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Tuesday, September 15, 2020


1. Trump Lied To Americans and Downplayed COVID

2. Hispanic Heritage Month


3. Wildfires and the Climate Crisis

4. Unemployment Claims Rise in Trump’s Recession


1. Trump Lied To Americans and Downplayed COVID

Yesterday, the DNC War Room released a new television ad, “Red Handed,” that blasts Trump for lying to the American people about the severity of the coronavirus.

  • 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 children, 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 lives, and muzzle health officials.

    • 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.

2. Hispanic Heritage Month

  • Trump has spent four years attacking Latinos and their contributions to our country. He has used immigration as a political wedge, fanned the flames of white supremacy, and treated Latinos like they’re not Americans.

    • Trump’s attacks on health care — including the ACA and Medicaid — have disproportionately affected Latino communities.

    • Trump failed to address coronavirus racial disparities and failed to get aid to Latino small business owners while big corporations got millions.

    • Latinos were disproportionately left out of Trump’s tax law that instead benefitted the top 1%.

    • Trump’s decision to try to rescind DACA and eliminate protections for TPS recipients could devastate Latino communities and the entire U.S. economy.

    • Trump has demonized Latinos — saying undocumented immigrants were “invading” and “infesting” our country and illegally diverted money from the military to pay for his unnecessary border wall.

    • Trump’s immigration policies have cruelly torn Latino families apart.

    • Trump treated Puerto Ricans as second-class citizens and delayed hurricane relief efforts to the island.

  • Biden and Harris are building a broad and diverse winning coalition — and Latino voters are an essential part of it. Biden has made clear that he is going to fight for every vote.

    • The campaign has a robust Latino outreach program that prioritizes reaching Latino voters where they are via digital, TV, radio, mail, and phone.

  • This year, the Latino community has the opportunity to be the deciding factor in this election. Between 2015 and 2020, an estimated 5.7 million Latinos gained eligibility to vote for the first time.

    • In six states carried by Trump in 2016, including Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, the estimated population of newly eligible Latino voters exceedsTrump’s 2016 margin of victory.

    • In Michigan, a state Trump carried by 10,704 votes, almost 46,300 Latino Americans gained eligibility leading up to 2020.


3. Wildfires and the Climate Crisis

Yesterday, Vice President Biden delivered remarks on the wildfires ravaging the West, and how he'll tackle the climate crisis head on and create millions of good-paying jobs. Today, Senator Harris will meet with first responders in CA.

  • 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.

    • But just like with COVID, Trump ignores the science and experts, endangering American lives.

    • Once again, Trump fails his most basic duty to this nation — he fails to protect us. We are not safe in Trump’s America

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

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

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

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

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

    • Build a 100% clean energy economy — creating 10 million jobs

    • Invest record amounts in research and innovation — more than we spent to put a man on the moon

    • Build a more resilient infrastructure, more efficient power grid, and 500,000 public charging stations for electric cars

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.

  • 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 Trump purposely downplayed this virus.

    • 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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