Navigating Coronavirus — May 19


  • THE LATEST: Trump puts Americans at risk with his unproven medical advice, while he blames others for this crisis.
  • NAVIGATOR TRACKING: Disapproval of Trump’s handling of the economy is at a record high.
  • ECONOMIC CRISIS IN CONTEXT: Trump and his allies are fighting for massive corporations while workers and families continue to suffer.


  • WAPO: “FDA warns about hydroxychloroquine dangers, citing serious heart issues, including death”
  • USA TODAY: “‘Medication I can’t live without’: Lupus patients struggle to get hydroxychloroquine, in demand for COVID-19”
  • AP: “More deaths, no benefit in VA virus study”
  • NAVIGATOR DATA >> 60% of Americans are concerned that Trump makes decisions that ignore or overrule the advice of health and medical experts.
  • MORE >> This translates to Americans’ concerns about Republicans in Congress. The latest deep dive Navigator polling showed that 57% of Americans have serious concerns that Republicans in Congress refuse to stand up to President Trump, especially when he ignores public health experts and puts people’s lives at risk.
  • NPR: “President Trump has been falsely laying blame on Obama for leaving the ‘cupboard bare’ when it comes to the national stockpile of emergency medical supplies and equipment.”
  • AXIOS: “Trump leans toward keeping total cut to WHO funding”
  • Axios: “President Trump declined an invitation to address a virtual gathering of the World Health Organization.” So who stepped in? China.
  • WAPO: “$500 billion Treasury fund meant for coronavirus relief has lent barely any money so far, oversight commission finds”
  • LA Times: “Eight weeks after Congress voted on the CARES Act just .008% of $500 billion it provided to Treasury for loans has gone out the door.”
  • WLOS: “Only 2.5% of North Carolina small businesses received federal relief funds, study shows”
  • NC BUSINESS OWNER >> “We applied for the loan on the first day. We went to our local bank, did all the paperwork. Then it came out, all these other rich businesses got PPP loans.”


  • Trump is now underwater on economic approval. As Trump has fought to help the wealthy and big corporations, while millions have lost their jobs, disapproval of his handling of the economy is at a record high in our tracking, a net decline of 13 points since March 23.


  • Now that Wall Street has soared back and big businesses have been bailed out, Trump and his allies are perfectly content to sit back and wait while workers and families twist in the wind.
  • Even the Federal Reserve Chairman predicts that unemployment could reach “Great Depression” levels.
  • But instead of working with House Democrats on policies that would help workers and families — the true engines of our economy — Trump and his allies are holding legislation hostage to jam through even more support for corporations.
  • They are so desperate to juice Wall Street and help big business that they are even trying to give corporations legal protection from liability for exposing their workers and customers to danger.
  • And Trump is still trying to jam through a payroll tax cut, which would give wealthy corporations like Walmart, AT&T, and Exxon Mobil billions of dollars in tax breaks while a single parent earning $25,000 a year would receive just $500.





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Navigating Coronavirus

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

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