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ICYMI: Vulnerable Senators Praise Trump's Botched COVID-19 Response Despite Continued Missteps

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ThursdayMay 7, 2020
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New reports today show 3.2 million people filed for unemployment last week alone as Trump administration scraps CDC guide for reopening country

Washington, DC Even as each day brings new examples of the grave consequences of Donald Trump’s failure to adequately respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, POLITICO reports this morning that vulnerable senators in battleground states continue to praise the president for doing "a tremendous job" — proving their loyalty rests with Trump instead of the dire needs of their constituents.

This comes at the same time as the Associated Press reports the Trump administration scrapped a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guide for reopening the country — adding to the growing mountain of evidence that the Trump administration has tragically mismanaged its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, it was announced that 3.2 million people filed for unemployment last week, putting the total number of unemployed at more than 30 million since the pandemic began. The COVID-19 pandemic has had an outsized impact on Black and Latino communities, who make up 40% of low-wage earners due to centuries of structural inequalities and are dying from the virus at hugely disproportionate rates.

Read more about how senators like Thom Tillis (R-NC), Joni Ernst (R-IA), David Perdue (R-GA), and Steve Daines (R-MT) are heaping praise on Trump's failed pandemic response:

POLITICO: Republicans praise Trump's pandemic response with Senate majority at risk
By Burgess Everett and John Bresnahan
May 6, 2020

  • "Senate Republicans are settling on their pandemic message as they fight to save their majority: President Donald Trump did a tremendous job. The coronavirus has killed more than 70,000 Americans, tanked the once-soaring U.S. economy and shows no signs of abating."
  • "And Trump’s ineffective leadership is largely to blame, say Democrats who are growing optimistic they can seize the Senate after being relegated to the minority for six years. But nearly all GOP senators running for reelection have decided there’s little utility in breaking with the president, particularly after seeing some fellow Republicans collapse at the ballot box with such a strategy."
  • "Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), whose race could easily decide the Senate, said Americans won’t necessarily be voting with today’s drumbeat of 2,000 deaths a day and endless quarantines in mind. He predicted by August everything will look different."
  • "'Generally, I feel [Trump’s] done a very good job,' said GOP Sen. Joni Ernst, who faces a tough reelection race in Iowa. 'He was right on it from day one prohibiting travel from certain countries and so forth. I think it was the right thing to do.'"
  • "'He exhibited tremendous leadership in this whole process, looking to people who are the experts and acting accordingly,' added Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.), whose state is constantly eyed by Democrats as fertile ground."
  • "'I think he’s done a good job, I do,' said Republican Sen. Steve Daines, who is taking on a challenge from Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock in Montana. 'The president prepared for the worst, and thankfully we’re starting to see declines in infection rates and now it’s time to start safely opening up the economy.'"


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