August 5, 2019
NEWS OF THE DAY
El Paso And Dayton Mass Shootings
Trump’s Failure To Address Gun Violence
Democratic Party Agenda
DNC WAR ROOM
Trump Attacking American Cities
Trump’s Failed Border Strategy
Trump’s Health Care Lawsuit
Trump Obstacles To Securing 270 Electoral Votes
In less than 24 hours our nation witnessed two mass shootings and the loss of at least 29 lives. This must end. We must act. Enough is enough.
Make no mistake: The bloodshed we saw in El Paso and Dayton this weekend was not inevitable. It is the price of inaction. And we must stop pretending that we are powerless to prevent these tragedies.
In remarks today, Trump said we must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy, but we also cannot ignore the role Trump’s hateful rhetoric and policies play.
159 days ago, the House passed bipartisan universal background check legislation, but it got buried in Mitch McConnell’s legislative graveyard. Now, it’s time for McConnell and Senate Republicans to take immediate action.
All we’ve heard from Republican lawmakers are their ‘thoughts and prayers.’ Republicans have refused to talk about this weekend’s shootings or address the issue of gun violence in America.
The cruel indifference of the NRA and cowardice of Republican lawmakers must end. We must come together as Americans and demand action. We must hold our elected leaders accountable. And we must do everything in our power to prevent these tragedies from happening – again and again and again.
Trump may try to act like he is taking gun violence prevention seriously now, but we’ve heard this before and it was all lies. Trump has only proven that he stands in lockstep with the NRA.
In his remarks today, Trump proved yet again that he his beholden to the NRA. Instead of addressing the role of guns in mass shootings, Trump regurgitated NRA talking points and blamed mental health and video games.
Trump rescinded a rule that made it harder for people with mental illnesses to purchase guns. And he’s trying to overturn the ACA, which helps provide mental health treatment through Medicaid expansion and essential health benefits.
Trump also voiced his support for background check legislation today, but he previously said that he would veto the House-passed bipartisan universal background check legislation.
What Trump is saying now, are the same empty promises we’ve heard from him before -- and each time he has sided with the NRA and failed to take action.
Trump told Parkland school shooting victims and their families that he would fight for them, stand up to the NRA, and support a comprehensive gun reform bill. Instead, Trump chose to side with the NRA over the vast majority of Americans who support commonsense gun reforms.
9 in 10 Americans support universal background checks.
Americans are sick of this charade. The vast majority of Americans support commonsense gun reforms to ensure that tragedies like El Paso and Dayton never happen again. It is long past time for Trump and Republicans to join Democrats in taking action.
Trump attacks Democrats for not getting any work done in Congress. The reality is that Democrats have actually done a lot, but Trump has opposed their legislation, and it has stalled in McConnell’s legislative graveyard, despite broad support from voters.
Here’s a look at some of what Democrats have done:
House Democrats passed the Raise the Wage Act to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.
House Democrats passed the American Dream and Promise Act to provide hardworking immigrants a much deserved pathway to citizenship.
Democrats passed a disaster relief bill.
House Democrats passed the Equality Act to prohibit discrimation based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
House Democrats passed a package of bills to protect people’s access to health care and help make prescription drugs more affordable.
House Democrats passed a bill to restore net neutrality.
House Democrats passed the Climate Action Now Act to take action to protect our climate and create economic opportunities.
House Democrats passed legislation to reauthorize and expand the Violence Against Women Act.
House Democrats passed legislation to require background checks for all gun sales.
House Democrats passed legislation to help close the gender pay gap.
House Democrats passed historic anti-corruption reform.
House Democrats passed election security legislation to strengthen our election systems against foreign interference.
While Democrats are working for the American people, what has Trump done lately?
Trump continues to escalate his attacks on American cities and members of Congress of color, making it clear that this is a part of his new campaign strategy.
After calling Democrats who criticize his policies un-American, Trump is now outright attacking entire U.S. cities and its people. Meanwhile, Trump has broken his promise to revitalize inner cities like Baltimore.
These attacks are an attempt to try to distract from the issues. He can’t defend his hateful policies or corrupt actions, so he turns to attacks to try to divide Americans.
This behavior is nothing new from this president. He has revealed his character through his words and his policies far before these most recent comments.
Trump’s comments are not isolated; they are representative of his entire agenda to destroy immigrants’ lives, devalue women’s voices, and discriminate against communities of color.
The party of Lincoln is dead. This is Trump’s party now, and Republicans have made it abundantly clear they are on board.
In a call with Putin, Trump refused to bring up Russia’ election interference. He later downplayed Mueller’s warning on Russia’s ongoing interference when asked about it, once again playing into Putin’s hand.
The Senate Intelligence Committee released its bipartisan report on election security, which found “extensive” Russian election interference that targeted all 50 states, and our election infrastructure was unprepared. The report emphasized that more needs to be done.
Both former Special Counsel Robert Mueller and FBI Director Christopher Wray also raised the alarm and warned about Russia’s continued, ongoing efforts to interfere in our elections.
Despite this, Trump continues to downplay Russia’s election interference and refuses to hold them accountable, while Mitch McConnell blocks legislation to bolster our election security.
We know Russia is already hard at work trying to interfere in our upcoming election. Yet Trump and Republicans have ignored their patriotic duty, and refused to take the necessary steps to secure our elections.
To this day, Trump and his campaign have refused to say they would not accept foreign assistance in 2020. In fact, Trump said, “I think I’d take it.”
Background: The Trump administration is appealing a federal court ruling which blocked its proposed rule to require asylum seekers to ask for protection in another country before reaching the U.S.
Trump’s failed anti-immigrant policies have exacerbated humanitarian problems at the border and fostered the horrible conditions migrant children and families are facing at detention camps.
Trump’s cruel attacks on the immigrant community are immoral and do nothing to solve the root causes of the humanitarian crisis at the border. And he’s made us less safe.
The White House is continuing to restrict asylum claims by refusing to grant protections to asylum seekers whose family members were threatened.
The White House is preparing to roll out immigration legislation, which already faces criticism from senior Republican lawmakers.
Trump’s proposal to end asylum protections for most Central American migrants will do nothing to address the root causes of the humanitarian crisis at our border and could exacerbate the overcrowding of detention centers.
White House officials are pushing to essentially shut down the refugee program next year, which could threaten U.S. national security by abandoning our commitments to thousands of Iraqis who served alongside the U.S. military.
The Trump adminsitration expanded its power to deport undocumented immigrants throughout the country, using a fast-track process that bypasses immigration judges.
We all agree that our current immigration system is broken and we need to address the shortcomings in the system. But what we need is bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform. And right now all we’ve seen from the Republican Party are proposals to detain children for even longer and limit asylum for those fleeing violence and persecution.
Democrats are making clear that we need a better strategy:
We need a fairer and more efficient process for considering asylum claims that protects those who are eligible and deters those who are not.
We need to use the substantial border funding provided in the last budget bill on border technology, ports of entry, more immigration judges, and to humanely screen and process families and children at the border.
We need to address the violence and instability that is causing people to flee their home countries in the first place. That includes working with our Central American partners to reinstate regional refugee and resettlement programs, without cutting off all access to asylum.
Historically, immigration reform has been a bipartisan proposition. Democrats have been at the negotiation table several times, only to be shot down by this president. Instead of finding solutions, he’d prefer to tweet and create more chaos at the border.
We are both a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants, and we need to do a better job as a country of reflecting those values in our immigration policy, and it starts with the White House.
The health care of tens of millions of Americans is on the line. Trump and Republicans are trying to do in the courts what they failed to do in Congress: repeal our entire health care law.
Trump promised he would put a stop to rising health care costs and even reduce them — but his lawsuit would raise out-of-pocket costs for premiums and prescription drugs.
Trump promised to protect preexisting condition protections and said that costs for people with preexisting conditions would be “much lower” under his leadership — but his lawsuit would end these vital protections.
Trump has broken his health care promises and made clear that he will never have a plan to protect Americans’ health care. His only “plan” is a politically motivated lawsuit that would raise costs and cut access to care.
Here’s what will happen if Trump and Republicans are successful:
GONE: Protections for as many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions. The uninsured rate will increase by 65 percent.
GONE: Medicaid expansion, which covers 17 million people.
GONE: More than 5 million seniors each year will have to pay more for prescription drugs because the Medicare ‘donut hole’ will be reopened.
GONE: About 2 million adult children will no longer be able to stay on their parents’ insurance.
GONE: Insurance companies will be able to charge women 50 percent more than men.
GONE: Financial assistance that helps 9 million people purchase health care in the marketplace.
GONE: Key support for rural hospitals. As Americans lose coverage, already struggling hospitals will be hit even harder as their costs increase.
GONE: Ban on insurance companies having lifetime caps on coverage.
GONE: Requirements that insurance companies cover prescription drugs and maternity care.
Democrats are united in fighting to protect and strengthen our health care law, lower health care costs, and improve quality of care. And we will never stop fighting against Trump and Republican’s relentless health care sabotage campaign.
We take nothing for granted and are building the infrastructure to win tight races in battleground states across the country. Trump’s reelection campaign faces major obstacles in securing reelection that Democrats are preparing to capitalize on:
Trump’s standing and Democratic victories across “the blue wall.” In 2018 Democrats won statewide elections in PA, MI, WI, OH and MN by significant margins. Public polling shows the challenges he faces in this region: he is 12 points underwater in PA; only 36 percent say they would reelect him in MI; his net approval has dropped 20 points in WI; he’s 9 points underwater in OH; and he is 16 points underwater in MN.
Trump faces challenges in attempting to expand his map. In NV last cycle, Democrats won the Senate, gubernatorial and attorney general races (Jon Ralston wrote there is “not one indicator -- not one -- that Trump could flip NV”); in CO, Democrats won every statewide race in 2018; and in VA, Republicans have not won a presidential race since 2004.
In 2018, Democrats made traditionally Republican states more competitive -- Trump can’t take anything for granted. In AZ, Democrats won three statewide races (in addition to flipping four seats in the state House); in GA, Democrats came within 2 points of winning the governor’s race; and in NC, Democrats hold the governor’s mansion and broke the GOP supermajority in the legislature in 2018 -- in fact “every single Republican in the N.C. House of Representatives from the Raleigh and Charlotte suburbs lost except one.”
Florida, Florida, Florida. Democrats are investing earlier than ever before. Through programs like Organizing Corps 2020, Florida Democrats already have 90 field organizers on the ground -- and the FDP has announced a multi-million dollar voter registration program along with a year-round voter protection department. In 2018, Florida Democrats elected their first Democratic cabinet officer since 2006, flipped two congressional seats, sent the largest legislative delegation to Tallahassee in over 20 years and flipped county governments in Hillsborough, Orange and Miami Dade.
The DNC is laying the groundwork to defeat Trump in the general election. We’ve launched: Organizing Corps 2020 — an unprecedented, multi-million dollar investment to train the organizers across seven battleground states, with a special focus on communities of color; the War Room, a joint effort of the DNC’s communications, research and digital departments that drives rapid response against Trump (the DNC’s research department is home to the most comprehensive research file on Trump); and a state-of-the-art, cloud-based data warehouse along with the new Democratic Data Exchange.
Trump touts the economy as the greatest in history, but the reality is he has only created an economy that benefits big corporations and the wealthiest Americans at the expense of middle-class families.
While Trump gave massive tax cuts to the rich and big corporations, many middle-class families have actually had to pay more in taxes.
Trump has given large corporations and big banks free rein while gutting protections for consumers and working Americans.
Trump promised a sustained boost to economic growth that hasn’t happened. In fact, the economy has added nearly one million fewer jobs in Trump’s first 30 months than Obama’s last 30 months.
Trump promised to revitalize American manufacturing, but last month a key manufacturing index fell to its lowest level since 2009.
Recent polls confirm the problem with economic growth under Trump’s policies: It hasn’t benefitted middle-class families, only the richest Americans.
Only 5% of Americans say Trump’s economic policies help “people like me.”
A majority of Americans say the president’s policies help “people with more money” or “no one.”
Only 11% of Americans say their salaries have outpaced their costs, and four in 10 Americans say they could not afford an emergency expense of $1,000.
More Americans say they’ve had to pay more in taxes than less. Trump’s tax cuts are not delivering the results he promised:
The tax cut bonuses Trump touted proved only temporary and have now fallen lower than pre-tax cut levels.
The economy only grew 2.5% in the first year under Trump’s tax law, far from the 4% GDP growth he promised.
The Federal Reserve cut interest rates for the first time in more than a decade citing weakness in business investment and manufacturing -- the very things Trump’s tax cut was supposed to boost.
The White House continues to claim that Trump’s tax cut is paying for itself, but the federal budget deficit is projected to top $1 trillion this year for the first time since the wake of the Great Recession.
We know that Trump won’t stand up for working families. Trump falsely blamed local union leaders and workers at the General Motors facility in Lordstown, Ohio for job cuts that he vowed to protect, and continues to attack union leaders for calling him out on his broken promises.
Trump and Pence prematurely promised to Lordstown workers that jobs were coming back to the shuttered GM factory.
Trump’s tax law actually incentivized corporations to offshore jobs.
GM saved hundreds of millions of dollars from Trump’s tax law, but used that money to benefit their wealthy shareholders while shuttering factories.
Trump's reckless agenda has created chaos in our economy. From the longest government shutdown in U.S. history — which cost to the tune of $11 billion — to his threats to disrupt $1.7 billion in daily trade flow by shutting down the southern border, Trump has made working Americans question the stability of the economy under his volatile presidency.
Democrats will continue to fight for an economy that creates opportunity and raises wages for working families.