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Trump says he will help blue states fight coronavirus — if their governors “have to treat us well too”

The petty president made the claim as he continues to withhold vital aid that has been promised to California, New York, and Washington.

Take Action: Tell Trump to stop self-congratulating and scapegoating and get hospitals the tools they need to save lives!


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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Fox News officially goes all in on sacrificing elderly for the economy

The so-called pro-life Republicans are showing stunning inhumanity to raise the stock market and help Trump’s reelection.

Take Action: Check out the WHO’s list of precautions you can take to avoid infection WITHOUT panicking.


Check out this week’s episode: How Trump turned a natural crisis into a manmade disaster

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Republican senator claims his tweet calling Speaker Pelosi a slur was a “typo”
He tried to blame his “fat fingers” but considering the vile words he used, that doesn’t seem likely.


Trump team failed to follow NSC’s pandemic playbook
The 69-page document, finished in 2016, provided a step by step list of priorities – which were then ignored by the administration.


White House abruptly transfers DHS official amid loyalty purge
Heather Swift, the deputy assistant secretary of public affairs at DHS, was moved to a senior post at the National Endowment for the Arts.


NY Times’ Maggie Haberman publicly calls out Trump’s false brags about virus testing
The president tried to hide how many lives he’s put in danger with his negligence — but reporters wouldn’t let him get away with it.

Take Action: Demand Trump stop the self-serving delays. EXPAND CORONAVIRUS TESTING NOW!


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Politicians jockeying for covid-19 tests find proximity to Trump is the fastest route
Trump’s cronyism could cost people their lives.


Trump cruelly mocks Romney after coronavirus scare with a sarcastic celebratory tweet
The Republican senator’s relief that he wasn’t infected was quickly overshadowed by the president’s mean streak.


New revelations show U.S. slashed CDC staff by two-thirds inside China prior to coronavirus outbreak
Trump’s disdain for preparedness has forced the country into a dire crisis.


NYC morgues near capacity, DHS briefing warns
Officials were told that morgues in the city are expected to reach capacity next week, per the briefing.


Biden blindsides Trump’s Florida ally
He singled out Gov. Ron DeSantis for harsh criticism over his coronavirus response.


Ex-Wells Fargo CEO: people should go back to work early even if “some may die, I don’t know”
America’s billionaires and their White House puppet are making it appallingly clear that they value their wallets over our lives.


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Today’s Action: Release jail and prison inmates to slow COVID-19

Our government has a duty to protect the well-being of all under its purview as we tackle COVID-19. But while most of us diligently self-isolate at home (are you doing this yet?), those in prison or jail are forced to remain in cramped, crowded and often unsanitary environments — conditions primed for the rapid spread of disease.

Inmates in our prison and jail systems are already some of our most vulnerable citizens – predominantly Black and Hispanic men from lower socioeconomic background, and very much victims of justice systems with overtly racist sentencing procedures.

States must act FAST to thin out the prison and jail populations, to protect both those released and those who remain from this contagious virus.

Call or email your Governor and demand they lower your state’s jail and prison populations by releasing the elderly, those who cannot afford cash bail, those serving sentences for minor or non-violent crimes, and anyone close to finishing their sentence as long as the COVID-19 pandemic is active.

These efforts have already begun around the nation: from Ohio, where hundreds of defendants waiting for their trial date are now released, to Los Angeles County, where inmates are being released early.

But elsewhere, like in Virginia and Maryland, the same recommendation has met resistance and flat-out refusal. And across the board, inmates are generally responsible for their own hygiene – in Arizona, for example, bathrooms are not stocked with soap and prisoners must pay for it themselves. With inhumane and unsanitary conditions like these, it is vital we act fast.

Inmates in our jails and prison systems already lack the ability to advocate for themselves, to speak out and to gain media attention, and it may only be a matter of days before these crowded institutions begin to feel the full effects of COVID-19. On behalf of those without a voice, please raise yours today.

Email or call your Governor and ask them to protect inmates from COVID-19 by reducing the population of prisons and jails in your state. Recommend they release anyone close to the end of their sentence, those serving for nonviolent crimes, anyone who is being held because they cannot afford cash bail, and the vulnerable elderly.

PS — Please don’t forget to sign the petition to reject Trump & Republicans’ vile idea to sacrifice seniors’ lives to save the economy, 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.

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