Trump kicks off risky campaign tour to an underwhelming crowd as cases spike in dozens of states

This piece was originally published in the June 22, 2020 edition of CAP Action’s daily newsletter, the Progress Report. Subscribe to the Progress Report here.

“SO I SAID TO MY PEOPLE, SLOW THE TESTING DOWN PLEASE.”

Trump, seemingly admitting that he ordered his staff to slow down coronavirus testing

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The U.S. coronavirus death toll passed 120,000 today, and new cases are on the rise in at least 23 states. Arizona, where Trump is planning to visit tomorrow, just reported a 29% spike in hospitalizations compared to the previous week. Nearly 85% of the state’s ICU beds are in use.

How is Trump responding to these red flags? Speaking this weekend to an underwhelming crowd, which filled just about a third of the Tulsa venue, he touted his desire to slow down coronavirus testing because, in his own words, “when you do testing to that extent…you’re going to find more cases.”

Watch this 81-year-old grandmother condemn Trump’s failed coronavirus response, then share on Twitter and Facebook:

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Ahead of Trump’s visit to Phoenix tomorrow, the city’s mayor announced that his event will be excluded from the citywide mask-wearing policy. Our leaders should be setting an example for Americans by following expert guidance to wear face coverings in public — not requiring local officials to make exceptions for their reckless behavior.

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This piece was originally published in the June 22, 2020 edition of CAP Action’s daily newsletter, the Progress Report. Subscribe to the Progress Report here.

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