August 1, 2019
NEWS OF THE DAY
Detroit Democratic Presidential Primary Debate
Trump’s North Korea Show
Democratic Party Agenda
DNC WAR ROOM
Trump Tweets Attacking Baltimore
Trump’s Failed Border Strategy
Trump’s Health Care Lawsuit
Trump Obstacles To Securing 270 Electoral Votes
TOPLINES: Integrity, ideas, substance, solutions
The American people saw leadership at the second Democratic presidential primary debate. They saw candidates who are laser-focused on the future. And they saw a debate on the issues.
The contrast with Donald Trump was clear: Both nights focused on the policy solutions to serious problems. We didn’t hear candidates talk about hand-size. They talked about:
Gun violence - No matter which candidate or where they’re from, everyone believes we need to act on gun violence, while Republicans have done nothing.
Health care - Everyone on that stage agrees we need to expand access to health care, not take it away.
What Americans will take away is that the Democratic Party has their back. No matter which one of our exceptional candidates makes it to the mountaintop, people know they’ll have a leader they can trust.
Any candidate on that stage would be a better president than Donald Trump.
Background: Yesterday, the Trump administration imposed financial sanctions on Iran’s foreign minister.
The Trump administration's strategy of provocation and escalation with Iran has brought us to the brink of crisis for no discernable benefit.
The Trump administration's sanctions on a potential key negotiator in any new deal proves the administration's policy isn't about securing a “better deal.”
Trump abandoned the nuclear deal for purely political reasons, despite the fact that the intelligence community, military leaders, and even his own administration confirmed it was working.
The Iran Deal reduced the chance of one more nuclear threat in the world, and our participation was undoubtedly in the best interests of both the U.S. and the international community.
Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran Deal has pushed us closer to conflict and isolated us from our closest allies.
We are now seeing the consequences of Trump’s decision to abandon the nuclear deal. Recent developments make it clear that Trump’s strategy has been and will remain a misguided failure.
Instead of engaging in diplomacy in coordination with our allies, the Trump administration has based its foreign policy on lies and is risking dangerous escalation with Iran.
Background: Yesterday, North Korea test fired a new multiple missile launching system.
In three meetings, Trump gave Kim legitimacy on the global stage and made significant concessions while receiving nothing but vague, empty promises in return.
While Trump tries to claim Kim Jong Un has kept his promises, his own administration has admitted North Korea has not followed through on their agreements and has not given up their pursuit of nuclear weapons.
Trump said North Korea promised to halt its ballistic missile testing, yet it has resumed. Trump also said North Korea would return the remains of U.S. service members, but this has been stalled for months.
Trump continues to fawn over a murderous dictator. Trump has refused to condemn, and even defended, Kim’s human rights abuses. And he has lied to Americans about progress on denuclearization while the rogue regime continues to develop, expand, and conceal its nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities.
Trump must engage in serious diplomacy to demonstrate tangible, verifiable progress on denuclearization and reduce tensions with North Korea. We don’t need more bluster or praise for a murderous dictator.
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?
Last week, 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.
When asked about Russia’s continued interference, Mueller told the committee that “they’re doing it as we sit here.”
Mueller later said that “much more needs to be done” with regard to election security.
Despite this, following Mueller’s testimony, Senate Republicans blocked bills that would have bolstered our election security. And this week, Mitch McConnell again again defended his decision to block the Senate from passing commonsense bills to protect our elections.
In a Fox interview last week, Trump continued to downplay Russia’s election interference saying their were “a lot of bloggers in Russia.”
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.”
Trump is attacking another member of Congress of color. After calling Democrats who criticize his policies un-American, Trump is now outright attacking an entire U.S. city and its people.
These tweets are a continuation of his attacks 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.
Trump previously revealed his new campaign slogan at a campaign rally in North Carolina, attacking Rep. Ilhan Omar and prompting chants of “send her back.”
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.
Democrats won the day. Mueller painted a clear picture for the American people and confirmed in public what he put forward in his report:
The report did not exonerate Trump.
He did not find “no obstruction.”
Russia interfered in our election to help Trump and made multiple approaches to Trump campaign officials. Instead of reporting it to the FBI, Trump's team welcomed it, put into their messaging strategy, and then lied to cover it up.
Despite Mueller making clear that his investigation was not a witch hunt or a hoax, Trump and his allies continue to lie about it. Here’s the truth:
Nearly 200 criminal charges filed
34 people and 3 companies charged.
7 guilty pleas, including Trump’s national security advisor, who pleaded guilty to lying about his contacts with Russia
25 ongoing criminal cases
14 criminal referrals
$40 million recovered for the U.S. government (more than the total cost of the investigation)
Before the hearings, only 3% of Americans had read the Mueller report. Now, many more Americans have had the opportunity to hear the truth from Mueller himself.
That’s what this is all about – Americans across the country getting a chance to hear what really happened and better understand the crimes that were committed.
Mueller also went out of his way to raise the alarm on the threat of foreign influence. This report uncovered one of the most serious attacks on our democracy in our history. But Mueller made clear it won’t be the last, and more needs to be done.
It is Congress’s constitutional duty to provide oversight and their patriotic duty to protect our elections. Republicans have abandoned their duty to conduct oversight, and they must do more to protect our next election.
Republicans tried to smear the FBI and Special Counsel Mueller. But notably, they didn’t dispute the facts of the actual report.
House Democrats will continue to work to gather more information, fight Trump’s cover up in the courts, and give the American people the truth they deserve.
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 fewer jobs in Trump’s first 29 months than Obama’s last 29 months.
The Trump tax law remains incredibly unpopular because the American people know the truth: it’s not benefiting them.
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.
The manufacturing industry is showing signs of a slowdown, with a key manufacturing index hitting its lowest reading since the financial crisis and the manufacturing industry contracting in the Midwest.
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.