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Monday, September 7, 2020

MESSAGE OF THE DAY

1. NEW: Labor Day and Workers in Trump’s Recession

2. Trump Attacks Fallen Soldiers and Wounded Veterans

NEWS OF THE DAY

3. Six Million Coronavirus Cases in Trump’s America


MESSAGE OF THE DAY

1. NEW: Labor Day and Workers in Trump’s Recession

Today Vice President Biden will travel to Harrisburg, PA to join a virtual event from the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO headquarters. Senator Harris will tour an IBEW training facility and attend a roundtable with Black business owners in Milwaukee, WI.


  • American workers have been knocked down. Millions have lost their jobs — and with it their pay, health insurance, and the dignity of work.

    • While Trump’s friends and big corporations might be getting richer, working families are still struggling to make ends meet.


  • Six months into this crisis, more than 13 million Americans are out of work, and more than half the jobs lost haven’t come back. Trump is the worst jobs president in recorded history.

    • More than 100,000 small businesses have closed for good.

    • While other countries have largely recovered, job growth has slowed due to Trump’s failed COVID response.


  • 1 in 5 workers are receiving unemployment assistance as mass layoffs continue.

    • For 24 weeks, more workers have filed unemployment claims than any week during any previous recession.


  • It didn’t have to be this bad: Trump doesn’t have a plan to address this pandemic or get Americans back to work safely. He 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.


  • Workers deserve a president who will put them first. Biden and Harris know we can’t just go back to the way things were before the virus — we have to build back better. They’ll create millions of good-paying, union jobs and reward work, not wealth. Their plans include:

    • Paying workers a decent wage, at least $15 per hour

    • Making it easier for workers to organize unions and collectively bargain

    • Addressing discrimination and harassment in the workplace

    • Ensuring women are paid equally for equal work

    • Passing universal paid sick days and 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave

    • Ensuring access to quality, affordable health care by providing a public option and lowering costs for care and for prescription drugs


2. Trump Attacks Fallen Soldiers and Wounded Veterans

According to new reports, Trump called fallen soldiers “losers” and “suckers,” and asked for wounded veterans to be excluded from military parades.


  • Trump’s comments are beyond disgusting — they’re un-American.


  • Trump has no idea what it means to sacrifice for our country, and no respect for those who have.

    • Brave Americans who have sacrificed life and limb in defense of our freedoms are not “losers” or “suckers.”

    • America’s heroes deserve a president who respects their courage. Sadly, they do not have one now.


  • This report has already been confirmed by several outlets, including Fox News. And Trump can’t hide his long history of disparaging military service and denigrating American heroes like John McCain.

    • If Trump says in public, “He’s not a war hero. I like people who weren’t captured,” why is it a surprise that he says the same in private?


  • As a military family, Joe and Jill Biden know the burden shared by those who give everything to our country. It’s why they’ve always prioritized the health and well-being of service members, veterans, and military families.


NEWS OF THE DAY

3. Six Million Coronavirus Cases in Trump’s America

  • The U.S. has over 6.2 million confirmed cases and nearly 190,000 deaths 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.

    • The White House has effectively admitted that its containment strategy has failed, and now is following through with Trump’s demand to “slow the testing down.”


  • We are just 4% of the world’s population but have nearly 25% of the world’s cases and over 20% of deaths.


  • 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 untested treatments.

    • Trump is interfering in the vaccine approval process, with experts raising concerns that the administration is seeking to rush a vaccine before Election Day.


  • 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.


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