Trump’s Failed Coronavirus Response Hurts America’s Workers
June 30, 2020
DNC Labor Council Chair Stuart Appelbaum released the following statement:
Trump continues to put our nation’s workers at risk. Due to the nature of their work, first responders, health care workers, grocery store workers, delivery drivers, and food processing workers have been and remain at increased risk of contracting COVID-19 and bringing it home to their families.
Trump has failed to prepare, ignored warnings, downplayed the crisis, and refused to act, and too many workers have already paid their price. The country is reporting double the number of new cases per day than it did in May, but Trump claims the virus is “going away.” We have surpassed 125,000 deaths and 2.5 million infected, but Trump is tweeting threats and stoking division.
Trump’s corrupt recovery has put big corporations first. Trump let large corporations and companies with ties to him get loans while small businesses struggled to get the aid they requested. The Trump administration gave a $2.4 million contract for PPE to a White House “volunteer” with no experience. Too many workers still don’t have enough PPE to protect themselves and their families, a problem that has lingered since the beginning of this crisis. We can not allow this President to continue to let profits for big corporations come before the lives and safety of workers.