — but his lawsuit would raise out-of-pocket costs for premiums and prescription drugs.

    • No Preexisting Condition Protections: Trump promised to support preexisting condition protections and said that costs for people with preexisting conditions would be “much lower” under his leadership — but his lawsuit would end these vital protections.

    • Gutting Medicaid Access: Trump promised to protect Medicaid — but his lawsuit would end access to Medicaid for millions of Americans enrolled through the ACA’s expansion program.

    • Worse Coverage at Higher Costs: Trump promised better health care at a lower cost, but has expanded “junk” insurance plans that don’t have the same coverage requirements as the ACA and can leave patients on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars in unexpected costs.


--Democratic National Committee, 430 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA

Dear DNC Member,



Here is an article detailing the cooperation between the DNC and Biden campaign. Feel free to share with your respective networks.

Yours,
Jason
––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
Jason Rae
Secretary


July 7, 2020

NEWS OF THE DAY

Trump’s Unemployment Crisis

Criminal Justice Reform

DNC WAR ROOM

Trump’s Exploding Coronavirus Crisis

Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit


NEWS OF THE DAY

Trump’s Unemployment Crisis

  • 17.8 million Americans — nearly one in nine workers — are out of work, and another 2.2 million workers filed for some form of unemployment in the fourth week of June.


  • Unemployment is even worse for people of color. More than 15% of Black Americans, more than 14% of Hispanic Americans, and nearly 14% of Asian Americans are out of work.

    • Nearly 3 million fewer Black Americans and almost 4 million fewer Hispanic Americans were employed last month than in February.


  • Not yet reflected in these numbers are the American workers being laid off a second time because Trump’s failed leadership forced nearly two dozen states to pause or reverse reopening plans.


  • It didn’t have to be this bad. Trump is responsible for the highest unemployment since the Great Depression.

    • We’ve had 15 straight weeks of more than a million unemployment claims — higher than any week during the Great Recession.

    • June was the worst month yet for permanent job losses — 2.9 million workers now consider themselves permanently out of work.


  • Trump’s failure of leadership helped plunge us into a recession beginning in February, marking the end of the longest era of economic growth on record, started during the Obama-Biden administration.


  • Trump is utterly disconnected from the pain and suffering so many families across the country are experiencing, with more than one in six workers unemployed, underemployed, or no longer looking for work.


  • Trump and Republicans are refusing to extend enhanced unemployment benefits for millions of workers. These benefits expire at the end of the month and letting them do so would only make the unemployment crisis worse.

    • House Democrats passed the Heroes Act more than seven weeks ago, but Trump and McConnell have refused to even begin negotiations on additional stimulus funding.

    • Instead, Trump is focused on more tax cuts for investors and corporations.


  • More than 130,000 Americans have died, tens of millions have lost work and small businesses across the country have closed for good. That’s not a success, it’s a catastrophe.


  • It didn’t have to be this bad — had Trump made China come clean, had he taken coronavirus seriously from day one, had he not weakened the economy with a failed trade war and phony trade deal we never would have gotten to this point.


  • But instead, Trump failed to prepare for a pandemic, ignored warnings, failed to ramp up testing or secure supplies, and downplayed the crisis to appease China. As a result, there are about 15 million fewer jobs than in February.

    • Studies confirm that millions of Americans who lost their jobs would still be employed if Trump had led a competent response in line with other developed nations.

    • America has been hit much harder than other countries because of Trump’s inexcusable mismanagement.


Criminal Justice Reform

For Black Lives Matter organizing resources, visit the DNC’s website.


  • Trump is not leading on criminal justice reform. He has no serious plan to end police brutality or address racial inequality.

    • Trump’s weak executive order falls far short of the comprehensive reform needed. It has no mandatory accountability measures and will not create meaningful change.


  • Vice President Biden and Democrats are providing the leadership we need.

    • Vice President Biden is listening to Black Americans and meeting with community leaders. He has a plan for criminal justice reform, including reinvigorating community-oriented policing. He has addressed Americans on the systemic racism and inequity that pervades our society.

    • House Democrats passed meaningful reform legislation that would ban chokeholds; create a model use of force standard; give DOJ subpoena power for pattern or practice investigations; take steps to ensure the independence of prosecutors in cases with police-involved deaths; and mandate state and local law enforcement agencies report use of force data.


  • Instead of uniting our country and addressing the pain felt by so many Americans, Trump has fanned the flames.

    • Trump incited violence by tweeting “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” and threatening protesters with “vicious dogs” and “ominous weapons.”

    • Trump pushed for violent crackdowns and essentially authorized a police state, including the use of tear gas against peaceful protesters without warning.

    • Trump retweeted a video promoting “white power” and thanked the “great people” in it.

    • Trump called Black Lives Matter “a symbol of hate.”

    • Trump tweeted an unhinged conspiracy theory that a peaceful 75-year-old protester pushed to the ground by police somehow “set up” his fractured skull.

    • Trump threatened to veto the NDAA and block coronavirus research, a pay raise for troops, and funding for new aircrafts and ships to prevent military bases named after Confederate generals from being renamed.

    • Trump would rather stoke a culture war over Confederate statues and defend the Confederate flag than listen to protesters’ demands to address systemic racism.

    • Trump attacked Bubba Wallace, the only Black NASCAR driver, and demanded he apologize for an FBI hate crime investigation that he didn’t initiate.


  • Trump has a history of ignoring civil rights abuses and undermining trust between police and the communities they serve.

    • While Trump lies about the Obama-Biden record on police reform, the truth is he rolled back several policies they started, including investigating police departments and limits on the transfer of military equipment to police.

    • Trump’s DOJ essentially dismantled a reform program started under President Obama that helped build trust between law enforcement and local communities.

    • In 2018, Trump’s DOJ sharply limited consent decrees, which the Obama-Biden administration used to curb police abuses and reform abusive police departments.

    • In Trump’s first year in office, the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division was “completely inactive” and didn’t open a single new case or issue any new agreements.

    • As president, Trump has encouraged law enforcement to rough up people who have been arrested and advocated for the return of stop and frisk.

    • Trump’s administration has dismissed police shootings of African Americans as a “local matter” and brushed off concerns that communities live in fear of police.

    • Bill Barr has said that certain “communities” need to show police more respect or they will “find themselves without the police protection they need.”


  • The Obama-Biden Justice Department took these matters seriously, but the Trump-Barr Justice Department has effectively put a moratorium on pattern-or-practice investigations. We must elect Joe Biden — who will take aggressive action against systemic racism — in November.


DNC WAR ROOM

Trump’s Exploding Coronavirus Crisis

Background: Last week, the DNC War Room released a new television ad, “Exploding,” to highlight how the coronavirus is exploding again across the country because of Trump. This is part of a five-week sprint to frame Trump’s record as a complete failure by almost any measure.


  • America is more than four months into this crisis, yet we are still hitting record highs of new cases. Arizona, Texas, and Florida are reporting massive spikes in new cases.


  • It didn’t have to be this bad. But Trump lied about the virus from the start, saying, “it’s going to disappear.” He wasted critical time by refusing to push China and delayed taking action to not upset Beijing and secure a limited trade deal that isn’t even being fulfilled.


  • Trump’s failure to promptly address coronavirus because he didn’t want to upset China is potentially the most disastrous example of a president getting played by a foreign country, leading to a total catastrophe at home.


  • Now the coronavirus crisis is worse than ever. More than 130,000 American lives have been lost, millions of jobs destroyed, the country is in recession, and the U.S. leads the world with nearly 3 million confirmed infections.



  • 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 at least 21 states to pause or roll back reopening plans.

    • New coronavirus cases hit a record high of more than 330,000 new cases last week, with hospitalizations surging in seven states.

    • The spread of the virus is so out of control that the European Union banned Americans from entering because we’re considered a global health risk.


  • When it mattered the most, Trump failed to take action.

    • January 22: “We have it totally under control. It's one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.”

    • February 27: “It’s going to disappear. One day — it’s like a miracle — it will disappear.”

    • Trump ignored more than a dozen early warnings about the coronavirus from U.S. intelligence agencies and health officials throughout January and February.

    • Studies show that if Trump had acted earlier, the vast majority of lives could have been saved and hundreds of thousands of Americans wouldn’t have been infected.


  • 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!”

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

      • 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 deal 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 trade deal failed to boost U.S. exports or even get exports back to where they were before his damaging trade war. Nearly halfway through the year, China had only purchased about 19% of what Trump promised. While China is $130 billion short of its 2020 trade deal commitments, the Trump administration continues to take China at their word.


  • Trump’s failure of leadership is hurting America.

    • As a result of Trump’s failed leadership, 130,000 Americans are dead and our country leads the world with nearly 3 million confirmed coronavirus cases.

    • The economy is in recession. Unemployment reached the highest rate since the Great Depression. Nearly 20 million Americans are unemployed — disproportionately Black and Hispanic workers.

    • Trump’s administration botched the Paycheck Protection Program, preventing small businesses from getting 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 shut down.

    • Trump wants to “slow the testing down” and has failed to spend $14 billion to expand testing and tracing, leaving states without the supplies they need as we run out of testing capacity.

    • Wearing a mask reduces infection rates, but Trump refuses to wear one or encourage it. Instead of relying on science, Trump has pushed dangerous suggestions like injecting disinfectants and taking unproven treatments.


Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit

  • During the worst health crisis of our time, Trump and Republicans are fighting to take health care away from 20 million Americans and strip protections from as many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions. And they still have no plan to keep Americans covered or protect people with preexisting conditions.


  • Americans are relying on our health care system now more than ever, and the ACA is one of our most critical tools to protect Americans from the consequences of the coronavirus. Yet Trump and Republicans are moving full steam ahead with their lawsuit to repeal it.


  • The ACA is more popular than ever for one simple reason: it works. The ACA has significantly reduced the number of uninsured; helped Americans get the health care they need; and helped keep them from being bankrupted just because they get sick.


  • Even as Trump quietly relies on key provisions in the ACA to fight the spread of the virus, he and Republicans will stop at nothing to take the entire law away.


  • While Trump and Republicans try to tear health care away, Joe Biden will protect and build on the ACA to give Americans more choice, reduce health care costs, and make our health care system less complex. And last week, House Democrats passed legislation to make health care and prescription drugs more affordable, expand access, and strengthen protections for people with preexisting conditions.


  • In the midst of a global pandemic, the ACA is one of our most critical tools.

    • Comprehensive Coverage: The ACA established what are known as “essential health benefits,” mandating coverage of services like prescription drugs and hospitalization. Coronavirus testing and treatment are essential health benefits and must be covered by all ACA-compliant plans.

    • Access to Critical Vaccinations Without Cost Sharing: Once a coronavirus vaccine is developed, the ACA will almost certainly cover the coronavirus vaccine without cost-sharing, because it requires plans to cover all vaccinations recommended by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

    • Protections for as Many as 133 Million Americans With Preexisting Conditions: Under the ACA, insurance companies are not allowed to discriminate against those with preexisting conditions by denying them coverage or charging higher rates.

    • Coverage for 20+ Million People: Because of the ACA, more than 20 million Americans gained health coverage. People with insurance are much more likely to see a doctor when they are sick and to get the treatment they need.

    • Increased CDC Funding: The ACA established the CDC Prevention and Public Health Fund, which helps states prepare for disease outbreaks.

    • Medicaid Expansion: Because of the ACA, states can get additional federal money to expand Medicaid to vulnerable populations. More than 17 million Americans now have coverage through Medicaid expansion. Importantly, Medicaid’s funding structure allows funds to increase in response to a public health emergency like coronavirus.

    • Key Support for Rural Hospitals: The ACA significantly reduced uncompensated care costs. Between 2013 and 2015, hospitals’ uncompensated care costs decreased by $12 billion, or roughly 30 percent. As hospitals face an influx in coronavirus patients, it is critical that they are paid for the treatment they provide.

    • Coverage for Recently Unemployed: Thanks to the ACA, nearly half a million workers who lost their jobs this year have gotten health insurance through the ACA marketplaces.


  • Trump will keep lying to Americans about protecting their health care — but he has already broken his biggest health care promises.

    • Fewer Americans Covered: Trump promised that whoever “wanted health care” would have it under his administration, but the Trump-backed lawsuit could cause more than 20 million Americans to lose their insurance.

    • Rising Health Care Costs: Trump promised he would put a stop to rising health care costs and even reduce them — but his lawsuit would raise out-of-pocket costs for premiums and prescription drugs.

    • No Preexisting Condition Protections: Trump promised to support preexisting condition protections and said that costs for people with preexisting conditions would be “much lower” under his leadership — but his lawsuit would end these vital protections.

    • Gutting Medicaid Access: Trump promised to protect Medicaid — but his lawsuit would end access to Medicaid for millions of Americans enrolled through the ACA’s expansion program.

    • Worse Coverage at Higher Costs: Trump promised better health care at a lower cost, but has expanded “junk” insurance plans that don’t have the same coverage requirements as the ACA and can leave patients on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars in unexpected costs.


--Democratic National Committee, 430 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA


Dear Fellow DNC Member,


We’re in a challenging time for our nation. Our economy is in recession because of Donald Trump’s disastrous handling of the COVID-19 pandemic; over 130,000 Americans have died and small businesses have been devastated; and our country is facing civil unrest over the systemic racism and police violence against Black communities.

We need a change of leadership. We need a president with the empathy and experience to move us forward. We need Joe Biden.

But the work to put a Democrat back in the White House didn’t begin this year. When I was elected DNC Chair in Atlanta in 2017, I promised we would invest early and compete everywhere. I promised we would become a 50-state party again. And that’s exactly what we’ve done together.

I wanted to share with you an article published this morning by Bloomberg News that details just how far we’ve come since 2016. Together, we’ve invested in our state parties, revamped our technology and cyber security, and engaged the grassroots like never before. And our work has paid off in spades.

We’ve had three Novembers since Donald Trump was elected. Three Novembers since I started working in partnership with all of you as DNC Chair. And in all three, Democrats have won decisive victories. We won because we worked together – the DNC and state parties –  to make sure you had the resources you needed to organize and lift up candidates across the country.

In November 2017, Virginia and New Jersey proved we could win again. And thanks to the power of Black women, Alabama proved we could win everywhere!

In November 2018, we won back the House and put Nancy Pelosi back in charge. And we flipped more governors’ seats from red to blue than in any year since 1982. In 2017, there were 15 Democratic governors. Now there are 24.

And last year, we finished the work in Virginia, won the governors’ seats in Kentucky and Louisiana, and elected Democrats at every level across the country.

Now we’re integrating with Vice President Biden’s campaign to ensure we put him and Democrats down the ballot in the best possible position to win in November. I couldn’t be prouder of the team we’ve put together and the work we’ve done to prepare our party for this fight.

In my first speech as DNC chair a little more than three years ago, I said our unity would be our greatest strength and Donald Trump’s worst nightmare. That’s truer today than it’s ever been. Thank you for your steadfast commitment to our party and our country, and for all you’ve done to help us get to this point. Now let’s go win this thing!

In unity,

Tom
––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
Chair
Democratic National Committee


July 6, 2020

NEWS OF THE DAY

Trump’s Unemployment Crisis

Trump Won’t Stand up to Russia

Criminal Justice Reform

DNC WAR ROOM

Trump’s Exploding Coronavirus Crisis

Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit


NEWS OF THE DAY

Trump’s Unemployment Crisis

  • 17.8 million Americans — nearly one in nine workers — are out of work, and another 2.2 million workers filed for some form of unemployment in the fourth week of June.


  • Unemployment is even worse for people of color. More than 15% of Black Americans, more than 14% of Hispanic Americans, and nearly 14% of Asian Americans are out of work.

    • Nearly 3 million fewer Black Americans and almost 4 million fewer Hispanic Americans were employed last month than in February.


  • Not yet reflected in these numbers are the American workers being laid off a second time because Trump’s failed leadership forced nearly two dozen states to pause or reverse reopening plans.


  • It didn’t have to be this bad. Trump is responsible for the highest unemployment since the Great Depression.

    • We’ve had 15 straight weeks of more than a million unemployment claims — higher than any week during the Great Recession.

    • June was the worst month yet for permanent job losses — 2.9 million workers now consider themselves permanently out of work.


  • Trump’s failure of leadership helped plunge us into a recession beginning in February, marking the end of the longest era of economic growth on record, started during the Obama-Biden administration.


  • Trump is utterly disconnected from the pain and suffering so many families across the country are experiencing, with more than one in six workers unemployed, underemployed, or no longer looking for work.


  • Trump and Republicans are refusing to extend enhanced unemployment benefits for millions of workers. These benefits expire at the end of the month and letting them do so would only make the unemployment crisis worse.

    • House Democrats passed the Heroes Act more than seven weeks ago, but Trump and McConnell have refused to even begin negotiations on additional stimulus funding.

    • Instead, Trump is focused on more tax cuts for investors and corporations.


  • Nearly 130,000 Americans have died, tens of millions are out of work and small businesses across the country have closed for good. That’s not a success, it’s a catastrophe.


  • It didn’t have to be this bad — had Trump made China come clean, had he taken coronavirus seriously from day one, had he not weakened the economy with a failed trade war and phony trade deal we never would have gotten to this point.


  • But instead, Trump failed to prepare for a pandemic, ignored warnings, failed to ramp up testing or secure supplies, and downplayed the crisis to appease China. As a result, there are about 15 million fewer jobs than in February.

    • Studies confirm that millions of Americans who lost their jobs would still be employed if Trump had led a competent response in line with other developed nations.

    • America has been hit much harder than other countries because of Trump’s inexcusable mismanagement.


Trump Won’t Stand up to Russia

  • American soldiers in Afghanistan died because Russia paid bounties to have them killed, but Trump has done nothing to stop Russia.

    • The National Security Council developed response options, but Trump has refused to act.


  • Either Trump knew and failed to act or he didn’t bother to read his intelligence briefing. Either way, Trump failed to protect Americans in uniform.

    • Trump reportedly received the intelligence in his President’s Daily Brief (PDB) earlier this year and was briefed by his national security adviser more than a year ago.

    • Trump and the White House have no credibility here. They have repeatedly lied to the American people and caved to Russia.


  • Trump’s response to the reports has been equally incompetent and dangerous. Instead of standing up to Putin, he has repeated Russian propaganda calling the reports and the intelligence a “hoax.”

    • In reality, the intelligence was credible enough that U.S. officials shared it with allies.


  • This is not the first time Trump has caved to Putin.

    • Instead of standing up to Russia, Trump has boasted about his “great friendship” with Putin and pushed the G7 to reinvite Russia.

    • Trump sided with Putin over our Intelligence Community and rejected their conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

    • Trump already gave Russia exactly what it wanted in the Middle East with his abrupt withdrawal from Syria, escalation of tensions with Iran, and election-driven timeline for withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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


  • Trump has once again put Americans in harm’s way by failing to hold authoritarians like Putin accountable. He has turned his back on every American in uniform.


  • The American people and U.S. troops deserve answers. Trump’s administration must provide a full accounting to Congress and the public.


Criminal Justice Reform

For Black Lives Matter organizing resources, visit the DNC’s website.


  • Trump is not leading on criminal justice reform. He has no serious plan to end police brutality or address racial inequality.

    • Trump’s weak executive order falls far short of the comprehensive reform needed. It has no mandatory accountability measures and will not create meaningful change.


  • Vice President Biden and Democrats are providing the leadership we need.

    • Vice President Biden is listening to Black Americans and meeting with community leaders. He has a plan for criminal justice reform, including reinvigorating community-oriented policing. He has addressed Americans on the systemic racism and inequity that pervades our society.

    • House Democrats passed meaningful reform legislation that would ban chokeholds; create a model use of force standard; give DOJ subpoena power for pattern or practice investigations; take steps to ensure the independence of prosecutors in cases with police-involved deaths; and mandate state and local law enforcement agencies report use of force data.


  • Instead of uniting our country and addressing the pain felt by so many Americans, Trump has fanned the flames.

    • Trump incited violence by tweeting “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” and threatening protesters with “vicious dogs” and “ominous weapons.”

    • Trump pushed for violent crackdowns and essentially authorized a police state, including the use of tear gas against peaceful protesters without warning.

    • Trump retweeted a video promoting “white power” and thanked the “great people” in it.

    • Trump called Black Lives Matter “a symbol of hate.”

    • Trump tweeted an unhinged conspiracy theory that a peaceful 75-year-old protester pushed to the ground by police somehow “set up” his fractured skull.

    • Trump threatened to veto the NDAA and block coronavirus research, a pay raise for troops, and funding for new aircrafts and ships to prevent military bases named after Confederate generals from being renamed.

    • Trump would rather stoke a culture war over Confederate statues than listen to protesters’ demands to address systemic racism.


  • Trump has a history of ignoring civil rights abuses and undermining trust between police and the communities they serve.

    • While Trump lies about the Obama-Biden record on police reform, the truth is he rolled back several policies they started, including investigating police departments and limits on the transfer of military equipment to police.

    • Trump’s DOJ essentially dismantled a reform program started under President Obama that helped build trust between law enforcement and local communities.

    • In 2018, Trump’s DOJ sharply limited consent decrees, which the Obama-Biden administration used to curb police abuses and reform abusive police departments.

    • In Trump’s first year in office, the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division was “completely inactive” and didn’t open a single new case or issue any new agreements.

    • As president, Trump has encouraged law enforcement to rough up people who have been arrested and advocated for the return of stop and frisk.

    • Trump’s administration has dismissed police shootings of African Americans as a “local matter” and brushed off concerns that communities live in fear of police.

    • Bill Barr has said that certain “communities” need to show police more respect or they will “find themselves without the police protection they need.”


  • The Obama-Biden Justice Department took these matters seriously, but the Trump-Barr Justice Department has effectively put a moratorium on pattern-or-practice investigations. We must elect Joe Biden — who will take aggressive action against systemic racism — in November.


DNC WAR ROOM

Trump’s Exploding Coronavirus Crisis

Background: Last week, the DNC War Room released a new television ad, “Exploding,” to highlight how the coronavirus is exploding again across the country because of Trump. This is part of a five-week sprint to frame Trump’s record as a complete failure by almost any measure.


  • America is more than four months into this crisis, yet we are still hitting record highs of new cases. Arizona, Texas, and Florida are reporting massive spikes in new cases.


  • It didn’t have to be this bad. But Trump lied about the virus from the start, saying, “it’s going to disappear.” He wasted critical time by refusing to push China and delayed taking action to not upset Beijing and secure a limited trade deal that isn’t even being fulfilled.


  • Trump’s failure to promptly address coronavirus because he didn’t want to upset China is potentially the most disastrous example of a president getting played by a foreign country, leading to a total catastrophe at home.


  • Now the coronavirus crisis is worse than ever. Nearly 130,000 American lives have been lost, millions of jobs destroyed, the country is in recession, and the U.S. leads the world in confirmed infections.



  • 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 at least 21 states to pause or roll back reopening plans.

    • New coronavirus cases hit a record high of more than 330,000 new cases last week, with hospitalizations surging in seven states.

    • The spread of the virus is so out of control that the European Union banned Americans from entering because we’re considered a global health risk.


  • When it mattered the most, Trump failed to take action.

    • January 22: “We have it totally under control. It's one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.”

    • February 27: “It’s going to disappear. One day — it’s like a miracle — it will disappear.”

    • Trump ignored more than a dozen early warnings about the coronavirus from U.S. intelligence agencies and health officials throughout January and February.

    • Studies show that if Trump had acted earlier, the vast majority of lives could have been saved and hundreds of thousands of Americans wouldn’t have been infected.


  • 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!”

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

      • 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 deal 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 trade deal failed to boost U.S. exports or even get exports back to where they were before his damaging trade war. Nearly halfway through the year, China had only purchased about 19% of what Trump promised. While China is $130 billion short of its 2020 trade deal commitments, the Trump administration continues to take China at their word.


  • Trump’s failure of leadership is hurting America.

    • As a result of Trump’s failed leadership, nearly 130,000 Americans are dead and our country leads the world in confirmed coronavirus cases.

    • The economy is in recession. Unemployment reached the highest rate since the Great Depression. Nearly 20 million Americans are unemployed — disproportionately Black and Hispanic workers.

    • Trump’s administration botched the Paycheck Protection Program, preventing small businesses from getting 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 shut down.

    • Trump wants to “slow the testing down” and has failed to spend $14 billion to expand testing and tracing, leaving states without the supplies they need as we run out of testing capacity.

    • Wearing a mask reduces infection rates, but Trump refuses to wear one or encourage it. Instead of relying on science, Trump has pushed dangerous suggestions like injecting disinfectants and taking unproven treatments.


Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit

  • During the worst health crisis of our time, Trump and Republicans are fighting to take health care away from 20 million Americans and strip protections from as many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions. And they still have no plan to keep Americans covered or protect people with preexisting conditions.


  • Americans are relying on our health care system now more than ever, and the ACA is one of our most critical tools to protect Americans from the consequences of the coronavirus. Yet Trump and Republicans are moving full steam ahead with their lawsuit to repeal it.


  • The ACA is more popular than ever for one simple reason: it works. The ACA has significantly reduced the number of uninsured; helped Americans get the health care they need; and helped keep them from being bankrupted just because they get sick.


  • Even as Trump quietly relies on key provisions in the ACA to fight the spread of the virus, he and Republicans will stop at nothing to take the entire law away.


  • While Trump and Republicans try to tear health care away, Joe Biden will protect and build on the ACA to give Americans more choice, reduce health care costs, and make our health care system less complex. And last week, House Democrats passed legislation to make health care and prescription drugs more affordable, expand access, and strengthen protections for people with preexisting conditions.


  • In the midst of a global pandemic, the ACA is one of our most critical tools.

    • Comprehensive Coverage: The ACA established what are known as “essential health benefits,” mandating coverage of services like prescription drugs and hospitalization. Coronavirus testing and treatment are essential health benefits and must be covered by all ACA-compliant plans.

    • Access to Critical Vaccinations Without Cost Sharing: Once a coronavirus vaccine is developed, the ACA will almost certainly cover the coronavirus vaccine without cost-sharing, because it requires plans to cover all vaccinations recommended by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

    • Protections for as Many as 133 Million Americans With Preexisting Conditions: Under the ACA, insurance companies are not allowed to discriminate against those with preexisting conditions by denying them coverage or charging higher rates.

    • Coverage for 20+ Million People: Because of the ACA, more than 20 million Americans gained health coverage. People with insurance are much more likely to see a doctor when they are sick and to get the treatment they need.

    • Increased CDC Funding: The ACA established the CDC Prevention and Public Health Fund, which helps states prepare for disease outbreaks.

    • Medicaid Expansion: Because of the ACA, states can get additional federal money to expand Medicaid to vulnerable populations. More than 17 million Americans now have coverage through Medicaid expansion. Importantly, Medicaid’s funding structure allows funds to increase in response to a public health emergency like coronavirus.

    • Key Support for Rural Hospitals: The ACA significantly reduced uncompensated care costs. Between 2013 and 2015, hospitals’ uncompensated care costs decreased by $12 billion, or roughly 30 percent. As hospitals face an influx in coronavirus patients, it is critical that they are paid for the treatment they provide.

    • Coverage for Recently Unemployed: Thanks to the ACA, nearly half a million workers who lost their jobs this year have gotten health insurance through the ACA marketplaces.


  • Trump will keep lying to Americans about protecting their health care — but he has already broken his biggest health care promises.

    • Fewer Americans Covered: Trump promised that whoever “wanted health care” would have it under his administration, but the Trump-backed lawsuit could cause more than 20 million Americans to lose their insurance.

    • Rising Health Care Costs: Trump promised he would put a stop to rising health care costs and even reduce them — but his lawsuit would raise out-of-pocket costs for premiums and prescription drugs.

    • No Preexisting Condition Protections: Trump promised to support preexisting condition protections and said that costs for people with preexisting conditions would be “much lower” under his leadership — but his lawsuit would end these vital protections.

    • Gutting Medicaid Access: Trump promised to protect Medicaid — but his lawsuit would end access to Medicaid for millions of Americans enrolled through the ACA’s expansion program.

    • Worse Coverage at Higher Costs: Trump promised better health care at a lower cost, but has expanded “junk” insurance plans that don’t have the same coverage requirements as the ACA and can leave patients on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars in unexpected costs.


--


July 3, 2020

NEWS OF THE DAY

Trump’s Unemployment Crisis

Trump Won’t Stand up to Russia

Criminal Justice Reform

DNC WAR ROOM

Trump’s Exploding Coronavirus Crisis

Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit


NEWS OF THE DAY

Trump’s Unemployment Crisis

  • 17.8 million Americans — nearly one in nine workers — are out of work, and another 2.2 million workers filed for some form of unemployment assistance last week.


  • Unemployment is even worse for people of color. More than 15% of Black Americans, more than 14% of Hispanic Americans, and nearly 14% of Asian Americans are out of work.

    • Nearly 3 million fewer Black Americans and almost 4 million fewer Hispanic Americans were employed last month than in February.


  • Not yet reflected in these numbers are the American workers being laid off a second time because Trump’s failed leadership forced nearly two dozen states to pause or reverse reopening plans.


  • It didn’t have to be this bad. Trump is responsible for the highest unemployment since the Great Depression.

    • Last week was the 15th straight week of more than a million unemployment claims — higher than any week during the Great Recession.

    • June was the worst month yet for permanent job losses — 2.9 million workers now consider themselves permanently out of work.


  • Trump’s failure of leadership helped plunge us into a recession beginning in February, marking the end of the longest era of economic growth on record, started during the Obama-Biden administration.


  • Trump is utterly disconnected from the pain and suffering so many families across the country are experiencing, with more than one in six workers unemployed, underemployed, or no longer looking for work.


  • Trump and Republicans are refusing to extend enhanced unemployment benefits for millions of workers. These benefits expire at the end of the month and letting them do so would only make the unemployment crisis worse.

    • House Democrats passed the Heroes Act more than six weeks ago, but Trump and McConnell have refused to even begin negotiations on additional stimulus funding.

    • Instead, Trump is focused on more tax cuts for investors and corporations.


  • Nearly 130,000 Americans have died, tens of millions are out of work and small businesses across the country have closed for good. That’s not a success, it’s a catastrophe.


  • It didn’t have to be this bad — had Trump made China come clean, had he taken coronavirus seriously from day one, had he not weakened the economy with a failed trade war and phony trade deal we never would have gotten to this point.


  • But instead, Trump failed to prepare for a pandemic, ignored warnings, failed to ramp up testing or secure supplies, and downplayed the crisis to appease China. As a result, there are about 15 million fewer jobs than in February.

    • Studies confirm that millions of Americans who lost their jobs would still be employed if Trump had led a competent response in line with other developed nations.

    • America has been hit much harder than other countries because of Trump’s inexcusable mismanagement.


Trump Won’t Stand up to Russia

  • American soldiers in Afghanistan died because Russia paid bounties to have them killed, but Trump has done nothing to stop Russia.

    • The National Security Council developed response options, but Trump has refused to act.


  • Either Trump knew and failed to act or he didn’t bother to read his intelligence briefing. Either way, Trump failed to protect Americans in uniform.

    • Trump reportedly received the intelligence in his President’s Daily Brief (PDB) earlier this year and was briefed by his national security adviser more than a year ago.

    • Trump and the White House have no credibility here. They have repeatedly lied to the American people and caved to Russia.


  • Trump’s response to the reports has been equally incompetent and dangerous. Instead of standing up to Putin, he has repeated Russian propaganda calling the reports and the intelligence a “hoax.”

    • In reality, the intelligence was credible enough that U.S. officials shared it with allies.


  • This is not the first time Trump has caved to Putin.

    • Instead of standing up to Russia, Trump has boasted about his “great friendship” with Putin and pushed the G7 to reinvite Russia.

    • Trump sided with Putin over our Intelligence Community and rejected their conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

    • Trump already gave Russia exactly what it wanted in the Middle East with his abrupt withdrawal from Syria, escalation of tensions with Iran, and election-driven timeline for withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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


  • Trump has once again put Americans in harm’s way by failing to hold authoritarians like Putin accountable. He has turned his back on every American in uniform.


  • The American people and U.S. troops deserve answers. Trump’s administration must provide a full accounting to Congress and the public.


Criminal Justice Reform

For Black Lives Matter organizing resources, visit the DNC’s website.


  • Trump is not leading on criminal justice reform. He has no serious plan to end police brutality or address racial inequality.

    • Trump’s weak executive order falls far short of the comprehensive reform needed. It has no mandatory accountability measures and will not create meaningful change.


  • Vice President Biden and Democrats are providing the leadership we need.

    • Vice President Biden is listening to Black Americans and meeting with community leaders. He has a plan for criminal justice reform, including reinvigorating community-oriented policing. He has addressed Americans on the systemic racism and inequity that pervades our society.

    • House Democrats passed meaningful reform legislation that would ban chokeholds; create a model use of force standard; give DOJ subpoena power for pattern or practice investigations; take steps to ensure the independence of prosecutors in cases with police-involved deaths; and mandate state and local law enforcement agencies report use of force data.


  • Instead of uniting our country and addressing the pain felt by so many Americans, Trump has fanned the flames.

    • Trump incited violence by tweeting “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” and threatening protesters with “vicious dogs” and “ominous weapons.”

    • Trump pushed for violent crackdowns and essentially authorized a police state, including the use of tear gas against peaceful protesters without warning.

    • Trump retweeted a video promoting “white power” and thanked the “great people” in it.

    • Trump called Black Lives Matter “a symbol of hate.”

    • Trump tweeted an unhinged conspiracy theory that a peaceful 75-year-old protester pushed to the ground by police somehow “set up” his fractured skull.

    • Trump threatened to veto the NDAA and block coronavirus research, a pay raise for troops, and funding for new aircrafts and ships to prevent military bases named after Confederate generals from being renamed.


  • Trump has a history of ignoring civil rights abuses and undermining trust between police and the communities they serve.

    • While Trump lies about the Obama-Biden record on police reform, the truth is he rolled back several policies they started, including investigating police departments and limits on the transfer of military equipment to police.

    • Trump’s DOJ essentially dismantled a reform program started under President Obama that helped build trust between law enforcement and local communities.

    • In 2018, Trump’s DOJ sharply limited consent decrees, which the Obama-Biden administration used to curb police abuses and reform abusive police departments.

    • In Trump’s first year in office, the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division was “completely inactive” and didn’t open a single new case or issue any new agreements.

    • As president, Trump has encouraged law enforcement to rough up people who have been arrested and advocated for the return of stop and frisk.

    • Trump’s administration has dismissed police shootings of African Americans as a “local matter” and brushed off concerns that communities live in fear of police.

    • Bill Barr has said that certain “communities” need to show police more respect or they will “find themselves without the police protection they need.”


  • The Obama-Biden Justice Department took these matters seriously, but the Trump-Barr Justice Department has effectively put a moratorium on pattern-or-practice investigations. We must elect Joe Biden — who will take aggressive action against systemic racism — in November.


DNC WAR ROOM

Trump’s Exploding Coronavirus Crisis

Background: This week, the DNC War Room released a new television ad, “Exploding,” to highlight how the coronavirus is exploding again across the country because of Trump. This is part of a five-week sprint to frame Trump’s record as a complete failure by almost any measure.


  • America is three months into this crisis, yet we are still hitting record highs of new cases. Arizona, Texas, and Florida are reporting massive spikes in new cases.


  • It didn’t have to be this bad. But Trump lied about the virus from the start, saying, “it’s going to disappear.” He wasted critical time by refusing to push China and delayed taking action to not upset Beijing and secure a limited trade deal that isn’t even being fulfilled.


  • Trump’s failure to promptly address coronavirus because he didn’t want to upset China is potentially the most disastrous example of a president getting played by a foreign country, leading to a total catastrophe at home.


  • Now the coronavirus crisis is worse than ever. Nearly 130,000 American lives have been lost, millions of jobs destroyed, the country is in recession, and the U.S. leads the world in confirmed infections.


  • 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 at least 21 states to pause or roll back reopening plans.

    • New coronavirus cases hit yet another record high of more than 55,000 new cases yesterday, with new cases surging 80% in the last two weeks.

    • The spread of the virus is so out of control that the European Union banned Americans from entering because we’re considered a global health risk.



  • 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!”

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

      • 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 deal 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 trade deal failed to boost U.S. exports or even get exports back to where they were before his damaging trade war. Nearly halfway through the year, China had only purchased about 19% of what Trump promised. While China is tens of billions of dollars behind pace on pledged purchases, the Trump administration continues to take China at their word.


  • Trump’s failure of leadership is hurting America.

    • As a result of Trump’s failed leadership, nearly 130,000 Americans are dead and our country leads the world in confirmed coronavirus cases.

    • The economy is in recession. Unemployment reached the highest rate since the Great Depression. Nearly 20 million Americans are unemployed — disproportionately Black and Hispanic workers.

    • Trump’s administration botched the Paycheck Protection Program, preventing small businesses from getting 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 shut down.

    • Trump wants to “slow the testing down” and has failed to spend $14 billion to expand testing and tracing, leaving states without the supplies they need as we run out of testing capacity.

    • Wearing a mask reduces infection rates, but Trump refuses to wear one or encourage it.


Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit

Background: Last week, Trump’s DOJ and Republican attorneys general submitted briefs to the Supreme Court in California v. Texas to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.


  • During the worst health crisis of our time, Trump and Republicans are fighting to take health care away from 20 million Americans and strip protections from as many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions. And they still have no plan to keep Americans covered or protect people with preexisting conditions.


  • Americans are relying on our health care system now more than ever, and the ACA is one of our most critical tools to protect Americans from the consequences of the coronavirus. Yet Trump and Republicans are moving full steam ahead with their lawsuit to repeal it.


  • The ACA is more popular than ever for one simple reason: it works. The ACA has significantly reduced the number of uninsured; helped Americans get the health care they need; and helped keep them from being bankrupted just because they get sick.


  • Even as Trump quietly relies on key provisions in the ACA to fight the spread of the virus, he and Republicans will stop at nothing to take the entire law away.


  • While Trump and Republicans try to tear health care away, Joe Biden will protect and build on the ACA to give Americans more choice, reduce health care costs, and make our health care system less complex. And this week, House Democrats passed legislation to make health care and prescription drugs more affordable, expand access, and strengthen protections for people with preexisting conditions.


  • In the midst of a global pandemic, the ACA is one of our most critical tools.

    • Comprehensive Coverage: The ACA established what are known as “essential health benefits,” mandating coverage of services like prescription drugs and hospitalization. Coronavirus testing and treatment are essential health benefits and must be covered by all ACA-compliant plans.

    • Access to Critical Vaccinations Without Cost Sharing: Once a coronavirus vaccine is developed, the ACA will almost certainly cover the coronavirus vaccine without cost-sharing, because it requires plans to cover all vaccinations recommended by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

    • Protections for as Many as 133 Million Americans With Preexisting Conditions: Under the ACA, insurance companies are not allowed to discriminate against those with preexisting conditions by denying them coverage or charging higher rates.

    • Coverage for 20+ Million People: Because of the ACA, more than 20 million Americans gained health coverage. People with insurance are much more likely to see a doctor when they are sick and to get the treatment they need.

    • Increased CDC Funding: The ACA established the CDC Prevention and Public Health Fund, which helps states prepare for disease outbreaks.

    • Medicaid Expansion: Because of the ACA, states can get additional federal money to expand Medicaid to vulnerable populations. More than 17 million Americans now have coverage through Medicaid expansion. Importantly, Medicaid’s funding structure allows funds to increase in response to a public health emergency like coronavirus.

    • Key Support for Rural Hospitals: The ACA significantly reduced uncompensated care costs. Between 2013 and 2015, hospitals’ uncompensated care costs decreased by $12 billion, or roughly 30 percent. As hospitals face an influx in coronavirus patients, it is critical that they are paid for the treatment they provide.

    • Coverage for Recently Unemployed: Thanks to the ACA, nearly half a million workers who lost their jobs this year have gotten health insurance through the ACA marketplaces.


  • Trump will keep lying to Americans about protecting their health care — but he has already broken his biggest health care promises.

    • Fewer Americans Covered: Trump promised that whoever “wanted health care” would have it under his administration, but the Trump-backed lawsuit could cause more than 20 million Americans to lose their insurance.

    • Rising Health Care Costs: Trump promised he would put a stop to rising health care costs and even reduce them — but his lawsuit would raise out-of-pocket costs for premiums and prescription drugs.

    • No Preexisting Condition Protections: Trump promised to support preexisting condition protections and said that costs for people with preexisting conditions would be “much lower” under his leadership — but his lawsuit would end these vital protections.

    • Gutting Medicaid Access: Trump promised to protect Medicaid — but his lawsuit would end access to Medicaid for millions of Americans enrolled through the ACA’s expansion program.

    • Worse Coverage at Higher Costs: Trump promised better health care at a lower cost, but has expanded “junk” insurance plans that don’t have the same coverage requirements as the ACA and can leave patients on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars in unexpected costs.


--Democratic National Committee, 430 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA

Adrianne,

Today, I will be testifying before the DNC’s Platform Drafting Committee about the need for Democrats to take bold and ambitious action to protect our environment and address the climate crisis.

I will be urging them to adopt the Council’s recommendations, which are the result of our transparent and public process that included stakeholders from across the climate movement, policy experts and community feedback from our listening sessions.

We know we can’t afford to wait to act on climate. The Trump Administration’s anti-environmental policies that have catered to Big Oil and Big Coal for the past four years have to be reversed immediately. Our recommendations focus on three key ways to do this:

  1. At all levels of government, take urgent action on the climate and environmental emergencies.

  2. Put communities and working families above fossil fuel corporations by ensuring a just transition and building a green economy with millions of new, family-sustaining jobs.

  3. Support the growth of healthy, just, sustainable green communities and address the disproportionate environmental and climate harms to frontline and vulnerable communities.

More than 70 leading environmental groups and community organizations have endorsed our recommendations and called on the DNC Platform Committee to adopt them as part of the 2020 vision for our country. You can add your name to call on the Platform Committee to do the same.

Tell the DNC Platform Committee to Support Our Bold, Ambitious, Transformative Environmental & Climate Policy Platform for the Democratic Party

After I speak to the DNC Platform Committee, I’m also honored to be speaking with the Our Revolution Community and urging them to join us in calling for the DNC to adopt our policy recommendations.

I’ll be speaking alongside Democratic candidate for NY-18 Jamaal Bowman.

You can RSVP to join that call and be part of the conversation.

This is a critical time for our country. While we continue to battle the coronavirus, take to the streets to demand justice in support of the movement for Black Lives, and prepare for the coming election, there is no shortage of opportunities to act.

I am grateful for your solidarity and your participation in this process.

Thank you for all you do.


In Solidarity,

Michelle Deatrick
Chair, DNC Climate Council
@DNCClimate

Friends, 

 

Yet again, I have the Supreme Court to thank for the pep in my step this week. In a narrow 5-4 decision, SCOTUS upheld abortion rights in Louisiana. Let us be clear -- this critical victory is the result of tireless grassroots organizing and advocacy. And our battle is far from over. In fact, two of the votes against abortion rights came from Trump’s Supreme Court appointees, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, which makes our collective work from now until November all the more critical. 
 

In this update, you’ll find event invites, including a call with Senator Duckworth, the launch of FL Women for Biden, information on how you can engage with the Democratic Platform Committee, the devastating impact of Trump’s failed COVID-19 response, and more.


Upcoming Events

  • TOMORROW (7/2) Women for Biden National Call with Senator Tammy Duckworth: (RSVP here) What better way to kick off Independence Day weekend than a call with a true patriot? Senator Duckworth is a combat veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, a former helicopter pilot, and a former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. We are looking forward to speaking to Senator Duckworth about how she plans to celebrate America in these exceedingly difficult times at 7 pm on July 2nd. 

  • TOMORROW (7/2) Virtual Roundtable for Rural Democrats with Representative Cheri Bustos: (RSVP Here) Join Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), DNC Chair Tom Perez, and experts in a discussion about Trump’s failed trade war and its negative impact on American farmers. We are excited to hear from Congresswoman Bustos, who comes from a family of farmers and led efforts to pass a bipartisan farm bill in 2018.

  • MONDAY (7/6) Florida Women for Biden Launch: (RSVP Here) Join Congresswoman Val Demings, Congresswoman Donna Shalala, Commissioner Nikki Fried, Senate Minority Leader Audrey Gibson, State Representative Amy Mercado, and Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo to launch Florida Women for Biden! These leaders will discuss the importance of mobilizing Florida women to turn the state blue and make Donald Trump a one-term president. 


The Democratic Platform Drafting Hearings (THIS WEEK)

Earlier this week, Chair Perez and Platform Drafting Committee Chair Mayor Lance Bottoms announced a series of virtual hearings that you can watch live on the DNCC’s YouTube page. These hearings allow the Drafting Committee to engage in a robust dialogue with Americans from all walks of life on the ideas and solutions that will best articulate our party’s vision for the country. Here’s the schedule of hearings to come (and you can catch Monday’s here): 

  • July 1 at 5-8pm ET Platform Drafting Committee Hearing: A Vision for a More Equitable Future

  • July 2 at 5-8pm ET Platform Drafting Committee Hearing: Restoring the Soul of America

  • July 15 The Full Platform Drafting Committee Meeting

You can also share your own personal story with the Drafting Committee using this video portal! The videos will be hosted through Countable, an innovative and user-friendly video content hub, and may also be shown on the convention’s website, social media, or during the event in August. 


Trump's Failed Coronavirus Response Hurts American Women

We are four months into this crisis, and yet we are still hitting record highs of new cases thanks to Trump’s lack of leadership. Women comprise a majority of the job losses during the pandemic, and the economic fallout from Trump’s erratic, failed 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 front line workers in nursing homes, hospitals, and grocery stores. Some startling statistics you should know about:

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

  • 1.7 million Black women have lost their jobs during the pandemic so far.

  • Women make up 77% of workers in jobs such as food service and health care support that cannot easily be done remotely.

  • 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.

  • And in typical Trumpian fashion, 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. 


Last Week on the Campaign Trail...

In case you missed it, here’s just a snapshot of what Vice President Joe Biden did last week:

  • (6/30) In a speech criticizing Trump for his mismanagement of the pandemic response, Joe slammed Trump “for reopening without regard for safety” and for surrendering in the fight against COVID-19. Joe also released an updated plan to save lives and safely reopen the economy. 

    • READ: Joe’s Plan to Beat COVID-19, which focuses on the urgency of testing and the need for real plans, real guidelines and nation-wide standards to help chart our economic reopening.

  • (6/28) On Sunday, June 28, Joe commemorated the Stonewall Uprising and the heroic individuals who stood up for LGBTQ+ equality. Check out the tweet and the video, which shows him at the Stonewall Inn in 2019.

  • (6/28) On Sunday, June 28, Joe spoke out against Trump’s plan to cut the number of federal COVID-19 testing sites. Since March, Biden has been advocating for the set-up of 500 federal testing sites that are free, easily accessible and in every state.

  • (6/25) On Thursday, June 25, Joe brought his campaign to Lancaster, PA where he talked with families about the impact of the Affordable Care Act and discussed his plans to ensure all Americans have health coverage.

  • (6/25) The Advocate, America’s largest and oldest LGBTQ+ publication announced their endorsement for Joe Biden for President. The Advocate made it clear that they were endorsing Biden because he is running on the most pro-LGBTQ+ platform of any major-party nominee in the history of our country. 


June Medical Services vs. Russo: What Does the Decision Mean?

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court ruled that the Louisiana law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at local hospitals created an excessive burden on patients seeking an abortion and was therefore unconstitutional. This law could have forced all but one of the state’s abortion providers to close. This victory was narrow, as Supreme Court Justice Roberts casted the deciding 5-4 vote. And the fight is far from over. As our partners at Planned Parenthood Action Fund pointed out, “sixteen other cases on abortion access are still one step away from the Supreme Court — and any one of them opens the door to restrict or nullify Roe v. Wade altogether.”

 

This is why we need to elect pro-choice Democrats up and down the ballot -- starting with the White House! While Trump’s team issued a statement calling the Supreme Court’s decision “disappointing to say the least,” Vice President Biden celebrated the win for women, as the Supreme Court reaffirmed that states cannot impose laws that excessively burden a woman’s right to make her own health care choices with her doctor. As President, Biden will codify Roe v. Wade and will use the Justice Department to protect women’s health care.


I hope you have a restful holiday weekend and can (virtually) hug your friends and family tight. 
 

In Solidarity, 

Taylor Barnes
Women's Political Director
Democratic National Committee



July 2, 2020

NEWS OF THE DAY

Trump’s Unemployment Crisis

Trump Won’t Stand up to Russia

Criminal Justice Reform

DNC WAR ROOM

Trump’s Exploding Coronavirus Crisis

Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit


NEWS OF THE DAY

Trump’s Unemployment Crisis

  • 17.8 million Americans — nearly one in nine workers — are still out of work, and more than 2.2 million more workers filed for some form of unemployment assistance last week.


  • Unemployment is even worse for people of color. More than 15% of Black Americans, more than 14% of Hispanic Americans, and nearly 14% of Asian Americans are out of work.

    • Nearly 3 million fewer Black Americans were employed last month than in February, and the unemployment rate for Black men went up last month to 16.3%.


  • Not yet reflected in these numbers, which were collected in the second week of June, are the American workers being laid off a second time because Trump’s failed leadership forced more than a dozen states to pause or reverse reopening plans.


  • It didn’t have to be this bad. Trump is responsible for the highest period of unemployment since the Great Depression.

    • Last week was the fourteenth straight week of unemployment claims that are at least twice as bad as the peak weeks during the Great Recession.

    • June was the worst month yet for permanent job losses — nearly 600,000 more workers now consider themselves permanently out of work.


  • Trump’s failure of leadership helped plunge us into a recession beginning in February, marking the end of the longest era of economic growth on record, started during the Obama-Biden administration.


  • Trump is utterly disconnected from the pain and suffering so many families across the country are experiencing, with one in six workers unemployed, underemployed, or no longer looking for work.


  • Trump and Republicans are refusing to extend enhanced unemployment benefits for millions of workers out of work through no fault of their own. These benefits expire at the end of the month and letting them do so would only make the unemployment crisis worse.

    • House Democrats passed the Heroes Act more than six weeks ago, but Trump and McConnell have refused to even begin negotiations on additional stimulus funding.


  • Over 125,000 Americans have died, tens of millions are out of work and small businesses across the country have closed for good. That’s not a success, it’s a catastrophe.


  • It didn’t have to be this bad — had Trump made China come clean, had he taken coronavirus seriously from day one, had he not weakened the economy with a failed trade war and phony trade deal we never would have gotten to this point.


  • But instead, Trump failed to prepare for a pandemic, ignored warnings, failed to ramp up testing or secure supplies, and downplayed the crisis to appease China. As a result, there are about 15 million fewer jobs than in February.

    • Studies confirm that millions of Americans who lost their jobs would still be employed if Trump had led a competent response in line with other developed nations.

    • America has been hit much harder than other countries because of Trump’s inexcusable mismanagement.


Trump Won’t Stand up to Russia

Background: New reports revealed that U.S. intelligence concluded Russia paid bounties to have American soldiers killed in Afghanistan, leading to the deaths of several U.S. service members. Trump was reportedly briefed, but has failed to do anything in response.


  • American soldiers in Afghanistan died because Russia paid bounties to have them killed, but Trump has done nothing to stop Russia.


  • Either Trump knew and failed to act or he didn’t bother to read his intelligence briefing. Either way, Trump failed to protect Americans in uniform.

    • Trump reportedly received the intelligence in his President’s Daily Brief (PDB) earlier this year and was briefed by his national security adviser more than a year ago.

    • Trump and the White House have no credibility here. They have repeatedly lied to the American people and caved to Russia.


  • Trump’s response to the reports has been equally incompetent and dangerous. Instead of standing up to Putin, he has repeated Russian propaganda calling the reports and the intelligence a “hoax.”


  • This is not the first time Trump has caved to Putin.

    • Instead of standing up to Russia, Trump has boasted about his “great friendship” with Putin and pushed the G7 to reinvite Russia.

    • Trump sided with Putin over our Intelligence Community and rejected their conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

    • Trump already gave Russia exactly what it wanted in the Middle East with his abrupt withdrawal from Syria, escalation of tensions with Iran, and election-driven timeline for withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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


  • Trump has once again put Americans in harm’s way by failing to hold authoritarians like Putin accountable. He has turned his back on every American in uniform.


  • The American people and U.S. troops deserve answers. Trump’s administration must provide a full accounting to Congress and the public.


Criminal Justice Reform

For Black Lives Matter organizing resources, visit the DNC’s website.


  • Trump is not leading on criminal justice reform. He has no serious plan to end police brutality or address racial inequality.

    • Trump’s weak executive order falls far short of the comprehensive reform needed. It has no mandatory accountability measures and will not create meaningful change.


  • Vice President Biden and Democrats are providing the leadership we need.

    • Vice President Biden is listening to Black Americans and meeting with community leaders. He has a plan for criminal justice reform, including reinvigorating community-oriented policing. He has addressed Americans on the systemic racism and inequity that pervades our society.

    • House Democrats passed meaningful reform legislation that would ban chokeholds; create a model use of force standard; give DOJ subpoena power for pattern or practice investigations; take steps to ensure the independence of prosecutors in cases with police-involved deaths; and mandate state and local law enforcement agencies report use of force data.


  • Instead of uniting our country and addressing the pain felt by so many Americans, Trump has fanned the flames.

    • Trump incited violence by tweeting “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” and threatening protesters with “vicious dogs” and “ominous weapons.”

    • Trump pushed for violent crackdowns and essentially authorized a police state, including the use of tear gas against peaceful protesters without warning.

    • Trump retweeted a video promoting “white power” and thanked the “great people” in it.

    • Trump called Black Lives Matter “a symbol of hate.”

    • Trump tweeted an unhinged conspiracy theory that a peaceful 75-year-old protester pushed to the ground by police somehow “set up” his fractured skull.

    • Trump threatened to veto the NDAA and block coronavirus research, a pay raise for troops, and funding for new aircrafts and ships to prevent military bases named after Confederate generals from being renamed.


  • Trump has a history of ignoring civil rights abuses and undermining trust between police and the communities they serve.

    • While Trump lies about the Obama-Biden record on police reform, the truth is he rolled back several policies they started, including investigating police departments and limits on the transfer of military equipment to police.

    • Trump’s DOJ essentially dismantled a reform program started under President Obama that helped build trust between law enforcement and local communities.

    • In 2018, Trump’s DOJ sharply limited consent decrees, which the Obama-Biden administration used to curb police abuses and reform abusive police departments.

    • In Trump’s first year in office, the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division was “completely inactive” and didn’t open a single new case or issue any new agreements.

    • As president, Trump has encouraged law enforcement to rough up people who have been arrested and advocated for the return of stop and frisk.

    • Trump’s administration has dismissed police shootings of African Americans as a “local matter” and brushed off concerns that communities live in fear of police.

    • Bill Barr has said that certain “communities” need to show police more respect or they will “find themselves without the police protection they need.”


  • The Obama-Biden Justice Department took these matters seriously, but the Trump-Barr Justice Department has effectively put a moratorium on pattern-or-practice investigations. We must elect Joe Biden — who will take aggressive action against systemic racism — in November.


DNC WAR ROOM

Trump’s Exploding Coronavirus Crisis

Background: This week, the DNC War Room released a new television ad, “Exploding,” to highlight how the coronavirus is exploding again across the country because of Trump. This is part of a five-week sprint to frame Trump’s record as a complete failure by almost any measure.


  • America is three months into this crisis, yet we are still hitting record highs of new cases. Arizona, Texas, and Florida are reporting massive spikes in new cases.


  • It didn’t have to be this bad. But Trump lied about the virus from the start, saying, “it’s going to disappear.” He wasted critical time by refusing to push China and delayed taking action to not upset Beijing and secure a limited trade deal that isn’t even being fulfilled.


  • Trump’s failure to promptly address coronavirus because he didn’t want to upset China is potentially the most disastrous example of a president getting played by a foreign country, leading to a total catastrophe at home.


  • Now the coronavirus crisis is worse than ever. Nearly 130,000 American lives have been lost, millions of jobs destroyed, the country is in recession, and the U.S. leads the world in confirmed infections.


  • 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 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!”

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

      • 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 deal 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 trade deal failed to boost U.S. exports or even get exports back to where they were before his damaging trade war. Nearly halfway through the year, China had only purchased 19% of what Trump promised. While China is tens of billions of dollars behind pace on pledged purchases, the Trump administration continues to take China at their word.


  • 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. Unemployment reached the highest rate since the Great Depression. Nearly 20 million Americans are unemployed. Black and Hispanic workers have disproportionately suffered from job losses.

    • Trump’s administration botched the Paycheck Protection Program, preventing small businesses from getting 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 shut down.

    • Trump wants to “slow the testing down” and has failed to spend $14 billion to expand testing and tracing, leaving states without the supplies they need as we run out of testing capacity.

    • Wearing a mask reduces infection rates, but Trump refuses to wear one or encourage it.


Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit

Background: Last week, Trump’s DOJ and Republican attorneys general submitted briefs to the Supreme Court in California v. Texas to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.


  • During the worst health crisis of our time, Trump and Republicans are fighting to take health care away from 20 million Americans and strip protections from as many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions. And they still have no plan to keep Americans covered or protect people with preexisting conditions.


  • Americans are relying on our health care system now more than ever, and the ACA is one of our most critical tools to protect Americans from the consequences of the coronavirus. Yet Trump and Republicans are moving full steam ahead with their lawsuit to repeal it.


  • The ACA is more popular than ever for one simple reason: it works. The ACA has significantly reduced the number of uninsured; helped Americans get the health care they need; and helped keep them from being bankrupted just because they get sick.


  • Even as Trump quietly relies on key provisions in the ACA to fight the spread of the virus, he and Republicans will stop at nothing to take the entire law away.


  • While Trump and Republicans try to tear health care away, Joe Biden will protect and build on the ACA to give Americans more choice, reduce health care costs, and make our health care system less complex. And this week, House Democrats passed legislation to make health care and prescription drugs more affordable, expand access, and strengthen protections for people with preexisting conditions.


  • In the midst of a global pandemic, the ACA is one of our most critical tools.

    • Comprehensive Coverage: The ACA established what are known as “essential health benefits,” mandating coverage of services like prescription drugs and hospitalization. Coronavirus testing and treatment are essential health benefits and must be covered by all ACA-compliant plans.

    • Access to Critical Vaccinations Without Cost Sharing: Once a coronavirus vaccine is developed, the ACA will almost certainly cover the coronavirus vaccine without cost-sharing, because it requires plans to cover all vaccinations recommended by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

    • Protections for as Many as 133 Million Americans With Preexisting Conditions: Under the ACA, insurance companies are not allowed to discriminate against those with preexisting conditions by denying them coverage or charging higher rates.

    • Coverage for 20+ Million People: Because of the ACA, more than 20 million Americans gained health coverage. People with insurance are much more likely to see a doctor when they are sick and to get the treatment they need.

    • Increased CDC Funding: The ACA established the CDC Prevention and Public Health Fund, which helps states prepare for disease outbreaks.

    • Medicaid Expansion: Because of the ACA, states can get additional federal money to expand Medicaid to vulnerable populations. More than 17 million Americans now have coverage through Medicaid expansion. Importantly, Medicaid’s funding structure allows funds to increase in response to a public health emergency like coronavirus.

    • Key Support for Rural Hospitals: The ACA significantly reduced uncompensated care costs. Between 2013 and 2015, hospitals’ uncompensated care costs decreased by $12 billion, or roughly 30 percent. As hospitals face an influx in coronavirus patients, it is critical that they are paid for the treatment they provide.

    • Coverage for Recently Unemployed: Thanks to the ACA, nearly half a million workers who lost their jobs this year have gotten health insurance through the ACA marketplaces.


  • Trump will keep lying to Americans about protecting their health care — but he has already broken his biggest health care promises.

    • Fewer Americans Covered: Trump promised that whoever “wanted health care” would have it under his administration, but the Trump-backed lawsuit could cause more than 20 million Americans to lose their insurance.

    • Rising Health Care Costs: Trump promised he would put a stop to rising health care costs and even reduce them — but his lawsuit would raise out-of-pocket costs for premiums and prescription drugs.

    • No Preexisting Condition Protections: Trump promised to support preexisting condition protections and said that costs for people with preexisting conditions would be “much lower” under his leadership — but his lawsuit would end these vital protections.

    • Gutting Medicaid Access: Trump promised to protect Medicaid — but his lawsuit would end access to Medicaid for millions of Americans enrolled through the ACA’s expansion program.

    • Worse Coverage at Higher Costs: Trump promised better health care at a lower cost, but has expanded “junk” insurance plans that don’t have the same coverage requirements as the ACA and can leave patients on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars in unexpected costs.


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This is the DNC’s Battleground Brief -- a weekly wrap-up of Trump’s broken promises and everything you need to know across the path to 270. 

“EXPLODING”: BATTLEGROUND DEMOCRATS SLAM TRUMP AS COVID CASES SKYROCKET. Four months into this pandemic, coronavirus cases are spiking across the country and even breaking records in some states. Across the battlegrounds, Democrats, health experts, and front line workers called out the devastating impacts of Donald Trump’s failed, erratic response.

In Florida:

Lakeland Ledger: Democrats aim ad blitz at Pence. “Vice President Mike Pence canceled a scheduled Thursday visit to Lake Wales, but the Democratic National Committee engineered a message for him in Polk County anyway. The committee arranged a ‘homepage takeover’ of The Ledger’s website, reserving advertising space for a 24-hour period.”

Florida Politics: Democratic ad spotlights ‘exploding’ coronavirus, President Trump’s China capitulation. “A thirty second ad launched Tuesday by the Democratic National Committee hits President Donald Trump on coronavirus failings, framing it in a larger capitulation to China.”

In Nevada:

NV Dems: “Donald Trump is more concerned with his re-election than seriously addressing this pandemic and local Republicans are contorting themselves to act as his rubber stamp. Every day, Nevadans continue to live with the consequences of this Administration’s failure to address this virus and, come November, they will hold Trump and Republicans accountable.”  

In New Hampshire:

State Senator Martha Hennessey: “In the Western part of New Hampshire, we are reeling from the impacts of COVID-19 in our communities, and we can trace the severity of this crisis back to Donald Trump and his chaotic, unprepared, and failed response which has actively made the coronavirus outbreak worse for our seniors in long-term care.”

In Pennsylvania:

PA Dems Chair Nancy Patton Mills on CBS 21: “Donald Trump still has not delivered on a national testing strategy, he regularly mocks the use of masks and continues to push states around the country to re-open before it's safe to do so.”

In Wisconsin:

WIZM: Former La Crosse County board chair Johnson slams GOP on coronavirus response. “[The] state Democratic Party featured Tara Johnson criticizing state and federal Republican leaders for downplaying the seriousness of COVID-19. Johnson pointed to the large increase in La Crosse County cases during June to argue that stay-at-home orders were lifted prematurely.”

READ THE ROOM — TRUMP CHEERS 17.8 MILLION AMERICANS OUT OF WORK. While Trump celebrated a devastating economic outlook for working families, Democrats across the country called out his failure to protect Americans’ livelihoods.

  • AZ Dems: “The American people deserve a President with compassion and competence. That’s why they will be voting for Vice President Biden in November.” 


  • FL Dems: “Donald Trump’s leadership failure is devastating our economy and costing Floridians their jobs, their savings, and their lives.”


  • GA Dems: “Under Donald Trump’s failed leadership on coronavirus, our economy is struggling and Georgians have lost their livelihoods.”


  • NC Dems: “Working North Carolinians continue to bear the brunt of this administration’s failures.”


  • OH Dems: “Donald Trump keeps breaking his promises, and Ohioans are paying the price.”


  • PA Dems: “Donald Trump can’t pin this recession on the virus alone, it’s a direct result of his reckless response. Pennsylvanians can’t afford any more of his failed leadership.” 


  • VA Dems: “From the beginning of this pandemic, Donald Trump has failed to protect the health, lives, and livelihoods of Virginians.”


  • WI Dems: “Wisconsin families are suffering simply because Trump cares more about what he looks like on TV than their livelihoods and wellbeing.”


HOLDING THEM ACCOUNTABLE. Wherever Trump and his cronies go, Democrats will be there to hold them accountable. See for yourself!

In Arizona:

Arizona State Representative and Doctor Randy Friese on ABC 15: “Trump has wasted months ignoring the warning signs from experts, Trump has ignored the science, and downplayed this pandemic. When it mattered most, Trump has failed to take action. Arizona is at the epicenter of one of the worst public health crises in history.”

  • Arizona Republic: “Shortly before Pence stepped off the plane, Arizona Democratic Party Chairwoman Felecia Rotellini, Democratic lawmakers, and a Tucson physician criticized Trump, Pence and Ducey for downplaying the gravity of the coronavirus risks. Rotellini called Pence's trip a ‘photo op.’”



  • Cronkite News: “‘We don’t need presidential visits or vice president visits or campaign visits. We need testing, we need staff and we need supplies,’ said state Rep. Randy Friese, D-Tucson, who works as an emergency physician.” 



In Florida:

Florida Politics: Donna Shalala, Democratic leaders rip Trump administration in advance of Mike Pence’s Florida visit. “South Florida Democratic leaders blasted President Donald Trump’s administration for its handling of the coronavirus epidemic Thursday morning in advance of a visit by Vice President Mike Pence.”


In Texas:

Dallas Morning News: Mike Pence in Dallas as Gov. Abbott says COVID-19 has taken ‘very dangerous turn in Texas.’ “‘The COVID-19 situation is out of control,’ said Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa. ‘Pence doesn’t get it. The best way to get out of a hole is not to keep digging deeper. We need drastic measures and for the administration to show some leadership.’”


  • CBS Dallas: “On Friday, the Texas Democratic Party held a virtual news conference featuring various North Texas elected leaders who criticized the President’s, Vice President’s, and Governor Abbott’s response to the pandemic. U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Dallas said, ‘Mr. Vice President, we need your attention in this area.’ [...] She also complained that the state does not have enough tests for residents in under-served communities.” 


In Ohio:

Youngstown Vindicator: “Pepper said the visits are intended to ‘spin Donald Trump’s disastrous trade failures, but today’s photo ops can’t change the fact that General Motors is building its new Chevrolet Blazer in Mexico, not their Lordstown plant, which GM shut down last year.’”

In Pennsylvania:

GoErie.com: US commerce chief touts new trade deal in Erie stop. “The Pennsylvania Democratic Party said Erie County has lost thousands of manufacturing jobs since Trump took office and said ‘Trump failed to keep his promise to get tough on China.’”

In Michigan:

MI Dems: “Donald Trump has failed small businesses in Michigan with his disastrous COVID-19 response and a Paycheck Protection Program that put big corporations first while leaving small businesses behind. After months of erratic economic leadership, he’s now sending Jovita Carranza to Michigan to clean up his mess just as fears of yet another wave of COVID threaten our state.”

  • MI Dems: “Sonny Perdue is coming to our state in a desperate attempt to cover for their failures after mocking farmers as ‘whiners.’ Cheap handouts and empty words can’t undo the damage done by Donald Trump’s failed leadership.”


In Louisiana:

LA Dems: “Betsy DeVos can’t spin her boss’ three and a half years of broken promises. Instead of getting emergency resources to schools that need it, Trump and DeVos are using this crisis to push a failed, anti-education agenda.”

VOTERS SWARM TO VOTE-BY-MAIL … INCLUDING REPUBLICAN LEGISLATORS!


  • Detroit Free Press: Michigan issues more than 1 million absentee ballots, sees surge in voter registration. “Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson's office provided data Wednesday showing that local clerks across Michigan have received a total of more than 1.3 million requests for absentee ballots. The data shared with the Free Press also indicated more than a million absentee ballots have already been sent out. That's about 3½ times the number of applications received and ballots issued ahead of the August primary in the last presidential election cycle in 2016.”


  • The New York Times: An Election Day Success. “Voters didn’t have to wait in long lines. Turnout was high. And results were available shortly after the polls closed. [...] Colorado accomplished all of this thanks to a universal system of voting by mail, which began in 2014.”


PAGING RONNA: DEMS KEEP BUILDING VOTER REGISTRATION ADVANTAGE.

  • Portland Press-Herald: Democrats take lead in voter registrations in Maine. “For the first time in more than three decades, Democrats have the largest bloc of registered voters in Maine, with more than 40,000 new party members enrolled since the last presidential election cycle in 2016. Over the same four-year period, Republicans have added fewer than 6,000 new members, according to voter registration data from the Secretary of State’s Office. That gives Democrats more than a 90,000-vote advantage – the largest in the last five presidential election cycles – over their conservative rivals.”


GUEST COLUMN IN THE NH BUSINESS REVIEW: “TRUMP GOT PLAYED BY CHINA; GRANITE STATERS PAY THE PRICE.” “It’s no wonder that, while groveling for help in his re-election, Trump told China’s President Xi Jinping that Democrats would be tougher on China. After three and a half years of Trump’s failed theatrics, we can do better. Granite Staters deserve a president who will truly make America great again by standing up and fighting for us on the world stage. This November, we’re going to get one in Joe Biden.”

THE STORY THAT ISN’T GOING ANYWHERE. This week, we learned that Donald Trump received intelligence reports that Russia paid bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill coalition forces in Afghanistan, including U.S. servicemembers — and he still refuses to take any action to punish Russia and protect troops on the ground. Democratic leaders and veterans across the country called out this dereliction of duty:

  • DNC Veterans and Military Families Council: “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.”


  • ME State Representative John Schneck: “It’s unconscionable that Donald Trump would sit by and do nothing in response to credible intelligence that Russia offered bounties on American service members [...] As a veteran, I’m appalled that Trump is putting Americans in harm’s way by capitulating to authoritarians like Putin.”




  • VA State Senator Dick Saslaw: “Our brave men and women in uniform risk their lives every day and expect our Commander in Chief to have their backs. But this president panders to our enemies and feigns ignorance when bounties are placed on the heads of those that wear the uniform for this nation.”


Make sure to follow the DNC’s War Room (@DNCWarRoom) to get real-time updates on Trump’s abuses of power and broken promises.


Happy 4th! 

The DNC Comms Team


June 29, 2020

NEWS OF THE DAY

Trump Won’t Stand up to Russia

Trump Tweets “White Power” Video

Democratic National Convention

Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit

Criminal Justice Reform

DNC WAR ROOM

Trump’s Failed Coronavirus Response

Trump Didn’t Get Tough on China, He Got Played

Trump’s Unemployment Crisis


NEWS OF THE DAY

Trump Won’t Stand up to Russia

Background: New reports revealed that U.S. and foreign intelligence concluded Russia paid bounties to have American soldiers killed in Afghanistan, leading to the deaths of several U.S. service members. Trump was reportedly briefed, but has failed to do anything in response.


  • American soldiers in Afghanistan died because Russia paid bounties to have them killed, but Trump has done nothing to stop Russia.


  • Either Trump knew or top administration officials failed to brief him. Either way, it’s a problem and resulted in Trump failing to protect Americans in uniform.

    • Trump and the White House have no credibility here. They have repeatedly lied to the American people and caved to Russia.

    • If Trump’s advisers failed to brief him, it’s a problem: they know Trump does not want to hear any critiques of Putin.


  • Trump’s response to the reports has been equally incompetent and dangerous. Instead of standing up to Putin, he has repeated Russian propaganda calling the reports “fake news.”



  • Instead of standing up to Russia, since reportedly being briefed, Trump has boasted about his “great friendship” with Putin and pushed the G7 to reinvite Russia.


  • Trump has once again put Americans in harm’s way by failing to hold authoritarians like Putin accountable. He has turned his back on every American in uniform.


  • The American people and U.S. troops deserve answers. Trump’s administration must provide a full accounting to Congress and the public.


Trump Tweets “White Power” Video

Background: In a tweet, Trump thanked the “great people” in a video of a Trump supporter chanting “white power.”


  • Once again, Trump’s actions are indefensible.


  • Our country faces a reckoning after the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and so many others. While Democrats address systemic racism and injustice, Trump is tweeting a video promoting “white power.”


  • Trump tries to claim ignorance, but his repeated behaviors — from Charlottesville to Lafayette Square — lay bare what he really stands for.


  • We need a president who will heal our nation’s wounds and unite Americans, not a demagogue who tries to divide us through fear and bigotry.


Democratic National Convention

Background: Last week, the Democratic National Convention Committee announced plans to hold a convention that protects public health and engages and unites more Americans than ever before.


  • As the country faces unprecedented challenges, the Democratic Party is demonstrating the smart and steady leadership America deserves by transforming our plans to launch our nominee on a path to victory while also protecting public health.


  • Anchored in Milwaukee, this year’s convention will reach beyond the expected, engage delegates and voters in innovative ways, and unite the country around our shared values.


  • We are inspired by the people who live and work in Milwaukee and we’re committed to anchoring this historic moment in their hometown.

    • The city of Milwaukee has been an incredible partner and we’re excited Vice President Joe Biden intends to officially accept the Democratic nomination there.


  • The convention is a critical opportunity to unite the country around our shared values and Joe Biden’s vision for a better, safer future for the country. This year’s convention will find new ways to engage and unite Americans and highlight the stories and ideas of voters and delegates from across the country.


  • Democrats remain committed to protecting the health of our host community and everyone involved with the convention, unlike President Trump, whose reckless approach to planning a convention ignores the reality of the deadly pandemic.

    • After consulting with public health officials, Democrats determined that the safest path forward is for delegates to conduct their official business remotely. As plans continue to take shape, convention planners will continue to follow the guidance of leading public health officials.


  • With so much at stake, Democrats are planning a convention that will be successful AND safe. Never has there been a more important moment to tap into the resilience and ingenuity that characterize the American spirit and that our nominee will lean on to meet the massive changes and challenges before us as a country.


Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit

Background: Last week, Trump’s DOJ and Republican attorneys general submitted briefs to the Supreme Court in California v. Texas to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.


  • During the worst health crisis of our time, Trump and Republicans are fighting to take health care away from 20 million Americans and strip protections from as many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions. And they still have no plan to keep Americans covered or protect people with preexisting conditions.


  • Americans are relying on our health care system now more than ever, and the ACA is one of our most critical tools to protect Americans from the consequences of the coronavirus. Yet Trump and Republicans are moving full steam ahead with their lawsuit to repeal it.


  • The ACA is more popular than ever for one simple reason: it works. The ACA has significantly reduced the number of uninsured; helped Americans get the health care they need; and helped keep them from being bankrupted just because they get sick.


  • Even as Trump quietly relies on key provisions in the ACA to fight the spread of the virus, he and Republicans will stop at nothing to take the entire law away.


  • While Trump and Republicans try to tear health care away, Joe Biden will protect and build on the ACA to give Americans more choice, reduce health care costs, and make our health care system less complex. And today, House Democrats will vote on legislation to make health care and prescription drugs more affordable, expand access, and strengthen protections for people with preexisting conditions.


  • In the midst of a global pandemic, the ACA is one of our most critical tools.

    • Comprehensive Coverage: The ACA established what are known as “essential health benefits,” mandating coverage of services like prescription drugs and hospitalization. Coronavirus testing and treatment are essential health benefits and must be covered by all ACA-compliant plans.

    • Access to Critical Vaccinations Without Cost Sharing: Once a coronavirus vaccine is developed, the ACA will almost certainly cover the coronavirus vaccine without cost-sharing, because it requires plans to cover all vaccinations recommended by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

    • Protections for as Many as 133 Million Americans With Preexisting Conditions: Under the ACA, insurance companies are not allowed to discriminate against those with preexisting conditions by denying them coverage or charging higher rates.

    • Coverage for 20+ Million People: Because of the ACA, more than 20 million Americans gained health coverage. People with insurance are much more likely to see a doctor when they are sick and to get the treatment they need.

    • Increased CDC Funding: The ACA established the CDC Prevention and Public Health Fund, which helps states prepare for disease outbreaks.

    • Medicaid Expansion: Because of the ACA, states can get additional federal money to expand Medicaid to vulnerable populations. More than 17 million Americans now have coverage through Medicaid expansion. Importantly, Medicaid’s funding structure allows funds to increase in response to a public health emergency like coronavirus.

    • Key Support for Rural Hospitals: The ACA significantly reduced uncompensated care costs. Between 2013 and 2015, hospitals’ uncompensated care costs decreased by $12 billion, or roughly 30 percent. As hospitals face an influx in coronavirus patients, it is critical that they are paid for the treatment they provide.

    • Coverage for Recently Unemployed: Thanks to the ACA, nearly half a million workers who lost their jobs this year have gotten health insurance through the ACA marketplaces.


  • Trump will keep lying to Americans about protecting their health care — but he has already broken his biggest health care promises.

    • Fewer Americans Covered: Trump promised that whoever “wanted health care” would have it under his administration, but the Trump-backed lawsuit could cause more than 20 million Americans to lose their insurance.

    • Rising Health Care Costs: Trump promised he would put a stop to rising health care costs and even reduce them — but his lawsuit would raise out-of-pocket costs for premiums and prescription drugs.

    • No Preexisting Condition Protections: Trump promised to support preexisting condition protections and said that costs for people with preexisting conditions would be “much lower” under his leadership — but his lawsuit would end these vital protections.

    • Gutting Medicaid Access: Trump promised to protect Medicaid — but his lawsuit would end access to Medicaid for millions of Americans enrolled through the ACA’s expansion program.

    • Worse Coverage at Higher Costs: Trump promised better health care at a lower cost, but has expanded “junk” insurance plans that don’t have the same coverage requirements as the ACA and can leave patients on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars in unexpected costs.


Criminal Justice Reform

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  • Trump is not leading on criminal justice reform. He has no serious plan to end police brutality or address racial inequality.

    • Trump’s weak executive order falls far short of the comprehensive reform needed. It has no mandatory accountability measures and will not create meaningful change.


  • Vice President Biden and Democrats are providing the leadership we need.

    • Vice President Biden is listening to Black Americans and meeting with community leaders. He has a plan for criminal justice reform, including reinvigorating community-oriented policing. He has addressed Americans on the systemic racism and inequity that pervades our society.

    • House Democrats passed meaningful reform legislation that would ban chokeholds; create a model use of force standard; give DOJ subpoena power for pattern or practice investigations; take steps to ensure the independence of prosecutors in cases with police-involved deaths; and mandate state and local law enforcement agencies report use of force data.


  • Instead of uniting our country and addressing the pain felt by so many Americans, Trump has fanned the flames.

    • Trump incited violence by tweeting “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” and threatening protesters with “vicious dogs” and “ominous weapons.”

    • Trump pushed for violent crackdowns and essentially authorized a police state, including the use of tear gas against peaceful protesters without warning.

    • Trump retweeted a video promoting “white power” and thanked the “great people” in it.

    • Trump tweeted an unhinged conspiracy theory that a peaceful 75-year-old protester pushed to the ground by police somehow “set up” his fractured skull.

    • Trump has intervened to prevent military bases named after Confederate generals from being renamed.


  • Trump has a history of ignoring civil rights abuses and undermining trust between police and the communities they serve.

    • While Trump lies about the Obama-Biden record on police reform, the truth is he rolled back several policies they started, including investigating police departments and limits on the transfer of military equipment to police.

    • Trump’s DOJ essentially dismantled a reform program started under President Obama that helped build trust between law enforcement and local communities.

    • In 2018, Trump’s DOJ sharply limited consent decrees, which the Obama-Biden administration used to curb police abuses and reform abusive police departments.

    • In Trump’s first year in office, the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division was “completely inactive” and didn’t open a single new case or issue any new agreements.

    • As president, Trump has encouraged law enforcement to rough up people who have been arrested and advocated for the return of stop and frisk.

    • Trump’s administration has dismissed police shootings of African Americans as a “local matter” and brushed off concerns that communities live in fear of police.

    • Bill Barr has said that certain “communities” need to show police more respect or they will “find themselves without the police protection they need.”


  • The Obama-Biden Justice Department took these matters seriously, but the Trump-Barr Justice Department has effectively put a moratorium on pattern-or-practice investigations. We must elect Joe Biden — who will take aggressive action against systemic racism — in November.


DNC WAR ROOM

Trump’s Failed Coronavirus Response

  • Trump failed to prepare, ignored warnings, downplayed the crisis, and refused to act. Now we’re paying the price. A record number of new cases were reported three days in a row, but Trump claims the virus is “going away.” We have surpassed 125,000 deaths and 2.5 million infected, but Trump is tweeting threats and stoking division.


  • The crisis is worse because of Trump. While other countries get their outbreaks under control, our cases are still surging. We have 4% of the world’s population, but 25% of confirmed cases and deaths. Studies show if Trump had acted earlier to mitigate the spread of the virus, the vast majority of lives could have been saved and hundreds of thousands fewer Americans would have been infected.


  • Trump failed on testing and tracing. Trump admitted he ordered officials to “slow the testing down” — putting his political interests ahead of Americans’ lives and livelihoods. As cases surge, Trump is slowing testing by ending federal support for testing sites around the country. Trump still doesn’t have a national testing strategy and has failed to spend $14 billion allocated to expand testing and tracing, leaving states without the supplies they need. Trump’s FDA allowed faulty antibody tests to be used in the U.S., despite knowing they produced inaccurate results.


  • Trump is putting American lives and livelihoods at risk to further his political interests. Trump claimed the virus is “going away” the day before a record number of cases were reported. Trump and Pence are misleading the public by blaming spikes entirely on increased testing, which Dr. Fauci said is not true. Wearing a mask reduces infection rates, but Trump refuses to encourage it.


  • Trump has given up on fighting the pandemic as he ignores his own public health experts. Trump restarted full campaign rallies — which Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx warned against — and refuses to comply with public health requirements because he cares more about his ego than about protecting Americans. Trump has sidelined his coronavirus task force, gotten rid of his testing czar, and stopped meeting with Dr. Fauci and other health officials as Trump pretends the pandemic is over. While cases have continued to decline across Europe, the U.S. continues to face near-peak levels of new cases.


  • Trump ignored warnings and failed to prepare. Trump ignored more than a dozen early warnings about the coronavirus from U.S. intelligence agencies throughout January and February. While Trump falsely blames others for his failures, President Obama gave Trump a response playbook, an NSC pandemic office, and a program literally called PREDICT that tracked new coronaviruses in China — all of which Trump dismantled.


  • Trump is failing communities of color, whose lives and livelihoods are disproportionately at risk. Black and Latino Americans are dying at far higher rates than white Americans. Trump’s administration is failing to stop or even properly track these deaths, with big gaps in data on race and ethnicity making it harder to fight the disease. The number of working Black and Latino business owners plummeted by more than 41% and 32%, perhaps because only 12% said they had received the relief aid they asked the Trump administration for by mid-May.


  • Trump’s corrupt recovery has put big corporations first. Trump let large corporations and companies with ties to him get loans while small businesses have struggled to survive. Trump’s administration is blocking inspectors general and the public from knowing who has received more than $1 trillion in taxpayer funding. Trump’s administration gave a $2.4 million contract for PPE to a White House “volunteer” with no experience.


  • Trump admitted that he downplayed the threat and rolled over for China. Trump repeatedly praised China’s “transparency” and echoed their propaganda because he was afraid China would walk away from his empty trade agreement. Trump didn’t restrict travel with China until after the virus was already spreading in the U.S. and more than three dozen other countries had already done so. More than 400,000 people flew from China to the U.S. with little if any screening in the first two months after the outbreak was disclosed.


Trump Didn’t Get Tough on China, He Got Played

Background: Last week, the DNC War Room released a new television and digital ad, “Played,” on the devastating impact of Trump’s reckless trade policies. This is part of a five-week sprint to frame Trump’s record as a complete failure by almost any measure. Read the full memo here.


  • Trump said he’d get tough on China, but he got played. Trump said a trade war would be easy to win, but he lost. Farmers, ranchers, and millions of American workers are paying the price.


  • Trump’s tariff war inflicted pain on American workers, not China. Farm bankruptcies increased 20% last year, manufacturers have faced higher costs, and Trump’s tariffs cost the average American household about $800 per year.


  • Trump’s deal didn’t just fail to boost U.S. exports to China, it failed to stop the bleeding. China is buying 25% less than it was before Trump’s damaging trade war. Trump’s deal didn’t address any of the major issues he had sought to resolve and won’t boost growth.


  • President Xi played Trump on every front. Trump’s self-interest and incompetence led him to sell out American workers, cause a manufacturing recession, and willfully ignore the threat of coronavirus.


  • Rather than take a stand against China’s authoritarian rule, Trump proposed he emulate it, which President Xi endorsed. Trump reportedly told China that it was okay to build concentration camps — and admitted he didn’t impose Treasury Department sanctions on China because he was desperate for a trade deal.


  • Trump was willing to do literally anything for China — he risked our national security to grant personal favors to Xi Jinping, even reversing sanctions levied on Chinese companies for selling technology to Iran and North Korea.


  • It’s no surprise that Trump wasted months buying the Chinese government’s spin on coronavirus and ignoring warnings from our intelligence community, public health experts, and Vice President Biden.


  • Trump’s ego and pursuit of personal interests is undermining our economy, our public health, and our national security.


Trump’s Unemployment Crisis

  • 21 million Americans — nearly one in seven workers — are still out of work, and nearly 1.5 million more workers filed for unemployment in the third week of June.

    • This was the thirteenth straight week of unemployment claims that are at least twice as bad as the peak weeks during the Great Recession.


  • While Trump once again claims “mission accomplished,” his failure of leadership helped plunge us into a recession beginning in February, marking the end of the longest era of economic growth on record.


  • Trump is utterly disconnected from the pain and suffering so many families across the country are experiencing, with more than one in five workers unemployed, underemployed, or no longer looking for work.

    • House Democrats passed the Heroes Act more than six weeks ago, but Trump and McConnell are refusing to even begin formal negotiations on additional stimulus funding until late July.


  • Over 125,000 Americans have died, tens of millions are out of work, businesses closing across the country and nearly one in five children are going hungry. That’s not a success, it’s a catastrophe.

    • The fact is, more than 10 million Americans who had jobs when President Obama and Vice President Biden left office are unemployed today.


  • It didn’t have to be this bad — had Trump made China come clean, had he taken coronavirus seriously from day one, had he not weakened the economy with a failed trade war and phony trade deal we never would have gotten to this point.


  • But instead, Trump failed to prepare for a pandemic, ignored warnings, failed to ramp up testing or secure supplies, and downplayed the crisis to appease China. As a result, nearly 20 million Americans have lost their jobs since March.

    • Studies confirm that millions of Americans who lost their jobs would still be employed if Trump had led a competent response in line with other developed nations.

    • America has been hit much harder than other countries because of Trump’s inexcusable mismanagement.


--Democratic National Committee, 430 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA


July 1, 2020

NEWS OF THE DAY

Trump’s Exploding Coronavirus Crisis

Trump Won’t Stand up to Russia

Criminal Justice Reform

DNC WAR ROOM

Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit

Trump’s Unemployment Crisis


NEWS OF THE DAY

Trump’s Exploding Coronavirus Crisis

Background: Yesterday, the DNC War Room released a new television ad, “Exploding,” to highlight how the coronavirus is exploding again across the country because of Trump. This is part of a five-week sprint to frame Trump’s record as a complete failure by almost any measure.


  • America is three months into this crisis, yet we are still hitting record highs of new cases. Arizona, Texas, and Florida are reporting their highest case numbers yet.


  • It didn’t have to be this bad. But Trump lied about the virus from the start, saying, “it’s going to disappear.” He wasted critical time by refusing to push China and delayed taking action to not upset Beijing and secure a limited trade deal that isn’t even being fulfilled.


  • Trump’s failure to promptly address coronavirus because he didn’t want to upset China is potentially the most disastrous example of a president getting played by a foreign country, leading to a total catastrophe at home.


  • Now the coronavirus crisis is worse 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 confirmed infections.


  • 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 at least 17 states to pause or roll back reopening plans.

    • New coronavirus cases hit a record high yesterday of more than 48,000 new cases in a single day, with new cases surging 80% in the last two weeks.



  • 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!”

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

      • 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 deal 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 trade deal failed to boost U.S. exports or even get exports back to where they were before his damaging trade war. China won’t come close to purchasing the $50 billion a year in U.S. agriculture that Trump promised. While China is tens of billions of dollars behind pace on pledged purchases, the Trump administration continues to take China at their word.


  • 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. Unemployment reached the highest rate since the Great Depression. Nearly 20 million Americans are unemployed. Black and Hispanic workers have disproportionately suffered from job losses.

    • Trump’s administration botched the Paycheck Protection Program, preventing small businesses from getting 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 shut down.


Trump Won’t Stand up to Russia

Background: New reports revealed that U.S. intelligence concluded Russia paid bounties to have American soldiers killed in Afghanistan, leading to the deaths of several U.S. service members. Trump was reportedly briefed, but has failed to do anything in response.


  • American soldiers in Afghanistan died because Russia paid bounties to have them killed, but Trump has done nothing to stop Russia.


  • Either Trump knew and failed to act or he didn’t bother to read his intelligence briefing. Either way, Trump failed to protect Americans in uniform.

    • Trump reportedly received the intelligence in his President’s Daily Brief (PDB) earlier this year and was briefed by his national security adviser more than a year ago.

    • Trump and the White House have no credibility here. They have repeatedly lied to the American people and caved to Russia.


  • Trump’s response to the reports has been equally incompetent and dangerous. Instead of standing up to Putin, he has repeated Russian propaganda calling the reports and the intelligence “fake news.”


  • This is not the first time Trump has caved to Putin.

    • Instead of standing up to Russia, Trump has boasted about his “great friendship” with Putin and pushed the G7 to reinvite Russia.

    • Trump sided with Putin over our Intelligence Community and rejected their conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

    • Trump already gave Russia exactly what it wanted in the Middle East with his abrupt withdrawal from Syria, escalation of tensions with Iran, and election-driven timeline for withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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


  • Trump has once again put Americans in harm’s way by failing to hold authoritarians like Putin accountable. He has turned his back on every American in uniform.


  • The American people and U.S. troops deserve answers. Trump’s administration must provide a full accounting to Congress and the public.


Criminal Justice Reform

For Black Lives Matter organizing resources, visit the DNC’s website.


  • Trump is not leading on criminal justice reform. He has no serious plan to end police brutality or address racial inequality.

    • Trump’s weak executive order falls far short of the comprehensive reform needed. It has no mandatory accountability measures and will not create meaningful change.


  • Vice President Biden and Democrats are providing the leadership we need.

    • Vice President Biden is listening to Black Americans and meeting with community leaders. He has a plan for criminal justice reform, including reinvigorating community-oriented policing. He has addressed Americans on the systemic racism and inequity that pervades our society.

    • House Democrats passed meaningful reform legislation that would ban chokeholds; create a model use of force standard; give DOJ subpoena power for pattern or practice investigations; take steps to ensure the independence of prosecutors in cases with police-involved deaths; and mandate state and local law enforcement agencies report use of force data.


  • Instead of uniting our country and addressing the pain felt by so many Americans, Trump has fanned the flames.

    • Trump incited violence by tweeting “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” and threatening protesters with “vicious dogs” and “ominous weapons.”

    • Trump pushed for violent crackdowns and essentially authorized a police state, including the use of tear gas against peaceful protesters without warning.

    • Trump retweeted a video promoting “white power” and thanked the “great people” in it.

    • Trump tweeted an unhinged conspiracy theory that a peaceful 75-year-old protester pushed to the ground by police somehow “set up” his fractured skull.

    • Trump has intervened to prevent military bases named after Confederate generals from being renamed and prioritize the prosecution of protesters who toppled Confederate statues.


  • Trump has a history of ignoring civil rights abuses and undermining trust between police and the communities they serve.

    • While Trump lies about the Obama-Biden record on police reform, the truth is he rolled back several policies they started, including investigating police departments and limits on the transfer of military equipment to police.

    • Trump’s DOJ essentially dismantled a reform program started under President Obama that helped build trust between law enforcement and local communities.

    • In 2018, Trump’s DOJ sharply limited consent decrees, which the Obama-Biden administration used to curb police abuses and reform abusive police departments.

    • In Trump’s first year in office, the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division was “completely inactive” and didn’t open a single new case or issue any new agreements.

    • As president, Trump has encouraged law enforcement to rough up people who have been arrested and advocated for the return of stop and frisk.

    • Trump’s administration has dismissed police shootings of African Americans as a “local matter” and brushed off concerns that communities live in fear of police.

    • Bill Barr has said that certain “communities” need to show police more respect or they will “find themselves without the police protection they need.”


  • The Obama-Biden Justice Department took these matters seriously, but the Trump-Barr Justice Department has effectively put a moratorium on pattern-or-practice investigations. We must elect Joe Biden — who will take aggressive action against systemic racism — in November.


DNC WAR ROOM

Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit

Background: Last week, Trump’s DOJ and Republican attorneys general submitted briefs to the Supreme Court in California v. Texas to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.


  • During the worst health crisis of our time, Trump and Republicans are fighting to take health care away from 20 million Americans and strip protections from as many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions. And they still have no plan to keep Americans covered or protect people with preexisting conditions.


  • Americans are relying on our health care system now more than ever, and the ACA is one of our most critical tools to protect Americans from the consequences of the coronavirus. Yet Trump and Republicans are moving full steam ahead with their lawsuit to repeal it.


  • The ACA is more popular than ever for one simple reason: it works. The ACA has significantly reduced the number of uninsured; helped Americans get the health care they need; and helped keep them from being bankrupted just because they get sick.


  • Even as Trump quietly relies on key provisions in the ACA to fight the spread of the virus, he and Republicans will stop at nothing to take the entire law away.


  • While Trump and Republicans try to tear health care away, Joe Biden will protect and build on the ACA to give Americans more choice, reduce health care costs, and make our health care system less complex. And this week, House Democrats passed legislation to make health care and prescription drugs more affordable, expand access, and strengthen protections for people with preexisting conditions.


  • In the midst of a global pandemic, the ACA is one of our most critical tools.

    • Comprehensive Coverage: The ACA established what are known as “essential health benefits,” mandating coverage of services like prescription drugs and hospitalization. Coronavirus testing and treatment are essential health benefits and must be covered by all ACA-compliant plans.

    • Access to Critical Vaccinations Without Cost Sharing: Once a coronavirus vaccine is developed, the ACA will almost certainly cover the coronavirus vaccine without cost-sharing, because it requires plans to cover all vaccinations recommended by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

    • Protections for as Many as 133 Million Americans With Preexisting Conditions: Under the ACA, insurance companies are not allowed to discriminate against those with preexisting conditions by denying them coverage or charging higher rates.

    • Coverage for 20+ Million People: Because of the ACA, more than 20 million Americans gained health coverage. People with insurance are much more likely to see a doctor when they are sick and to get the treatment they need.

    • Increased CDC Funding: The ACA established the CDC Prevention and Public Health Fund, which helps states prepare for disease outbreaks.

    • Medicaid Expansion: Because of the ACA, states can get additional federal money to expand Medicaid to vulnerable populations. More than 17 million Americans now have coverage through Medicaid expansion. Importantly, Medicaid’s funding structure allows funds to increase in response to a public health emergency like coronavirus.

    • Key Support for Rural Hospitals: The ACA significantly reduced uncompensated care costs. Between 2013 and 2015, hospitals’ uncompensated care costs decreased by $12 billion, or roughly 30 percent. As hospitals face an influx in coronavirus patients, it is critical that they are paid for the treatment they provide.

    • Coverage for Recently Unemployed: Thanks to the ACA, nearly half a million workers who lost their jobs this year have gotten health insurance through the ACA marketplaces.


  • Trump will keep lying to Americans about protecting their health care — but he has already broken his biggest health care promises.

    • Fewer Americans Covered: Trump promised that whoever “wanted health care” would have it under his administration, but the Trump-backed lawsuit could cause more than 20 million Americans to lose their insurance.

    • Rising Health Care Costs: Trump promised he would put a stop to rising health care costs and even reduce them — but his lawsuit would raise out-of-pocket costs for premiums and prescription drugs.

    • No Preexisting Condition Protections: Trump promised to support preexisting condition protections and said that costs for people with preexisting conditions would be “much lower” under his leadership — but his lawsuit would end these vital protections.

    • Gutting Medicaid Access: Trump promised to protect Medicaid — but his lawsuit would end access to Medicaid for millions of Americans enrolled through the ACA’s expansion program.

    • Worse Coverage at Higher Costs: Trump promised better health care at a lower cost, but has expanded “junk” insurance plans that don’t have the same coverage requirements as the ACA and can leave patients on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars in unexpected costs.


Trump’s Unemployment Crisis

  • 21 million Americans — nearly one in seven workers — are still out of work, and nearly 1.5 million more workers filed for unemployment in the third week of June.

    • This was the thirteenth straight week of unemployment claims that are at least twice as bad as the peak weeks during the Great Recession.

    • Nearly half of the U.S. adult population is still out of work.


  • While Trump once again claims “mission accomplished,” his failure of leadership helped plunge us into a recession beginning in February, marking the end of the longest era of economic growth on record.


  • Trump is utterly disconnected from the pain and suffering so many families across the country are experiencing, with more than one in five workers unemployed, underemployed, or no longer looking for work.

    • House Democrats passed the Heroes Act more than six weeks ago, but Trump and McConnell are refusing to even begin formal negotiations on additional stimulus funding until late July.


  • Over 125,000 Americans have died, tens of millions are out of work, businesses closing across the country and nearly one in five children are going hungry. That’s not a success, it’s a catastrophe.

    • The fact is, more than 10 million Americans who had jobs when President Obama and Vice President Biden left office are unemployed today.


  • It didn’t have to be this bad — had Trump made China come clean, had he taken coronavirus seriously from day one, had he not weakened the economy with a failed trade war and phony trade deal we never would have gotten to this point.


  • But instead, Trump failed to prepare for a pandemic, ignored warnings, failed to ramp up testing or secure supplies, and downplayed the crisis to appease China. As a result, nearly 20 million Americans have lost their jobs since March.

    • Studies confirm that millions of Americans who lost their jobs would still be employed if Trump had led a competent response in line with other developed nations.

    • America has been hit much harder than other countries because of Trump’s inexcusable mismanagement.


--Democratic National Committee, 430 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA


June 30, 2020

NEWS OF THE DAY

Trump’s Exploding Coronavirus Crisis

Trump Won’t Stand up to Russia

Trump Tweets “White Power” Video

Criminal Justice Reform

DNC WAR ROOM

Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit

Trump’s Unemployment Crisis


NEWS OF THE DAY

Trump’s Exploding Coronavirus Crisis

Background: Today, the DNC War Room released a new television ad, “Exploding,” to highlight how the coronavirus is exploding again across the country because of Trump. This is part of a five-week sprint to frame Trump’s record as a complete failure by almost any measure.


  • America is three months into this crisis, and last week we hit a single-day record high of more than 40,000 new coronavirus cases. Arizona, Texas, and Florida are reporting their highest case numbers yet.


  • It didn’t have to be this bad. But Trump lied about the virus from the start, saying, “it’s going to disappear.” He wasted critical time by refusing to push China and delayed taking action to not upset Beijing and secure a limited trade deal that isn’t even being fulfilled.


  • Trump’s failure to promptly address coronavirus because he didn’t want to upset China is potentially the most disastrous example of a president getting played by a foreign country, leading to a total catastrophe at home.


  • Now the coronavirus crisis is worse 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 confirmed infections.


  • 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 record high last week of more than 40,000 new cases per day, 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, only two states are reporting a decline in cases, and 12 states have seen an increase in hospitalizations.



  • 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!”

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

      • 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 deal 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 trade deal failed to boost U.S. exports or even get exports back to where they were before his damaging trade war. 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. Unemployment reached the highest rate since the Great Depression. Nearly 20 million Americans are unemployed. Black and Hispanic workers have disproportionately suffered from job losses.

    • Trump’s administration botched the Paycheck Protection Program, preventing small businesses from getting 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 shut down.


Trump Won’t Stand up to Russia

Background: New reports revealed that U.S. and foreign intelligence concluded Russia paid bounties to have American soldiers killed in Afghanistan, leading to the deaths of several U.S. service members. Trump was reportedly briefed, but has failed to do anything in response.


  • American soldiers in Afghanistan died because Russia paid bounties to have them killed, but Trump has done nothing to stop Russia.


  • Either Trump knew and failed to act or he didn’t bother to read his intelligence briefing. Either way, Trump failed to protect Americans in uniform.

    • Trump reportedly received the intelligence in his President’s Daily Brief (PDB) earlier this year and was briefed by his national security adviser more than a year ago.

    • Trump and the White House have no credibility here. They have repeatedly lied to the American people and caved to Russia.


  • Trump’s response to the reports has been equally incompetent and dangerous. Instead of standing up to Putin, he has repeated Russian propaganda calling the reports “fake news.”


  • This is not the first time Trump has caved to Putin.

    • Instead of standing up to Russia, Trump has boasted about his “great friendship” with Putin and pushed the G7 to reinvite Russia.

    • Trump already gave Russia exactly what it wanted in the Middle East with his abrupt withdrawal from Syria, escalation of tensions with Iran, and election-driven timeline for withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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


  • Trump has once again put Americans in harm’s way by failing to hold authoritarians like Putin accountable. He has turned his back on every American in uniform.


  • The American people and U.S. troops deserve answers. Trump’s administration must provide a full accounting to Congress and the public.


Trump Tweets “White Power” Video

Background: In tweets, Trump thanked the “great people” in a video of a Trump supporter chanting “white power,” and promoted an armed white couple threatening peaceful Black protesters.


  • Once again, Trump’s actions are indefensible.


  • Our country faces a reckoning after the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and so many others. While Democrats address systemic racism and injustice, Trump is tweeting a video promoting “white power.”


  • Trump tries to claim ignorance, but his repeated behaviors — from Charlottesville to Lafayette Square — lay bare what he really stands for.


  • We need a president who will heal our nation’s wounds and unite Americans, not a demagogue who tries to divide us through fear and bigotry.


Criminal Justice Reform

For Black Lives Matter organizing resources, visit the DNC’s website.


  • Trump is not leading on criminal justice reform. He has no serious plan to end police brutality or address racial inequality.

    • Trump’s weak executive order falls far short of the comprehensive reform needed. It has no mandatory accountability measures and will not create meaningful change.


  • Vice President Biden and Democrats are providing the leadership we need.

    • Vice President Biden is listening to Black Americans and meeting with community leaders. He has a plan for criminal justice reform, including reinvigorating community-oriented policing. He has addressed Americans on the systemic racism and inequity that pervades our society.

    • House Democrats passed meaningful reform legislation that would ban chokeholds; create a model use of force standard; give DOJ subpoena power for pattern or practice investigations; take steps to ensure the independence of prosecutors in cases with police-involved deaths; and mandate state and local law enforcement agencies report use of force data.


  • Instead of uniting our country and addressing the pain felt by so many Americans, Trump has fanned the flames.

    • Trump incited violence by tweeting “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” and threatening protesters with “vicious dogs” and “ominous weapons.”

    • Trump pushed for violent crackdowns and essentially authorized a police state, including the use of tear gas against peaceful protesters without warning.

    • Trump retweeted a video promoting “white power” and thanked the “great people” in it.

    • Trump tweeted an unhinged conspiracy theory that a peaceful 75-year-old protester pushed to the ground by police somehow “set up” his fractured skull.

    • Trump has intervened to prevent military bases named after Confederate generals from being renamed and prioritize the prosecution of protesters who toppled Confederate statues.


  • Trump has a history of ignoring civil rights abuses and undermining trust between police and the communities they serve.

    • While Trump lies about the Obama-Biden record on police reform, the truth is he rolled back several policies they started, including investigating police departments and limits on the transfer of military equipment to police.

    • Trump’s DOJ essentially dismantled a reform program started under President Obama that helped build trust between law enforcement and local communities.

    • In 2018, Trump’s DOJ sharply limited consent decrees, which the Obama-Biden administration used to curb police abuses and reform abusive police departments.

    • In Trump’s first year in office, the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division was “completely inactive” and didn’t open a single new case or issue any new agreements.

    • As president, Trump has encouraged law enforcement to rough up people who have been arrested and advocated for the return of stop and frisk.

    • Trump’s administration has dismissed police shootings of African Americans as a “local matter” and brushed off concerns that communities live in fear of police.

    • Bill Barr has said that certain “communities” need to show police more respect or they will “find themselves without the police protection they need.”


  • The Obama-Biden Justice Department took these matters seriously, but the Trump-Barr Justice Department has effectively put a moratorium on pattern-or-practice investigations. We must elect Joe Biden — who will take aggressive action against systemic racism — in November.


DNC WAR ROOM

Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit

Background: Last week, Trump’s DOJ and Republican attorneys general submitted briefs to the Supreme Court in California v. Texas to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.


  • During the worst health crisis of our time, Trump and Republicans are fighting to take health care away from 20 million Americans and strip protections from as many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions. And they still have no plan to keep Americans covered or protect people with preexisting conditions.


  • Americans are relying on our health care system now more than ever, and the ACA is one of our most critical tools to protect Americans from the consequences of the coronavirus. Yet Trump and Republicans are moving full steam ahead with their lawsuit to repeal it.


  • The ACA is more popular than ever for one simple reason: it works. The ACA has significantly reduced the number of uninsured; helped Americans get the health care they need; and helped keep them from being bankrupted just because they get sick.


  • Even as Trump quietly relies on key provisions in the ACA to fight the spread of the virus, he and Republicans will stop at nothing to take the entire law away.


  • While Trump and Republicans try to tear health care away, Joe Biden will protect and build on the ACA to give Americans more choice, reduce health care costs, and make our health care system less complex. And this week, House Democrats passed legislation to make health care and prescription drugs more affordable, expand access, and strengthen protections for people with preexisting conditions.


  • In the midst of a global pandemic, the ACA is one of our most critical tools.

    • Comprehensive Coverage: The ACA established what are known as “essential health benefits,” mandating coverage of services like prescription drugs and hospitalization. Coronavirus testing and treatment are essential health benefits and must be covered by all ACA-compliant plans.

    • Access to Critical Vaccinations Without Cost Sharing: Once a coronavirus vaccine is developed, the ACA will almost certainly cover the coronavirus vaccine without cost-sharing, because it requires plans to cover all vaccinations recommended by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

    • Protections for as Many as 133 Million Americans With Preexisting Conditions: Under the ACA, insurance companies are not allowed to discriminate against those with preexisting conditions by denying them coverage or charging higher rates.

    • Coverage for 20+ Million People: Because of the ACA, more than 20 million Americans gained health coverage. People with insurance are much more likely to see a doctor when they are sick and to get the treatment they need.

    • Increased CDC Funding: The ACA established the CDC Prevention and Public Health Fund, which helps states prepare for disease outbreaks.

    • Medicaid Expansion: Because of the ACA, states can get additional federal money to expand Medicaid to vulnerable populations. More than 17 million Americans now have coverage through Medicaid expansion. Importantly, Medicaid’s funding structure allows funds to increase in response to a public health emergency like coronavirus.

    • Key Support for Rural Hospitals: The ACA significantly reduced uncompensated care costs. Between 2013 and 2015, hospitals’ uncompensated care costs decreased by $12 billion, or roughly 30 percent. As hospitals face an influx in coronavirus patients, it is critical that they are paid for the treatment they provide.

    • Coverage for Recently Unemployed: Thanks to the ACA, nearly half a million workers who lost their jobs this year have gotten health insurance through the ACA marketplaces.


  • Trump will keep lying to Americans about protecting their health care — but he has already broken his biggest health care promises.

    • Fewer Americans Covered: Trump promised that whoever “wanted health care” would have it under his administration, but the Trump-backed lawsuit could cause more than 20 million Americans to lose their insurance.

    • Rising Health Care Costs: Trump promised he would put a stop to rising health care costs and even reduce them — but his lawsuit would raise out-of-pocket costs for premiums and prescription drugs.

    • No Preexisting Condition Protections: Trump promised to support preexisting condition protections and said that costs for people with preexisting conditions would be “much lower” under his leadership — but his lawsuit would end these vital protections.

    • Gutting Medicaid Access: Trump promised to protect Medicaid — but his lawsuit would end access to Medicaid for millions of Americans enrolled through the ACA’s expansion program.

    • Worse Coverage at Higher Costs: Trump promised better health care at a lower cost, but has expanded “junk” insurance plans that don’t have the same coverage requirements as the ACA and can leave patients on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars in unexpected costs.


Trump’s Unemployment Crisis

  • 21 million Americans — nearly one in seven workers — are still out of work, and nearly 1.5 million more workers filed for unemployment in the third week of June.

    • This was the thirteenth straight week of unemployment claims that are at least twice as bad as the peak weeks during the Great Recession.

    • Nearly half of the U.S. adult population is still out of work.


  • While Trump once again claims “mission accomplished,” his failure of leadership helped plunge us into a recession beginning in February, marking the end of the longest era of economic growth on record.


  • Trump is utterly disconnected from the pain and suffering so many families across the country are experiencing, with more than one in five workers unemployed, underemployed, or no longer looking for work.

    • House Democrats passed the Heroes Act more than six weeks ago, but Trump and McConnell are refusing to even begin formal negotiations on additional stimulus funding until late July.


  • Over 125,000 Americans have died, tens of millions are out of work, businesses closing across the country and nearly one in five children are going hungry. That’s not a success, it’s a catastrophe.

    • The fact is, more than 10 million Americans who had jobs when President Obama and Vice President Biden left office are unemployed today.


  • It didn’t have to be this bad — had Trump made China come clean, had he taken coronavirus seriously from day one, had he not weakened the economy with a failed trade war and phony trade deal we never would have gotten to this point.


  • But instead, Trump failed to prepare for a pandemic, ignored warnings, failed to ramp up testing or secure supplies, and downplayed the crisis to appease China. As a result, nearly 20 million Americans have lost their jobs since March.

    • Studies confirm that millions of Americans who lost their jobs would still be employed if Trump had led a competent response in line with other developed nations.

    • America has been hit much harder than other countries because of Trump’s inexcusable mismanagement.


--Democratic National Committee, 430 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA

 

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