Dr. Birx slams Trump’s ‘devastatingly worrisome’ supporters

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A note from Stu: Most of us are at least six weeks into a lockdown, and cabin fever is inevitable. The stress from missing loved ones and financial hardship grows more palpable by the day, and it’s natural to ask, “is it really worth it? — especially with ill-informed/intentioned officials rejecting science. But it is worth it. What you’re doing is saving lives. So please, reommit to real social distancing, stay safe, and stay strong

Today’s Top Stories:

Rebuking Trump, White House pandemic task force member Dr. Birx says MAGA-fan protesters are ‘devastatingly worrisome’

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer added that some protesters “depicted some of the worst racism and awful parts of our history in this country.”

Take Action: Tell White House medical experts to stop excusing Trump’s dangerous “advice.” He’s getting away with murder!

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Pompeo falls on his face by contradicting himself within 15 seconds live on air

Trump’s Secretary of State isn’t even trying to hide his lies at this point.

Check out this week’s episode: Side effects of taking the president’s advice include certain death

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Two days after GOP Governor orders Texas reopened, cases in Dallas county hit new peak
The new statistics are making Republican Governor Greg Abbott’s decision look increasingly misguided.

Take Action: Tell Governors to listen to health experts on when to re-open states — NOT TRUMP!

Jared Kushner smacked down by Michigan Gov. Whitmer for blatant lies about support to states
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer slapped aside claims by Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner that states have sufficient testing capabilities.

Take Action: Demand Kushner — Trump’s inept, unqualified son-in-law — be removed from the pandemic response team!

Obama team fully vetted Biden in 2008 and found no hint of former aide’s allegation
David Axelrod on vetting Joe: “Had any credible issue been raised, you can be sure Biden would not have been the nominee.”

Take Action: Use SwingLeft’s tools to see what you can do to help Democrats win in the states that matter most today!

Trump again shifts estimated U.S. death toll upward
Six days after saying 60,000 could die, the president increased his estimate by 50% and actually called losing 90,000 Americans “successful” on national TV.

Election year is here!

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Trump responds to Bush’s call for bipartisan unity with Twitter tantrum attacking the former president and a host of perceived enemies
The president unloaded a barrage of vitriolic and absurd tweets, including one that referred to a biblical plague to be smited by American greatness.

Online disgust follows glowing praise for George W. Bush’s pandemic messsage
Key aspects of the 43rd president’s administration were highlighted this weekend after Trump critics appear to have whitewashed Bush’s legacy.

Trump claims he lacked early intelligence on the pandemic despite ample evidence to the contrary
The president’s afternoon Twitter tantrum whitewashed his failed response and was filled with familiar finger pointing.

White supremacists are using anti-lockdown protests to recruit new members
Anti-lockdown protesters are taking their grievances to the streets, ripe for recruitment by white supremacists exploiting their fears.

A drug has finally shown positive results in studies. MAGA world isn’t buying it
On the heels of positive early signs for remdesivir, several prominent Trump boosters are denying science the results and continuing to promote snake oil.

Maryland cancels $12.5 million PPE contract with shady firm hastily started by GOP operatives in late March
The company, now under investigation, has yet to deliver any desperately needed PPEs despite receiving millions from the state in early April.

Pence finally admits he should have worn a mask at the Mayo Clinic
After days of shifting stories and laughable excuses, Pence finally admits the obvious.

Cuomo announces 7-state coalition for purchasing medical equipment
Abandoned by Trump, a handful of states have joined to provide the federated power to get what they need… If only some entity to unite states had already existed.


Election 2020

You can’t be doin’ that…


Today’s Action: A green economic recovery plan from coronavirus

There is no silver-lining to the coronavirus pandemic – it is an unequivocable tragedy. But it is providing insight into what it will take to emerge from this crisis stronger, particularly with regard to the environment and labor.

We have seen record clean air quality in Los Angeles, 11,000 fewer deaths in the UK and Europe due to higher air quality, and the renewed ecognition that working-class laborers are absolutely essential and vital parts of our economy,deserving of protection and higher pay.

We must work to lock in legislation for a green economic recovery plan, so that these gains are not temporary.

Call or email your Members of Congress and demand a green economic recovery plan: a federal jobs program that prioritizes green jobs…and blocks bailouts for the fossil fuel industry. See below for the call script!

Republicans have a vested financial and political interest in returning to business as usual. Or, capitalizing on the shock of our communal systems, digging their corporate-friendly, anti-environment, anti-labor claws in even deeper while most voters struggle with basic needs, let alone having time to mobilize and fight back. This is no conspiracy theory – in fact, it’s a favorite and tested strategy. (Add Naomi Klein’s Shock Doctrine to the top of your reading list!)

We must be vigilant in demanding a green economic recovery plan that addresses our other ongoing global crisis (climate change) and prioritizes the working people who are leading us through this pandemic…because behind closed doors, Republicans, fossil fuel industry leaders, and other corporate conglomerates are already plotting how to do the exact opposite.

Email or call (202.224.3121) your Members of Congress and demand a green economic recovery plan that includes  green jobs creation, a ban on bailout funds for the fossil fuel industry, and a strong reinvestment into working people on the frontline of COVID-19.

Thanks to the good folks of Indivisible for their People’s Bailout plan! We support their policy proposals and promoted them today in our action.

PS — Please don’t forget to sign the petition Tell Trump to stop the lies and get our brave first responders the support they need to fight this pandemic!, and check out the brilliant “Don’t Think of an Elephant” by George Lakoff — a quick read that contains the ultimate keys for Democrats to win elections — and arguments.


Required Reading for the Resistance. Actions that make a difference.