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May 12, 2020

NEWS OF THE DAY

COVID-19 Accommodations for Primaries and Convention

Coronavirus and Trump

April Jobs Report

Trump Politicizes Justice Department

The Right to Safe, Accessible Voting

Democratic Party Fighting for Americans

DNC WAR ROOM

Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit

Trump’s Fragile Economy


NEWS OF THE DAY

COVID-19 Accommodations for Primaries and Convention

Background: In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee (RBC) will meet today to take up accommodations to state primaries and the convention.


CHANGES IN 5 STATES:


  • The RBC will take up waivers submitted by states parties who are having their primaries after the June 9 deadline or electing their delegates after the June 20 deadline. Those states include:

    • Kentucky (moving primary to 6/23)

    • New York (moving primary to 6/23)

    • New Jersey (moving primary to 7/7)

    • Delaware (moving primary to 7/7)

    • Louisiana (moving primary to 7/11)


  • For these five states whose waiver requests will be considered, the allocation of pledged delegates will not be changed. Each state will maintain the allocation that was in place when their plan was found to be in compliance with the rules.


CONVENTION RESOLUTION:


  • In addition, the RBC will take up a resolution in order to confirm that the Democratic National Convention Committee has maximum flexibility to plan a safe event that guarantees every delegate can accomplish their official business without putting their own health at risk.


  • This will give the convention team the authority to make the necessary changes to the format, size, date or other aspects in order to conduct a safe convention.


  • During this critical time, when the scope and scale of the pandemic and its impact in August remain unknown, convention planners are exploring a range of contingency options to ensure all delegates will be able to cast ballots and accomplish their business, regardless of their ability to travel and participate in person.


  • Protecting the health and well-being of our host community in Wisconsin and everyone involved with the convention will drive every decision convention planners make as they put plans in place for August.


  • In the coming weeks, the Democratic Convention team will remain in constant communication with federal, state, and local public health officials—and will follow their guidance to determine how many people can safely gather in Milwaukee this August.


  • Democrats remain inspired by the people who live and work in Milwaukee and remain committed to hosting this historic moment in their hometown. The city of Milwaukee has been an incredible partner and we couldn't be more committed to highlighting Wisconsin as a key battleground state when we host our convention there this August.


Coronavirus and Trump

  • Trump ignored warnings, downplayed the severity of this crisis, and failed to prepare for months, allowing the coronavirus to spread rapidly and undetected. Now we’re paying the price. More than 80,000 Americans have already lost their lives, forcing Trump to raise his estimate for the disease’s death toll yet again. Our country leads the world in confirmed cases and deaths, supply shortages continue to ravage our health care system, and workers have lost their jobs at an unprecedented pace. The crisis is worse because of Trump.


  • Trump now claims to have “prevailed” on testing, but the reality is he has made the testing crisis worse. Trump still hasn’t given states the testing capacity they need, every American who wants a test still can’t get a test, and he is only now taking steps that should’ve happened weeks ago. Trump wants Americans to go to work without the widespread testing and contact tracing that protects him in the White House. Trump’s limited targets are insufficient and we are nowhere close to hitting the testing levels experts agree we need to reopen safely. To get America back to work, Trump must fix the testing shortage he created.


  • Trump is knowingly putting American lives at risk to further his political interests. He is claiming “mission accomplished” and declaring the worst of the pandemic over while infections continue to rise across most of the country and the virus spreads through the White House. Trump admitted that he was in a rush to reopen the country even if it caused unnecessary deaths.


  • Trump has repeatedly muzzled science and ignored the truth. Trump is blocking top health officials from testifying before the House. Trump’s White House buried a CDC report with step-by-step guidance to help local authorities reopen. Trump gave responsibility for securing critical medical supplies to “inexperienced volunteers” led by Jared Kushner instead of health or military experts, exacerbating problems obtaining supplies. Trump’s administration has been charged by a whistleblower of “cronyism,” retaliation, and putting politics ahead of science. By ignoring experts and working to further his political interests instead, Trump has worsened the crisis.


  • Trump downplayed the threat and failed to prepare. Trump ignored more than a dozen early warnings about the coronavirus from U.S. intelligence agencies throughout January and February. For months, Trump lied about the severity of the disease and failed to get states and hospitals supplies. Trump’s administration squandered critical time and turned down an offer in January to make nearly two million additional N95 masks a week. Trump’s chaotic leadership and decision to force states to go at it alone has made it more difficult for them to get the supplies they need.


  • Trump admitted that he rolled over for China. Trump ignored warnings that China was withholding data, refused to call out Beijing on its coronavirus response, and delayed taking action out of fear of upsetting his trade deal that has gone largely unfulfilled. On two occasions in January, Trump ignored advisers who urged him to press Xi Jinping for more transparency. Trump didn’t restrict travel with China until more than three dozen other countries had already done so, and more than 400,000 people flew from China to the U.S. with little if any screening in the first two months after the outbreak was disclosed.


  • Trump has consistently put big corporations first — letting large corporations and companies with ties to him get hundreds of millions of dollars in loans instead of the small businesses that need them to survive. The Trump administration is lending $500 billion to big corporations without requiring them to save jobs or limit payouts to CEOs or shareholders. Trump has failed small businesses, and in particular rural, minority, and women-owned small businesses, with his administration’s rollout of the small business Paycheck Protection Program.


Main Messaging

  • Trump’s failed leadership and mismanagement of the coronavirus outbreak has endangered Americans and significantly worsened a severe public health crisis.


  • The Chinese Government: Trump Bought the Chinese Government’s Obvious Spin and Turned a Blind Eye to the Danger

    • Instead of acting early, Trump ignored months of warnings and praised China in an effort to secure a weak trade deal that has gone largely unfulfilled.

      • While China covered up the coronavirus outbreak, Trump praised the Chinese government in January, saying, “China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus. The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency.” And in February, Trump said of President Xi, “I think he’s handled it really well.”

    • Trump touts banning travel from China as evidence he took the crisis seriously, but nearly 400,000 people flew to the U.S. from China in Trump’s month of inaction after the coronavirus outbreak was disclosed, and Trump didn’t act until more than three dozen other countries had already restricted travel from China.

      • Even after the belated restrictions, 40,000 people have arrived from China and screening at U.S. airports has been “porous,” “spotty” and “haphazard.”

    • Trump ignored warnings about a potential PPE shortage and sent 18 tons of PPE to China and encouraged millions of dollars of medical supplies to be exported that we now desperately need in the U.S. and are paying marked-up prices for.

    • Trump dismantled our ability to watch for emerging threats in China, and then failed to adequately press the Chinese government to allow CDC officials into China to investigate the novel coronavirus.

      • Trump slashed more than two-thirds of CDC staff operating in China, including a post held by a key expert who had been embedded in China’s disease control agency. The eliminated staff could have alerted the U.S. and the world to important information about the growing outbreak, and helped China contain the outbreak earlier.

      • Trump ended a pandemic early-warning program that trained scientists in China, including the lab in Wuhan that identified the novel coronavirus, and other countries to detect and respond to pandemics.




  • Corporate Favoritism: Trump Went Soft on Corporations

    • Trump squandered critical time instead of using the Defense Production Act to ramp up production and coordinate distribution of medical supplies — worsening the dangerous shortage of essential PPE and testing supplies.

    • Trump’s White House continues to prioritize helping allies, often favoring friendly businesses for contracts and political allies when allocating critical resources.

    • Tens of millions of dollars in loans intended for small businesses have gone to companies with ties to Trump, including the fossil fuel industry.

    • In Trump’s swamp, former Trump campaign and administration officials are getting rich lobbying to get companies coronavirus relief funds and exemptions to regulatory hurdles.

    • Trump’s administration is lending $500 billion to big corporations without any conditions requiring them to save jobs or limit payouts to CEOs and shareholders.

    • Trump removed the inspector general charged with overseeing the CARES Act and indicated he may ignore some of the oversight and transparency safeguards demanded by congressional Democrats.

    • Trump’s administration has been charged by a whistleblower of “cronyism,” retaliation, and putting politics ahead of science.

    • Trump’s administration botched the rollout of the CARES Act’s Paycheck Protection Program, failing to provide clear guidance on the lending process or clarity on who was eligible and allowing large corporations to scoop up funds.

    • Weeks after applying, millions of small businesses still haven’t gotten their loans as big corporations and companies connected to Trump get loans instead.


  • Americans deserve better — a well-coordinated, whole-of-government, fully-funded response to this public health crisis and a president that prioritizes their safety and economic security.


April Jobs Report

  • Instead of taking steps to prepare for the economic downturn from coronavirus, Trump downplayed the threat of coronavirus and the economic fallout that would result from his complete mismanagement of the crisis. Now he’s brushing off tens of millions of Americans losing their livelihoods as “no surprise” and “fully expected.”


  • More than 20 million Americans lost their jobs in April, wiping out a decade of job gains in a single month, and the unemployment rate tripled to 14.7%, the highest since the Great Depression. It didn’t have to be this bad.


  • Trump failed to prepare us for this pandemic and we now have the worst economy in a generation — not as a result of coronavirus, but as a result of his failure to prepare and contain coronavirus.


  • There are very real consequences to the laundry list of Trump’s ill-preparedness and bad policy. More people are sick, more people have died, and there is exponentially higher disruption to our economy and lives.


  • We can’t trust Trump to rebuild our economy because we’ve already seen what his failed leadership looks like – an arbitrary and politically motivated effort that does not do nearly enough to protect workers. We’ve suffered the consequences. We know he’s not fighting for us. Americans deserve better.


Trump Politicizes Justice Department

Background: Last week, the Trump administration dropped criminal charges against Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to investigators. Lead Mueller prosecutor Brandon Van Grack withdrew from the case minutes before the government filing.


  • Trump and Barr’s politicization of justice knows no bounds. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia and the evidence against him is overwhelming, but Barr is dropping the case to continue covering up for Trump.


  • Overruling the special counsel is outrageous and shows Barr’s lack of respect for the rule of law. The dismissal of charges by a politicized DOJ do not exonerate Flynn — they just incriminate Barr.


  • This is just the latest example of Trump’s politicization of DOJ:

    • Barr intervened to take control of multiple legal matters that involved Trump or his associates, including Roger Stone. Barr ordered prosecutors to seek a shorter sentence for Stone, prompting four prosecutors to withdraw from the case.

    • Barr set up a process for Rudy Giuliani, who is under investigation by DOJ, to pass information intended to help Trump politically to the department.


  • It’s clear that Trump has not learned any “lessons” after Senate Republicans voted to acquit him of abuse of power, and he’s more emboldened than ever to use the presidency to serve his personal and political interests.


The Right to Safe, Accessible Voting

  • As our country deals with the uncertainty and risks of COVID-19, it is especially critical to provide safe, accessible, and secure voting to all eligible Americans — voters should not be forced to make a difficult choice between their health and safety, and exercising their fundamental democratic right to vote.


  • We urge states to implement a variety of critical reforms that will make voting easier and safer for voters and election officials — like expanding vote-by-mail, increasing early-in person voting so voters don’t have to worry about crowding and long lines, ensuring people who need assistance returning their ballots can receive it, and other commonsense reforms like drop boxes that make it safe and convenient for voters to drop off their ballots.

    • The vast majority of Americans support expanding vote-by-mail to allow voters to safely cast their ballots in November, and even Trump’s campaign pollster shows Americans overwhelmingly want Congress to provide funding for states to expand absentee voting options in November.


  • Republicans like Trump are engaging in these voter suppression tactics because they know their agenda is out of step with voters. Trump himself told us why they’re so committed to making it harder to access the ballot box: Republicans are afraid they’ll “never” win another election if they let more people vote. That’s because their agenda is deeply toxic with so many Americans.




Democratic Party Fighting for Americans

  • Trump calls Democrats the “Do Nothing Party.” The reality is that Democrats in Congress have actually done a lot, but Trump has opposed their legislation, and Senate Republicans blocked the bills, despite broad support from voters.


  • Congressional Democrats strengthened interim legislation to support small businesses and secured additional funding for testing and PPE. Democrats are now working on CARES 2, which will put the lives of Americans, their livelihoods, and the life of our democracy first.


  • Here's a look at some of the many bills House Democrats have passed:

    • The Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act.

    • The Voting Rights Advancement Act to restore key provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

    • The SHIELD Act to better protect our elections from foreign interference.

    • The Raise the Wage Act to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

    • The American Dream and Promise Act to provide hardworking immigrants a much deserved pathway to citizenship.

    • The Equality Act to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

    • A package of bills to protect people’s access to health care and help make prescription drugs more affordable.

    • A bill to restore net neutrality.

    • The Climate Action Now Act to take action to protect our climate and create economic opportunities.

    • Legislation to reauthorize and expand the Violence Against Women Act.

    • Legislation to require background checks for all gun sales.

    • Legislation to help close the gender pay gap.

    • Historic anti-corruption reform.


  • While Democrats are working for the American people, what has Trump done lately?


DNC WAR ROOM

Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit

Background: Last week, Democratic attorneys general led by Xavier Becerra, and the House of Representatives submitted opening briefs in California v. Texas to defend the Affordable Care Act.


  • During the worst health crisis of our time, Trump says he wants to “terminate health care under Obamacare” as he and Republicans seek to strip protections from as many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions and take health care away from 20 million Americans.


  • Americans are relying on our health care system now more than ever before, and the ACA is one of our most critical tools to protect Americans from the consequences of the coronavirus.

    • Comprehensive Coverage: The ACA established what are known as “essential health benefits,” such as prescription drugs and hospitalization. Coronavirus testing and treatment are essential health benefits and must be covered by all ACA-compliant plans.

    • Access to Critical Vaccinations Without Cost Sharing: Once a coronavirus vaccine is developed, the Affordable Care Act will almost certainly cover the coronavirus vaccine without cost-sharing, because it requires plans to cover all vaccinations recommended by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

    • Protections for as Many as 133 Million Americans With Preexisting Conditions: Under the ACA, insurance companies are not allowed to discriminate against those with preexisting conditions by denying them coverage or charging higher rates.

    • Coverage for 20+ Million People: Because of the ACA, more than 20 million Americans gained health coverage. People with insurance are much more likely to see a doctor when they are sick and to get the treatment they need.

    • Increased CDC Funding: The Affordable Care Act established the CDC Prevention and Public Health Fund, which helps states prepare for disease outbreaks.

    • Medicaid Expansion: Because of the ACA, states can get additional federal money to expand Medicaid to vulnerable populations. More than 17 million Americans now have coverage through Medicaid expansion. Importantly, Medicaid’s funding structure allows funds to increase in response to a public health emergency like coronavirus.

    • Key Support for Rural Hospitals: The ACA significantly reduced uncompensated care costs. Between 2013 and 2015, hospitals’ uncompensated care costs decreased by $12 billion, or roughly 30 percent. As hospitals face an influx in coronavirus patients, it is critical that they are paid for the treatment they provide.


  • Even as Trump tries to destroy the ACA, he has been forced to rely on key provisions of the law to fight the spread of coronavirus.

    • Essential Health Benefits: The Trump administration urged health insurers to make testing free by considering it an “essential health benefit,” despite simultaneously arguing in court to overturn this protection of the ACA.

    • Medicaid Expansion: After championing cuts that kicked millions of people from its rolls, the Trump administration is now playing catch-up and trying it easier for poor Americans to get care through Medicaid. But the administration’s coronavirus response is weakening Medicaid by skimping on aid for Medicaid providers to the benefit of large medical systems.

    • Nursing Home Inspections: The Trump administration announced new initiatives to protect nursing homes but has continued pushing forward with rolling back regulations aimed at preventing infections from spreading in nursing homes.


  • The ACA is more popular than ever for one simple reason: it works. The ACA has significantly reduced the number of uninsured and helped Americans get the health care they need and aren’t bankrupted just because they get sick.


Trump’s Fragile Economy

  • Trump created a fragile economy that was especially vulnerable to the downturn that has resulted from the coronavirus outbreak.

    • Despite his promises, the gap between the richest Americans and everyone else grew bigger than ever under his watch, making it more difficult for working Americans during this economic downturn.

    • Once the coronavirus hit, Trump’s lies and failed response only made things worse.


  • The coronavirus outbreak is hurting sectors that were already stretched to their breaking point by Trump’s reckless trade policies and broken promises: 

    • U.S. factory output plummeted in March by the most in 75 years. But manufacturing was already in a recession for the entirety of 2019.

    • Farmers were struggling because of Trump’s reckless trade policies and false promises about increased purchases. While Trump continued to claim he had saved U.S. agriculture, farm bankruptcies increased by nearly 20 percent in 2019 and farm debt had already been forecast to hit a record high this year.

    • Retail sales suffered the largest ever monthly decline in March. But the retail industry had already cut more than 75,000 jobs last year and closed more than 9,300 stores.


  • Trump’s economic policies benefited the rich while leaving millions of Americans vulnerable to the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak:

    • About half of Americans were already living paycheck to paycheck and many worry daily about being able to pay their bills, as household debt hit a record high of $14 trillion at the end of 2019.


  • Trump’s economy is built on shaky foundations of short-term stimuli and corporate debt:

    • Corporations racked up $19 trillion in debt that made the economy more vulnerable to a downturn after spending the money they got from Trump’s tax cuts on stock buybacks for themselves and their wealthy shareholders. Despite Trump’s promises, corporations did next to nothing to boost workers’ paychecks.


  • Trump’s short-sighted economic policies weakened some of the tools available to fight the downturn:

    • Despite inheriting a strong economy, Trump racked up $1 trillion deficits by pushing massive tax cuts that didn’t provide a sustained economy boost to benefit workers like he promised.

    • Trump forced the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates because of his reckless trade policies, leaving it with little room to lower rates even further and half as much firepower as it did going into the last recession.



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

Hey all,

As you may have seen, the DNC's Rules and Bylaws Committee met by phone this afternoon. Below is some background on the changes taken up regarding state parties' delegate selection plans and national convention planning. As always, please let me know if you have any questions!

Best,

John

CHANGES IN 5 STATES:
The RBC took up waivers submitted by states parties who are having their primaries after the June 9 deadline or electing their delegates after the June 20 deadline. Those states include:

-Kentucky (moving primary to 6/23)
-New York (moving primary to 6/23)
-New Jersey (moving primary to 7/7)
-Delaware (moving primary to 7/7)
-Louisiana (moving primary to 7/11)

For these five states whose waiver requests were considered, the allocation of pledged delegates will not be changed. Each state will maintain the allocation that was in place when their plan was found to be in compliance with the rules. 

CONVENTION RESOLUTION:
In addition, the RBC took up a resolution in order to confirm that the Democratic National Convention Committee has maximum flexibility to plan a safe event that guarantees every delegate can accomplish their official business without putting their own health at risk.

This will give the convention team the authority to make the necessary changes to the format, size, date or other aspects in order to conduct a safe convention.

During this critical time, when the scope and scale of the pandemic and its impact in August remain unknown, convention planners are exploring a range of contingency options to ensure all delegates will be able to cast ballots and accomplish their business, regardless of their ability to travel and participate in person.

Protecting the health and well-being of our host community in Wisconsin and everyone involved with the convention will drive every decision convention planners make as they put plans in place for August.

In the coming weeks, the Democratic Convention team will remain in constant communication with federal, state, and local public health officials—and will follow their guidance to determine how many people can safely gather in Milwaukee this August.

Democrats remain inspired by the people who live and work in Milwaukee and remain committed to hosting this historic moment in their hometown. The city of Milwaukee has been an incredible partner and we couldn't be more committed to highlighting Wisconsin as a key battleground state when we host our convention there this August.

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John Weber

Battleground Press Secretary
Democratic National Committee

Hello from Milwaukee!

This afternoon, the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee (RBC) approved a resolution that would grant convention planners additional flexibility to make changes in order to protect public health and ensure that every delegate can accomplish their official business without putting their own health at risk. With convention plans in the news again, we wanted to share some communications resources with you. 

If you have specific questions about the below guidance or how to handle media inquiries about the convention, feel free to reach out to our press team at press@demconvention.com.

Key Messages: Protecting Public Health

Core Message—In light of the coronavirus pandemic, protecting the health and well-being of everyone involved with the convention must be our top priority. Providing convention planners with increased flexibility will allow them to appropriately adjust plans as they determine the safest approach and will ensure that every delegate is able to accomplish their official business without putting their own health at risk. 

  • Every day we are witnessing the extraordinary ways in which Americans are adjusting to this unprecedented moment, and the convention team is tapping into that same resilient spirit as we develop contingency plans to deliver a safe and successful event in Milwaukee this summer.
     
  • In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee took up a resolution on Tuesday in order to provide the Democratic National Convention Committee maximum flexibility to plan a safe event that guarantees every delegate can accomplish their official business without putting their own health at risk.
     
  • During this critical time, when the scope and scale of the pandemic and its impact in August remain unknown, this resolution confirms that the convention team has the authority to make the necessary changes to the format, size, date, or other aspects in order to conduct a safe convention.
  • Protecting the health and well-being of our host community and everyone involved with the convention will drive every decision convention planners make as they put plans in place for August.
     
  • In the coming weeks, the convention planning team remains in constant communication with federal, state, and local public health officials—and will follow their guidance to determine how many people can safely gather in Milwaukee this August.
     
  • Democrats remain inspired by the people who live and work in Milwaukee, and we remain committed to hosting this historic moment in their hometown. The city of Milwaukee has been an incredible partner and we couldn't be more committed to highlighting Wisconsin as a key battleground state.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the approval process for this resolution?

The Rules and Bylaws Committee approved this resolution during its meeting on Tuesday, May 12, amending portions of the Call for the Convention to provide the Democratic National Convention Committee maximum flexibility to plan a safe event. The Resolution will now be voted on by the full DNC. The staff at the DNC will work on a mechanism to allow the roughly 447 DNC members to vote by mail. The amendment to the Call requires approval by a majority of DNC members.
 

Does this mean the format of the convention is changing? Is this a step towards a virtual convention?

If passed, the resolution would provide increased flexibility to plan a safe event that guarantees every delegate can accomplish their official business without putting their own health at risk. We all need more time to better understand how the pandemic will impact the country later this summer before the convention committee can determine what this year’s event will look like. During this critical time, when the scope and scale of the pandemic and its impact remain unknown, the Democratic National Convention Committee is exploring a range of contingency options to ensure we can deliver a successful event without risk to public health.


Resources


Dear Fellow DNC Member,


Over the past few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has plunged our nation and the world into crisis. The latest jobs report, which came out on Friday, showed the national unemployment rate tripling to over 14%, and it’s even higher in communities of color. Hispanic unemployment is now at a record high of 18.9% under Donald Trump, compared to 5.9% when President Obama left office after overseeing one of the largest declines ever in Hispanic unemployment. A recent poll showed that Hispanics are almost twice as likely as white Americans to have been laid off since the start of this crisis. In fact, Hispanic men have been harder hit than any other group by the economic fallout of this pandemic.

Meanwhile, African American unemployment has skyrocketed to 16.7%, more than double what it was when President Obama left office in January 2017. So while President Obama helped bring African American unemployment down from 16% during the Great Recession, it’s now back up to 16% under Donald Trump.

But make no mistake: This was not inevitable. The only thing more staggering than these numbers is the incompetence that caused them. Donald Trump was warned months ago about the virus, but he failed to take action, and even said it would miraculously disappear by April. His failure of leadership has cost people their jobs, their savings, and their lives. The United States accounts for about 5% of the world’s population but roughly 33% of the world’s confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 25% of its confirmed deaths. This is a disaster of historic proportions and Donald Trump is at the center. He’s been chronically incompetent throughout

That’s why at our convention this summer, we’re going to officially nominate Joe Biden as the Democratic Party’s candidate for president. And we are going to make history when we send him and the first-ever female vice president to the White House in November.

While we are working to plan a successful convention in Milwaukee the week of August 17th, our Rules and Bylaws Committee unanimously passed a resolution today that gives our convention team the maximum flexibility they need during a truly unprecedented moment in our history. It is my expectation and hope that we will have an exciting, inspiring convention in August in Milwaukee. Does this mean that a precise format has been decided? No. This will give the convention team the tools necessary to adapt and plan in order to ensure that every delegate is able to accomplish their official business without putting their own health at risk – whether that be participating in person or by other means to allow for social distancing. 

That’s the job of good leaders – to adapt to changing situations and prepare for everything. And that’s exactly what our Rules and Bylaws Committee did today. And you will hear from Secretary Rae in the coming days with further information on the resolution and voting procedures in order for it to be considered and adopted by the entire DNC.

Contingency planning is an important feature of preparations for every convention, and the DNCC is composed of seasoned convention and event veterans who have been planning for a variety of scenarios from day one. I also want to praise our partners in Milwaukee and Wisconsin who have shown such tremendous leadership during these extraordinary circumstances.
 
We remain focused on planning a successful Democratic convention, and we are in constant communication with the federal, state and local health officials, and will continue to follow their guidance.

At the end of the day, our number one priority is the health and safety of the American people. Unlike our Republican counterparts, we will not have our public health heads in the sand.

This stands in stark contrast to how the RNC is handling its convention. Donald Trump and Ronna McDaniel repeatedly downplayed the severity of this crisis and scoffed at making changes to their convention. They’re eager to advocate for federally funded Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for their convention-goers while dismissing the thousands of nurses and doctors at hospitals across the country who have faced significant shortages of PPE. That’s some serious chutzpah.

We’re seeing the same selfishness in the White House. Trump has failed to provide adequate testing for the American people. Just this weekend, he said he didn’t even agree with the “whole concept of virus testing.” And yet, he and Mike Pence are getting tested every day. Now that the virus is spreading among White House officials, they’ve decided to take precautions – but only for themselves. That’s not leadership, that’s cruelty, incompetence, and cowardice.
Finally, the RBC took up waivers submitted by five state parties who had to move their primaries because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The DNC has been working day and night with every state party to ensure that we are providing them with maximum flexibility when it comes to their delegate selection plans. And as we head into November, we will work with states and bring litigation wherever necessary to ensure that every eligible voter can make their voice heard through options like vote by mail and other reforms, because we simply can’t let our democracy come to a halt.

The work the RBC did today is critically important to our party’s success. I’m so grateful to them and you for moving our party forward, and to our entire DNC staff for working tirelessly during this pandemic to ensure Democrats win this November.


Best,
 
Tom
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May 13, 2020

NEWS OF THE DAY

Accommodations for Primaries and Convention

Special Elections

HEROES Act

Coronavirus and Trump

The Right to Safe, Accessible Voting

Democratic Party Fighting for Americans

DNC WAR ROOM

Trump Politicizes Justice Department

April Jobs Report

Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit

Trump’s Fragile Economy


NEWS OF THE DAY

Accommodations for Primaries and Convention

Background: In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, yesterday the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee (RBC) approved accommodations to state primaries and the convention.


CHANGES IN 5 STATES:


  • The RBC approved waivers submitted by states parties who are having their primaries after the June 9 deadline. Those states include:

    • Kentucky (moving primary to 6/23)

    • New York (moving primary to 6/23)

    • New Jersey (moving primary to 7/7)

    • Delaware (moving primary to 7/7)

    • Louisiana (moving primary to 7/11)


  • For these five states, the allocation of pledged delegates was not changed. Each state maintains the allocation that was in place when their plan was found to be in compliance with the rules.


CONVENTION RESOLUTION:


  • In addition, the RBC approved a resolution to confirm that the Democratic National Convention Committee has maximum flexibility to plan a safe event that guarantees every delegate can accomplish official business without putting their own health at risk.


  • This resolution will now be voted on by the full DNC, and requires approval by a majority of DNC members. DNC staff are working on a mechanism to allow the roughly 447 DNC members to vote by mail.


  • This will give the convention team the authority to make the necessary changes to the format, size, date or other aspects in order to conduct a safe convention.


  • During this critical time, when the scope and scale of the pandemic and its impact in August remain unknown, convention planners are exploring a range of contingency options to ensure all delegates will be able to cast ballots and accomplish their business, regardless of their ability to travel and participate in person.


  • Protecting the health and well-being of our host community in Wisconsin and everyone involved with the convention will drive every decision convention planners make as they put plans in place for August.


  • In the coming weeks, the Democratic Convention team will remain in constant communication with federal, state, and local public health officials—and will follow their guidance to determine how many people can safely gather in Milwaukee this August.


  • Democrats remain inspired by the people who live and work in Milwaukee and remain committed to hosting this historic moment in their hometown. The city of Milwaukee has been an incredible partner and we couldn't be more committed to highlighting Wisconsin as a key battleground state when we host our convention there this August.


Special Elections

Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District


  • Yesterday, Democrats overperformed in a Republican-gerrymandered district that Trump won by 20 points in 2016.


  • Tricia Zunker was the first Democrat to receive over 40% of the vote in this district since 2012.


  • Republicans continued to hemorrhage support in suburban counties, with Zunker coming within 10 points in St. Croix county, outperforming both Scott Walker and Donald Trump in the most suburban county in the 7th district.


  • This underperformance by Wisconsin Republicans comes on the heels of their demoralizing double-digit loss last month in the April Supreme Court election, when Donald Trump’s endorsement was unable to save Dan Kelly as Democrats eroded margins in the suburban WOW counties.


  • With Democratic strongholds statewide in Wisconsin becoming even bluer, Republicans need to expand their margins in districts like this in order to win Wisconsin this November: that didn’t happen on Tuesday. 


California’s 25th Congressional District


  • This is a single, low-turnout special election without the top-of-the-ticket driver that we’ll see in November.


  • This race doesn’t reflect the dynamics we’ll see in November across the House battlefield. Republicans acknowledged that this low-turnout special election favored them. Without other races helping drive turnout at the top of the ballot, the electorate was estimated to be significantly more Republican than the district’s registration.


  • Regardless of the eventual outcome, House Democrats are on offense, and we’ll compete very aggressively in this district in November. Democrats have worked throughout the cycle to build a large battlefield to fortify and expand our historic House majority.


HEROES Act

Background: Yesterday, House Democrats unveiled the HEROES Act, legislation to address the COVID-19 health and economic crisis, and safeguard our democracy.


  • Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats are showing bold leadership to protect Americans’ lives, livelihoods, and the life of our democracy with the HEROES Act. While Trump, McConnell and Republicans would rather let states go bankrupt and children go hungry, Democrats are fighting for American workers and families.


  • With more than 80,000 Americans dead, well over 1 million infected, and 33 million unemployed, now is the time to step up to provide clarity and address the needs of the American people, not to sit back and see how bad things get.


  • The HEROES Act honors our commitment to keep frontline and essential workers safe and paid; protects the health of all Americans through testing, tracing, treatment, and health coverage; and helps ensure Americans are able to put food on the table, keep a roof over their heads, and make ends meet.


  • The HEROES Act will safeguard our democracy by ensuring no-excuse vote-by-mail, 15 days of in-person early voting, and automatic mail ballots during crises such as COVID-19, while providing an additional $3.6 billion in funding to help states put this infrastructure in place.


  • As Trump declares mission accomplished, Democrats will never stop fighting to protect the American people and put their health concerns first. Democrats have a plan to ensure that no American has to choose between their health, their economic well-being, or their democratic rights.


Coronavirus and Trump

  • Trump ignored warnings, downplayed the severity of this crisis, and failed to prepare for months, allowing the coronavirus to spread rapidly and undetected. Now we’re paying the price. More than 80,000 Americans have already lost their lives, forcing Trump to raise his estimate for the disease’s death toll yet again. Our country leads the world in confirmed cases and deaths, supply shortages continue to ravage our health care system, and workers have lost their jobs at an unprecedented pace. The crisis is worse because of Trump.


  • Trump continues to contradict his own public health experts, who corrected many of his false statements at yesterday’s Senate HELP Committee hearing. Trump claimed the virus will just “disappear,” but Dr. Fauci asserted that is not going to happen. Trump promised 5 million tests a day — 150 million tests per month — two weeks ago, but HHS Assistant Secretary Giroir said that even in September we will only be at a third of that. Trump has questioned whether the death toll is lower than reported and pushed CDC to revise down its counts, but Dr. Fauci acknowledged that deaths are “almost certainly” higher than the death count.


  • Trump now claims to have “prevailed” on testing, but the reality is he has made the testing crisis worse. Yesterday, there was bipartisan agreement from senators and health officials that we need dramatically more testing. Trump wants Americans to go to work without the widespread testing and contact tracing that protects him in the White House. Trump’s limited testing targets are insufficient and we are nowhere close to hitting the levels experts agree we need to reopen safely. To get America back to work, Trump must fix the testing shortage he created.


  • Trump is knowingly putting American lives at risk to further his political interests. He is claiming “mission accomplished” and declaring the worst of the pandemic over while infections continue to rise across most of the country and the virus spreads through the White House. Trump admitted that he was in a rush to reopen the country even if it caused unnecessary deaths.


  • Trump has repeatedly muzzled science and ignored the truth. Trump is blocking top health officials from testifying before the House. Trump’s White House buried a CDC report with step-by-step guidance to help local authorities reopen, and still has no timeline for releasing detailed guidance. Trump gave responsibility for securing critical medical supplies to “inexperienced volunteers” led by Jared Kushner instead of health or military experts, exacerbating problems obtaining supplies. Trump’s administration has been charged by a whistleblower of “cronyism,” retaliation, and putting politics ahead of science. By ignoring experts and working to further his political interests instead, Trump has worsened the crisis.


  • Trump downplayed the threat and failed to prepare. Trump ignored more than a dozen early warnings about the coronavirus from U.S. intelligence agencies throughout January and February. For months, Trump lied about the severity of the disease and failed to get states and hospitals supplies. Trump’s administration squandered critical time and turned down an offer in January to make nearly two million additional N95 masks a week. Trump’s chaotic leadership and decision to force states to go at it alone has made it more difficult for them to get the supplies they need.


  • Trump admitted that he rolled over for China. Trump ignored warnings that China was withholding data, refused to call out Beijing on its coronavirus response, and delayed taking action out of fear of upsetting his trade deal that has gone largely unfulfilled. On two occasions in January, Trump ignored advisers who urged him to press Xi Jinping for more transparency. Trump didn’t restrict travel with China until more than three dozen other countries had already done so, and more than 400,000 people flew from China to the U.S. with little if any screening in the first two months after the outbreak was disclosed.


  • Trump has consistently put big corporations first — letting large corporations and companies with ties to him get hundreds of millions of dollars in loans instead of the small businesses that need them to survive. The Trump administration is lending $500 billion to big corporations without requiring them to save jobs or limit payouts to CEOs or shareholders. Trump has failed small businesses, and in particular rural, minority, and women-owned small businesses, with his administration’s rollout of the small business Paycheck Protection Program.


The Right to Safe, Accessible Voting

  • As our country deals with the uncertainty and risks of COVID-19, it is especially critical to provide safe, accessible, and secure voting to all eligible Americans — voters should not be forced to make a difficult choice between their health and safety, and exercising their fundamental democratic right to vote.


  • We urge states to implement a variety of critical reforms that will make voting easier and safer for voters and election officials — like expanding vote-by-mail, increasing early-in person voting so voters don’t have to worry about crowding and long lines, ensuring people who need assistance returning their ballots can receive it, and other commonsense reforms like drop boxes that make it safe and convenient for voters to drop off their ballots.

    • The vast majority of Americans support expanding vote-by-mail to allow voters to safely cast their ballots in November, and even Trump’s campaign pollster shows Americans overwhelmingly want Congress to provide funding for states to expand absentee voting options in November.


  • Republicans like Trump are engaging in these voter suppression tactics because they know their agenda is out of step with voters. Trump himself told us why they’re so committed to making it harder to access the ballot box: Republicans are afraid they’ll “never” win another election if they let more people vote. That’s because their agenda is deeply toxic with so many Americans.




Democratic Party Fighting for Americans

  • Trump calls Democrats the “Do Nothing Party.” The reality is that Democrats in Congress have actually done a lot, but Trump has opposed their legislation, and Senate Republicans blocked the bills, despite broad support from voters.


  • House Democrats have unveiled the HEROES Act, bold legislation to protect Americans’ lives, livelihoods, and the life of our democracy. While Trump, McConnell and Republicans would rather let states go bankrupt and children go hungry, Democrats are fighting for American workers and families.


  • Here's a look at some of the many bills House Democrats have passed:

    • The Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act.

    • The Voting Rights Advancement Act to restore key provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

    • The SHIELD Act to better protect our elections from foreign interference.

    • The Raise the Wage Act to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

    • The American Dream and Promise Act to provide hardworking immigrants a much deserved pathway to citizenship.

    • The Equality Act to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

    • A package of bills to protect people’s access to health care and help make prescription drugs more affordable.

    • A bill to restore net neutrality.

    • The Climate Action Now Act to take action to protect our climate and create economic opportunities.

    • Legislation to reauthorize and expand the Violence Against Women Act.

    • Legislation to require background checks for all gun sales.

    • Legislation to help close the gender pay gap.

    • Historic anti-corruption reform.


  • While Democrats are working for the American people, what has Trump done lately?


DNC WAR ROOM

Trump Politicizes Justice Department

Background: Last week, the Trump administration dropped criminal charges against Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to investigators. On Tuesday, the judge in the Flynn case signaled he would not immediately drop the case.


  • Trump and Barr’s politicization of justice knows no bounds. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia and the evidence against him is overwhelming, but Barr is dropping the case to continue covering up for Trump.


  • Overruling the special counsel is outrageous and shows Barr’s lack of respect for the rule of law. The dismissal of charges by a politicized DOJ do not exonerate Flynn — they just incriminate Barr.


  • This is just the latest example of Trump’s politicization of DOJ:

    • Barr intervened to take control of multiple legal matters that involved Trump or his associates, including Roger Stone. Barr ordered prosecutors to seek a shorter sentence for Stone, prompting four prosecutors to withdraw from the case.

    • Barr set up a process for Rudy Giuliani, who is under investigation by DOJ, to pass information intended to help Trump politically to the department.


  • It’s clear that Trump has not learned any “lessons” after Senate Republicans voted to acquit him of abuse of power, and he’s more emboldened than ever to use the presidency to serve his personal and political interests.


April Jobs Report

  • Instead of taking steps to prepare for the economic downturn from coronavirus, Trump downplayed the threat of coronavirus and the economic fallout that would result from his complete mismanagement of the crisis. Now he’s brushing off tens of millions of Americans losing their livelihoods as “no surprise” and “fully expected.”


  • More than 20 million Americans lost their jobs in April, wiping out a decade of job gains in a single month, and the unemployment rate tripled to 14.7%, the highest since the Great Depression. It didn’t have to be this bad.


  • Trump failed to prepare us for this pandemic and we now have the worst economy in a generation — not as a result of coronavirus, but as a result of his failure to prepare and contain coronavirus.


  • There are very real consequences to the laundry list of Trump’s ill-preparedness and bad policy. More people are sick, more people have died, and there is exponentially higher disruption to our economy and lives.


  • We can’t trust Trump to rebuild our economy because we’ve already seen what his failed leadership looks like – an arbitrary and politically motivated effort that does not do nearly enough to protect workers. We’ve suffered the consequences. We know he’s not fighting for us. Americans deserve better.


Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit

Background: Last week, Democratic attorneys general led by Xavier Becerra, and the House of Representatives submitted opening briefs in California v. Texas to defend the Affordable Care Act.


  • During the worst health crisis of our time, Trump says he wants to “terminate health care under Obamacare” as he and Republicans seek to strip protections from as many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions and take health care away from 20 million Americans.


  • Americans are relying on our health care system now more than ever before as about 27 million Americans have lost their insurance during the coronavirus outbreak, and the ACA is one of our most critical tools to protect Americans from the consequences of the coronavirus.

    • Comprehensive Coverage: The ACA established what are known as “essential health benefits,” such as prescription drugs and hospitalization. Coronavirus testing and treatment are essential health benefits and must be covered by all ACA-compliant plans.

    • Access to Critical Vaccinations Without Cost Sharing: Once a coronavirus vaccine is developed, the Affordable Care Act will almost certainly cover the coronavirus vaccine without cost-sharing, because it requires plans to cover all vaccinations recommended by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

    • Protections for as Many as 133 Million Americans With Preexisting Conditions: Under the ACA, insurance companies are not allowed to discriminate against those with preexisting conditions by denying them coverage or charging higher rates.

    • Coverage for 20+ Million People: Because of the ACA, more than 20 million Americans gained health coverage. People with insurance are much more likely to see a doctor when they are sick and to get the treatment they need.

    • Increased CDC Funding: The Affordable Care Act established the CDC Prevention and Public Health Fund, which helps states prepare for disease outbreaks.

    • Medicaid Expansion: Because of the ACA, states can get additional federal money to expand Medicaid to vulnerable populations. More than 17 million Americans now have coverage through Medicaid expansion. Importantly, Medicaid’s funding structure allows funds to increase in response to a public health emergency like coronavirus.

    • Key Support for Rural Hospitals: The ACA significantly reduced uncompensated care costs. Between 2013 and 2015, hospitals’ uncompensated care costs decreased by $12 billion, or roughly 30 percent. As hospitals face an influx in coronavirus patients, it is critical that they are paid for the treatment they provide.


  • Even as Trump tries to destroy the ACA, he has been forced to rely on key provisions of the law to fight the spread of coronavirus.

    • Essential Health Benefits: The Trump administration urged health insurers to make testing free by considering it an “essential health benefit,” despite simultaneously arguing in court to overturn this protection of the ACA.

    • Medicaid Expansion: After championing cuts that kicked millions of people from its rolls, the Trump administration is now playing catch-up and trying it easier for poor Americans to get care through Medicaid. But the administration’s coronavirus response is weakening Medicaid by skimping on aid for Medicaid providers to the benefit of large medical systems.

    • Nursing Home Inspections: The Trump administration announced new initiatives to protect nursing homes but has continued pushing forward with rolling back regulations aimed at preventing infections from spreading in nursing homes.


  • The ACA is more popular than ever for one simple reason: it works. The ACA has significantly reduced the number of uninsured and helped Americans get the health care they need and aren’t bankrupted just because they get sick.


Trump’s Fragile Economy

  • Trump created a fragile economy that was especially vulnerable to the downturn that has resulted from the coronavirus outbreak.

    • Despite his promises, the gap between the richest Americans and everyone else grew bigger than ever under his watch, making it more difficult for working Americans during this economic downturn.

    • Once the coronavirus hit, Trump’s lies and failed response only made things worse.


  • The coronavirus outbreak is hurting sectors that were already stretched to their breaking point by Trump’s reckless trade policies and broken promises: 

    • U.S. factory output plummeted in March by the most in 75 years. But manufacturing was already in a recession for the entirety of 2019.

    • Farmers were struggling because of Trump’s reckless trade policies and false promises about increased purchases. While Trump continued to claim he had saved U.S. agriculture, farm bankruptcies increased by nearly 20 percent in 2019 and farm debt had already been forecast to hit a record high this year.

    • Retail sales suffered the largest ever monthly decline in March. But the retail industry had already cut more than 75,000 jobs last year and closed more than 9,300 stores.


  • Trump’s economic policies benefited the rich while leaving millions of Americans vulnerable to the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak:

    • About half of Americans were already living paycheck to paycheck and many worry daily about being able to pay their bills, as household debt hit a record high of $14 trillion at the end of 2019.


  • Trump’s economy is built on shaky foundations of short-term stimuli and corporate debt:

    • Corporations racked up $19 trillion in debt that made the economy more vulnerable to a downturn after spending the money they got from Trump’s tax cuts on stock buybacks for themselves and their wealthy shareholders. Despite Trump’s promises, corporations did next to nothing to boost workers’ paychecks.


  • Trump’s short-sighted economic policies weakened some of the tools available to fight the downturn:

    • Despite inheriting a strong economy, Trump racked up $1 trillion deficits by pushing massive tax cuts that didn’t provide a sustained economy boost to benefit workers like he promised.

    • Trump forced the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates because of his reckless trade policies, leaving it with little room to lower rates even further and half as much firepower as it did going into the last recession.



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


May 11, 2020

NEWS OF THE DAY

April Jobs Report

Coronavirus and Trump

Trump Politicizes Justice Department

The Right to Safe, Accessible Voting

Democratic Party Fighting for Americans

DNC WAR ROOM

Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit

Trump’s Fragile Economy


NEWS OF THE DAY

April Jobs Report

  • Instead of taking steps to prepare for the economic downturn from coronavirus, Trump downplayed the threat of coronavirus and the economic fallout that would result from his complete mismanagement of the crisis. Now he’s brushing off tens of millions of Americans losing their livelihoods as “no surprise” and “fully expected.”


  • More than 20 million Americans lost their jobs in April, wiping out a decade of job gains in a single month, and the unemployment rate tripled to 14.7%, the highest since the Great Depression. It didn’t have to be this bad.


  • Trump failed to prepare us for this pandemic and we now have the worst economy in a generation — not as a result of coronavirus, but as a result of his failure to prepare and contain coronavirus.


  • There are very real consequences to the laundry list of Trump’s ill-preparedness and bad policy. More people are sick, more people have died, and there is exponentially higher disruption to our economy and lives.


  • We can’t trust Trump to rebuild our economy because we’ve already seen what his failed leadership looks like – an arbitrary and politically motivated effort that does not do nearly enough to protect workers. We’ve suffered the consequences. We know he’s not fighting for us. Americans deserve better.


Coronavirus and Trump

  • Trump ignored warnings, downplayed the severity of this crisis, and failed to prepare for months, allowing the coronavirus to spread rapidly and undetected. Now we’re paying the price. More than 80,000 Americans have already lost their lives, forcing Trump to raise his estimate for the disease’s death toll yet again. Our country leads the world in confirmed cases and deaths, supply shortages continue to ravage our health care system, and workers have lost their jobs at an unprecedented pace. The crisis is worse because of Trump.


  • Trump is knowingly putting American lives at risk to further his political interests. He is claiming “mission accomplished” and declaring the worst of the pandemic over while infections continue to rise across most of the country and the virus spreads through the White House. Trump admitted that he was in a rush to reopen the country even if it caused unnecessary deaths.


  • Trump has repeatedly muzzled science and ignored the truth. Trump is blocking top health officials from testifying before the House. Trump’s White House buried a CDC report with step-by-step guidance to help local authorities reopen. Trump put a conspiracy theory before science and cut funding for a coronavirus researcher in Wuhan, jeopardizing a possible cure to COVID-19. Trump gave responsibility for securing critical medical supplies to “inexperienced volunteers” led by Jared Kushner instead of health or military experts, exacerbating problems obtaining supplies. Trump’s administration has been charged by a whistleblower of “cronyism,” retaliation, and putting politics ahead of science. By ignoring experts and working to further his political interests instead, Trump has worsened the crisis.


  • Trump is downplaying the need for more testing even as his White House runs contact tracing and testing for its staff each day. Trump still has no national testing strategy. Experts say his limited targets are insufficient and his own testing chief admits we are nowhere close to hitting the testing levels that Trump said we would soon hit. Trump’s latest so-called “strategy” only aims to provide states with enough coronavirus testing for 2% of their residents — a massive concession after his previous promise that “anybody that wants a test can get a test.” To get America back to work, Trump must fix the testing shortage he created.


  • Trump downplayed the threat and failed to prepare. Trump ignored more than a dozen early warnings about the coronavirus from U.S. intelligence agencies throughout January and February. For months, Trump lied about the severity of the disease and failed to get states and hospitals supplies. Trump’s administration squandered critical time and turned down an offer in January to make nearly two million additional N95 masks a week. Trump’s chaotic leadership and decision to force states to go at it alone has made it more difficult for them to get the supplies they need.


  • Trump admitted that he rolled over for China. Trump ignored warnings that China was withholding data, refused to call out Beijing on its coronavirus response, and delayed taking action out of fear of upsetting his trade deal that has gone largely unfulfilled. On two occasions in January, Trump ignored advisers who urged him to press Xi Jinping for more transparency. Trump didn’t restrict travel with China until more than three dozen other countries had already done so, and more than 400,000 people flew from China to the U.S. with little if any screening in the first two months after the outbreak was disclosed.


  • Trump has consistently put big corporations first — letting large corporations and companies with ties to him get hundreds of millions of dollars in loans instead of the small businesses that need them to survive. The Trump administration is lending $500 billion to big corporations without requiring them to save jobs or limit payouts to CEOs or shareholders. Trump has failed small businesses, and in particular rural, minority, and women-owned small businesses, with his administration’s rollout of the small business Paycheck Protection Program.


Main Messaging

  • Trump’s failed leadership and mismanagement of the coronavirus outbreak has endangered Americans and significantly worsened a severe public health crisis.


  • The Chinese Government: Trump Bought the Chinese Government’s Obvious Spin and Turned a Blind Eye to the Danger

    • Instead of acting early, Trump ignored months of warnings and praised China in an effort to secure a weak trade deal that has gone largely unfulfilled.

      • While China covered up the coronavirus outbreak, Trump praised the Chinese government in January, saying, “China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus. The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency.” And in February, Trump said of President Xi, “I think he’s handled it really well.”

    • Trump touts banning travel from China as evidence he took the crisis seriously, but nearly 400,000 people flew to the U.S. from China in Trump’s month of inaction after the coronavirus outbreak was disclosed, and Trump didn’t act until more than three dozen other countries had already restricted travel from China.

      • Even after the belated restrictions, 40,000 people have arrived from China and screening at U.S. airports has been “porous,” “spotty” and “haphazard.”

    • Trump ignored warnings about a potential PPE shortage and sent 18 tons of PPE to China and encouraged millions of dollars of medical supplies to be exported that we now desperately need in the U.S. and are paying marked-up prices for.

    • Trump dismantled our ability to watch for emerging threats in China, and then failed to adequately press the Chinese government to allow CDC officials into China to investigate the novel coronavirus.

      • Trump slashed more than two-thirds of CDC staff operating in China, including a post held by a key expert who had been embedded in China’s disease control agency. The eliminated staff could have alerted the U.S. and the world to important information about the growing outbreak, and helped China contain the outbreak earlier.

      • Trump ended a pandemic early-warning program that trained scientists in China, including the lab in Wuhan that identified the novel coronavirus, and other countries to detect and respond to pandemics.




  • Corporate Favoritism: Trump Went Soft on Corporations

    • Trump squandered critical time instead of using the Defense Production Act to ramp up production and coordinate distribution of medical supplies — worsening the dangerous shortage of essential PPE and testing supplies.

      • Trump’s White House cut an early request from his Health Department for $2 billion to buy respirator masks and other supplies by 75%.

    • Trump’s White House continues to prioritize helping allies, often favoring friendly businesses for contracts and political allies when allocating critical resources.

    • Tens of millions of dollars in loans intended for small businesses have gone to companies with ties to Trump, including the fossil fuel industry.

    • In Trump’s swamp, former Trump campaign and administration officials are getting rich lobbying to get companies coronavirus relief funds and exemptions to regulatory hurdles.

    • Trump’s administration is lending $500 billion to big corporations without any conditions requiring them to save jobs or limit payouts to CEOs and shareholders.

    • Trump removed the inspector general charged with overseeing the CARES Act and indicated he may ignore some of the oversight and transparency safeguards demanded by congressional Democrats.

    • Trump’s administration has been charged by a whistleblower of “cronyism,” retaliation, and putting politics ahead of science.

    • Trump’s administration botched the rollout of the CARES Act’s Paycheck Protection Program, failing to provide clear guidance on the lending process or clarity on who was eligible and allowing large corporations to scoop up funds.

    • Weeks after applying, thousands of small businesses still haven’t gotten their loans as big corporations and companies connected to Trump get loans instead. PPP loans have not gone to the hardest hit areas or to underserved rural, minority, and women-owned small businesses because of the Trump administration’s implementation of the program.


  • Americans deserve better — a well-coordinated, whole-of-government, fully-funded response to this public health crisis and a president that prioritizes their safety and economic security.


Trump Politicizes Justice Department

Background: Last week, the Trump administration dropped criminal charges against Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to investigators. Lead Mueller prosecutor Brandon Van Grack withdrew from the case minutes before the government filing.


  • Trump and Barr’s politicization of justice knows no bounds. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia and the evidence against him is overwhelming, but Barr is dropping the case to continue covering up for Trump.


  • Overruling the special counsel is outrageous and shows Barr’s lack of respect for the rule of law. The dismissal of charges by a politicized DOJ do not exonerate Flynn — they just incriminate Barr.


  • This is just the latest example of Trump’s politicization of DOJ:

    • Barr intervened to take control of multiple legal matters that involved Trump or his associates, including Roger Stone. Barr ordered prosecutors to seek a shorter sentence for Stone, prompting four prosecutors to withdraw from the case.

    • Barr set up a process for Rudy Giuliani, who is under investigation by DOJ, to pass information intended to help Trump politically to the department.


  • It’s clear that Trump has not learned any “lessons” after Senate Republicans voted to acquit him of abuse of power, and he’s more emboldened than ever to use the presidency to serve his personal and political interests.


The Right to Safe, Accessible Voting

  • As our country deals with the uncertainty and risks of COVID-19, it is especially critical to provide safe, accessible, and secure voting to all eligible Americans — voters should not be forced to make a difficult choice between their health and safety, and exercising their fundamental democratic right to vote.


  • We urge states to implement a variety of critical reforms that will make voting easier and safer for voters and election officials — like expanding vote-by-mail, increasing early-in person voting so voters don’t have to worry about crowding and long lines, ensuring people who need assistance returning their ballots can receive it, and other commonsense reforms like drop boxes that make it safe and convenient for voters to drop off their ballots.

    • The vast majority of Americans support expanding vote-by-mail to allow voters to safely cast their ballots in November, and even Trump’s campaign pollster shows Americans overwhelmingly want Congress to provide funding for states to expand absentee voting options in November.


  • Republicans like Trump are engaging in these voter suppression tactics because they know their agenda is out of step with voters. Trump himself told us why they’re so committed to making it harder to access the ballot box: Republicans are afraid they’ll “never” win another election if they let more people vote. That’s because their agenda is deeply toxic with so many Americans.




Democratic Party Fighting for Americans

  • Trump calls Democrats the “Do Nothing Party.” The reality is that Democrats in Congress have actually done a lot, but Trump has opposed their legislation, and Senate Republicans blocked the bills, despite broad support from voters.


  • Congressional Democrats strengthened interim legislation to support small businesses and secured additional funding for testing and PPE. Democrats are now working on CARES 2, which will put the lives of Americans, their livelihoods, and the life of our democracy first.


  • Here's a look at some of the many bills House Democrats have passed:

    • The Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act.

    • The Voting Rights Advancement Act to restore key provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

    • The SHIELD Act to better protect our elections from foreign interference.

    • The Raise the Wage Act to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

    • The American Dream and Promise Act to provide hardworking immigrants a much deserved pathway to citizenship.

    • The Equality Act to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

    • A package of bills to protect people’s access to health care and help make prescription drugs more affordable.

    • A bill to restore net neutrality.

    • The Climate Action Now Act to take action to protect our climate and create economic opportunities.

    • Legislation to reauthorize and expand the Violence Against Women Act.

    • Legislation to require background checks for all gun sales.

    • Legislation to help close the gender pay gap.

    • Historic anti-corruption reform.


  • While Democrats are working for the American people, what has Trump done lately?


DNC WAR ROOM

Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit

Background: Last week, Democratic attorneys general led by Xavier Becerra, and the House of Representatives submitted opening briefs in California v. Texas to defend the Affordable Care Act.


  • During the worst health crisis of our time, Trump says he wants to “terminate health care under Obamacare” as he and Republicans seek to strip protections from as many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions and take health care away from 20 million Americans.


  • Americans are relying on our health care system now more than ever before, and the ACA is one of our most critical tools to protect Americans from the consequences of the coronavirus.

    • Comprehensive Coverage: The ACA established what are known as “essential health benefits,” such as prescription drugs and hospitalization. Coronavirus testing and treatment are essential health benefits and must be covered by all ACA-compliant plans.

    • Access to Critical Vaccinations Without Cost Sharing: Once a coronavirus vaccine is developed, the Affordable Care Act will almost certainly cover the coronavirus vaccine without cost-sharing, because it requires plans to cover all vaccinations recommended by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

    • Protections for as Many as 133 Million Americans With Preexisting Conditions: Under the ACA, insurance companies are not allowed to discriminate against those with preexisting conditions by denying them coverage or charging higher rates.

    • Coverage for 20+ Million People: Because of the ACA, more than 20 million Americans gained health coverage. People with insurance are much more likely to see a doctor when they are sick and to get the treatment they need.

    • Increased CDC Funding: The Affordable Care Act established the CDC Prevention and Public Health Fund, which helps states prepare for disease outbreaks.

    • Medicaid Expansion: Because of the ACA, states can get additional federal money to expand Medicaid to vulnerable populations. More than 17 million Americans now have coverage through Medicaid expansion. Importantly, Medicaid’s funding structure allows funds to increase in response to a public health emergency like coronavirus.

    • Key Support for Rural Hospitals: The ACA significantly reduced uncompensated care costs. Between 2013 and 2015, hospitals’ uncompensated care costs decreased by $12 billion, or roughly 30 percent. As hospitals face an influx in coronavirus patients, it is critical that they are paid for the treatment they provide.


  • Even as Trump tries to destroy the ACA, he has been forced to rely on key provisions of the law to fight the spread of coronavirus.

    • Essential Health Benefits: The Trump administration urged health insurers to make testing free by considering it an “essential health benefit,” despite simultaneously arguing in court to overturn this protection of the ACA.

    • Medicaid Expansion: After championing cuts that kicked millions of people from its rolls, the Trump administration is now playing catch-up and trying it easier for poor Americans to get care through Medicaid. But the administration’s coronavirus response is weakening Medicaid by skimping on aid for Medicaid providers to the benefit of large medical systems.

    • Nursing Home Inspections: The Trump administration announced new initiatives to protect nursing homes but has continued pushing forward with rolling back regulations aimed at preventing infections from spreading in nursing homes.


  • The ACA is more popular than ever for one simple reason: it works. The ACA has significantly reduced the number of uninsured and helped Americans get the health care they need and aren’t bankrupted just because they get sick.


Trump’s Fragile Economy

  • Trump created a fragile economy that was especially vulnerable to the downturn that has resulted from the coronavirus outbreak.

    • Despite his promises, the gap between the richest Americans and everyone else grew bigger than ever under his watch, making it more difficult for working Americans during this economic downturn.

    • Once the coronavirus hit, Trump’s lies and failed response only made things worse.


  • The coronavirus outbreak is hurting sectors that were already stretched to their breaking point by Trump’s reckless trade policies and broken promises: 

    • U.S. factory output plummeted in March by the most in 75 years. But manufacturing was already in a recession for the entirety of 2019.

    • Farmers were struggling because of Trump’s reckless trade policies and false promises about increased purchases. While Trump continued to claim he had saved U.S. agriculture, farm bankruptcies increased by nearly 20 percent in 2019 and farm debt had already been forecast to hit a record high this year.

    • Retail sales suffered the largest ever monthly decline in March. But the retail industry had already cut more than 75,000 jobs last year and closed more than 9,300 stores.


  • Trump’s economic policies benefited the rich while leaving millions of Americans vulnerable to the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak:

    • About half of Americans were already living paycheck to paycheck and many worry daily about being able to pay their bills, as household debt hit a record high of $14 trillion at the end of 2019.


  • Trump’s economy is built on shaky foundations of short-term stimuli and corporate debt:

    • Corporations racked up $19 trillion in debt that made the economy more vulnerable to a downturn after spending the money they got from Trump’s tax cuts on stock buybacks for themselves and their wealthy shareholders. Despite Trump’s promises, corporations did next to nothing to boost workers’ paychecks.


  • Trump’s short-sighted economic policies weakened some of the tools available to fight the downturn:

    • Despite inheriting a strong economy, Trump racked up $1 trillion deficits by pushing massive tax cuts that didn’t provide a sustained economy boost to benefit workers like he promised.

    • Trump forced the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates because of his reckless trade policies, leaving it with little room to lower rates even further and half as much firepower as it did going into the last recession.



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Trump Lets Down Small Businesses With Botched Rollout

For the second time in a span of the month, the Trump administration botched the rollout of its small business loan program.

The Trump administration once again botched the PPP rollout, which was riddled with glitches, and crashed almost immediately.

NPR: “Small Business Loans Site Crashes On First Day Of Reopening”

Bloomberg: “Gears Jammed Again During Relaunch of Small-Business Relief Program”

Washington Post: “Trump administration's small business rescue has a rocky rollout. Again.”

Wall Street Journal: “The government on Monday resumed taking applications for its $660 billion aid program for small businesses hit by the fallout of the coronavirus outbreak—and with the resumption came a fresh chorus of complaints over delays and glitches in the process.”

In the first round of loans, many small businesses struggled with the process to get loans or weren’t able to get any loans at all.

“The application said that we would have funding within three days, and that didn’t happen… I still haven’t seen a dime.” - Washington small business owner

“My question is, What was wrong with the first application submission?” - Massachusetts small business owner 

“We applied the minute the portal went live. We did everything right. How come we weren’t at the top of the queue?” - California small business owner

“I lost it. How is it possible that Shake Shack and many other mega-chains got millions of dollars, and small restaurateurs like me, who collectively provide jobs for millions of people, were left with nothing?” - New York small business owner

“We had all our paperwork ready to go and submitted our applications on the very first day they were accepting them, and we’re still processing.” - Virginia small business owner 

Meanwhile, big corporations and well-connected companies got the loans intended for small businesses instead.

CBS News: “Paycheck Protection Program billions went to large companies and missed virus hot spots”

Associated Press: “Publicly traded firms get $365M in small-business loans”

NBC News: “Firms with Trump links or worth $100 million got small business loans”

CBS News: “Phunware, a data firm for Trump campaign, got millions in coronavirus small business help”

GQ: “One Trump Donor’s Hotel Companies Got $96.1 Million Meant for Small Businesses”




GDP Falls By Most Since Great Recession 

“As Trump downplayed the threat of coronavirus, his White House was caught flat footed by the economic fallout that resulted from his complete mismanagement of this crisis,” said DNC Deputy War Room Director Daniel Wessel. “They told us we’d see ‘no material impact’ on the economy, and yet economic growth last quarter declined by the most since the Great Recession, with the worst still yet to come — leaving us grossly unprepared, and now we’re suffering the consequences.”

In February and March, the White House said coronavirus would have a negligible impact on the U.S. economy.

KUDLOW: “This is principally a public-health problem and the pandemic of course is in China, not the U.S. ... Insofar as the economy, we see no material impact.” 

KUDLOW: “Well look, the Coronavirus is essentially a China problem, and we’re doing everything we can to help them by the way — offering advice, sending smart people over there, and so forth. It’s not a U.S. problem. The impact on the American economy will be very, very, very small if any.”

KUDLOW: “The fundamentals of the economy are strong. In fact, you know, we’ve had so many business groups in, they’ll tell you, you know, through February, January, February, the economy was rising and the Atlanta Fed GDP now is showing three percent of 3.1 percent.” [White House Media Availability, Washington DC, 3/16/20]

CEA CHAIR PHILIPSON: “I don’t think the coronavirus is as big a threat as people make it out to be.”

Larry Kudlow predicted that coronavirus would only cost the economy 0.2% GDP growth in Q1 of this year.

KUDLOW: “But, preliminary look, NEC, CEA we took a look at it. Maybe two-tenths of one percent in the first quarter.” [Mornings With Maria, Fox Business, 2/4/20]

KUDLOW: “We’re thinking maybe in the first quarter, we lose two or three tenths of GDP—two or three tenths of one percent of GDP.” [Maria Bartiromo’s Wall Street, Fox Business, 2/14/20]

KUDLOW: “We really haven't seen any economic impact. There may be some out there. Our own internal numbers say maybe two-tenths of a percent in the first quarter, but that's not going to end this growth cycle.” 

Peter Navarro said the Trump administration's economic relief proposals could completely offset any negative impacts from coronavirus.

NAVARRO: “Navarro claimed that if ‘enacted in full and promptly, the positive GDP growth impacts of the payroll tax cut has the potential to completely offset any of the negative growth effects of COVID-19.’”

The Trump administration actually said that coronavirus could spur U.S. business investment and job growth.

KUDLOW: “Kudlow played down the potential wider impact of the virus outbreak on the U.S. economy and on company supply chains that are being curtailed, saying: ‘It’s not a catastrophe. It’s not a disaster.’… Kudlow said he thought the virus outbreak could spur business investment and lead to increases in production in the United States.”

ROSS: “‘So I think it will help to accelerate the return of jobs to North America,’ Mr. Ross said of the coronavirus. ‘Some to U.S., probably some to Mexico as well.’”




Kushner: 60,000 Dead, 30 Million Out Of Work, 1 Million Infected ‘A Great Success Story’

Despite over a million Americans confirmed infected, more than 60,000 dead, and more than 30 million who have had to file for unemployment, Trump is acting like we have already beaten coronavirus and Jared Kushner is declaring mission accomplished.

The death toll surpassed 60,000, which Trump said would be where we end up at the end of the entire pandemic. 

April 20 -- TRUMP: “As you know, the low number was supposed to be 100,000 people. We -- we could end up at 50 to 60. Okay?”

Trump and Kushner claimed that we’re past the worst of the crisis and Kushner called Trump’s response “a great success story.”

KUSHNER: “We’re on the other side of the medical aspect of this, and I think that we’ve achieved all the different milestones that are needed. The federal government rose to the challenge, and this is a great success story.”

TRUMP: “We're heartened that the worst of the pain and suffering is going to be behind us.”

TRUMP: “I think we did a spectacular job.”

Meanwhile, Trump lied when he said we’d reach 5 million tests a day “very soon.” The head of U.S. testing said there’s “absolutely no way on Earth.”

April 28 -- TRUMP: “It will increase it and it’ll increase it by much more than that [5 million tests a day] in the very near future. We’re way ahead of everyone on testing. … Well, we’re going to be there very soon.”

April 28 -- TRUMP’S HEAD OF TESTING: “There is absolutely no way on Earth, on this planet or any other planet, that we can do 20 million tests a day, or even five million tests a day.”

April 29 -- TRUMP: “Everyone kept saying you said there would be 5… I never said it.”

Trump downplayed the need for more testing, which experts say will be necessary to safely reopen the economy. 

TRUMP: “I don't know that all of that [ramping up of testing] is even necessary.”

TRUMP: “It’s going to go. It’s going to leave. It’s going to be gone. It’s going to be eradicated.”

Dr. Fauci made it clear how wrong Trump was when he declared nearly two months ago that anyone who wants a test can get one. We still aren’t close.

March 6 -- TRUMP: “Anyone who wants a test can get a test.”

FAUCI: “Hopefully, we should see that as we get towards the end of May, the beginning of June. That’s what I’m being told by the people who are responsible for the testing. I take them for their word.”

Trump Declares Mission Accomplished

Trump and his administration are declaring “mission accomplished” on coronavirus, despite the death toll surpassing 60,000 Americans, more than 30 million out of work, over 1 million confirmed infected, and the government purchasing 100,000 new body bags.

Trump is acting like we’ve already beaten coronavirus as Americans still struggle from his failed coronavirus response:

TRUMP: “Our death totals, our numbers, per million people, are really very, very strong. We're very proud of the job we've done.”

TRUMP: “I think we did a spectacular job.”

TRUMP: “We’re just about number one in the world, in terms of success.”

TRUMP: “We’ve done some unbelievable work and when somebody uses the word successful I mean it really has been successful, it has been very successful.”

TRUMP: “We're heartened that the worst of the pain and suffering is going to be behind us.”

KUSHNER: “We’re on the other side of the medical aspect of this, and I think that we’ve achieved all the different milestones that are needed. The federal government rose to the challenge, and this is a great success story.”

KUDLOW: “As the president said yesterday… I think the worst of the pandemic is over.”

KUDLOW: “And the strong steps the president has taken to deal with the virus, which has put us medically, in terms of public health, in a much better position.” [Outnumbered Overtime, Fox News, 4/30/20]




Trump Boasts, As Death Toll Is Projected To Double

Trump has always put himself and his political interests first. Now, in a new interview last night, Trump has taken his selfish neglect of American lives to a new level by falsely claiming that the one thing the pandemic taught us is that he was right.

Trump claimed people are feeling good now and boasted about his silver lining of the pandemic: being proven right.

TRUMP: “I think they’re starting to feel good now.”

TRUMP: “Now, the one thing that the pandemic has taught us is that I was right.” 

Meanwhile, a new government report projects the death toll could surge to more than 3,000 per day within the next month.

Washington Post: “A draft government report projects covid-19 cases will surge to about 200,000 per day by June 1, a staggering jump that would be accompanied by more than 3,000 deaths each day.”

CNN: “An influential coronavirus model often cited by the White House is now forecasting that 134,000 people will die of Covid-19 in the United States, nearly double its previous prediction. The model, from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, had predicted 72,433 deaths as of Monday morning.”

Trump now predicts the death toll will reach 100,000 after saying two months ago the numbers of cases would go down to zero in a couple of days.

New York Times: “President Trump predicted on Sunday night that the death toll from the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the country may reach as high as 100,000 in the United States, twice as many as he had forecast just two weeks ago, even as he pressed states to reopen the shuttered economy.”

Trump on February 26: “When you have 15, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that’s a pretty good job we’ve done.”





WATCH: Trump: ‘We Want To Terminate Health Care’
Doubles Down on Lawsuit With No Replacement in Sight

“Trump said it himself: he wants to ‘terminate health care.’ During a pandemic, Americans need their health care more than ever — but Trump shamelessly doubled down on a lawsuit to take it away from millions, and he lied that he has a plan to replace it. Trump’s priority is not protecting the health of the American people. This is what’s at stake in the election,” said DNC Deputy War Room Director Daniel Wessel. 

WATCH HERE:

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May 6, 2020

NEWS OF THE DAY

Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit

Coronavirus and Trump

The Right to Safe, Accessible Voting

Democratic Party Fighting for Americans

DNC WAR ROOM

GDP Contraction and Jobless Claims

Trump’s Fragile Economy


NEWS OF THE DAY

Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit

Background: Today, Democratic attorneys general, led by Xavier Becerra, and the House of Representatives will submit opening briefs in California v. Texas to defend the Affordable Care Act.

  • During the worst health crisis of our time, Trump and Republicans are unrelenting in trying to strip protections from as many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions and take health care away from 20 million Americans.


  • Americans are relying on our health care system now more than ever before, and the ACA is one of our most critical tools to protect Americans from the consequences of the coronavirus.

    • Comprehensive Coverage: The ACA established what are known as “essential health benefits,” such as prescription drugs and hospitalization. Coronavirus testing and treatment are essential health benefits and must be covered by all ACA-compliant plans.

    • Access to Critical Vaccinations Without Cost Sharing: Once a coronavirus vaccine is developed, the Affordable Care Act will almost certainly cover the coronavirus vaccine without cost-sharing, because it requires plans to cover all vaccinations recommended by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

    • Protections for as Many as 133 Million Americans With Preexisting Conditions: Under the ACA, insurance companies are not allowed to discriminate against those with preexisting conditions by denying them coverage or charging higher rates.

    • Coverage for 20+ Million People: Because of the ACA, more than 20 million Americans gained health coverage. People with insurance are much more likely to see a doctor when they are sick and to get the treatment they need.

    • Increased CDC Funding: The Affordable Care Act established the CDC Prevention and Public Health Fund, which helps states prepare for disease outbreaks.

    • Medicaid Expansion: Because of the ACA, states can get additional federal money to expand Medicaid to vulnerable populations. More than 17 million Americans now have coverage through Medicaid expansion. Importantly, Medicaid’s funding structure allows funds to increase in response to a public health emergency like coronavirus.

    • Key Support for Rural Hospitals: The ACA significantly reduced uncompensated care costs. Between 2013 and 2015, hospitals’ uncompensated care costs decreased by $12 billion, or roughly 30 percent. As hospitals face an influx in coronavirus patients, it is critical that they are paid for the treatment they provide.


  • Even as Trump tries to destroy the ACA, he has been forced to rely on key provisions of the law to fight the spread of coronavirus.

    • Essential Health Benefits: The Trump administration urged health insurers to make testing free by considering it an “essential health benefit,” despite simultaneously arguing in court to overturn this protection of the ACA.

    • Medicaid Expansion: After championing cuts that kicked millions of people from its rolls, the Trump administration is now playing catch-up and trying it easier for poor Americans to get care through Medicaid. But the administration’s coronavirus response is weakening Medicaid by skimping on aid for Medicaid providers to the benefit of large medical systems.

    • Nursing Home Inspections: The Trump administration announced new initiatives to protect nursing homes but has continued pushing forward with rolling back regulations aimed at preventing infections from spreading in nursing homes.


  • The ACA is more popular than ever for one simple reason: it works. The ACA has significantly reduced the number of uninsured and helped Americans get the health care they need and aren’t bankrupted just because they get sick.


Coronavirus and Trump

  • Trump ignored warnings, downplayed the severity of this crisis, and failed to prepare for months, allowing the coronavirus to spread rapidly and undetected. Now we’re paying the price. More than 70,000 Americans have already lost their lives, forcing Trump to raise his estimate for the disease’s death toll. Our country leads the world in confirmed cases and deaths, supply shortages continue to ravage our health care system, and workers have lost their jobs at an unprecedented pace. The crisis is worse because of Trump.


  • Trump is knowingly putting American lives at risk to further his political interests. He is claiming “mission accomplished” while infections continue to rise throughout most of the country and his own officials warn of supply shortages. Trump even admitted last night that he was in a rush to reopen the country even if it caused unnecessary deaths.


  • Trump has repeatedly muzzled science and ignored the truth. Trump is blocking top health officials from testifying before the House. Trump gave responsibility for securing critical medical supplies to “inexperienced volunteers” led by Jared Kushner instead of health or military experts. By ignoring experts and working to further his political interests instead, Trump has worsened the crisis.


  • Trump ignored more than a dozen early warnings about the coronavirus from U.S. intelligence agencies throughout January and February, including two in-person briefings in January. Instead of heeding those warnings, Trump downplayed the threat and failed to prepare. For months, Trump lied about the severity of the disease and failed to get states and hospitals supplies. Now, Trump’s chaotic leadership and decision to force states to go at it alone has made it more difficult for them to get the supplies they need.


  • Trump admitted that he rolled over for China. Trump ignored warnings that China was withholding data, refused to call out Beijing on its coronavirus response, and delayed taking action out of fear of upsetting his failed trade deal. Trump points to his so-called China travel ban as evidence he acted early and decisively to stop the virus, but it was far too little, too late. Trump didn’t restrict travel with China until more than three dozen other countries had already done so, and more than 400,000 people have flown from China to the U.S. after the outbreak was disclosed.


  • Trump is downplaying the need for more testing even as experts say his limited targets are insufficient and his own testing chief admits we are nowhere close to hitting the testing levels that Trump said we would soon hit. Trump’s latest so-called “strategy” only aims to provide states with enough coronavirus testing for 2% of their residents — a massive concession after his previous promise that “anybody that wants a test can get a test.” Trump continues to pass the buck onto the states, but it is his failure to implement an adequate testing strategy that is hampering testing efforts. To get America back to work, Trump must fix the testing shortage he created.


  • Trump has consistently put big corporations first — letting large corporations and companies with ties to him get hundreds of millions of dollars in loans instead of the small businesses that need them to survive. The Trump administration is lending $500 billion to big corporations without requiring them to save jobs or limit payouts to CEOs or shareholders. Trump has failed small businesses with his administration’s rollout of the small business Paycheck Protection Program, which has been marred by website crashes and unclear guidelines that prevent many small businesses from getting loans.


Main Messaging

  • Trump’s failed leadership and mismanagement of the coronavirus outbreak has endangered Americans and significantly worsened a severe public health crisis.


  • The Chinese Government: Trump Bought the Chinese Government’s Obvious Spin and Turned a Blind Eye to the Danger

    • Instead of acting early, Trump ignored months of warnings and praised China in an effort to secure a weak trade deal that has gone largely unfulfilled.

      • While China covered up the coronavirus outbreak, Trump praised the Chinese government in January, saying, “China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus. The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency.” And in February, Trump said of President Xi, “I think he’s handled it really well.”

    • Trump touts banning travel from China as evidence he took the crisis seriously, but nearly 400,000 people flew to the U.S. from China in Trump’s month of inaction after the coronavirus outbreak was disclosed, and Trump didn’t act until more than three dozen other countries had already restricted travel from China. Even after the belated restrictions, 40,000 people have arrived from China and screening at U.S. airports has been “spotty” and “haphazard.”

    • Trump ignored warnings about a potential PPE shortage and sent 18 tons of PPE to China and encouraged millions of dollars of medical supplies to be exported that we now desperately need in the U.S. and are paying marked-up prices for.

    • Trump dismantled our ability to watch for emerging threats in China, and then failed to adequately press the Chinese government to allow CDC officials into China to investigate the novel coronavirus.

      • Trump slashed more than two-thirds of CDC staff operating in China, including a post held by a key expert who had been embedded in China’s disease control agency. The eliminated staff could have alerted the U.S. and the world to important information about the growing outbreak, and helped China contain the outbreak earlier.

      • Trump ended a pandemic early-warning program that trained scientists in China, including the lab in Wuhan that identified the novel coronavirus, and other countries to detect and respond to pandemics.



  • Chaos: Trump Never Got It Together

    • Trump’s chaotic administration is riddled with vacancies and inexperience at the highest levels, marring the response to the coronavirus crisis.

    • Trump eliminated a critical NSC team that would have been responsible for leading the U.S. response to deadly pandemics.

    • As the coronavirus spread, Trump proposed cutting funding to Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and global health programs by tens of billions.

    • Trump has failed on testing, with far lower testing rates than experts argue is needed to reopen the economy, and Trump’s new strategy only aims to provide enough capacity for states to test 2% of their residents.

    • Trump was slow to secure vital supplies through a coordinated, national policy while other countries beat the U.S. in purchasing PPE from China.

    • Trump has falsely blamed governors for testing shortages and claimed governors haven’t asked the White House for additional testing and medical supplies.

    • Trump has attacked states and governors who are implementing his own social distancing guidelines, after abdicating responsibility and leaving governors on their own to reopen their states without the federal support needed to safely do so.

    • Trump has publicly speculated about unsound medical practices like injecting disinfectants or putting UV light inside the body.

    • Trump’s Agriculture Department delayed buying surplus fruits and vegetables, leaving tens of millions of pounds of American-grown produce rotting in fields as food banks scramble to meet a surge in demand.

    • Trump has refused to reopen enrollment in the ACA’s marketplace or promote the availability of plans for the recently unemployed.


  • Corporate Favoritism: Trump Went Soft on Corporations

    • Trump squandered critical time instead of using the Defense Production Act to ramp up production and coordinate distribution of medical supplies — worsening the dangerous shortage of essential PPE and testing supplies.

      • Trump’s White House cut an early request from his Health Department for $2 billion to buy respirator masks and other supplies by 75%.

    • Trump’s refusal to lead a coordinated purchase and distribution of testing supplies and PPE has forced states to bid against each other and the federal government.

    • Trump’s White House continues to prioritize helping allies, often favoring friendly businesses for contracts and political allies when allocating critical resources.

    • Tens of millions of dollars in loans intended for small businesses have gone to companies with ties to Trump, including the fossil fuel industry.

    • In Trump’s swamp, former Trump campaign and administration officials are getting rich lobbying to get companies coronavirus relief funds and exemptions to regulatory hurdles.

    • Trump’s administration is lending $500 billion to big corporations without any conditions requiring them to save jobs or limit payouts to CEOs and shareholders.

    • Trump removed the inspector general charged with overseeing the CARES Act and indicated he may ignore some of the oversight and transparency safeguards demanded by congressional Democrats.

    • Trump’s administration botched the rollout of the CARES Act’s Paycheck Protection Program, failing to provide clear guidance on the lending process or clarity on who was eligible and allowing large corporations to scoop up funds.

    • Weeks after applying, many small businesses still haven’t gotten their loans as big corporations and companies connected to Trump get loans instead.


  • Americans deserve better — a well-coordinated, whole-of-government, fully-funded response to this public health crisis and a president that prioritizes their safety and economic security.


The Right to Safe, Accessible Voting

  • As our country deals with the uncertainty and risks of COVID-19, it is especially critical to provide safe, accessible, and secure voting to all eligible Americans — voters should not be forced to make a difficult choice between their health and safety, and exercising their fundamental democratic right to vote.


  • We urge states to implement a variety of critical reforms that will make voting easier and safer for voters and election officials — like expanding vote-by-mail, increasing early-in person voting so voters don’t have to worry about crowding and long lines, ensuring people who need assistance returning their ballots can receive it, and other commonsense reforms like drop boxes that make it safe and convenient for voters to drop off their ballots.

    • The vast majority of Americans support expanding vote-by-mail to allow voters to safely cast their ballots in November, and even Trump’s campaign pollster shows Americans overwhelmingly want Congress to provide funding for states to expand absentee voting options in November.


  • Republicans like Trump are engaging in these voter suppression tactics because they know their agenda is out of step with voters. Trump himself told us why they’re so committed to making it harder to access the ballot box: Republicans are afraid they’ll “never” win another election if they let more people vote. That’s because their agenda is deeply toxic with so many Americans.




Democratic Party Fighting for Americans

  • Trump calls Democrats the “Do Nothing Party.” The reality is that Democrats in Congress have actually done a lot, but Trump has opposed their legislation, and Senate Republicans blocked the bills, despite broad support from voters.


  • Congressional Democrats strengthened interim legislation to support small businesses and secured additional funding for testing and PPE. Democrats are now working on CARES 2, which will put the lives of Americans, their livelihoods, and the life of our democracy first.


  • Here's a look at some of the many bills House Democrats have passed:

    • The Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act.

    • The Voting Rights Advancement Act to restore key provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

    • The SHIELD Act to better protect our elections from foreign interference.

    • The Raise the Wage Act to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

    • The American Dream and Promise Act to provide hardworking immigrants a much deserved pathway to citizenship.

    • The Equality Act to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

    • A package of bills to protect people’s access to health care and help make prescription drugs more affordable.

    • A bill to restore net neutrality.

    • The Climate Action Now Act to take action to protect our climate and create economic opportunities.

    • Legislation to reauthorize and expand the Violence Against Women Act.

    • Legislation to require background checks for all gun sales.

    • Legislation to help close the gender pay gap.

    • Historic anti-corruption reform.


  • While Democrats are working for the American people, what has Trump done lately?


DNC WAR ROOM

GDP Contraction and Jobless Claims

  • Instead of taking steps to prepare for the economic downturn from coronavirus, Trump and the White House downplayed the threat of coronavirus and the economic fallout that would result from Trump’s complete mismanagement of the crisis.


  • Long after Trump was warned about the coming crisis, his top economic advisers claimed the coronavirus would have negligible impact on the economy and might even spur business investment. Instead, the economy shrank at a 4.8% annualized rate in the first quarter — the biggest contraction since the Great Recession — and more than 30 million workers have filed jobless claims in the last six weeks — wiping out the total jobs created since the Great Recession.


  • The Trump administration’s lies left us unprepared, and now we’re suffering the consequences. Despite these numbers, Trump continues to downplay and mislead Americans on the coronavirus.


  • While the coronavirus sent our economy into a freefall, it didn’t have to be this bad. Trump’s delayed response and failure to prepare forced states and businesses to take drastic measures — we could’ve mitigated this crisis sooner and lessened the impact.


Trump’s Fragile Economy

  • Trump created a fragile economy that was especially vulnerable to the downturn that has resulted from the coronavirus outbreak.

    • Despite his promises, the gap between the richest Americans and everyone else grew bigger than ever under his watch, making it more difficult for working Americans during this economic downturn.

    • Once the coronavirus hit, Trump’s lies and failed response only made things worse.


  • The coronavirus outbreak is hurting sectors that were already stretched to their breaking point by Trump’s reckless trade policies and broken promises: 

    • U.S. factory output plummeted in March by the most in 75 years. But manufacturing was already in a recession for the entirety of 2019.

    • Farmers were struggling because of Trump’s reckless trade policies and false promises about increased purchases. While Trump continued to claim he had saved U.S. agriculture, farm bankruptcies increased by nearly 20 percent in 2019 and farm debt had already been forecast to hit a record high this year.

    • Retail sales suffered the largest ever monthly decline in March. But the retail industry had already cut more than 75,000 jobs last year and closed more than 9,300 stores.


  • Trump’s economic policies benefited the rich while leaving millions of Americans vulnerable to the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak:

    • More than half of American jobs are at risk because of the coronavirus outbreak, which only exacerbates the struggles for working families.

    • About half of Americans were already living paycheck to paycheck and many worry daily about being able to pay their bills, as household debt hit a record high of $14 trillion at the end of 2019.


  • Trump’s economy is built on shaky foundations of short-term stimuli and corporate debt:

    • Corporations racked up $19 trillion in debt that made the economy more vulnerable to a downturn after spending the money they got from Trump’s tax cuts on stock buybacks for themselves and their wealthy shareholders. Despite Trump’s promises, corporations did next to nothing to boost workers’ paychecks.


  • Trump’s short-sighted economic policies weakened some of the tools available to fight the downturn:

    • Despite inheriting a strong economy, Trump racked up $1 trillion deficits by pushing massive tax cuts that didn’t provide a sustained economy boost to benefit workers like he promised.

    • Trump forced the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates because of his reckless trade policies, leaving it with little room to lower rates even further and half as much firepower as it did going into the last recession.



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


May 7, 2020

NEWS OF THE DAY

Jobless Claims

Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit

Coronavirus and Trump

The Right to Safe, Accessible Voting

Democratic Party Fighting for Americans

DNC WAR ROOM

Trump’s Fragile Economy


NEWS OF THE DAY

Jobless Claims

  • Instead of taking steps to prepare for the economic downturn from coronavirus, Trump and the White House downplayed the threat of coronavirus and the economic fallout that would result from Trump’s complete mismanagement of the crisis.


  • Now, more than 33 million workers — one in five — have filed jobless claims since mid-March, wiping out the total jobs created since the Great Recession. It didn’t have to be this bad.


  • The Trump administration’s lies left us unprepared, and now we’re suffering the consequences. Despite these numbers, Trump continues to downplay and mislead Americans on the coronavirus.


  • While the coronavirus sent our economy into a freefall, it didn’t have to be this bad. Trump’s delayed response and failure to prepare forced states and businesses to take drastic measures — we could’ve mitigated this crisis sooner and lessened the impact.


Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit

Background: Yesterday, Democratic attorneys general, led by Xavier Becerra, and the House of Representatives submitted opening briefs in California v. Texas to defend the Affordable Care Act.

  • During the worst health crisis of our time, Trump says he wants to “terminate health care under Obamacare” as he and Republicans seek to strip protections from as many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions and take health care away from 20 million Americans.


  • Americans are relying on our health care system now more than ever before, and the ACA is one of our most critical tools to protect Americans from the consequences of the coronavirus.

    • Comprehensive Coverage: The ACA established what are known as “essential health benefits,” such as prescription drugs and hospitalization. Coronavirus testing and treatment are essential health benefits and must be covered by all ACA-compliant plans.

    • Access to Critical Vaccinations Without Cost Sharing: Once a coronavirus vaccine is developed, the Affordable Care Act will almost certainly cover the coronavirus vaccine without cost-sharing, because it requires plans to cover all vaccinations recommended by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

    • Protections for as Many as 133 Million Americans With Preexisting Conditions: Under the ACA, insurance companies are not allowed to discriminate against those with preexisting conditions by denying them coverage or charging higher rates.

    • Coverage for 20+ Million People: Because of the ACA, more than 20 million Americans gained health coverage. People with insurance are much more likely to see a doctor when they are sick and to get the treatment they need.

    • Increased CDC Funding: The Affordable Care Act established the CDC Prevention and Public Health Fund, which helps states prepare for disease outbreaks.

    • Medicaid Expansion: Because of the ACA, states can get additional federal money to expand Medicaid to vulnerable populations. More than 17 million Americans now have coverage through Medicaid expansion. Importantly, Medicaid’s funding structure allows funds to increase in response to a public health emergency like coronavirus.

    • Key Support for Rural Hospitals: The ACA significantly reduced uncompensated care costs. Between 2013 and 2015, hospitals’ uncompensated care costs decreased by $12 billion, or roughly 30 percent. As hospitals face an influx in coronavirus patients, it is critical that they are paid for the treatment they provide.


  • Even as Trump tries to destroy the ACA, he has been forced to rely on key provisions of the law to fight the spread of coronavirus.

    • Essential Health Benefits: The Trump administration urged health insurers to make testing free by considering it an “essential health benefit,” despite simultaneously arguing in court to overturn this protection of the ACA.

    • Medicaid Expansion: After championing cuts that kicked millions of people from its rolls, the Trump administration is now playing catch-up and trying it easier for poor Americans to get care through Medicaid. But the administration’s coronavirus response is weakening Medicaid by skimping on aid for Medicaid providers to the benefit of large medical systems.

    • Nursing Home Inspections: The Trump administration announced new initiatives to protect nursing homes but has continued pushing forward with rolling back regulations aimed at preventing infections from spreading in nursing homes.


  • The ACA is more popular than ever for one simple reason: it works. The ACA has significantly reduced the number of uninsured and helped Americans get the health care they need and aren’t bankrupted just because they get sick.


Coronavirus and Trump

  • Trump ignored warnings, downplayed the severity of this crisis, and failed to prepare for months, allowing the coronavirus to spread rapidly and undetected. Now we’re paying the price. More than 70,000 Americans have already lost their lives, forcing Trump to raise his estimate for the disease’s death toll. Our country leads the world in confirmed cases and deaths, supply shortages continue to ravage our health care system, and workers have lost their jobs at an unprecedented pace. The crisis is worse because of Trump.


  • Trump is knowingly putting American lives at risk to further his political interests. He is claiming “mission accomplished” while infections continue to rise across most of the country and his own officials warn of supply shortages. Trump admitted that he was in a rush to reopen the country even if it caused unnecessary deaths.


  • Trump has repeatedly muzzled science and ignored the truth. Trump is blocking top health officials from testifying before the House. Trump gave responsibility for securing critical medical supplies to “inexperienced volunteers” led by Jared Kushner instead of health or military experts, exacerbating problems obtaining supplies. Trump continues to deny there even is a supply shortage — disputing a nurse who told him there was one. By ignoring experts and working to further his political interests instead, Trump has worsened the crisis.


  • Trump ignored more than a dozen early warnings about the coronavirus from U.S. intelligence agencies throughout January and February, including two in-person briefings in January. Instead of heeding those warnings, Trump downplayed the threat and failed to prepare. For months, Trump lied about the severity of the disease and failed to get states and hospitals supplies. Now, Trump’s chaotic leadership and decision to force states to go at it alone has made it more difficult for them to get the supplies they need.


  • Trump admitted that he rolled over for China. Trump ignored warnings that China was withholding data, refused to call out Beijing on its coronavirus response, and delayed taking action out of fear of upsetting his failed trade deal. On two occasions, Trump ignored advisers who urged him in January to press Xi Jinping for more transparency. Trump points to his so-called China travel ban as evidence he acted early and decisively to stop the virus, but it was far too little, too late. Trump didn’t restrict travel with China until more than three dozen other countries had already done so, and more than 400,000 people have flown from China to the U.S. after the outbreak was disclosed.


  • Trump is downplaying the need for more testing even as experts say his limited targets are insufficient and his own testing chief admits we are nowhere close to hitting the testing levels that Trump said we would soon hit. Trump’s latest so-called “strategy” only aims to provide states with enough coronavirus testing for 2% of their residents — a massive concession after his previous promise that “anybody that wants a test can get a test.” Trump continues to pass the buck onto the states, but it is his failure to implement an adequate testing strategy that is hampering testing efforts. To get America back to work, Trump must fix the testing shortage he created.


  • Trump has consistently put big corporations first — letting large corporations and companies with ties to him get hundreds of millions of dollars in loans instead of the small businesses that need them to survive. The Trump administration is lending $500 billion to big corporations without requiring them to save jobs or limit payouts to CEOs or shareholders. Trump has failed small businesses with his administration’s rollout of the small business Paycheck Protection Program, which has been marred by website crashes and unclear guidelines that prevent many small businesses from getting loans.


Main Messaging

  • Trump’s failed leadership and mismanagement of the coronavirus outbreak has endangered Americans and significantly worsened a severe public health crisis.


  • The Chinese Government: Trump Bought the Chinese Government’s Obvious Spin and Turned a Blind Eye to the Danger

    • Instead of acting early, Trump ignored months of warnings and praised China in an effort to secure a weak trade deal that has gone largely unfulfilled.

      • While China covered up the coronavirus outbreak, Trump praised the Chinese government in January, saying, “China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus. The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency.” And in February, Trump said of President Xi, “I think he’s handled it really well.”

    • Trump touts banning travel from China as evidence he took the crisis seriously, but nearly 400,000 people flew to the U.S. from China in Trump’s month of inaction after the coronavirus outbreak was disclosed, and Trump didn’t act until more than three dozen other countries had already restricted travel from China. Even after the belated restrictions, 40,000 people have arrived from China and screening at U.S. airports has been “spotty” and “haphazard.”

    • Trump ignored warnings about a potential PPE shortage and sent 18 tons of PPE to China and encouraged millions of dollars of medical supplies to be exported that we now desperately need in the U.S. and are paying marked-up prices for.

    • Trump dismantled our ability to watch for emerging threats in China, and then failed to adequately press the Chinese government to allow CDC officials into China to investigate the novel coronavirus.

      • Trump slashed more than two-thirds of CDC staff operating in China, including a post held by a key expert who had been embedded in China’s disease control agency. The eliminated staff could have alerted the U.S. and the world to important information about the growing outbreak, and helped China contain the outbreak earlier.

      • Trump ended a pandemic early-warning program that trained scientists in China, including the lab in Wuhan that identified the novel coronavirus, and other countries to detect and respond to pandemics.



  • Chaos: Trump Never Got It Together

    • Trump’s chaotic administration is riddled with vacancies and inexperience at the highest levels, marring the response to the coronavirus crisis.

    • Trump eliminated a critical NSC team that would have been responsible for leading the U.S. response to deadly pandemics.

    • As the coronavirus spread, Trump proposed cutting funding to Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and global health programs by tens of billions.

    • Trump has failed on testing, with far lower testing rates than experts argue is needed to reopen the economy, and Trump’s new strategy only aims to provide enough capacity for states to test 2% of their residents.

    • Trump was slow to secure vital supplies through a coordinated, national policy while other countries beat the U.S. in purchasing PPE from China.

    • Trump has falsely blamed governors for testing shortages and claimed governors haven’t asked the White House for additional testing and medical supplies.

    • Trump has attacked states and governors who are implementing his own social distancing guidelines, after abdicating responsibility and leaving governors on their own to reopen their states without the federal support needed to safely do so.

    • Trump has publicly speculated about unsound medical practices like injecting disinfectants or putting UV light inside the body.

    • Trump’s Agriculture Department delayed buying surplus fruits and vegetables, leaving tens of millions of pounds of American-grown produce rotting in fields as food banks scramble to meet a surge in demand.

    • Trump has refused to reopen enrollment in the ACA’s marketplace or promote the availability of plans for the recently unemployed.


  • Corporate Favoritism: Trump Went Soft on Corporations

    • Trump squandered critical time instead of using the Defense Production Act to ramp up production and coordinate distribution of medical supplies — worsening the dangerous shortage of essential PPE and testing supplies.

      • Trump’s White House cut an early request from his Health Department for $2 billion to buy respirator masks and other supplies by 75%.

    • Trump’s refusal to lead a coordinated purchase and distribution of testing supplies and PPE has forced states to bid against each other and the federal government.

    • Trump’s White House continues to prioritize helping allies, often favoring friendly businesses for contracts and political allies when allocating critical resources.

    • Tens of millions of dollars in loans intended for small businesses have gone to companies with ties to Trump, including the fossil fuel industry.

    • In Trump’s swamp, former Trump campaign and administration officials are getting rich lobbying to get companies coronavirus relief funds and exemptions to regulatory hurdles.

    • Trump’s administration is lending $500 billion to big corporations without any conditions requiring them to save jobs or limit payouts to CEOs and shareholders.

    • Trump removed the inspector general charged with overseeing the CARES Act and indicated he may ignore some of the oversight and transparency safeguards demanded by congressional Democrats.

    • Trump’s administration botched the rollout of the CARES Act’s Paycheck Protection Program, failing to provide clear guidance on the lending process or clarity on who was eligible and allowing large corporations to scoop up funds.

    • Weeks after applying, many small businesses still haven’t gotten their loans as big corporations and companies connected to Trump get loans instead. A new Fed study shows PPP loans have not gone to the hardest hit areas 


  • Americans deserve better — a well-coordinated, whole-of-government, fully-funded response to this public health crisis and a president that prioritizes their safety and economic security.


The Right to Safe, Accessible Voting

  • As our country deals with the uncertainty and risks of COVID-19, it is especially critical to provide safe, accessible, and secure voting to all eligible Americans — voters should not be forced to make a difficult choice between their health and safety, and exercising their fundamental democratic right to vote.


  • We urge states to implement a variety of critical reforms that will make voting easier and safer for voters and election officials — like expanding vote-by-mail, increasing early-in person voting so voters don’t have to worry about crowding and long lines, ensuring people who need assistance returning their ballots can receive it, and other commonsense reforms like drop boxes that make it safe and convenient for voters to drop off their ballots.

    • The vast majority of Americans support expanding vote-by-mail to allow voters to safely cast their ballots in November, and even Trump’s campaign pollster shows Americans overwhelmingly want Congress to provide funding for states to expand absentee voting options in November.


  • Republicans like Trump are engaging in these voter suppression tactics because they know their agenda is out of step with voters. Trump himself told us why they’re so committed to making it harder to access the ballot box: Republicans are afraid they’ll “never” win another election if they let more people vote. That’s because their agenda is deeply toxic with so many Americans.




Democratic Party Fighting for Americans

  • Trump calls Democrats the “Do Nothing Party.” The reality is that Democrats in Congress have actually done a lot, but Trump has opposed their legislation, and Senate Republicans blocked the bills, despite broad support from voters.


  • Congressional Democrats strengthened interim legislation to support small businesses and secured additional funding for testing and PPE. Democrats are now working on CARES 2, which will put the lives of Americans, their livelihoods, and the life of our democracy first.


  • Here's a look at some of the many bills House Democrats have passed:

    • The Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act.

    • The Voting Rights Advancement Act to restore key provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

    • The SHIELD Act to better protect our elections from foreign interference.

    • The Raise the Wage Act to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

    • The American Dream and Promise Act to provide hardworking immigrants a much deserved pathway to citizenship.

    • The Equality Act to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

    • A package of bills to protect people’s access to health care and help make prescription drugs more affordable.

    • A bill to restore net neutrality.

    • The Climate Action Now Act to take action to protect our climate and create economic opportunities.

    • Legislation to reauthorize and expand the Violence Against Women Act.

    • Legislation to require background checks for all gun sales.

    • Legislation to help close the gender pay gap.

    • Historic anti-corruption reform.


  • While Democrats are working for the American people, what has Trump done lately?


DNC WAR ROOM

Trump’s Fragile Economy

  • Trump created a fragile economy that was especially vulnerable to the downturn that has resulted from the coronavirus outbreak.

    • Despite his promises, the gap between the richest Americans and everyone else grew bigger than ever under his watch, making it more difficult for working Americans during this economic downturn.

    • Once the coronavirus hit, Trump’s lies and failed response only made things worse.


  • The coronavirus outbreak is hurting sectors that were already stretched to their breaking point by Trump’s reckless trade policies and broken promises: 

    • U.S. factory output plummeted in March by the most in 75 years. But manufacturing was already in a recession for the entirety of 2019.

    • Farmers were struggling because of Trump’s reckless trade policies and false promises about increased purchases. While Trump continued to claim he had saved U.S. agriculture, farm bankruptcies increased by nearly 20 percent in 2019 and farm debt had already been forecast to hit a record high this year.

    • Retail sales suffered the largest ever monthly decline in March. But the retail industry had already cut more than 75,000 jobs last year and closed more than 9,300 stores.


  • Trump’s economic policies benefited the rich while leaving millions of Americans vulnerable to the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak:

    • About half of Americans were already living paycheck to paycheck and many worry daily about being able to pay their bills, as household debt hit a record high of $14 trillion at the end of 2019.


  • Trump’s economy is built on shaky foundations of short-term stimuli and corporate debt:

    • Corporations racked up $19 trillion in debt that made the economy more vulnerable to a downturn after spending the money they got from Trump’s tax cuts on stock buybacks for themselves and their wealthy shareholders. Despite Trump’s promises, corporations did next to nothing to boost workers’ paychecks.


  • Trump’s short-sighted economic policies weakened some of the tools available to fight the downturn:

    • Despite inheriting a strong economy, Trump racked up $1 trillion deficits by pushing massive tax cuts that didn’t provide a sustained economy boost to benefit workers like he promised.

    • Trump forced the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates because of his reckless trade policies, leaving it with little room to lower rates even further and half as much firepower as it did going into the last recession.



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

In Focus: Trump’s Disastrous Coronavirus Response, Volume #7

The coronavirus pandemic in the United States continues to worsen because of President Trump. 


Volume #1: Trump’s War on American Health Care 

Volume #2: Trump Decimated Pandemic Response

Volume #3: Trump’s Fragile Economy Left Americans Vulnerable

Volume #4: In a Public Health Outbreak, The President’s Lies Could be Deadly

Volume #5: Trump’s Testing Travesty

Volume #6: Trump Rolled Over For China


Volume #7: The Catastrophic Economic Impact Of Trump’s Failure To Prepare


75,000 people are dead, nearly ⅕ of young children across our country are not getting enough food to eat, and over 33 million American workers are out of work -- 20% of our workforce.


Trump failed to prepare us for this pandemic and we now have the worst economy in a generation -- not as a result of coronavirus, but as a result of his failure to prepare and contain coronavirus. 


It didn’t have to be so bad. Other countries that were better prepared and more competently led have succeeded in controlling the pandemic -- look no further than South Korea, which is reopening with a small fraction of deaths and infection rates despite having had its first confirmed case on the same day as the United States.


No one can credibly argue this public health crisis, and the economic collapse that has ensued, was not severely worsened by Trump’s wholly inadequate federal response, which was a catastrophic failure for numerous reasons, including:


  1. Trump created an economy that was especially vulnerable to the coronavirus outbreak and that favored the wealthy and big corporations over working families, who have only fallen further behind and had no buffer when crisis hit.

  2. Trump downplayed the crisis to protect his relationship with China over his partial trade deal that has gone largely unfilled. His failure to immediately address the testing shortage had dire consequences. As a result, more people are sick, more people have died, and there is exponentially higher disruption to our economy and lives. Not only that, but farmers who were already struggling because of Trump’s reckless trade policies are hurting more than ever as most of Trump’s bailout money goes to big corporate farms and his China trade deal promises haven’t been met.


  1. When Trump did finally take action, he put corporations first. Trump fought for coronavirus relief to go to CEOs, not hardworking families who are struggling to get by. And he’s giving hundreds of billions of dollars in emergency aid to big corporations without any requirements that they use the money to help their workers -- just like he did with his tax law.


Take a look at his record so far:


Trump went soft on corporations and refused to use the full power of the Defense Production Act, making the crisis worse than it needed to be.


  • Trump squandered critical time instead of using the Defense Production Act to ramp up production and coordinate distribution of medical supplies after caving to lobbying from big corporations — worsening the dangerous shortage of supplies.


  • Trump’s refusal to lead a coordinated purchase and distribution of testing supplies and PPE has created chaos and made it more difficult for states to get supplies by forcing them to bid against each other and the federal government.


Trump provided economic relief that overwhelmingly benefitted big corporations without providing oversight or protections to ensure the funds will help workers.


  • Trump removed the inspector general charged with overseeing the CARES Act, undermining oversight and transparency safeguards that would have ensured relief money was not being given to Trump cronies or biased toward big corporations.


  • Trump’s administration botched the rollout of the Paycheck Protection Program, failing to provide clear guidance on the lending process or clarity on who was eligible. As a result, weeks after applying, many small businesses still haven’t been able to get their loans as big corporations and well-connected companies got loans instead, and PPP loans have not gone to the hardest hit areas


  • The Trump administration is distributing $500 billion in emergency aid to big corporations, without requiring them to preserve jobs or limit executive pay -- exactly like the Trump tax law, and we all know how that turned out.


  • Trump’s coronavirus bailout money has mostly gone to the largest farms, leaving small farms increasingly threatened with extinction. 


Trump created a fragile economy that was especially vulnerable to the downturn that resulted from the coronavirus outbreak.


  • U.S. manufacturing was already on unstable footing when the coronavirus hit. U.S. manufacturing was in a mild recession for the entirety of 2019, and now, the weakened manufacturing and transportation sectors have slowed the supply of vital products amid the coronavirus pandemic.


  • Farmers were struggling because of Trump’s reckless trade policies and false promises about increased purchases. Farm bankruptcies increased by nearly 20 percent in 2019, and Trump’s own Department of Agriculture said that it expected farm debt in 2020 to rise to a record $425 billion.


  • The retail industry cut more than 75,000 jobs last year and closed more than 9,300 stores, a huge spike from the previous year. 


Like his coronavirus response, Trump’s economy favored big corporations as working families got left further behind -- and it’s only getting worse.


  • While more than 33 million Americans are out of work because of the coronavirus outbreak, about half of Americans were already living paycheck to paycheck and many were worrying daily about being able to pay their bills, as household debt hit a record high of $14 trillion at the end of 2019.


  • Corporations racked up $19 trillion in debt that made the economy more vulnerable to a downturn after spending the money they got from Trump’s tax cuts on stock buybacks for themselves and their wealthy shareholders. Despite Trump’s promises, corporations did next to nothing to boost workers’s paychecks.


There are very real consequences to the laundry list of Trump’s ill-preparedness and bad policy.  More people are sick, more people have died, and there is exponentially higher disruption to our economy and lives. 


We can’t trust Trump to rebuild our economy because we’ve already seen what his failed leadership looks like - an arbitrary and politically motivated effort that does not do nearly enough to protect workers. We’ve suffered the consequences. We know he’s not fighting for us. Americans deserve better. 




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


May 8, 2020

NEWS OF THE DAY

April Jobs Report

Trump Politicizes Justice Department

Coronavirus and Trump

Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit

The Right to Safe, Accessible Voting

Democratic Party Fighting for Americans

DNC WAR ROOM

Trump’s Fragile Economy


NEWS OF THE DAY

April Jobs Report

  • Instead of taking steps to prepare for the economic downturn from coronavirus, Trump downplayed the threat of coronavirus and the economic fallout that would result from his complete mismanagement of the crisis.


  • More than 20 million Americans lost their jobs in April, wiping out a decade of job gains in a single month, and the unemployment rate tripled to 14.7%, the highest since the Great Depression. It didn’t have to be this bad.


  • Trump failed to prepare us for this pandemic and we now have the worst economy in a generation — not as a result of coronavirus, but as a result of his failure to prepare and contain coronavirus.


  • There are very real consequences to the laundry list of Trump’s ill-preparedness and bad policy. More people are sick, more people have died, and there is exponentially higher disruption to our economy and lives.


  • We can’t trust Trump to rebuild our economy because we’ve already seen what his failed leadership looks like – an arbitrary and politically motivated effort that does not do nearly enough to protect workers. We’ve suffered the consequences. We know he’s not fighting for us. Americans deserve better.


Trump Politicizes Justice Department

Background: Yesterday, the Trump administration dropped criminal charges against Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to investigators. Lead Mueller prosecutor Brandon Van Grack withdrew from the case minutes before the government filing.

  • Trump and Barr’s politicization of justice knows no bounds. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia and the evidence against him is overwhelming, but Barr is dropping the case to continue covering up for Trump.


  • Overruling the special counsel is outrageous and shows Barr’s lack of respect for the rule of law. The dismissal of charges by a politicized DOJ do not exonerate Flynn — they just incriminate Barr.


  • This is just the latest example of Trump’s politicization of DOJ:

    • Barr intervened to take control of multiple legal matters that involved Trump or his associates, including Roger Stone. Barr ordered prosecutors to seek a shorter sentence for Stone, prompting four prosecutors to withdraw from the case.

    • Barr set up a process for Rudy Giuliani, who is under investigation by DOJ, to pass information intended to help Trump politically to the department.


  • It’s clear that Trump has not learned any “lessons” after Senate Republicans voted to acquit him of abuse of power, and he’s more emboldened than ever to use the presidency to serve his personal and political interests.


Coronavirus and Trump

  • Trump ignored warnings, downplayed the severity of this crisis, and failed to prepare for months, allowing the coronavirus to spread rapidly and undetected. Now we’re paying the price. More than 75,000 Americans have already lost their lives, forcing Trump to raise his estimate for the disease’s death toll. Our country leads the world in confirmed cases and deaths, supply shortages continue to ravage our health care system, and workers have lost their jobs at an unprecedented pace. The crisis is worse because of Trump.


  • Trump is knowingly putting American lives at risk to further his political interests. He is claiming “mission accomplished” while infections continue to rise across most of the country and his own officials warn of supply shortages. Trump admitted that he was in a rush to reopen the country even if it caused unnecessary deaths.


  • Trump has repeatedly muzzled science and ignored the truth. Trump is blocking top health officials from testifying before the House. Trump’s White House shelved a CDC document with step-by-step advice to local authorities on how and when to reopen. Trump gave responsibility for securing critical medical supplies to “inexperienced volunteers” led by Jared Kushner instead of health or military experts, exacerbating problems obtaining supplies. Trump continues to deny there even is a supply shortage — disputing a nurse who told him there was one. By ignoring experts and working to further his political interests instead, Trump has worsened the crisis.


  • Trump ignored more than a dozen early warnings about the coronavirus from U.S. intelligence agencies throughout January and February, including two in-person briefings in January. Instead of heeding those warnings, Trump downplayed the threat and failed to prepare. For months, Trump lied about the severity of the disease and failed to get states and hospitals supplies. Now, Trump’s chaotic leadership and decision to force states to go at it alone has made it more difficult for them to get the supplies they need.


  • Trump admitted that he rolled over for China. Trump ignored warnings that China was withholding data, refused to call out Beijing on its coronavirus response, and delayed taking action out of fear of upsetting his trade deal that has gone largely unfulfilled. On two occasions, Trump ignored advisers who urged him in January to press Xi Jinping for more transparency. Trump points to his so-called China travel ban as evidence he acted early and decisively to stop the virus, but it was far too little, too late. Trump didn’t restrict travel with China until more than three dozen other countries had already done so, more than 400,000 people have flown from China to the U.S. after the outbreak was disclosed.


  • Trump is downplaying the need for more testing even as experts say his limited targets are insufficient and his own testing chief admits we are nowhere close to hitting the testing levels that Trump said we would soon hit. Trump’s latest so-called “strategy” only aims to provide states with enough coronavirus testing for 2% of their residents — a massive concession after his previous promise that “anybody that wants a test can get a test.” Trump continues to pass the buck onto the states, but it is his failure to implement an adequate testing strategy that is hampering testing efforts. To get America back to work, Trump must fix the testing shortage he created.


  • Trump has consistently put big corporations first — letting large corporations and companies with ties to him get hundreds of millions of dollars in loans instead of the small businesses that need them to survive. The Trump administration is lending $500 billion to big corporations without requiring them to save jobs or limit payouts to CEOs or shareholders. Trump has failed small businesses with his administration’s rollout of the small business Paycheck Protection Program, which has been marred by website crashes and unclear guidelines that prevent many small businesses from getting loans.


Main Messaging

  • Trump’s failed leadership and mismanagement of the coronavirus outbreak has endangered Americans and significantly worsened a severe public health crisis.


  • The Chinese Government: Trump Bought the Chinese Government’s Obvious Spin and Turned a Blind Eye to the Danger

    • Instead of acting early, Trump ignored months of warnings and praised China in an effort to secure a weak trade deal that has gone largely unfulfilled.

      • While China covered up the coronavirus outbreak, Trump praised the Chinese government in January, saying, “China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus. The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency.” And in February, Trump said of President Xi, “I think he’s handled it really well.”

    • Trump touts banning travel from China as evidence he took the crisis seriously, but nearly 400,000 people flew to the U.S. from China in Trump’s month of inaction after the coronavirus outbreak was disclosed, and Trump didn’t act until more than three dozen other countries had already restricted travel from China. Even after the belated restrictions, 40,000 people have arrived from China and screening at U.S. airports has been “porous,” “spotty” and “haphazard.”

    • Trump ignored warnings about a potential PPE shortage and sent 18 tons of PPE to China and encouraged millions of dollars of medical supplies to be exported that we now desperately need in the U.S. and are paying marked-up prices for.

    • Trump dismantled our ability to watch for emerging threats in China, and then failed to adequately press the Chinese government to allow CDC officials into China to investigate the novel coronavirus.

      • Trump slashed more than two-thirds of CDC staff operating in China, including a post held by a key expert who had been embedded in China’s disease control agency. The eliminated staff could have alerted the U.S. and the world to important information about the growing outbreak, and helped China contain the outbreak earlier.

      • Trump ended a pandemic early-warning program that trained scientists in China, including the lab in Wuhan that identified the novel coronavirus, and other countries to detect and respond to pandemics.



  • Chaos: Trump Never Got It Together


  • Corporate Favoritism: Trump Went Soft on Corporations

    • Trump squandered critical time instead of using the Defense Production Act to ramp up production and coordinate distribution of medical supplies — worsening the dangerous shortage of essential PPE and testing supplies.

      • Trump’s White House cut an early request from his Health Department for $2 billion to buy respirator masks and other supplies by 75%.

    • Trump’s refusal to lead a coordinated purchase and distribution of testing supplies and PPE has forced states to bid against each other and the federal government.

    • Trump’s White House continues to prioritize helping allies, often favoring friendly businesses for contracts and political allies when allocating critical resources.

    • Tens of millions of dollars in loans intended for small businesses have gone to companies with ties to Trump, including the fossil fuel industry.

    • In Trump’s swamp, former Trump campaign and administration officials are getting rich lobbying to get companies coronavirus relief funds and exemptions to regulatory hurdles.

    • Trump’s administration is lending $500 billion to big corporations without any conditions requiring them to save jobs or limit payouts to CEOs and shareholders.

    • Trump removed the inspector general charged with overseeing the CARES Act and indicated he may ignore some of the oversight and transparency safeguards demanded by congressional Democrats.

    • Trump’s administration botched the rollout of the CARES Act’s Paycheck Protection Program, failing to provide clear guidance on the lending process or clarity on who was eligible and allowing large corporations to scoop up funds.

    • Weeks after applying, thousands of small businesses still haven’t gotten their loans as big corporations and companies connected to Trump get loans instead. A new Fed study shows PPP loans have not gone to the hardest hit areas 


  • Americans deserve better — a well-coordinated, whole-of-government, fully-funded response to this public health crisis and a president that prioritizes their safety and economic security.


Trump’s Dangerous ACA Lawsuit

Background: This week, Democratic attorneys general, led by Xavier Becerra, and the House of Representatives submitted opening briefs in California v. Texas to defend the Affordable Care Act.

  • During the worst health crisis of our time, Trump says he wants to “terminate health care under Obamacare” as he and Republicans seek to strip protections from as many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions and take health care away from 20 million Americans.


  • Americans are relying on our health care system now more than ever before, and the ACA is one of our most critical tools to protect Americans from the consequences of the coronavirus.

    • Comprehensive Coverage: The ACA established what are known as “essential health benefits,” such as prescription drugs and hospitalization. Coronavirus testing and treatment are essential health benefits and must be covered by all ACA-compliant plans.

    • Access to Critical Vaccinations Without Cost Sharing: Once a coronavirus vaccine is developed, the Affordable Care Act will almost certainly cover the coronavirus vaccine without cost-sharing, because it requires plans to cover all vaccinations recommended by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

    • Protections for as Many as 133 Million Americans With Preexisting Conditions: Under the ACA, insurance companies are not allowed to discriminate against those with preexisting conditions by denying them coverage or charging higher rates.

    • Coverage for 20+ Million People: Because of the ACA, more than 20 million Americans gained health coverage. People with insurance are much more likely to see a doctor when they are sick and to get the treatment they need.

    • Increased CDC Funding: The Affordable Care Act established the CDC Prevention and Public Health Fund, which helps states prepare for disease outbreaks.

    • Medicaid Expansion: Because of the ACA, states can get additional federal money to expand Medicaid to vulnerable populations. More than 17 million Americans now have coverage through Medicaid expansion. Importantly, Medicaid’s funding structure allows funds to increase in response to a public health emergency like coronavirus.

    • Key Support for Rural Hospitals: The ACA significantly reduced uncompensated care costs. Between 2013 and 2015, hospitals’ uncompensated care costs decreased by $12 billion, or roughly 30 percent. As hospitals face an influx in coronavirus patients, it is critical that they are paid for the treatment they provide.


  • Even as Trump tries to destroy the ACA, he has been forced to rely on key provisions of the law to fight the spread of coronavirus.

    • Essential Health Benefits: The Trump administration urged health insurers to make testing free by considering it an “essential health benefit,” despite simultaneously arguing in court to overturn this protection of the ACA.

    • Medicaid Expansion: After championing cuts that kicked millions of people from its rolls, the Trump administration is now playing catch-up and trying it easier for poor Americans to get care through Medicaid. But the administration’s coronavirus response is weakening Medicaid by skimping on aid for Medicaid providers to the benefit of large medical systems.

    • Nursing Home Inspections: The Trump administration announced new initiatives to protect nursing homes but has continued pushing forward with rolling back regulations aimed at preventing infections from spreading in nursing homes.


  • The ACA is more popular than ever for one simple reason: it works. The ACA has significantly reduced the number of uninsured and helped Americans get the health care they need and aren’t bankrupted just because they get sick.


The Right to Safe, Accessible Voting

  • As our country deals with the uncertainty and risks of COVID-19, it is especially critical to provide safe, accessible, and secure voting to all eligible Americans — voters should not be forced to make a difficult choice between their health and safety, and exercising their fundamental democratic right to vote.


  • We urge states to implement a variety of critical reforms that will make voting easier and safer for voters and election officials — like expanding vote-by-mail, increasing early-in person voting so voters don’t have to worry about crowding and long lines, ensuring people who need assistance returning their ballots can receive it, and other commonsense reforms like drop boxes that make it safe and convenient for voters to drop off their ballots.

    • The vast majority of Americans support expanding vote-by-mail to allow voters to safely cast their ballots in November, and even Trump’s campaign pollster shows Americans overwhelmingly want Congress to provide funding for states to expand absentee voting options in November.


  • Republicans like Trump are engaging in these voter suppression tactics because they know their agenda is out of step with voters. Trump himself told us why they’re so committed to making it harder to access the ballot box: Republicans are afraid they’ll “never” win another election if they let more people vote. That’s because their agenda is deeply toxic with so many Americans.




Democratic Party Fighting for Americans

  • Trump calls Democrats the “Do Nothing Party.” The reality is that Democrats in Congress have actually done a lot, but Trump has opposed their legislation, and Senate Republicans blocked the bills, despite broad support from voters.


  • Congressional Democrats strengthened interim legislation to support small businesses and secured additional funding for testing and PPE. Democrats are now working on CARES 2, which will put the lives of Americans, their livelihoods, and the life of our democracy first.


  • Here's a look at some of the many bills House Democrats have passed:

    • The Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act.

    • The Voting Rights Advancement Act to restore key provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

    • The SHIELD Act to better protect our elections from foreign interference.

    • The Raise the Wage Act to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

    • The American Dream and Promise Act to provide hardworking immigrants a much deserved pathway to citizenship.

    • The Equality Act to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

    • A package of bills to protect people’s access to health care and help make prescription drugs more affordable.

    • A bill to restore net neutrality.

    • The Climate Action Now Act to take action to protect our climate and create economic opportunities.

    • Legislation to reauthorize and expand the Violence Against Women Act.

    • Legislation to require background checks for all gun sales.

    • Legislation to help close the gender pay gap.

    • Historic anti-corruption reform.


  • While Democrats are working for the American people, what has Trump done lately?


DNC WAR ROOM

Trump’s Fragile Economy

  • Trump created a fragile economy that was especially vulnerable to the downturn that has resulted from the coronavirus outbreak.

    • Despite his promises, the gap between the richest Americans and everyone else grew bigger than ever under his watch, making it more difficult for working Americans during this economic downturn.

    • Once the coronavirus hit, Trump’s lies and failed response only made things worse.


  • The coronavirus outbreak is hurting sectors that were already stretched to their breaking point by Trump’s reckless trade policies and broken promises: 

    • U.S. factory output plummeted in March by the most in 75 years. But manufacturing was already in a recession for the entirety of 2019.

    • Farmers were struggling because of Trump’s reckless trade policies and false promises about increased purchases. While Trump continued to claim he had saved U.S. agriculture, farm bankruptcies increased by nearly 20 percent in 2019 and farm debt had already been forecast to hit a record high this year.

    • Retail sales suffered the largest ever monthly decline in March. But the retail industry had already cut more than 75,000 jobs last year and closed more than 9,300 stores.


  • Trump’s economic policies benefited the rich while leaving millions of Americans vulnerable to the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak:

    • About half of Americans were already living paycheck to paycheck and many worry daily about being able to pay their bills, as household debt hit a record high of $14 trillion at the end of 2019.


  • Trump’s economy is built on shaky foundations of short-term stimuli and corporate debt:

    • Corporations racked up $19 trillion in debt that made the economy more vulnerable to a downturn after spending the money they got from Trump’s tax cuts on stock buybacks for themselves and their wealthy shareholders. Despite Trump’s promises, corporations did next to nothing to boost workers’ paychecks.


  • Trump’s short-sighted economic policies weakened some of the tools available to fight the downturn:

    • Despite inheriting a strong economy, Trump racked up $1 trillion deficits by pushing massive tax cuts that didn’t provide a sustained economy boost to benefit workers like he promised.

    • Trump forced the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates because of his reckless trade policies, leaving it with little room to lower rates even further and half as much firepower as it did going into the last recession.



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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. 

ABC: DEMS MARK HEALTH CARE COURT CASE DEADLINE WITH “RENEWED PUSH ON HEALTH CARE, PUTTING TRUMP IN THEIR CROSSHAIRS TO UNDERSCORE THE PRESIDENT’S ATTEMPT TO DISMANTLE THE ACA.” On the deadline for opening briefs in California v. Texas this week, Democrats across the battlegrounds slammed Trump and the GOP for their health care agenda that is spiking costs and  jeopardizing coverage protections for people with pre-existing conditions -- even in the midst of a pandemic. 

Some highlights:

  • ABC: The Note: “Even in the midst of a pandemic, Trump and Republicans are in court, continuing to push their health care agenda that would rip away coverage protections for people with pre-existing conditions and spike health care costs for hard-working Americans," said David Bergstein, the DNC's battleground state communications director. "Just like it was in 2018, health care will be a defining issue of this election, and Democrats across the battlegrounds are joining with voters to hold Trump accountable for his toxic record.”


  • Florida Democrats: “As we have witnessed directly, Donald Trump cannot be trusted with our health care. His response to the coronavirus pandemic has ranged from negligent to chaotic -- and we truly cannot afford another four years of his erratic leadership, especially when it jeopardizes our health and safety.”


  • Michigan Democrats: “‘There’s never been a more important time to protect Michiganders’ health care, and never been a worse time to rip it away,’ said Attorney General Dana Nessel. ‘That’s why I’m fighting Donald Trump and Republicans’ reckless attacks on the Affordable Care Act that would gut protections for pre-existing conditions and strip Michiganders of critical health care.’”


  • North Carolina Democrats: “That the Trump administration continues to pursue the reckless effort to dismantle the ACA while unemployment skyrockets and millions of Americans are losing employer-sponsored insurance is indeed mindboggling,” said North Carolina Chair Wayne Goodwin”


  • Ohio Democrats: “Trump and the GOP have never had a plan for health care -- this lawsuit is the Republican plan. Even after 70,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 and more than one million cases have been confirmed, Republicans will not stop in pursuit of their goal of overturning the Affordable Care Act and taking away coverage from millions of Americans.”


  • Pennsylvania Democrats: “If Trump gets his way, protections for people with pre-existing conditions could be ripped away from over 5.3 million Pennsylvanians and another 850,000 could lose health care coverage altogether. As we suffer through the worst public health crisis in generations, the President should be making it easier to access care, not harder.”


  • Virginia Democrats: Senator Mark Warner: “Virginians with pre-existing conditions — and their loved ones — should not have to live in fear of their health coverage being taken away by President Trump. The Trump Administration continues to pursue a lawsuit that will rip protections away from millions of Americans without any viable plan to make sure people can get the health coverage they need.”


  • Wisconsin Democrats: Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul: “If this suit is successful, millions of Americans will lose access to health insurance coverage. We need more resources for our medical system, and it’s one of the reasons why expanding Medicaid now is critical for the state of Wisconsin. Frankly, I think it’s very troubling that this suit is going forward during a pandemic.” 


Lots more here.

IT DIDN’T HAVE TO BE THIS BAD -- DEMOCRATS BLAST TRUMP’S FAILURE OF LEADERSHIP OVER APRIL’S JOB REPORT. After the U.S. Department of Labor released the latest jobs and unemployment numbers, Democrats called out Trump and his administration for their failed leadership and role in the skyrocketing unemployment numbers. A few highlights:

Arizona Democrats: “Trump has treated the economy like Jenga and now it's all fallen down due to his poor leadership. Arizonans know we need a Commander in Chief who will unite the country, keep us safe, and help us recover.”

Florida Democrats: “Instead of preparing us for the pandemic, as other nations’ leaders had, Donald Trump ignored his own intelligence briefings, fell for China’s propaganda, and allowed COVID-19 to spread without widespread testing to track and contain the virus. ”

Michigan Democrats: “‘At every turn, Donald Trump has failed in his response to COVID-19 and now 75,000 are dead and over 20 million jobs have been lost,’ said Michigan Democratic Party spokesman Christian Slater. ‘Trump’s inadequate preparation and continued erratic response to this pandemic have devastated working families across Michigan. Donald Trump has no plan to contain this disaster as the country stumbles from crisis to crisis and everyday people suffer as a result.’”

North Carolina Democrats: “Today’s jobs report is a crushing reminder of the toll this pandemic has taken on workers in North Carolina and across the country. But it is also clear that this damage would not have been so devastating if our country had competent leadership in the White House.”

Pennsylvania Democrats: “‘This devastating report is a direct result of Donald Trump’s failure to prepare our nation for the coronavirus crisis. It didn’t have to be this bad, but Trump’s chaotic, erratic response to COVID-19 continues to put the health, safety and economic security of Pennsylvanians at risk,’ said Pennsylvania Democratic Party Spokesperson Andres Anzola.”

Virginia Democrats: “This was avoidable. Trump failed to prepare us for this pandemic and we now have the highest unemployment rate since the Great Depression.”

Wisconsin Democrats: “Had Donald Trump taken the coronavirus seriously from the outset instead of playing it down and kowtowing to China, over half a million Wisconsinites and tens of millions of Americans who have now lost their jobs wouldn’t be left worrying about how they are now going to pay their bills, put food on the table, and pay for their medicine.”

More here.

DEMOCRATS CONTINUE HOLDING TRUMP AND REPUBLICANS ACCOUNTABLE FOR ERRATIC, FAILED CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE. Democrats continued to hold Trump and Republicans accountable for their disastrous response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A few examples:

  • Dina Titus and Steven Horsford Op-Ed: Las Vegas Sun: Biden is the leader this nation needs. “In difficult times such as these, a real leader would step up to the challenge and provide solace to the population, but President Donald Trump has been more concerned about his optics than with reality. Nevadans deserve a president who, like Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak, will listen to medical professionals, not one who seeks to bury the truth under a pile of dangerous falsehoods.”


  • New Hampshire Reps. David Doherty and Dianne Schuett Concord Monitor: Before you vote, examine the character of candidates. “The president is more interested in securing the circumstances to ensure his re-election than taking care of the health and well being of our country. He ignores expert advice, promotes untested medication, blames anything and anyone to deflect his own lack of responsibility, lies and scapegoats.”



  • Wisconsin Examiner: ACA backers reiterate warning of threat to health law. “‘For me this really hits home,’ said Wisconsin resident Noah Reif, who has Type 1 diabetes, is immunocompromised and took part in Wednesday’s press call. ‘I know what it’s like to ration insulin,” Reif added. “Now we’re in the midst of a global pandemic, and health care coverage for people like me is more important than ever.’”



WHEN IT COMES TO DIGITAL ORGANIZING, DEMOCRATS ARE BRINGING THEIR A-GAME. The DNC and state parties across the battlegrounds are continuing to ramp up their digital organizing and texting efforts to reach voters where they’re at -- online at home. Some highlights:


DNC's Digital Organizing Director in CBS: “Through partnerships with state parties in battleground states like Florida and Georgia, the committee has sent 2.8 million text messages to voters encouraging them to vote by mail. And the DNC has embedded 11 digital organizing fellows in the battleground states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.


‘Organizing at its core is just relationship-building. I think digital organizing is like that as well. How connected does a supporter feel to us and how much of the party do they feel like is their own,’ said DNC Digital Organizing director Meg DiMartino. ‘The thing I think about often is how do we continue to deepen and build that online …what are more ways that our supporters, our volunteers can feel more ownership over this program.’"

 

(PA) @HollyOtterbein: “New: The Pennsylvania Democratic Party, DNC  & other partners are announcing today they've texted 1 million Democratic voters in the state about voting by mail. The state party partly credits the program for the fact that more Dems have requested mail ballots than Republicans.”


(NC) North Carolina Democrats: “While the ongoing public health crisis has obviously limited our ability to engage voters in-person, our team has already adopted innovative approaches to ensure we are still reaching voters through virtual and digital platforms by: 

  • Adapting many of our fundraising efforts to the post-COVID campaign world, including our Cocktails with the Council event, which drew more than 150 people. We’ll continue this kind of outreach with our Congressional candidates and through events like our Protect the Vote panel on May 13. 

  • Working with the Coordinated Campaign to hold our first statewide Digital Day of Action to reach tens of thousands of voters across the state through various digital engagements. 

  • Waging an aggressive digital advertising effort to draw sharp contrasts between the failed Republican leadership and what Democrats’ offer as an alternative. In the last month alone we’ve launched two new ads highlighting Sen. Thom Tillis’s failed leadership in Washington and his insufficient response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.” 


WHILE REPUBLICANS ATTACK OUR RIGHT TO VOTE, WE’RE FIGHTING BACK IN COURT. After winning our case in NV, Democrats are continuing to fight to ensure Trump and the GOP aren’t able to cut off access to anyone’s right to vote in SC, and WI. Some updates:


(WI) Washington Post: Unexpected outcome in Wisconsin: Tens of thousands of ballots that arrived after Election Day were counted, thanks to court decisions. “The Post’s survey of ballot data in the state’s 24 largest cities found that Wisconsinites overwhelmingly chose to vote by mail rather than risk infection by casting a ballot in person.” 


(NV) Nevada Current: Clark County expands voter access for upcoming primary election. “In response to a lawsuit by Nevada Democrats, Clark County plans to expand voter access during the upcoming all-mail primary election. Clark County will now send mail ballots to all registered voters regardless of whether they are considered ‘inactive’ by the state. The county will also operate three physical polling locations on election day as opposed to just one. The physical polling locations will allow for same-day voter registration and allow for any ballot issues voters may face.”

(SC) Essence: DNC Lawsuit Contends South Carolina Laws Require Blacks To Choose Health Or Their Vote. “A new lawsuit filed on behalf of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and the South Carolina Democratic Party alleges that current South Carolina election laws unfairly require that young voters and African-Americans, in particular, to choose between risking their health amid the coronavirus pandemic or voting in the June 9 primary.”

WHEREVER TRUMP AND HIS CRONIES GO, WE’LL BE THERE TO HOLD HIM ACCOUNTABLE. In response to Trump and Pence traveling across the country (despite the global pandemic), Democrats continued to call out their countless broken promises to American families. Take a look:

In Iowa:


In Arizona:

  • Arizona Republic: “About an hour before the president was scheduled to arrive, the Arizona Democratic Party held a media phone call to highlight Republicans’ record on trying to repeal and roll back the Affordable Care Act. Those efforts would make Arizonans with pre-existing medical conditions more vulnerable to COVID-19, they said. Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., a vocal critic of the president, said Trump’s trip to the state would only serve as a reminder that he ‘ignored warnings for months,’ overlooked science and data and downplayed the severity of the coming pandemic to the detriment of Americans.”


In Connecticut

  • DNC: Ronna McDaniel Owes Connecticut Answers on Trump’s Failed, Chaotic Pandemic Response. “‘Nutmeggers aren’t interested in more empty rhetoric from Donald Trump’s Republican Party. For months, he downplayed the coronavirus pandemic, left health care workers without personal protective equipment, and failed to deliver desperately needed testing. Instead of sliding into Connecticut to raise money, McDaniel needs to answer for her boss’ repeated failures and broken promises.’”


In Virginia: 

  • Blue Virginia: Ahead of Pence Visit, VA Democrats Slam Trump’s “Failed, Chaotic” Pandemic Response. “‘Every day, Donald Trump’s failed, chaotic pandemic response is putting Virginians’ lives in danger. Instead of acting like a leader, he wasted time, downplayed the crisis, and left us to fend for ourselves. [...] Mike Pence can’t paper over this administration’s record of failures. Virginians don’t need another photo op — we need millions of tests, masks, gloves, and gowns in every corner of the Commonwealth, and we need them now.’”


*BREAKING RECORDS: OREGON HITS 1 MILLION REGISTERED VOTERS*

  • Oregon Democrats: One (Million) For The Record Books: For the first time ever, more than one million registered Oregon Democrats. “Republicans have a million reasons to be nervous today. This remarkable achievement is a testament to what we already knew: Democrats are more energized and better organized than ever before,” said Tom Perez, DNC Chair. “Every day, Chair Hanson and Oregon Democrats are doing the hard work of strengthening our party and bringing more voices into our democracy — that dedication is going to pay off in November.”

  • Portland Tribune: Oregon Democrats hit one million mark for voters. “Carla ‘K.C.’ Hanson, chair of the Democratic Party, on Tuesday, May 5, hailed the increase in voters registered as Democrats. ‘These numbers are for the record books, and demonstrate the strength of our party's vision for all Oregonians and the work of Democratic activists from all corners of the state,’ she said in a statement.”


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

In Focus: Trump’s Disastrous Coronavirus Response, Volume #6

The coronavirus pandemic in the United States continues to worsen because of President Trump. 

Volume #1: Trump’s War on American Health Care 

Volume #2: Trump Decimated Pandemic Response

Volume #3: Trump’s Fragile Economy Left Americans Vulnerable

Volume #4: In a Public Health Outbreak, The President’s Lies Could be Deadly

Volume #5: Trump’s Testing Travesty

Volume #6: Trump Rolled Over For China

As the scope of President Trump’s abject failure to protect Americans’ health and livelihoods from the coronavirus pandemic becomes clearer, the White House and the Trump campaign have pivoted to shifting blame onto China for concealing the true extent of the COVID-19 threat. There is no question that China must be held accountable. But Trump has proven that he’s not capable of doing that. He spent weeks and weeks offering absurd flattery of China and unwarranted praise for its transparency as the crisis developed.

The contrast couldn’t be clearer. In February, Vice-President Biden publicly warned Trump not to take China’s word, saying, “I would not be taking China's word for it. I would insist that China allow our scientists in to make a hard determination of how it started, where it's from, how far along it is. Because that is not happening now." Instead of holding China accountable and prioritizing Americans’ health, Trump rolled over for China and got played on both trade and the epidemic that has halted the U.S. economy and killed or sickened hundreds of thousands of Americans.  

These are the facts:

  • Trump has been making big promises about being tough on China for a very long time. He claimed at the start of his 2016 campaign that China “will give us everything we want. That won’t even be a hard negotiation.”

  • But Trump never followed through on his bluster. His reckless trade policies pushed farmers and manufacturers to the brink and he was forced to make concessions to China without making any progress toward a level playing field for American industry.

  • Trump’s failure to stand up to China is one of his biggest vulnerabilities. He knows his chaotic policies bankrupted farms and pushed manufacturing into recession, and to simply start cleaning up the damage he’s done, he needs China to bail him out by making big purchases of U.S. goods in an election year. 

  • Trump entered this election year in need of a deal to stop the bleeding his trade policies had caused, but at the very same time China was misleading the world on the severity of the virus. He was so desperate for a deal that he knowingly let China’s mismanagement of the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed tens of thousands of Americans and wrecked our economy, go completely unchallenged.

  • Trump is now grasping at straws as he tries to cover up his dereliction, pointing to his so-called China travel ban as evidence he acted early and decisively to stop the virus. But it has become abundantly clear that his travel ban was far too little, and too late. 

We’d say Trump is weak on China, but that’s an understatement. Trump rolled over in a way that has been catastrophic for our country. He did nothing for months because he put himself and his political fortunes first. He refused to push China on its coronavirus response and delayed taking action to mitigate the crisis in an effort to not upset Beijing and secure a limited trade deal that has largely gone unfulfilled. Take a look:

Trump’s response to the virus was delayed by a desire to avoid upsetting China as he sought a deal to begin undoing the damage caused by his trade policies.

  • New York Times: “Decision-making was also complicated by a long-running dispute inside the administration over how to deal with China. The virus at first took a back seat to a desire not to upset Beijing during trade talks.” 

In January and February 2020, Trump’s senior advisors were preoccupied with  ensuring coronavirus would not interfere with trade negotiations.

  • KUDLOW: “The United States And China reached a major historic phase one trade agreement. The two countries are engaging as never before. We have to work through issues on trade, on the economy, on human rights, on national security, and now on public health.”

  • KUDLOW: “China’s leader Xi Jinping reassured U.S. President Donald Trump in a phone call that Beijing would meet purchase goals outlined in the recent trade deal between the countries -- despite the impact of the coronavirus on the Asian nation, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Friday.” 

  • KUDLOW: “‘Xi apparently reassured President Trump in this phone call that while there might be some delays in the purchase of American exports, the markers of $200 billion over the next couple of years, will in fact be met,’ Kudlow said.”

  • MNUCHIN: “Mnuchin acknowledged the outbreak could also delay the start of negotiations on deepening the trade deal with Beijing and reaching a phase two agreement, but said he was not worried about that at this point.”

  • New York Times: “Several top advisers to Mr. Trump have advocated restraint — notably Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law; Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary; and Larry Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council.  They argue that the two superpowers need to work together to suppress the virus and resuscitate the global economy, and that Mr. Trump should not jeopardize a trade deal that the two nations reached last December.” 

As Trump came close to locking his phase one trade deal with China, he and his administration repeatedly praised China and President Xi.  

January 15, 2020: 

They touted the trade agreement and the U.S.-China relationship, while failing to press China on the epidemic.

January 16, 2020:

January 17, 2020:

Throughout January and February, Trump defended China’s handling of the coronavirus and its transparency, even as concerns were raised by his own administration.

January 24, 2020: 

February 7, 2020: 

February 7, 2020: 

February 10, 2020: 

  • TRUMP: “Well, I think China is very, you know, professionally run, in the sense that they have everything under control.” [Trish Regan Primetime, Fox Business, 2/10/20]

February 19, 2020: 

  • TRUMP: “Well, I’m confident that they’re trying very hard. I know president Xi, I get along with him very well. We just made a great trade deal, which is going to be a lot of business for Arizona and every other place. But they are trying very, very hard, and I think the numbers are going to get progressively better as we go along.” [Fox 10 Phoenix, 2/19/20]

February 23, 2020: 

Trump cites his ban on travelers arriving from China as proof that he took coronavirus seriously early on. But the travel ban is not the portrait of effective “very, very early” action that he claims.

  • While Trump claims his China travel ban came early, more than three dozen countries had already restricted travel from China before he acted. Each day Trump debated the travel measures roughly 14,000 people arrived in the U.S. from China.

  • Trump didn’t declare his China travel ban until one day after the World Health Organization had already declared the coronavirus a global health emergency. 

  • Trump’s China travel ban included exceptions that allowed 40,000 people to fly into the U.S. from China even after the ban took effect.

As the virus spread throughout China, the U.S. continued to export critical medical supplies to China that are now in short supply domestically.

  • As the coronavirus spread throughout China, the U.S. exported millions of dollars of masks and ventilators to China with the encouragement of the U.S. government. 

  • While U.S. exports spiked, imports from China of supplies fell below normal levels as Trump downplayed the coronavirus threat back home.

  • Trump waited until mid-March to invoke the Defense Production Act to speed up production, and caused confusion in the production and distribution of supplies by making it unclear whether he was actually using the full powers of the act or not.

Trump and his administration continue to be cautious about criticizing China’s coronavirus response out of concerns for its trade negotiations.

April 1, 2020: 

April 2, 2020: 

  • New York Times: “National security officials and China hawks in the State Department are skeptical the détente will last, but several top advisers to Mr. Trump have advocated restraint — notably Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law; Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary; and Larry Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council. They argue that the two superpowers need to work together to suppress the virus and resuscitate the global economy, and that Mr. Trump should not jeopardize a trade deal that the two nations reached last December.” 

April 9, 2020: 

April 14, 2020: 

  • KUDLOW: “Well look, a couple things. China has to be accountable in a number of areas: trade, the phase one deal, which is proceeding by the way. Certainly in fairness to the Chinese. We are moving. I’m sure it’s slower than would otherwise have been the case. But reports are coming in that that deal is being implemented. China needs to be held accountable on a number of measures. Over a period of time they will be held accountable. Having said that, the president is engaging with China. He's speaking with President Xi. Their relationship remains very positive." 




Trump Won’t Stop Lying About Testing

Today, one month after promising 27 million tests would be available by March 28, Trump used the White House briefing to lie about testing to try to cover up for his own failure to deliver.

Our testing capacity is still nowhere near the levels that the administration indicated it would be last month — in fact, on March 28, the U.S. had conducted just over 800,000 tests and to this day we have conducted fewer than 4.2 million tests.

Trump lied about his record on testing, claiming he’s doing a “great job.”

TRUMP: “We’re doing a great job on testing.”

Wall Street Journal: “Coronavirus Testing Hampered by Disarray, Shortages, Backlogs”

Trump lied about the widespread consensus that testing must be significantly ramped up for the country to safely reopen.

TRUMP: “You know, not everybody wants to do such significant testing. Testing is good in some cases, and in some cases it's not.”

New York Times: “Coronavirus Testing Needs to Triple Before the U.S. Can Reopen, Experts Say”

Trump lied about the number of tests the U.S. has completed in an attempt to deflect from his failures.

TRUMP: “We have tested more than any country in the world.”

Vox’s Aaron Rupar: “Asked why the federal government hasn't lived up to Pence's promises about testing, Trump lies and says the US has tested more than all other countries combined (this is not true)”

Worldometer: Total coronavirus tests completed in the U.S. = 4,187,392 vs. total coronavirus tests in just Russia, Germany and Italy = 5,321,111




NEW POLLS: Majority Of Americans Don’t Trust Trump And Disapprove Of His Coronavirus Response

New polls, same story. Americans disapprove of Trump’s coronavirus response. They know the truth: Trump ignored warnings, downplayed the threat, and failed to take decisive action early on, making the crisis worse than it needed to be.

A majority of Americans disapprove of Trump’s coronavirus response and say he didn’t take the crisis seriously enough early on.

  • More than half of Americans disapprove of Trump’s handling of the coronavirus crisis, in a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll.

  • 65% of Americans say Trump did not take the coronavirus “seriously enough at the beginning,” according to a NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll.

Nearly two-thirds of Americans say the Trump administration has failed to ensure enough testing and medical supplies to combat coronavirus. 

  • 64% of Americans say they’re not satisfied with what the federal government has done to ensure enough testing, according to a NBC News-WSJ poll.

  • 64% of Americans say the federal government hasn’t done enough to ensure there’s sufficient medical equipment and supplies for doctors and nurses.

A majority of Americans don’t trust what Trump says about coronavirus. .

  • More than half of Americans say they don’t trust what Trump has said about the coronavirus crisis.