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Friends, 

I hope this email finds you and your loved ones safe. While the wildfires ravage the West, the President continues to spray a firehose of lies on the science behind climate change, COVID, health care, and other topics. To put it bluntly, we are given new reasons to elect different leadership on a daily basis.
 

With 47 days to go until the election (just 7 weekends!), we are firing on all cylinders and want to make sure you have multiple opportunities to take action. Campaigning during a pandemic is certainly unique, and we need all hands on deck to contact as many voters as possible. In this update, you’ll find info on:

  1. Upcoming events (like our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month tomorrow with Women for Biden and Mujeres Mobilize!)
  2. Weekly recurring phone banks and trainings
  3. Our expanded one-stop shop for voting info at IWillVote.com and VoyaVotar.com
Let's get to it!

Women for Biden + Mujeres Mobilize Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

We’re excited to be gathering during the first week of Hispanic Heritage Month and hearing from some incredible Latina activists from around the country. Join us THURSDAY at 7 PM ET and learn how you can take continued action with Todos con Biden, Women for Biden, and Mujeres Mobilize!

P.S. Yesterday, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris released their plan to ensure Puerto Rico has the resources they need and deserve, and outlined how they will work directly with the people of Puerto Rico to rebuild and restore hope. You can read the English version of the plan here and the Spanish version here


Ways to Take Action

I’m including many phone banking opportunities below, which I know can be intimidating. I successfully lobbied my own mom to phone bank for the first time this cycle - and I believe you can do it too! If you’re hesitant about starting, just reply to this email and I’m happy to talk it through with you. Each volunteer opportunity below also offers a training to begin.

One of my favorite ways about how we are organizing in the pandemic is we really are organizing in culture and in language across so many different groups. So if you’d prefer to take action with another one of our constituencies, just let me know and I’ll gladly send you a recommended event! 


One-Stop-Shop for Voting Info

This Monday, we released the brand new IWillVote.com site, which is the most comprehensive and accurate source of voting information no matter what state you live in. There is a large team working behind the scenes to ensure data is rapidly updated with any changes happening on the ground, like additional polling sites being added or extended voting hours. 

Previously, you could check or update your registration and find voting locations. Now, voters will also be guided through their best voting-by-mail option based on their state and county regulations, including:

  • Requesting a ballot online: A voter will be directed to their state’s online vote-by-mail request form. 

  • Requesting a ballot by email: A voter completes a vote-by-mail request form, including uploading a picture of their signature (where required), on IWillVote.com. The form is automatically emailed to the state. 

  • Printing and mailing their request: A voter completes a vote-by-mail request form on IWillVote.com. The voter then prints, signs, and mails the request form to the state. 

  • Requesting a prepaid return envelope: A voter completes a vote-by-mail request form on IWillVote.com and requests a prepaid return envelope for it. The voter will then receive their completed request form via mail to sign and return in a prepaid return envelope.

  • View all deadlines in one, easy-to-read, and mobile-friendly place: We know there are lots of deadlines and that it can get confusing which is why we've created state-specific "learn more about voting" pages that include deadlines, voter registration requirements, and ID requirements for voting. 

 

Additionally, in the coming days, the site will allow users to find ballot drop locations near them, find their early vote polling location(s), and find their Election Day polling location. This information comes directly from the Secretaries of State across the country. Want graphics to share this site with your network? Check out the folder below! 


Thank you for all you do and all you continue to do to better our nation. I look forward to working with you as we sprint towards the finish line!
 

In Solidarity, 

Taylor Barnes
Deputy National Political & Organizing Director
Democratic National Committee


Wednesday, September 16, 2020

MESSAGE OF THE DAY

1. NEW: Trump Lies To Voters at ABC Town Hall

2. Trump Lied To Americans and Downplayed COVID

3. NEW: Trump Politicizes COVID-19 Vaccine

NEWS OF THE DAY

4. Wildfires and the Climate Crisis

5. Unemployment Claims Rise in Trump’s Recession


MESSAGE OF THE DAY

1. NEW: Trump Lies To Voters at ABC Town Hall

  • During a televised town hall with undecided voters, Trump sprayed a firehose of lies on COVID, health care, and other topics. 


  • Trump lied about his failed response to the coronavirus — praising himself when we have the worst coronavirus outbreak in the world, and contradicting experts.

    • Trump claimed he “up-played” the virus even though he has admitted on tape to downplaying it.

    • Trump claimed he did a “great job,” but his response has been one of the worst in the world, with more reported cases and deaths than any other country.

    • Trump claimed “some people say don't wear masks,” but his own coronavirus task force and every reputable expert says to wear one

    • Trump took credit for China travel restrictions, but they were filled with holes and allowed tens of thousands of people to fly in from China.

    • Trump claimed the country’s “excess mortality” is better than Europe, but we have a higher mortality rate than Europe.


  • Trump lied about health care — he has no health care plan and is in court trying to eliminate protections for preexisting conditions with no replacement.


  • Trump lied about the economy — we don’t have a “super V,” we have slowing job growth and Trump is on track to be the worst jobs president since the Great Depression. 


  • It’s no wonder voters at the town hall were left “fuming” at Trump’s lies and “reanimated” to vote for Biden. They know Trump “was lying through his teeth” and didn’t answer their questions.


2. Trump Lied To Americans and Downplayed COVID

This week, 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 6.6 million Americans have been infected, 195,000 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.


3. NEW: Trump Politicizes COVID-19 Vaccine

Today, Vice President Biden will receive a briefing from public health experts and deliver remarks on developing and equitably distributing a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine.


  • Trump is playing politics with our lives. He is putting his reelection ahead of Americans’ safety by pushing for a vaccine before Election Day instead of following the science to ensure it’s safe and effective.

    • We cannot allow a repeat of Trump’s testing and PPE fiascos when it comes to a vaccine. The stakes are too high.

    • Dr. Fauci and other experts have called Trump’s promises of a vaccine before Election Day “unlikely” and “very remote.”



  • Joe Biden will rely on science and experts to guide his coronavirus response, including in developing a vaccine. Biden and Harris have laid out three questions his administration must answer so every American can have confidence in a safe and effective vaccine:

    • What criteria will be used to ensure a COVID-19 vaccine meets the scientific standard of safety and efficacy?

    • Who will validate that the administration’s decision to greenlight a COVID-19 vaccine is driven by science and not political motivation?

    • What is the plan to allocate and distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to Americans cost-free, safely, equitably, and without politics?


NEWS OF THE DAY

4. Wildfires and the Climate Crisis

This week, Vice President Biden delivered remarks on the wildfires ravaging the West and how he'll tackle the climate crisis, and Senator Harris met with first responders in Fresno, 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


5. 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, and 60% of closed businesses are 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

Celebrate Latinx Voices with the Latino Leaders Network

Today marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month and we are excited to celebrate the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of America. Join us as we launch "Your Story Matters", a new initiative encouraging Latino youth to share their personal story of obstacles overcome so others may benefit---our stories are powerful and need to be told.

Register for our next Cafecito on Thursday, October 8, 2020  at 2pm ET. This online event, hosted by Chairman Mickey Ibarra, will include a panel of Latino and Afro-Latinx youth with special guest remarks by Anika Alexa and an interactive Q&A, will be live streamed on Facebook, Periscope, and YouTube. 


MEET OUR SPEAKERS

 Chairman Mickey Ibarra, Host
 Latino Leaders Network


Anika Alexa, Special Guest Remarks
CEO and Founder, Anika's Peace Project


Jazmin May, Panelist
Communications and Finance Director, Devin Thorpe for Congress
Westminster College, class of 2019


Hugo Lara, Panelist
Presidential Management Associate,  Estée Lauder Companies
ESADE Business School, MBA class of 2020



Jose Serrano, Panelist
Music Manager/A&R, Spivak Management
Stanford University, class of 2018


Jayna Donayre, Moderator
Director of Communications, Ibarra Strategy Group


THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

Please contact Jayna Donayre at Jayna@latinoleadersnetwork.org with any questions.


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

News for Democrats 

Biden For President & DNC Announce
New Vote-By-Mail Features On IWillVote.com


Today Biden for President and the Democratic National Committee are announcing new features on IWillVote.com -- the DNC’s voter participation website -- that will help voters easily request and return their ballot by mail, as well as learn important information about the voting process in their state as they make their plan to vote. 

Previously, an individual could use the site to check or update their registration and find voting locations. Now the new user experience will also guide a voter through their best voting-by-mail option based on their state and county regulations, including:

  • Requesting a ballot online. A voter will be directed to their state’s online vote-by-mail request form. 
     
  • Requesting a ballot by email. A voter completes a vote-by-mail request form, including uploading a picture of their signature (where required), on IWillVote.com. The form is automatically emailed to the state. 
     
  • Printing and mailing their request. A voter completes a vote-by-mail request form on IWillVote.com. The voter then prints, signs, and mails the request form to the state. 
     
  • Requesting a prepaid return envelope: A voter completes a vote-by-mail request form on IWillVote.com and requests a prepaid return envelope for it. The voter will then receive their completed request form via mail to sign and return in a prepaid return envelope. 

The site is also completely accessible in Spanish at VoyaVotar.com

Additionally, IWilVote.com has been updated with new state-specific voter education pages and resources -- to help voters easily find their states’ deadlines to vote by mail, early, or in person, as well as other important information about their states’ voting process. 

“Voters have more options than ever to cast their ballots this year. IWillVote.com is a one-stop shop for voters to get information on flexible ways they can vote, and directly submit ballot requests to their local County Board of Elections.” said Biden for President Campaign Manager Jen O’Malley Dillon. “Joe Biden and Kamala Harris can’t do it alone. We are building an unprecedented effort to ensure that voters can make a plan now to vote.”

“However a voter chooses to cast their ballot, the updated IWillVote.com site makes it easy for Americans to exercise their right to participate in our democracy and ensure their voice is heard in this critical election,” said Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez. “The stakes for our country have never been higher, and we’re making sure Americans have all the information they need in order to make their plan to vote and send Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to the White House.” 

IWillVote.com is the Democrats’ voting participation hub which allows individuals to check  and has been in place since the 2012 campaign cycle. It provides voters a one-stop-shop for information about participating in local, state and federal elections. 
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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. 


NEVER FORGET. Yesterday, Americans of every background and ideology joined together to reflect on the profound loss inflicted on our country 19 years ago. As the DNC Veterans and Military Families Council wrote, “September 11th is a somber day when we all can wrap our arms around each other in support and love. It is a day when true heroes are memorialized: from first responders, to airline passengers, to the military, to so many more.”



“SACRIFICE” — NEW AD CALLS OUT TRUMP’S DISRESPECT FOR THE MILITARY. This week, the DNC War Room released a new 60-second television ad calling out Donald Trump’s long history of disparaging America’s service members. The ad is airing in key media markets with large veteran and military communities in Arizona, Florida, Maine, North Carolina, and Virginia. See how it’s playing in the battlegrounds:


In Arizona:

Arizona Republic: Democrats seize on Trump's attacks on Sen. John McCain in a play for battleground Arizona. “Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and national Democrats are aiming to use President Donald Trump’s continuing attacks on the late Sen. John McCain against Trump in Arizona, the 2020 battleground state McCain represented on Capitol Hill for more than three decades … ‘Trump attacked John McCain, tortured for years, as a loser who was not a war hero,’ the ad says. The one-minute ad is airing on cable TV in the Phoenix media market as part of a six-figure buy. The ad will be targeted to military families and veterans.”

In Florida:

Bay News 9: DNC Begins Airing Ad in Tampa Bay Area Market Attacking President Trump For Alleged Comments About Military. “The Democratic National Committee ‘War Room’ is releasing a new television ad today in the Tampa Bay area television market that blasts President Trump for what the DNC says is a ‘long record of disparaging comments about America’s service members.’”


In North Carolina:

Fayetteville Observer: “Nationally, Democrats clearly think the alleged Trump comments give them an opportunity. The Democratic National Committee has invested in a 60-second ad, ‘Sacrifice,’ that plays off Trump’s comments about the military and began airing Wednesday in the Fayetteville and Raleigh-Durham markets.”

In Virginia:

Blue Virginia: New DNC Ad Hits Trump Over His Disparaging Comments About Veterans’ Sacrifice. “The DNC War Room is releasing a new television ad today, ‘Sacrifice,’ that blasts Trump for his long record of disparaging comments about America’s service members. The 60-second spot will air on cable in the Roanoke-Lynchburg media market as part of a six-figure buy. Virginia has one of the highest concentrations of veterans in the United States.”


WORKING FAMILIES DESERVE BETTER. This week, Democrats across the battlegrounds continued calling out Trump’s cratering economy and failed record for working families. See for yourself:

  • (AZ) Arizona Democrats: “Following Labor Day, the Arizona Democratic Party hosted a press call with Arizona labor leaders and small business owners to highlight how Trump’s failed leadership has hurt workers and working families across Arizona. During the call, Arizona AFL-CIO Executive Director Fred Yamashita, State Senator Lupe Contreras (Senate District 19), and Tucson small business owner José A. Jiménez called out the devastating consequences of Trump’s failed leadership for Arizona workers, working families, and unions.”


  • (CO) Colorado Newsline: Renewed federal aid urged by Colorado Democrats, labor groups. “Joined by Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, Colorado Democrats and union leaders on Wednesday warned of an urgent need for more federal relief as workers and local governments across the state continue to suffer economic hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic. ‘Local governments and state governments desperately need the help, and the suffering is going to continue until they get it,’ Perez told reporters on a Sept. 9 press call.” 


  • (NV) Las Vegas Sun: Culinary Union to Trump: We will protect our families. “[U]nder President Donald Trump, working people have been overlooked and undervalued. Now, the economic fallout from Trump’s botched pandemic response has spiraled out of control. As the coronavirus spreads across our state, working people are bearing the brunt of both a public health disaster and an economic meltdown.” 


  • (NH) Nashua Telegraph: Failure to contain pandemic continues to wreak havoc for tourism workers. “The Trump administration could have taken decisive action to scale up widespread and continuous testing to help us contain the spread of COVID-19. Instead he downplayed the risks, even as he knew the consequences could be disastrous. Now, six months on, the pandemic is far from contained and the economic recovery has been mixed at best and catastrophic at worst. Tourism has declined precipitously — it’s hard to blame people for not wanting to plan family travel when a deadly airborne disease is raging — and that means that working people in the industry have been hung out to dry.”


  • Asian Journal: AAPI working families deserve better than Trump’s dangerous rhetoric, failing economy. “This week, as we came together to mark Labor Day, the consequences of Donald Trump’s failed presidency are still being felt in AAPI working families across the country. Trump’s disastrous coronavirus response has inflamed existing racial inequalities and economic disparities in AAPI communities. Thanks to Trump, AAPIs are being disproportionately impacted by a historic recession — and scapegoated for a pandemic that his own administration has utterly failed to contain.” 


“IT’S UNDENIABLE, AND IT’S INEXCUSABLE”: This week, we learned that Donald Trump admitted to purposefully downplaying the severity of COVID-19 to the American public. Across the country, Democrats are continuing to highlight the devastating consequences of that betrayal.

  • ABC News: Democrats rope in college students to hammer Trump on coronavirus response. “Democrats have found a new strategy to target holes in the Trump administration’s approach to coronavirus: give college students the mic. ‘I want to go to a game again; I want to be able to hang out with my friends again. And I want to attend classes and go to the library like normal again. But none of that can happen until we elect Biden and Harris this November,’ college student Cecelia McDermott said during a press conference held virtually by the Wisconsin Democratic Party on Friday morning.’”


  • (MI) Michigan Daily: Michigan, Ohio Democrats put rivalry aside to blame Trump for a fall without football. “At the press conference Friday, Dingell described her love for Michigan football and her disappointment in the canceled season. ‘There’s nothing better on a Saturday than a Big Ten football game,’ Dingell said. ‘Quite frankly, I like football more than I like politics and suddenly we don’t have a season this fall ... the way that COVID has been handled from the very beginning is determining what’s happening in this country.’”


  • (AZ) Arizona Republic: Woman who lost father to COVID-19 says Trump should resign after downplaying virus. “Kristin Urquiza — the former Maryvale resident who drew national attention for a searing obituary of her father that slammed politicians' handling of the COVID-19 pandemic — called for President Donald Trump to resign Wednesday after reports he'd purposely downplayed the severity of the novel coronavirus … ‘The president is on record lying,’ Urquiza, whose father died of COVID-19 in June, told The Arizona Republic. ‘It’s undeniable, and it’s inexcusable.’”


  • (NH) New Hampshire Union Leader: Denny Ruprecht: A year of college unlike any other. “While some readers of this piece may know me as a state representative, others know that I’m also still a college student … As college years ramp up around the globe, students in countries with comprehensive national strategies to contain coronavirus are in a much safer position to go back to school. The United States is different, however. This was a global crisis, but the severity of that crisis stands out in America. Why? Because we have a President of the United States in Donald Trump who was completely incapable of handling this crisis.”


HOLDING THEM ACCOUNTABLE. Wherever Trump, Pence, and their cronies go, Democrats are calling out their broken promises. Check it out:

In Florida:

Palm Beach Post: PBC Dems ahead of Jupiter visit: Trump's environmental record is a mess. “President Donald Trump is no friend of the environment, Florida Democrats said Tuesday as the president headed to Jupiter … ‘To come here in Palm Beach County and to claim a record of environmental advocacy and championing environmental issues is not only disingenuous,’ [state Sen. Bobby] Powell said. ‘It's disrespectful and it’s downright preposterous. We don't have time for another four years.’”


  • Florida Politics: Florida Democrats accuse Donald Trump of empty promises on environment ahead of Jupiter visit. “Several Florida Democrats are hammering Donald Trump‘s environmental record as the President heads to Florida’s southeast coast Tuesday … Jupiter Vice Mayor Ilan Kaufer used his remarks to advocate for Trump’s presidential opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, arguing Biden would be better on the environment. ‘Vice President Biden understands the urgency of addressing these climate change impacts and sea level rise and understands the impact that it’s having on our economy and the well-being of our communities,’ Kaufer said.”


In Michigan:


NBC25: Whitmer says Trump is a “threat” ahead of Mich. visit, Democrats & Republicans respond. “Today, during Governor Whitmer's press conference, she said the greatest threat to America's people is the current President … During a separate press conference today where Democrats met to discuss the President's upcoming visit, Flint congressman Dan Kildee called Trump a ‘performer’ and said Trump ‘failed’ the American people with how he handled the pandemic.”


  • WNEM: Democrats respond to Trump's visit saying it's a health concern during COVID-19. “‘He’s willing to let people get COVID-19 if it somehow advances his political goals,’ said Congressman Dan Kildee. Kildee doesn’t think President Donald Trump should be holding large in-person rallies like the one scheduled at MBS airport on Sept. 10. He says Trump’s actions are too dangerous in a COVID-19 world. ‘The fact that you have to have people out there at MBS, and from what I’ve heard, many of them, maybe most of them, not wearing any masks is an indication of that same fact.’”


  • ABC 12: Michigan Democrats concerned about COVID-19 spreading at Trump Rally. “‘He knew that coronavirus was deadly. He knew that it spread quickly. He understood the risks, and by his own admission, he tried to minimize those risks. That caused many Americans to die that didn’t have to, so his visit comes at a very important time where the President has some explaining to do,’ Congressman Dan Kildee said during a phone interview with ABC12.”


In Minnesota:


Associated Press: Trump, Biden surrogates bring campaign messages to Minnesota. “‘We have the coronavirus pandemic, we have the economic collapse and we have a civil rights pandemic and what they all have in common is Donald Trump adding gasoline to the fire, inciting fear, sowing chaos, pitting Americans against each other,’ said Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez.”


  • CBS 3 Duluth: Group gathers in opposition to Trump Jr.’s Duluth visit. “Minnesota's DFL party held a virtual meeting Wednesday, criticizing the Trump administration. State Representative Liz Olson said Trump Jr.’s visit was an effort to distract from real issues. ‘I hope it's a waste of their time to come here and spread their divisive narrative amongst a group of people that really aren't buying it,’ Olson said. ‘It's an attempt to divide us.’”


  • KIMT: Minnesota DFL Party Responds To Donald Trump Jr.’s Visit To Duluth. “Minnesota DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin calls Trump Jr.’s visit a distraction from his father’s failed response to the pandemic. ‘It doesn't matter how many times Trump, Pence, or their family members come to Minnesota,’ Martin said, ‘it will not change the fact that Donald Trump has failed Minnesotans plain and simple.’”


In Nebraska: 


Omaha World-Herald: “The Democratic National Committee, in a statement, attacked Lara Trump’s visit as a ‘transparent attempt to distract from the reality of Trump’s toxic record in Nebraska.’ Nebraska Democratic Party Chairwoman Jane Kleeb echoed that, saying the president failed to respond appropriately to the coronavirus, leaving a wounded economy.”


In Nevada:


Associated Press: “State Democratic Party spokeswoman Madison Mundy said Trump and his allies are trying to turn a public health crisis into a partisan issue. ‘If Trump had offered leadership and a clear national strategy to contain COVID-19 months ago, instead of intentionally downplaying the virus, these emergency directives would not be necessary and thousands of Americans would still be alive,’ Mundy said in a statement Thursday.” 


  • Las Vegas Review-Journal: “‘The fact that Donald Trump was even considering holding these unsafe events in the midst of a global pandemic is just the latest example of his poor judgment and complete disregard for Nevadans’ public health and safety,’ said Madison Mundy, spokeswoman for the Nevada State Democratic Party. ‘The state is currently reeling from a pandemic exacerbated by Trump’s disastrous coronavirus response. Limitations on in-person gatherings in Nevada were established to fill the void in leadership created by Trump. Thanks to emergency directives implemented by state leadership, great progress has been made in controlling deadly outbreaks. Trump is only the victim of his own incompetence.’”


  • KLAS: “‘Once again, Trump and his allies are making Nevada the target of their lies and deceit, turning a public health crisis into a partisan issue. While Trump, his campaign and the Nevada GOP seek a scapegoat, the truth is, they only have Trump to blame.’” 


In North Carolina:


Winston-Salem Journal: N.C. Dems critical of Trump's leadership on pandemic. “A trio of current and former North Carolina Democratic women leaders criticized President Donald Trump ahead of his stump speech in Winston-Salem, saying the president offered little leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic and hasn't done enough to help working families amid the recession and racial unrest. Former Gov. Bev Perdue was joined by N.C. Rep. Evelyn Terry, Forsyth, and Kathy Manning, the Democratic candidate for the revamped 6th Congressional District”


  • Newsweek: “The state chapter of the Democratic Party criticized the in-person event, stating it would pose health concerns due to the coronavirus pandemic. ‘Just as he spreads misinformation about phony coronavirus treatments and ignores our public health experts, holding a full-blown, in-person rally is a dangerous dereliction of Donald Trump’s responsibility to protect public health,’ Austin Cook, communications director of the North Carolina Democratic Party, said in a statement.”


In Ohio:


Columbus Dispatch: “Before Donald Trump Jr.‘s appearance in Lima, Ohio Democrats continued to highlight what they say are the president’s broken promises to Ohio, including the shuttering of General Motors’ Lordstown assembly plant, an economic engine for the Youngstown area. ‘Donald Trump promised to bring jobs back to Ohio, then he promised that COVID-19 was ‘totally under control,’’ Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper said in a prepared statement. ‘Instead, as a result of his incompetence and chaotic failure of leadership, Trump has broken both promises and left working Ohioans to pick up the pieces.’”


In Pennsylvania:


Beaver County Times: Trump failed Beaver County workers, families. “Communities like Beaver County trusted [Trump] to keep his promises, bring jobs back to our region, and get our economy booming again. But here we are four years later and the truth is, we are worse off than before. And today, Mike Pence is coming to town to try and tell Beaver County workers that he and Trump are on our side. Nothing could be farther from the truth.”


  • Beaver County Times: Local Democrats blast Trump ahead of Pence visit. “Beaver County Democrats lambasted President Donald Trump’s ‘job-killing’ policies and COVID-19 response ahead of Vice President Mike Pence’s latest visit to western Pennsylvania. Terri Mitko, Beaver County Democratic Party chairwoman, and Bob Williams, a Brighton Township resident and steelworker challenging state Rep. Josh Kail, joined Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa of Allegheny County on a Wednesday call to address state unemployment numbers and manufacturing decline during the Trump presidency.”


  • KDKA: Pennsylvania Democrats Question Trump-Pence ‘Love Affair’ With Beaver Co. “Mitko says Beaver County Democrats won’t be fooled again and even some Republicans are switching to Joe Biden. ‘People who are fed up with what’s going on in the Republican Party, particularly with the politics there, with the state of the economy in Beaver County and with the shenanigans that are going on in the White House,’ Mitko said.”


  • WTAE: PA Democrats and Steelworkers Union president say Trump has failed to deliver on promises. “As Vice President Mike Pence headlined a ‘Workers for Trump’ event in Beaver County, Pennsylvania Democratic leaders charged President Donald Trump has failed to deliver on his promises here ... ‘He (Trump) had promised he was going to bring back steel mills and we would be stronger than ever, and that just has dropped,’ said Bob Williams, a steelworker who is running as a Democrat for a seat in the Pennsylvania State House.”


In Virginia:


Prince William Times: We deserve a president who keeps his promises to veterans. “Now Trump is running for president again, making the same claims that no one’s done more for our troops than him. And when Vice President Mike Pence visits VMI this week, he’ll probably say the same. But behind those boasts are missing checks and broken promises to our nation’s veterans and military families. In fact, he regards those who’ve given their lives for our country as ‘suckers’ and ‘losers.’”

  • WSLS: Virginia Democrats criticize Vice President's VMI visit. “The vice president’s trip to VMI drew criticism from some leading Democrats in Virginia. Several of them, including VMI graduate and delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy, voiced their concerns about Pence’s visit. They believe his stop in Lexington is a hollow salute to the military that distracts from his administration’s issues … ‘Vice President Mike Pence is using Virginia Military Institute as a backdrop to try to repair Trump’s reputation and the damage that he’s done from his most recent attacks on our men and women in uniform.’”


In Wisconsin:


News 8000: WI union leaders say Trump administration has betrayed working Wisconsinites. “They say the President has betrayed working Wisconsinites and that promises have not been kept. AFSCME Council 32 representative Valerie Landowski said the administration’s response to COVID-19 has failed Wisconsin. ‘It’s wreaked havoc on Wisconsin families. We aren’t getting the PPE we need in our facilities. We’ve seen thousands of layoffs and furloughed employees. This has created an economic downturn that will destroy the economy of Wisconsin and nationally for years to come,’ Landowski said.”


KEEPING OUR FOOT ON THE GAS: While Republicans hypocritically scramble to recover from Trump’s attacks on vote-by-mail, Democrats are continuing to expand our advantage across the battlegrounds.

Politico: Democrats build big edge in early voting. “Democrats are amassing an enormous lead in early voting, alarming Republicans who worry they’ll need to orchestrate a huge Election Day turnout during a deadly coronavirus outbreak to answer the surge.”

  • “The Democratic dominance spreads across an array of battleground states, according to absentee ballot request data compiled by state election authorities and analyzed by Democratic and Republican data experts. In North Carolina and Pennsylvania, Democrats have a roughly three-to-one advantage over Republicans in absentee ballot requests. In Florida — a must-win for President Donald Trump — the Democratic lead stands at more than 700,000 ballot requests, while the party also leads in New Hampshire, Ohio and Iowa.”


  • “Even more concerning for Republicans, Democrats who didn't vote in 2016 are requesting 2020 ballots at higher rates than their GOP counterparts. The most striking example is Pennsylvania, where nearly 175,000 Democrats who sat out the last race have requested ballots, more than double the number of Republicans, according to an analysis of voter rolls by the Democratic firm TargetSmart.”


Florida Politics: Florida Democrats grow mail ballot enrollment edge to more than 700,000. “More than 700,000 more Democrats in Florida requested absentee ballots than Republicans ahead of the presidential election. The Florida Democratic Party announced Friday that over 2.22 million Democrats registered to vote by mail. That expands an enrollment advantage to 717,000 over Republicans. ‘Our volunteers, partner organizations and the coordinated campaign team have worked tirelessly to educate Democrats about vote-by-mail, and with 43 days until the vote-by-mail enrollment deadline we are excited to see this margin continue to grow,’ said Terrie Rizzo, Florida Democratic Party chair.”

ON THE GROUND: 52 DAYS OUT, TRUMP CONTINUES REPELLING KEY VOTERS. From farms to the suburbs, Trump continues to drive away the voters he needs to reach 270. Check out the battleground trends playing out in the final weeks before Election Day: 

Politico: Harvest of shame: Farmworkers face coronavirus disaster. “Six months into the pandemic, according to a POLITICO analysis, these workers appear to be victims of the worst of the Covid-19 crisis. For several weeks, many of the places that grow the nation’s fruits and vegetables have seen disproportionately high rates of coronavirus cases — a national trend that, as harvest season advances in many states, threatens already vulnerable farmworkers, their communities and the places they work.”

  • Valdosta Daily Times: Survey: 82% of farmers suffered financial loss due to COVID-19. “Georgia farmers have suffered substantial financial losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic … A new impact study released this month by the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development shows that 82% of farmers have seen revenue loss — those predicting an annual loss on average expected to be short nearly $50,000.”


Arizona Republic: ‘It's not what Christ taught’: How voters of faith are viewing Trump and Biden in Arizona. “[Former] state Sen. Bob Worsley, a Republican, is working alongside other members of the LDS church to help elect Biden. He wrote a letter condemning Trump, signed onto by 200 members of his church, writing Trump was the ‘antithesis’ of the church’s teachings. ‘Anger and fear is divisive, it doesn’t drive us together, it drives us apart,’ he said. ‘And it’s not what Christ taught when he was here. We’re to love our neighbor, love our neighbors, love our enemies, not be angry.’”

Philly Inquirer: The Philly suburbs aren’t the only suburbs where Democrats are on the rise in Pennsylvania. “Suburban voters are getting a lot of attention in 2020. Democrats are hoping big turnout for Joe Biden in the suburbs, where Donald Trump’s presidency has soured even Republicans on their party, could overcome the president’s growing advantage in rural areas and small towns. Trump is hoping to revive his dwindling suburban support with a law-and-order message. In Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia suburbs have become an epicenter of the Democratic Party. But the suburbs of central Pennsylvania are also seeing smaller gains, which could have an important impact in November and signal where Democrats can expand their party in the years to come.”

YOUR WEEKEND READING. Donald Trump’s attacks on U.S. service members are continuing to reverberate across the country. See how veterans and military families are responding:



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

-The DNC Comms Team


Friday, September 11, 2020

MESSAGE OF THE DAY

1. Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks

2. Trump Lied To Americans and Downplayed COVID

NEWS OF THE DAY

3. Unemployment Claims Rise in Trump’s Recession

4. Trump Attacks Fallen Soldiers and Wounded Veterans


MESSAGE OF THE DAY

1. Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks

Today, Vice President Biden is commemorating the anniversary of 9/11 at memorial events in New York City and Shanksville, PA. The campaign has pulled their ads for the day to acknowledge the anniversary.

  • 19 years ago, almost 3,000 people were brutally murdered and thousands more were injured in the deadliest terrorist attack in history. As the towers fell and the smoke rose, only one thing was certain: Our world would never be the same.


  • Today, we remember not only the horrors of that fateful morning, but the heroes who got us through it:

    • The first responders and ordinary citizens who braved fire and falling debris to get to those in peril

    • The passengers of Flight 93 who spent the final minutes of their lives ensuring others would be spared from harm

    • The flight attendants, who stayed calm amid the chaos in order to alert authorities of the hijacking

    • Their actions saved untold lives, and their courage should inspire us all.


  • In honor of those we lost, we hold fast to the values that were attacked, but not defeated, on that tragic day: liberty, justice, and equality for all.

    • We pray for them, we pay tribute to them, and we promise to never forget them.


2. Trump Lied To Americans and Downplayed COVID

Trump admitted on-the-record 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 and the White House can’t spin this: Trump is on tape admitting in his own words that he knew the virus was “deadly,” but that he was “playing it down.”

    • Trump told Americans that it would “go away” or miraculously “disappear,” that it was no more dangerous than the seasonal flu and the virus 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 saying they were “immune.”

      • Trump knew COVID was airborne, while in public he didn’t embrace 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 was the same as the flu.


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

    • Now, more than 6 million Americans have been infected, 190,000 have died, and our economy has been devastated because he purposefully didn’t do his job.

    • Trump “ludicrously” compared himself to FDR and Churchill, who unlike Trump told the public the truth about the threats they faced and the difficulties ahead.


NEWS OF THE DAY

3. 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.


  • New unemployment claims increased again last week 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, with Senate Republicans instead voting 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.


  • Last night, Trump claimed he saved the automobile industry, but the Obama-Biden administration did. In reality, Trump broke his promises to rebuild American manufacturing:

    • Auto industry investment slowed under Trump, even before the pandemic

    • Trump’s tax cuts encouraged offshoring jobs and factories

    • Manufacturing was in a recession even before COVID

    • Trump’s own administration isn’t buying more American-made products


  • Workers deserve a president who will put them first. Biden and Harris will invest in American manufacturing and innovation to ensure that the future is made in America.


4. Trump Attacks Fallen Soldiers and Wounded Veterans

This week, the DNC War Room released a new television ad, “Sacrifice,” that blasts Trump for his long record of disparaging comments about America’s service members.


  • Trump’s attacks on service members and veterans are beyond disgusting — they’re un-American.


  • Trump inherited everything and sacrificed nothing, and has no respect for those who have given everything for our country.

    • 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.

    • Trump can’t defend his alleged comments, so instead he’s attacking military leadership.


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


  • 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.


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


Thursday, September 10, 2020

MESSAGE OF THE DAY

1. NEW: Trump Lied To Americans and Downplayed COVID

2. NEW: Unemployment Claims Rise in Trump’s Recession

NEWS OF THE DAY

3. Trump Attacks Fallen Soldiers and Wounded Veterans

4. Six Million Coronavirus Cases While Trump Politicizes Vaccines


MESSAGE OF THE DAY

1. NEW: Trump Lied To Americans and Downplayed COVID

Trump admitted on-the-record 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 and the White House can’t spin this: Trump is on tape admitting in his own words that he knew the virus was “deadly,” but that he was “playing it down.”

    • Trump told Americans that it would “go away” or miraculously “disappear,” that it was no more dangerous than the seasonal flu and the virus 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 saying they were “immune.”

      • Trump knew COVID was airborne, while in public he didn’t embrace mask wearing and held indoor rallies with no social distancing.


  • Trump claims he didn’t want to “panic” Americans, but Americans needed to know the truth. His lies cost an untold number of lives and caused devastating economic harm.

    • Trump has been inciting panic for the last four years —  about everything from caravans to suburbs and crime — and was a constant voice of panic about the Ebola pandemic threat in 2014.

    • When Americans needed facts the most, Trump lied to them. Now, more than 6 million Americans have been infected, 190,000 have died, and our economy has been devastated because he purposefully didn’t do his job. .


2. NEW: Unemployment Claims Rise in Trump’s Recession

Yesterday, Vice President Biden delivered remarks in Warren, MI on his plan to ensure the future is Made in America by all of America’s workers.


  • 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.


  • New unemployment claims increased again last week 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 broke his promises to rebuild American manufacturing:


  • Workers deserve a president who will put them first. Biden and Harris will invest in American manufacturing and innovation to ensure that the future is made in America.


NEWS OF THE DAY

3. Trump Attacks Fallen Soldiers and Wounded Veterans

Yesterday, Trump complained about a new DNC War Room television ad, “Sacrifice,” that blasts him for his long record of disparaging comments about America’s service members.


  • Trump’s attacks on service members and veterans are beyond disgusting — they’re un-American.


  • Trump inherited everything and sacrificed nothing, and has no respect for those who have given everything for our country.

    • 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.

    • Trump can’t defend his alleged comments, so instead he’s attacking military leadership.


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


  • 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.


4. Six Million Coronavirus Cases While Trump Politicizes Vaccines

  • The U.S. has over 6.3 million confirmed cases and 190,000 deaths because Trump has failed to contain COVID-19.

    • Trump lied to Americans, downplayed the virus despite warnings from experts, and 6 months into this crisis still doesn’t have a plan.


  • Trump failed to keep children and families safe despite knowing the threat COVID posed to young people. Now half a million kids have been infected.

    • As early as March, Trump privately said he knew the coronavirus posed a threat to young people, but he has demanded schools reopen unsafely and publicly claims children are “virtually immune” from the disease.


  • 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 is putting his reelection ahead of Americans’ safety by pushing for a vaccine before Election Day instead of following the science to ensure it’s safe and effective.

    • We cannot allow a repeat of Trump’s testing and PPE fiascos when it comes to a vaccine. The stakes are too high.

    • Dr. Fauci and other experts have called Trump’s promises of a vaccine before Election Day “unlikely” and “very remote.”


  • Joe Biden will rely on science and experts to guide his coronavirus response, including in developing a vaccine.


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


Wednesday, September 9, 2020

MESSAGE OF THE DAY

1. NEW DNC AD: Trump Attacks Fallen Soldiers and Wounded Veterans

2. Labor and Workers in Trump’s Recession

NEWS OF THE DAY

3. Six Million Coronavirus Cases While Trump Politicizes Vaccines


MESSAGE OF THE DAY

1. NEW DNC AD: Trump Attacks Fallen Soldiers and Wounded Veterans

The DNC War Room released a new television ad yesterday, “Sacrifice,” that blasts Trump for his long record of disparaging comments about America’s service members.


  • Trump’s attacks on service members and veterans are beyond disgusting — they’re un-American.


  • Trump inherited everything and sacrificed nothing, and has no respect for those who have given everything for our country.

    • 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.

    • Trump can’t defend his alleged comments, so instead he’s attacking military leadership.


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


  • 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.


2. Labor and Workers in Trump’s Recession

Today, Vice President Biden will travel to Warren, MI to deliver remarks on his plan to ensure the future is Made in America by all of America’s workers.


  • 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.


  • It didn’t have to be this bad: 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 on track to be 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.


  • Nearly 1 in 5 workers (29 million Americans) are receiving unemployment assistance as mass layoffs continue.

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


  • Trump broke his promises to rebuild American manufacturing:


  • Workers deserve a president who will put them first. Biden and Harris will invest in American manufacturing and innovation to ensure that the future is made in America.

    • Biden and Harris will establish an Offshoring Tax Penalty and a “Made in America” Tax Credit, and close the Trump Offshoring Loopholes.

    • They will ensure that when we spend taxpayer money we buy American products and support American jobs.


NEWS OF THE DAY

3. Six Million Coronavirus Cases While Trump Politicizes Vaccines

  • The U.S. has over 6.3 million confirmed cases and 190,000 deaths because Trump has failed to contain COVID-19.

    • Trump 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.”


  • Trump has failed to keep children and families safe: half a million kids have been diagnosed with COVID-19 as Trump demands schools reopen unsafely and claims children are “virtually immune” from the disease.


  • 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 is putting his reelection ahead of Americans’ safety by pushing for a vaccine before Election Day instead of following the science to ensure it’s safe and effective.

    • We cannot allow a repeat of Trump’s testing and PPE fiascos when it comes to a vaccine. The stakes are too high.

    • Dr. Fauci and other experts have called Trump’s promises of a vaccine before Election Day “unlikely” and “very remote.”

    • Even pharmaceutical companies have had to publicly respond to Trump’s politicization of a vaccine.


  • Joe Biden will rely on science and experts to guide his coronavirus response, including in developing a vaccine. Biden and Harris have laid out three questions his administration must answer so every American can have confidence in a safe and effective vaccine:

    • What criteria will be used to ensure a COVID-19 vaccine meets the scientific standard of safety and efficacy?

    • Who will validate that the administration’s decision to greenlight a COVID-19 vaccine is driven by science and not political motivation?

    • What is the plan to allocate and distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to Americans cost-free, safely, equitably, and without politics?


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


Tuesday, September 8, 2020

MESSAGE OF THE DAY

1. Labor 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. Labor and Workers in Trump’s Recession

On Labor Day, Vice President Biden traveled to Harrisburg, PA for a virtual event from the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO headquarters and took questions from union members. Senator Harris toured an IBEW training facility and attended a roundtable with Black business owners in Milwaukee, WI. Trump gave an incoherent press conference focused on himself in which he made no effort to honor workers or the labor movement.


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

    • Instead of recognizing the pain of working families or honoring the labor movement on Labor Day, Trump gave an incoherent press conference focused on his top concern, himself.

    • While Trump cites the stock market to claim the economy is recovering, his friends and big corporations are getting richer while working families are still struggling to make ends meet.


  • It didn’t have to be this bad: 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 (29 million Americans) are receiving unemployment assistance as mass layoffs continue.

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


  • 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:

    • Encourage union organizing and collective bargaining

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

    • Ensure access to quality, affordable health care

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

    • Ensure women are paid equally for equal work


2. Trump Attacks Fallen Soldiers and Wounded Veterans

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


  • Trump inherited everything and sacrificed nothing, and has no respect for those who have given everything for our country.

    • 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.

    • Trump can’t defend his alleged comments, so instead he’s attacking military leadership.


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


  • 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 6.3 million confirmed cases and nearly 190,000 deaths because Trump has failed to contain COVID-19.

    • Trump doesn’t listen to experts, doesn’t take it seriously, and doesn’t have a plan. Even GOP officials in North Carolina are begging Trump to wear a mask today, as he’s failed to do at nearly every turn of this pandemic.

    • 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.”


  • Trump said yesterday that we’re “rounding the final turn,” but cases are rising in 22 states and experts expect yet another surge in the fall.


  • 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 is putting his reelection ahead of Americans’ safety by pushing for a vaccine before Election Day instead of following the science to ensure it’s safe and effective.


  • 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.


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


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.


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

News for Democrats 


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. 


BATTLEGROUND DEMOCRATS SLAM TRUMP ON SCHOOL REOPENINGS. This week, as Joe Biden discussed his plan to safely reopen schools, Democrats across the battleground states called out the impacts of Trump’s failed pandemic response on local students, teachers, and families. See for yourself:

In Arizona:

Arizona Democratic Party Chair Felecia Rotellini: “All Arizona families want our kids back in school — but the key is doing so safely. Instead, Trump is demanding schools reopen without the proper equipment and testing — and without a real plan to keep teachers, students, and staff safe. He’s even threatened to withhold federal funding from Arizona’s already-underfunded schools unless they comply with his demands. Without a doubt, Trump, DeVos and Ducey, continue their quest to ruin our public school system by using their pandemic crisis as a reason to scrap it.” 

In Colorado:

KDVR: Democrats Call For Stronger Safeguards To Protect Students At School. “Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said going back to school is a national emergency. The party’s chairman told FOX31 Thursday it is making a difficult year even tougher. ‘There are many families in Denver that are multigenerational families, that are living under one roof. You have a Trump administration that said kids can’t spread the virus. That’s incorrect, that is false,’ said Democratic National Chairman Tom Perez.”

In Florida:

FL Democrats: Trump And Desantis Downplay Risk Of Coronavirus As Florida Schools Reopen, Cases Among Children Rise. “As schools across Florida reopen, the state is already experiencing a rise in coronavirus cases among children, with some schools already re-closing its doors. While everyone wants students back in schools, Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos have demanded schools reopen without offering the necessary guidance or resources to do it safely. Instead, they have threatened schools, failed to pass another coronavirus relief package to boost funding for schools, and spread misinformation about the risk coronavirus poses to young people.”

In Georgia: 

WGXA: College Students Across Georgia Speak On Trump, Kemp’s School Reopening Plan. “College Democrats of Georgia held a roundtable discussion on the impacts of President Donald Trump and Governor Brian Kemp’s ‘failed response to COVID-19 and its effects on their collegiate school year.’ The organization consists of representatives from universities and colleges across the state. Students took aim at President Trump saying because of his ‘mismanagement of the pandemic,’ colleges have already experienced high numbers of students testing positive for the virus and case spikes in college towns.”

WSB-TV: “‘The safety aspect of having a traditional college experience has been ruined because of the lack of leadership,’ said UGA student Adrianna Mbunwe, who is also with the Young Democrats.”

REALITY CHECK: While Trump’s chaos convention ignored the reality of a still-worsening pandemic, Democrats are continuing to call out its devastating impacts on Americans across the country.

  • (AZ) DNC Speaker Kristin Urquiza on Show Up Arizona: “This virus was not created by Trump, I know that. But his handling of this virus is the reason why we lead the world in the number of cases. This is not a political issue. Public health is not a political issue. This is about life and death.” 


  • (CO) Tom Perez on Colorado's Morning News: “Coloradans want a leader in Washington who is going to get a handle on the pandemic, who is going to bring our economy back — who can heal our nation, not divide our nation. That's why I think the voters in Colorado are going to be strongly with Joe Biden.”



HOLDING THEM ACCOUNTABLE. Wherever Trump, Pence, and their cronies go, Democrats are calling out their broken promises. Check it out:

In Arizona:

Arizona Republic: “Arizona Democrats later denounced the bus tour, saying Trump has failed Arizona women during the pandemic. ‘Trump wants to move on from the coronavirus, but families across Arizona are still reeling from the fallout of his disastrous leadership, which has disproportionately hurt women,’ said Quiana Dickenson, the Arizona Democratic Party's political director. ‘He doesn’t have a plan to help the countless women who have lost their jobs during the pandemic or those who are navigating the new school year with no leadership from the White House.” 

  • CBS News: “‘This careless bus tour is just the latest move to show Arizonans that Trump and his campaign don't take the science, the experts, or this pandemic seriously,’ Quiana Dickenson, political director for the Arizona Democratic Party, said in a statement.”


In Florida:

Tampa Bay Times: Schools shouldn’t overreact to coronavirus, DeSantis and Trump adviser say. “The Florida Democratic Party spokeswoman Frances Swanson questioned Atlas’ credentials to advise Florida’s public health systems and called DeSantis’ tour of the state on Monday ‘another premature victory lap.’”

  • Palm Beach Post: “The Florida Democratic Party blasted Atlas who in recent weeks has upstaged Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease specialist, as Trump's go-to medical advisor. Atlas, the party said in a statement, is a radiologist by training, not an epidemiologist. ‘The last thing Floridians need is another premature victory lap from Donald Trump’s lackeys,’ party spokesperson Frances Swanson said. ‘We know how it ended last time: Coronavirus cases exploded, thousands of people died, and more workers lost their jobs.’”


In Michigan: 

The Detroit News: “The Michigan Democratic Party jumped on Tuesday’s announcement, highlighting Trump’s uneven response to the coronavirus pandemic and his promise in Warren in 2016 that Michigan would not lose ‘one plant.’ ‘Ivanka can try to spin Michigan voters all she wants, but nothing will cover for the fact that Donald Trump has failed our state,’ party spokesman Christian Slater said. ‘Four years ago, Donald Trump promised Warren voters, ‘you won’t lose one plant,’ but since then his failed leadership has tanked Michigan’s economy and shuttered factories throughout our state. Ivanka’s empty promises can’t change that fact.”

In Nevada:

Las Vegas Review-Journal: “Nevada Democratic Party Chair William McCurdy II said Trump spreads lies and empty rhetoric as the United States reaches 6 million COVID-19 cases — by far the most of any country in the world. ‘Nothing Trump said tonight will change the fact that his failed pandemic response has cost Nevadans their lives and their livelihoods,’ McCurdy said. ‘Nevadans saw right through Trump’s empty rhetoric four years ago, and they’ll reject his record of broken promises again this November when they send Joe Biden to the White House.’” 

  • Nevada Current: “Nevada Democratic Party Chair William McCurdy released a statement condemning Trump for ‘broken promises.’ ‘Nevada families need a president with a strategy to contain the virus and to give relief to working families — not more broken promises from so-called leaders phoning it in. Nothing Trump says tonight will change the fact that his failed pandemic response has cost Nevadans their lives and their livelihoods,’ wrote McCurdy in a statement.” 


In North Carolina:

Wilmington Star-News: NC Democrats Criticize Trump Ahead Of Wilmington visit. “Amid President Donald Trump’s visit to Wilmington, North Carolina Democrats criticized his response to the COVID-19 pandemic and his reasons for visiting the Port City. During a virtual town hall, senate minority leader Dan Blue, Sen. Harper Peterson and Rep. Yvonne Holley pointed toward last month’s rising unemployment rate and policy decisions made by the current administration that, according to them, have made the [toll] of the pandemic worse.”

  • Spectrum News: “Democratic leaders in North Carolina criticized Trump for ignoring the coronavirus pandemic. ‘I’ve never seen our state face such trying times,’ state senate Minority Leader Dan Blue said Wednesday. ‘It didn’t have to be this way. The president should have taken this virus more seriously,’ he said.”


  • WXII: “‘Just as he spreads misinformation about phony coronavirus treatments and ignores our public health experts, holding a full-blown, in-person rally is a dangerous dereliction of Donald Trump’s responsibility to protect public health. Instead of offering North Carolinians leadership or help, he’s trying to spin his incompetence with another photo op. Voters in the Tar Heel State don’t want a president who denies science and jeopardizes our safety in a desperate bid to help his own campaign; they want a president who will address this crisis with the clarity and seriousness the moment demands, and that’s Joe Biden.’”


In Pennsylvania: 

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Dems blast Trump policies, ‘chaos’ ahead of president’s Westmoreland County rally. “Westmoreland County Commissioner Gina Cerilli on Thursday issued a scathing rebuke of President Donald Trump ahead of his visit to Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity. ‘To put it simply, Donald Trump is simply not up for this job. Pennsylvanians have suffered at the hands of a weak and incompetent president. People are sick and tired of the constant crisis, the chaos, the lying and circus of the White House,’ Cerilli said. ‘People understand we need change now, and the United States of America simply cannot afford another four years of a Trump presidency.’”

  • Mon Valley Independent: Westmoreland Democratic Party Chair Tara Yokopenic: Trump's Broken Promises. “But four years later, we’re worse off than ever before. President Trump has given us a lot of chaos and a lot of angry Tweets, but he hasn’t given us leadership, let alone those good-paying union jobs we need. He turned out to be another politician who is more interested in playing politics with our livelihoods than actually helping the working families of our region. As soon as he got to Washington, he forgot about us and spent all of his time helping himself and his wealthy friends. And his record proves it.”


  • Wilkes-Barre Times Leader: Don't Fall For Trump's Broken Promises. “So when Donald Trump came to Pennsylvania during his first campaign and promised that he would bring back manufacturing, strengthen the middle class and take on a corrupt establishment, it’s no surprise that a lot of people here listened. But since he has become president, he has broken those promises at every turn. And it’s a shame that Mike Pence will repeat the same broken promises in Luzerne County today.”


  • Wilkes-Barre Times Leader: NEPA Union Leader Blasts Trump’s Record On Workers’ Rights Ahead Of Pence Speech. “‘It is beyond me how Mike Pence can come to speak in northeastern Pennsylvania when this administration has attacked workers’ rights,’ Warren Faust, president of the NEPA Building and Construction Trades Council, said early Tuesday afternoon. During Donald Trump’s presidency, Faust said, the National Labor Relations Board has ‘systematically rolled back’ workers’ rights and the right to engage in collective bargaining, pursuing policies he says leave fewer workers protected by that body and reducing the protections offered to those who are still covered.”


In Texas:

Texas Signal: State Rep. Gene Wu: From Coronavirus to Hurricane Relief, Trump Is Leaving Texans In The Crosshairs Of Disaster. “Much like a pandemic, a hurricane is a public health emergency that demands decisive action, strategic planning, and strong federal leadership. Unfortunately, under President Trump, we’ve witnessed a complete abdication of responsibility when it comes to the dual crises Texans are now facing. Once again, Trump is leaving Texans in the crosshairs of disaster.” 


In Wisconsin: 

WITI: Wisconsin Democrats Accuse President Trump Of Using Kenosha Trip As Photo-Op. “The Democratic Party of Wisconsin held a press conference on Tuesday, Sept. 1 before President Trump's visit. The county's Democratic chair says the community needs to focus on healing -- and does not need outside distractions. Wisconsin Democrats have accused the president of using the trip as a political photo-op. Instead of a trip to Kenosha, they say there are other ways for the president to be helpful.”

  • WDJT: Democrats: Pres. Trump’s Kenosha Visit ‘Doesn’t Help.’ “Democrats said President Donald Trump’s visit to Kenosha is making things worse, not better for a community that needs time to heal, not political division. ‘What has happened here in Kenosha leads directly to Donald Trump’s door,’ Felisia Martin, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin’s vice chair said at a news conference Tuesday morning.”


MAKE A PLAN! While Trump urges his supporters who vote by mail to “send it in early, then go and vote,” Democrats are focused on arming voters across the battleground states with the information and fair voting access they need to make their voices heard. Check it out:

  • (TX) Dallas Morning News: Texas Democrats announce massive voter registration drive aimed at flipping the state. “With the national convention season over, the Texas Democratic Party is launching a massive voter registration drive this week as the country turns its attention toward November. Dubbed ‘Texas Voter Registration Week,’ the state party announced Monday that it will partner with Joe Biden’s campaign for president and MJ Hegar’s campaign for U.S. Senate to contact 1 million unregistered voters across the state this week — focusing their efforts on reaching out to young people and minority communities. The drive will be the largest in the state party’s history.”




  • (NV) Las Vegas Review-Journal: Sisolak, Dems condemn ‘Republican attacks’ on voting law. “Gov. Steve Sisolak and other state Democrats condemned what they called efforts by the Republican Party to suppress the vote in Nevada as part of the Friday launch of a new website section and push for voters to make early plans to vote by mail, drop off or in person … Participating in the upcoming election couldn’t be more critical to the future of the state, Sisolak said, before lambasting President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic as it pertains to Nevada.” 


THE PLAYING FIELD: NBC News: Democrats Have Voter Registration Advantage In Four Battleground States. “Even before the COVID-19 outbreak and the economic slump, President Donald Trump faced a big challenge in his re-election effort: a changing American electorate … A look at voter registrations since 2016 in four key battleground states shows how the political age divide could have real impacts this fall … In state after state, the story is the same: Democrats have the high ground among new registrants. Even in states like Wisconsin and Michigan, where voters don't register with parties, data modeled from existing demographic and geographic patterns shows that Democrats hold an edge among new voters.”


  • Bloomberg: If Maricopa County Sours on Trump, So Will Suburbs Everywhere. “Maricopa is one of the most heavily suburban counties in the country, growing and diversifying at a more rapid clip than any almost anywhere else. The trends in Maricopa are being replicated in suburbs across the country, particularly in fast-growing, traditionally Republican metro areas such as Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, and Houston.”


THE PLAYBOOK: Yahoo News: How Democrats Are Targeting Voters In Swing States. “In events set up by state Democratic parties in coordination with the Biden campaign and the DNC, a number of activists and local officials who spoke at the convention continued to push for Biden and attempt to outline what they see as the failures of the Trump administration.”

  • “Michelle Boyle, a Pittsburgh-area nurse and SEIU member, took part in a roundtable on the opening night of the Democratic convention followed by a virtual press call earlier this week … Steve Gomez became an advocate for protecting the ACA following Trump’s election, telling the story of his son Anthony, who was born in 2015 with a rare heart defect. Both Steve and Anthony joined Biden for a conversation during the convention, and afterward, Gomez was asked to continue telling his story, starting this week with an event set up by the Arizona Democratic Party.”


  • Axios: “Democrats also plan to deploy some of the other convention speakers at the state level, playing on their local connections to drive interest. The idea is to turn everyday Americans who shined during the convention into regular Biden surrogates.”


FINALLY, YOUR LABOR DAY READING: Toledo Blade: Sen. Sherrod Brown: In Cri­sis, Ohio­ans Need Biden’s Lead­er­ship. “The President of the United States asked millions of Americans to boycott an iconic American company because his feelings were hurt … This is who Donald Trump is. He has made it clear: He doesn’t care about workers and he’s willing to risk American jobs to try to save his own.”

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 Friday! 

The DNC Comms Team


Friday, September 4, 2020

MESSAGE OF THE DAY

1. NEW: Atlantic Revelations of Trump Attacking Fallen Soldiers and Wounded Veterans

2. NEW: 13 Million Unemployed in Trump’s Recession

3. Bidens’ Visit to Kenosha, WI

NEWS OF THE DAY

4. NEW: Trump’s Lies About Voting

RECURRING TOPICS

5. Six Million Coronavirus Cases in Trump’s America


MESSAGE OF THE DAY

1. NEW: Atlantic Revelations of Trump Attacking 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. He has no honor or shame.


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

    • Generations of brave Americans have sacrificed life and limb in defense of our freedoms. Their wounds do not make them “losers.” Their deaths do not make them “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 multiple outlets. Trump can’t hide his long history of evading 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.


2. NEW: 13 Million Unemployed in Trump’s Recession

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

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

    • Unemployment continues to be above 10% for communities of color — 10.5% for Hispanic Americans, 10.7% for Asian Americans, 13% for Black Americans.


  • 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.


  • Trump’s mismanagement of the coronavirus has cost more than 11 million Americans their jobs and forced more than 100,000 small businesses to close for good.


  • 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.


3. Bidens’ Visit to Kenosha, WI

Yesterday, Jill and Joe Biden traveled to Kenosha, WI to meet with Jacob Blake’s family and community leaders to heal and address the challenges we face.


  • 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 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 attorney general has absurdly denied there is any systemic racism in our criminal justice system.

    • Trump isn’t uniting Americans, he’s targeting cities that didn’t vote for him by attempting likely illegal funding cuts as a political stunt.


  • Vice President Biden traveled to Kenosha, WI to meet with the Blake family — including Jacob Blake, who is out of the ICU and joined by phone — and leaders from all corners of the community to begin to heal and address the challenges we face.

    • In a statement, Ben Crump, the attorney representing Jacob Blake, said “the family was grateful for the meeting and was very impressed that the Bidens were so engaged and willing to really listen.”

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



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


NEWS OF THE DAY

4. NEW: Trump’s Lies About Voting


  • The future of our country is on the ballot. We cannot let each other down.


  • Ignore Trump’s lies. There are several convenient and easy ways to vote.

    • Go to IWillVote.com and text VOTE to 30330 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 to vote, too. 

    • Be one of the first to vote, make your voice heard, and move our country forward.


RECURRING TOPICS

5. Six Million Coronavirus Cases in Trump’s America

  • We surpassed 6.1 million confirmed cases and 186,000 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.”



  • 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.


  • 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.


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