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Monday, September 14, 2020

MESSAGE OF THE DAY

1. Trump Lied To Americans and Downplayed COVID

2. Wildfires and the Climate Crisis

3. 50 Days Out and IWillVote Relaunch

NEWS OF THE DAY

4 Unemployment Claims Rise in Trump’s Recession


MESSAGE OF THE DAY

1. Trump Lied To Americans and Downplayed COVID

Trump admitted in taped interviews with Bob Woodward that he worked to conceal the true threat of coronavirus from the American people.


  • Trump lied to the American people and downplayed the coronavirus for months despite knowing how deadly it was. It’s a stunning act of betrayal.


  • Trump is on tape admitting that he knew the virus was “deadly,” but that he was “playing it down.”

    • Trump told the public that COVID would miraculously “disappear,” that it was no more dangerous than the flu, and that it would “pass.”

    • As Trump lied to the American people, he told the truth to Washington insiders — that the coronavirus is “more deadly” than the flu and that it was airborne and highly contagious.

      • Trump knew COVID was dangerous and harmful to young people, while in public he said they were “almost immune.”

      • Trump knew COVID was airborne, while in public he rejected mask wearing and held indoor rallies with no social distancing.

      • Trump knew COVID was more dangerous than the flu, but repeatedly told the public it wasn’t.


  • Trump’s lies didn’t prevent panic, they cost an untold number of lives and caused devastating economic harm.

    • Now, more than 6.5 million Americans have been infected, 194,000 have died, and our economy has been devastated because he purposefully didn’t do his job.


  • Trump continues to downplay the virus, endanger American lives, and muzzle health officials, despite being contradicted by Dr. Fauci and other experts.

    • Trump held a potential “superspreader” indoor rally in violation of Nevada’s health guidelines, even after NIH Director Dr. Collins and Dr. Fauci rebuked the lack of precautions at his rallies.

      • Trump said he’s “not at all concerned” about getting COVID because he’s “on a stage and it’s very far away.” He doesn’t care if his supporters get sick or spread the virus as long as he’s fine.

    • Dr. Fauci said he disagrees with Trump’s claims that we’re “rounding the corner,” and said the number of cases and deaths are “disturbing.”

    • Trump’s political appointees are interfering with CDC reports to downplay the virus and block the truth from doctors, health care workers, and the public.

    • Trump ignored warnings and didn’t ramp up production of masks, leaving health care workers without life-saving PPE and facing shortages of medical supplies which could last years because Trump has no plan.


2. Wildfires and the Climate Crisis

Vice President Biden released a statement and will deliver remarks at 1 PM ET on the ongoing wildfires in the West.


  • We stand with the families who have lost everything and those forced to evacuate their homes; the firefighters and first responders risking their lives; and the millions forced to inhale smoke with every breath.

    • We urge everyone in the path of the wildfires to stay safe and heed the warnings of local officials.


  • The science is clear, and these deadly signs are unmistakable — climate change poses an imminent, existential threat, and has made these fires worse.


  • Trump has denied the reality that is climate change and its effect on wildfires.

    • Trump denied that climate change is the cause of worsening fires, despite the clear and overwhelming evidence.

    • Trump instead blames “forest management,” despite the fact that most of California’s forests are federally managed.

    • Trump threatened to withhold federal aid from California for combating wildfires.

    • Trump was nearly silent for weeks as record wildfires ravaged the West.


  • Joe Biden knows we must act now to defeat the climate crisis. His climate plan will:

    • Achieve a 100% clean energy economy and net-zero emissions no later than 2050

    • Stand up to polluters who harm communities of color and low-income neighborhoods

    • Create more than 10 million well-paying jobs and reinvigorate our manufacturing


3. 50 Days Out and IWillVote Relaunch

Today the DNC relaunched IWillVote.com and VoyAVotar.com to help voters learn about their options to participate in the election and make a plan to vote.


  • You can be one of the first to move our country forward — so make a plan to vote early.


  • It’s easy and convenient to vote early this year — either by mail or in-person — and you can make a plan that is flexible to fit your schedule.


  • Go to IWillVote.com today to learn what choices you have to vote and get information on where and when to vote.


  • Once you know how you are going to vote, make sure your friends and family have a plan too.


NEWS OF THE DAY

4 Unemployment Claims Rise in Trump’s Recession

  • Trump’s economy is working for his rich friends and big corporations, but American workers have been left behind.

    • Millions have lost their jobs — and with it their pay, health insurance, and the dignity of work.


  • Data released last week showed new unemployment claims increased again and nearly 1 in 5 workers (29 million Americans) are receiving unemployment assistance.

    • For 25 weeks, more workers have filed unemployment claims than any week during any previous recession.


  • It didn’t have to be this bad but as new reporting shows, Trump purposely did not take this virus seriously.

    • More than 13 million Americans are out of work

    • More than half the jobs lost haven’t come back

    • Trump is on track to be the worst jobs president in recorded history

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


  • Trump and his Republican enablers in Congress are blocking real relief for American workers. Instead of taking bold action, Senate Republicans voted on a bill that doesn’t do enough to fight the virus, abandons state and local governments struggling with the fallout from the pandemic, and ignores families facing hunger and homelessness.


  • 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.


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

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