There is blood on Trump’s hands

This piece was originally published in the August 10, 2020 edition of CAP Action’s daily newsletter, the Progress Report. Subscribe to the Progress Report here.

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“Donald Trump has blood on his hands.”

— Kristin Urquiza, whose father died of coronavirus

Kristin Urquiza is all too familiar with the devastating impact the coronavirus has had on millions of families. She’s lived it herself.

More than 162,000 Americans like Kristin’s father have paid for Trump’s failed coronavirus response with their lives.

Watch Kristin explain why she holds Trump responsible for her father’s death, then share this video on Twitter and Facebook:

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IN THE NEWS

  • Just days after the U.S. surpassed 5 million confirmed coronavirus cases, Trump and his Republican friends in the Senate took on a new pet project: Pushing for the college football season to proceed, whether it’s safe or not. This push comes in the wake of the Big Ten conference’s announcement this morning that they plan to cancel the 2020 college football season due to safety risks posed by the worsening pandemic. Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) responded with a letter in which he tried (and failed) to justify his desire for a normal season. “Many of you think that football is safer than no football,” he mused. Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), who recently used her leverage as a WNBA team investor to intimidate players speaking out about the killing of Breonna Taylor, echoed Sasse’s sentiment. Trump soon caught word of the situation, tweeting that he, too, wants the games to go on. “Play college football!”

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

  • Trump issued an executive order on Saturday that would cut the $600 weekly unemployment assistance by at least $200 at a time when Americans need it most. But there’s a catch. The order aims to require states to pay $100 a week in unemployment assistance to a given recipient before the full federal supplement kicks in. The federal payment will be even lower for those receiving less than $100 in state aid, even though they might be the ones who most need this additional support. For people who rely on this aid to stay afloat, unable to find work while the virus runs wild, federal support could mean the difference between having a roof over their heads and not knowing where their next meal will come from. A third of renters are expected to miss their August rent payments, and federal and state eviction freezes are set to expire soon if they haven’t already.

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This piece was originally published in the August 10, 2020 edition of CAP Action’s daily newsletter, the Progress Report. Subscribe to the Progress Report here.

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