Navigating Coronavirus — August 7
In today’s email, we examine how Trump has made the U.S. the worst in the world on coronavirus, including new, growing failures with testing. We also have new Navigator polling on Trump’s attacks on the election amidst the pandemic, and have a sneak peek on today’s jobs numbers.
Read on for today’s Navigating Coronavirus…
Message guidance on the latest developments with President Trump’s handling of the crisis.
1. TRUMP’S FAILED RESPONSE HAS LEFT THE U.S. WORSE OFF THAN THE REST OF THE WORLD.
Trump is living up to his promise of “America First”: the U.S. leads the world in the number of coronavirus cases and deaths. Trump’s missteps and total disregard for science and facts are to blame.
- MUST-READ >> “The Unique U.S. Failure To Control The Virus”
- “One country stands alone, as the only affluent nation to have suffered a severe, sustained outbreak for more than four months: the United States.”
- “Many [public health experts] agree that the poor results in the United States stem in substantial measure from the performance of the Trump administration.”
- REMINDER >> In Navigator’s latest poll, we saw that more and more Americans (now more than 6 in 10) believe our pandemic response is worse than the rest of the world, up 12 points in the past few months.
IT DIDN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY >> Early on, Trump dismissed expert warnings and put in place a porous travel ban that failed to stop hundreds of thousands of people from entering the country, allowing cases to spread throughout the U.S. Meanwhile, he didn’t order critical medical supplies or protective equipment and consistently downplayed the virus — saying it would go away very soon, that it was “totally harmless”, and calling it a hoax.
- Trump continues to ignore medical experts, failed to put in place a national testing plan, and unnecessarily politicized proven interventions (like wearing a mask). Now, the U.S. is reeling — with no leadership or solutions in sight.
2. TRUMP’S TESTING SABOTAGE IS RECKLESS.
Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx are warning that a recent uptick in positive tests is a sign of trouble to come. Meanwhile, Trump has repeatedly downplayed the need for testing — calling it “overrated”, telling aides to slow down testing, and cutting state funding for test sites. Now, test numbers are declining, even as deaths increase, because he created a broken system with long delays.
- Axios: “Fauci calls U.S. coronavirus testing delays ‘totally unacceptable’”
- Philadelphia Inquirer: “Pa. wants to expand coronavirus testing but faces a shortage of supplies and lab result delays”
- East Oregonian: “More coronavirus testing is needed as supply shortages undercut local response”
- MassLive: “Demand has far outstripped the access”
*NEW* NAVIGATOR TRACKING POLL
TODAY’S FULL SLIDE DECK >> HERE
TOPLINES >> HERE
- As the pandemic worsens, nearly two-thirds of Americans oppose Trump’s suggestion we delay the election due to the increase in vote-by-mail. Americans are most likely to say Trump suggested the move because he’s worried about losing and wants to sow doubt in the election.
- Half of Americans plan to vote by mail, but as Trump continues attacking vote-by-mail, Republicans are especially likely to say they’re worried their votes won’t be counted.
ECONOMIC CRISIS IN CONTEXT
The latest on how the economic crisis sparked by coronavirus is being fueled by President Trump’s actions and years of conservative economic policies, focusing today on the latest unemployment numbers and this morning’s jobs report.
Another 1.6 million workers filed for unemployment last week as Trump and his allies continue blocking attempts to restore emergency unemployment benefits for 30 million workers.
- We are now a full week into Trump and McConnell’s completely unnecessary economic crisis as tens of millions of families have lost their jobs, lost their health care, and had their unemployment benefits cut — while millions more face eviction or can’t afford to put food on the table.
- While the House passed legislation to support workers and families more than two months ago, Trump and McConnell delayed and obstructed and are now feeling massive pressure to find a way to fix the problems they created.
This morning we’re going to get new numbers showing another depression-level unemployment rate in July, and remember: it could get a whole lot worse if Trump and McConnell fail to extend unemployment benefits.
The facts keep rolling in: Republicans are wrong on the economics.
- A new study came out showing that “nearly one third of people that have gone back to work after being laid off during the coronavirus pandemic have lost their jobs again.”
- More coverage of the new paper from Groundwork and NELP that highlights how, despite what Trump and his allies claim, “Most unemployment claimants are probably earning less on unemployment than they did at their previous jobs.”
- Trump’s public health and economic crisis isn’t just causing unemployment to surge, it’s exacerbating long-running structural problems that have caused an “underemployment crisis” for workers and families.
Navigating Coronavirus is a joint project of Governing for Impact, Groundwork Collaborative, The Hub Project, and Navigator Research.
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