Navigating Coronavirus — June 4


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

  • He is trampling our Constitution to inflate his own ego, while threatening violence against Americans.
  • He is trying to further divide us along racial and cultural lines, instead of seeking healing and progress that unifies America.
  • And as he tries to distract and divide us, 1,000 Americans are still dying every day from coronavirus, and Trump has given up on fighting it.
  • POLITICO: “The Trump administration has yet to pay out billions in emergency health aid” >>> “The delay has left the nation’s safety net hospitals and clinics with relatively little federal support during a pandemic”
  • BLOOMBERG: “One-Third of America’s Record Unemployment Payout Hasn’t Arrived”
  • POLITICO: “Fed’s massive ‘Main Street’ business rescue in danger of fizzling”
  • MILITARY TIMES: “VA sees rise in active coronavirus cases among patients in recent days”
  • PALM BEACH POST: “Health Director Concerned By Rise In Coronavirus Cases, But Says Hospitals Are Ready”
  • CBS AUSTIN: “Austin Sees Dramatic Rise In Covid-19 Cases Since Economy Started Reopening”



  • Perceptions of Trump as “compassionate” are tanking, especially among African Americans. In the latest poll, which was fielded Thursday to Monday just as the protests began to dominate attention, the number of Americans deeming Trump “uncompassionate” has gone up — and over the last month, Trump has seen a massive drop among African Americans on compassion: 82% now say he is uncompassionate.
  • Disapproval of Trump’s handling of coronavirus has hit an all-time high in Navigator tracking. 57% of Americans now disapprove of Trump’s handling of coronavirus, the highest we have seen yet. Additionally, 47% strongly disapprove of Trump’s handling — also a new high.
  • Key metrics are effective in shaping Americans’ perception of Trump’s response as a failure. One of the most effective is citing a Columbia University study that found 36,000 fewer Americans would have died if Trump would have taken action on social distancing earlier. Relatively few have heard of this study, but when they do, most see it as evidence Trump made things worse.


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 this morning’s unemployment numbers and the impact of Trump’s economy on Black workers.



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Navigating Coronavirus

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.