Navigating Coronavirus — April 25

It’s been 58 days since President Trump said we’d soon have zero cases in the U.S. We now have 925,000 cases and 52,000 deaths — more deaths than any other country in the world.

THE LATEST

Message guidance on the latest developments with President Trump’s handling of the crisis.

1. Trump’s lies are putting Americans at risk.

Throughout this crisis, Trump’s chaotic behavior and refusal to listen to experts have made things worse.

  • Doctors are having to waste their time refuting Trump’s claims that injecting disinfectants can help cure the virus and forcing everyone from Lysol to his own surgeon general to issue warnings.
  • REAL OUTCOME >> “MORE THAN 100 PEOPLE called Maryland’s emergency hotline asking about whether injecting or ingesting disinfectants could help cure Covid-19” according to Republican Governor Larry Hogan’s office.
  • NEW NAVIGATOR DATA >> 57% believe Donald Trump has too often made decisions that have ignored or overruled the advice of health experts.

Trump has demonstrated a pattern of dishonesty throughout this crisis, from touting untested drugs to promising that “anybody who wants a test can get a test” to now hyping “heat and light” and injecting disinfectant as cures.

  • CNN >> “Fact check: Trump lies that he was being ‘sarcastic’ when he talked about injecting disinfectant”
  • NEW NAVIGATOR DATA >> Only 42% of Americans trust Trump to tell the truth about coronavirus. And by 30 points, Americans trust state and local leaders to handle the coronavirus more than Trump.

2. Trump’s corrupt behavior continues to put himself and wealthy allies first, not the country.

  • NBC News: “Using the unilateral authority of the White House, Trump and his aides have consolidated power in a period of national crisis, picking winners and losers based in part on personal relationships, ideological affinity and partisan loyalty.”
  • NYT: “As part of the economic rescue package that became law last month, the federal government is giving away $174 billion in temporary tax breaks overwhelmingly to rich individuals and large companies, according to interviews and government estimates.”
  • NEW NAVIGATOR DATA >> The number of Americans who believe Trump’s response to the crisis has favored the wealthy/big corporations over workers/middle class is up 12 points in a month (from 42% to 54%).

3. Saturday Spotlight: We need to expand voting before November.

In the wake of Wisconsin’s dangerous in-person election April 7, Americans overwhelmingly support expanding voting ahead of November.

  • NEW NAVIGATOR DATA >> More than 7 in 10 Americans support vote by mail, including more than half of Republicans (52%).
  • MORE >> Americans agree they should not have to choose between voting and their health (69%) and 72% (including 50% of Rs) are concerned that Republicans have opposed vote by mail and could force them to do just that.

**NEW** NAVIGATOR TRACKING NUMBERS …

TODAY’S POLLING DECK >> HERE

FULL TOPLINES >> 4/22 DEEP DIVE HERE, 4/24 DAILY HERE

  • Trump’s disapproval is back at pre-coronavirus highs. His 56% disapproval matches the number from the March 8 Navigator poll, and is higher than his average disapproval from October 2019 to February 2020. He is 30 points less trusted than state and local officials — the largest gap to date — and Democrats are now more trusted than Trump on key pandemic-related issues.
  • Americans are not ready to end social distancing, despite Trump’s insistence on “re-opening.” A growing and consistent majority of Americans say they are more concerned that social distancing will end too soon rather than go on too long, even as Trump, GOP Governors, and “Super Spreaders” at rightwing protests ramp up rhetoric against it.

ECONOMIC CRISIS IN CONTEXT

The latest on how the economic crisis sparked by coronavirus is actually fueled by years of President Trump’s conservative economic policies, focusing today on Trump’s callous disregard for worker safety.

As President Trump continues his dangerous rhetoric and his conservative allies begin ending social distancing in their states against the advice of public health experts, workers are going to pay the price and the economy is going to suffer.

  • While Trump is focused on helping Wall Street and juicing corporate profits, his irresponsible push to “open the economy” will be absolutely devastating for the workers who can’t work remotely and aren’t being given the support they need to stay home from their jobs.
  • We are hearing more and more about big corporations putting profits ahead of workers, and Trump’s government is refusing to lift a finger to protect them.
  • Trump may think pushing workers back on the job before this virus is contained is good for the economy, but he’s got it exactly backwards.
  • The economy isn’t the stock market or massive corporations — it is made up of everyday workers and families.
  • So if workers are getting sick and don’t have the resources they need to keep their heads above the water, then the economy is going to suffer no matter how well the stock market does.

Don’t let anyone forget: It didn’t have to be this way. Trump’s conservative policies have left workers, families, and the economy vulnerable to a crisis like this.

  • Trump’s policies that have eroded unions, created more low-quality jobs, and eliminated workers’ decision-making power have removed key guardrails that rebalance power and protect against corporate recklessness during the good times and provide stability during economic downturns like this one.
  • That is why policymakers must work quickly to address the immediate economic needs and work to fix problems in our economy that made us more vulnerable to this crisis — including ensuring workers are protected on the job.

ONE LAST THING …

WATCH AND SHARE >> Trump hates the truth, but here it is: he has failed.

Navigating Coronavirus is a joint project of Governing for Impact, Groundwork Collaborative, The Hub Project, and Navigator Research.

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Navigating Coronavirus

A daily product to help you navigate Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus crisis and government response efforts. A project informed by @NavigatorSurvey.