Trump lied at least 19 times in one interview. Here’s what happened:

This piece was originally published in the August 4, 2020 edition of CAP Action’s daily newsletter, the Progress Report. Subscribe to the Progress Report here.

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“It is what it is.”

Trump, when confronted by the fact that roughly 1,000 Americans are dying each day from coronavirus

Moments after a grim economic report was released, Trump took to Twitter last week to baselessly suggest delaying the upcoming election.

Make no mistake: Election Day will be on November 3 (no matter what Trump tweets).

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The U.S. Code states that the presidential election will be held on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November
The U.S. Code states that the presidential election will be held on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November

IN THE NEWS

Trump is still refusing to take responsibility for the pain and suffering happening on his watch — and this time, it’s even worse than usual. In an interview with Axios’ Jonathan Swan released last night, Trump was asked about his coronavirus response and America’s bleak position relative to the rest of the world. Trump’s responses ranged from utterly incoherent to downright offensive. Here are some notable moments:

  • On where he gets his testing advice: Asked who actually believes there’s such a thing as “too much” testing, Trump said “Oh, just read the manuals. Read the books.” What manuals, you might ask? “Read the books,” he repeated, providing zero evidence.

CNN’s fact checker counted at least nineteen false claims from Trump throughout the interview.

Relative to other countries, a disproportionately high number of Americans are still both contracting and dying from the virus — a fact Trump refuses to address and shows little interest in preventing. Nearly 156,000 people are dead. It didn’t have to be like this. Trump’s failed and chaotic pandemic response has a price.

For the latest on the Trump administration’s botched pandemic response, check out BLINKING RED, CAP’s running timeline of how the Trump administration ignored warnings, misled the public, and made the coronavirus crisis worse.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

  • It’s been months since the House passed the HEROES Act — a bill that would provide the U.S. with the tools needed to fight the pandemic and help struggling Americans stay afloat. In that time, Trump and McConnell have done nothing, seemingly waiting for calamitous deadlines in a misguided hope that they would provide political leverage. While last week’s “cliff” on federal unemployment insurance has garnered the most attention, it’s only the first of many, including eviction and foreclosure moratoria, expiring student loan payment waivers, mortgage payment forbearance, and PPP loan forgiveness. For more on these looming deadlines, check out CAP Action’s new piece on how Trump and McConnell are driving America over a cliff.

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This piece was originally published in the August 4, 2020 edition of CAP Action’s daily newsletter, the Progress Report. Subscribe to the Progress Report here.

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