DNC Statement on Trump Campaign’s Jackson Fundraiser
August 10, 2020
Ahead of the Trump campaign’s fundraiser in Jackson, Wyoming today, Democratic National Committee spokesperson John Weber released the following statement:
“Wyomingites don’t need the Trumps parachuting in for a high-d0llar fundraiser. They need tests, personal protective equipment, and a president with the capacity to lead. But nearly seven months after Donald Trump promised that the virus was ‘totally under control,’ the pandemic is still getting worse every day. Working families can’t afford four more years of this incompetence.”
BACKGROUND ON TRUMP’S FAILED PANDEMIC RESPONSE
Promise: “We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China. We have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.” [CNBC Interview, 1/22/20]
Reality: After Trump wasted time ignoring his own advisors and downplaying the coronavirus pandemic, the United States leads the world with more than 5 million cases and 160,000 deaths. Wyoming alone has faced more than 2,500 cases and 28 deaths.
Promise: “We are marshalling the full power of the federal government and the private sector to protect the American people.” [Oval Office Address, 3/11/20]
Reality: Even in the midst of a global pandemic, Trump and the Republican Party are attempting to overturn the Affordable Care Act — endangering health coverage for 12,000 Wyomingites and threatening protections for more than 240,000 Wyomingites with preexisting conditions.
Reality: Even as experts warned of a coming pandemic, Trump sent record shipments of N95 masks overseas. Months later, Trump has still failed to provide states with adequate testing and PPE, as Wyomingites are forced to wait as long as a week for test results.