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Wednesday, September 2, 2020


1. NEW: Children’s Health and Safety in Trump’s America

2. Hate and Division in Trump’s America


3. Six Million Coronavirus Cases in Trump’s America


4. 1 in 10 Unemployed in Trump’s America

5. Health Care Under Attack in Trump’s America


1. NEW: Children’s Health and Safety in Trump’s America

Today, Jill and Joe Biden will receive a briefing from education leaders and experts. Vice President Biden will then deliver remarks on how Trump’s failure to address COVID-19 is impacting students and educators, and his plan to safely and effectively reopen schools.

  • Seven months into this crisis, Trump still doesn’t have a plan to address COVID-19, and has no real plan to allow kids and teachers to return to school safely.

  • Trump’s failure to lead is the very reason many schools can’t reopen safely.

    • Trump continues to ignore and contradict medical experts, downplay the threat, and claim COVID will miraculously “disappear.”

  • Health experts, educators, and parents oppose Trump’s demand to unsafely reopen schools and his threat to cut funding to those that don’t reopen.

    • Dr. Fauci has directly contradicted Trump, saying schools in coronavirus hot spots should not reopen in person.

  • Trump continues to falsely claim children are “virtually immune” and will not spread the virus even as students across America get sick and have to quarantine.

    • Cases, hospitalizations, and deaths among children have increased at a far faster rate than the general public.

    • COVID outbreaks have forced schools to quarantine thousands of students and staff, and shut down again.

  • Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will work with experts and scientists to develop a roadmap so kids, educators, and staff can safely go back to school.

2. Hate and Division in Trump’s America

  • Trump is fanning the flames of hate and division, defending accused murderers, and trying to blame the chaos that ensues on his political opponents — despite the fact that, last we checked, he is currently the president.

  • Trump has hit a new and despicable low: defending a supporter charged with murdering two protestors. He is endangering Americans by failing to rebuke violence and lawlessness.

    • Trump is no “law and order” candidate — he is weak and unable to confront the very hate he has stoked.

    • Trump defended his supporters and vigilantes who harass and attack protesters.

    • Trump downplayed police brutality and fatal police shootings.

  • Trump’s visit to Kenosha, WI was a political stunt. He didn’t meet with protestors, civil rights activists, or Jacob Blake’s family, and refused to acknowledge the issues of systemic racism or police violence.

  • Americans agree: voters trust Biden over Trump to handle public safety by 8% and on race relations by 19%.

  • Trump says “you won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America,” but look at Trump’s America:

    • Trump has no plan to contain COVID, which has infected more than 6 million Americans and kills thousands a week.

    • Trump has demanded schools reopen unsafely, endangering kids, teachers, and their families.

    • Trump wrecked the economy, with more than 1 in 10 workers unemployed and tens of millions going hungry.

    • Trump is encouraging chaos, rather than calming tensions, with Kellyanne Conway even cheering on more violence because she thinks it’ll help Trump politically.

  • Vice President Biden has repeatedly condemned violence and called for an end to the chaos that Trump is fanning. Trump has not.

    • As Biden said in May and reiterated last week and Monday, “Rioting is not protesting. Looting is not protesting. Setting fires is not protesting. None of this is protesting – it’s lawlessness – plain and simple. And those who do it should be prosecuted. Violence will not bring change, only destruction.”


3. Six Million Coronavirus Cases in Trump’s America

  • We surpassed 6 million confirmed cases because Trump has failed to contain COVID-19. 

    • He doesn’t listen to experts, doesn’t take it seriously, and doesn’t have a plan.

  • Trump is playing politics with our lives. He has undercut health experts and dangerously pressured the CDC and FDA to change their guidance on everything from testing and mask wearing to hydroxychloroquine and other unproven treatments.

  • Trump still doesn’t have a plan. Instead, he golfs and contradicts his health officials.

    • Recently released White House task force reports show Trump was downplaying the virus and contradicting his own public health experts, who warned seven states were in the “red zone” for the risk of an outbreak.

    • Instead of attending task force meetings, Trump spent the past 12 weekends golfing.

    • More than 60 percent of Americans said the federal government’s response has made the recovery worse, not better.

  • Joe Biden will rely on science and experts to guide his coronavirus response, including in developing a vaccine. At every step of this crisis, Trump has put political considerations ahead of the health and safety of Americans.


4. 1 in 10 Unemployed in Trump’s America

  • Trump’s mismanagement of the coronavirus has cost nearly 13 million Americans their jobs, forced more than 100,000 small businesses to close for good, and wrecked our economy.

  • The GDP fell by an unprecedented 31.7% annualized rate last quarter — more than three times the previous largest drop on record.

  • Trump is utterly disconnected from the pain and suffering of so many families.

    • Trump cut aid that unemployed workers need to pay the bills while proposing new tax cuts for the top 1% and wealthy investors.

  • Joe Biden and Kamala Harris support expanded unemployment insurance for millions of Americans, have a plan to prevent evictions, and know how to build our economy back better.

5. Health Care Under Attack in Trump’s America

  • Even during a pandemic in which an estimated 12 million people have lost their health insurance, Trump is still trying to tear health care away from 20 million Americans.

    • Trump would strip protections from as many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions, including people with disabilities and potentially those who have had COVID.

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

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