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A crisis of health and leadership

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Trump and Republicans have left us grossly unprepared for this global pandemic

What Trump’s address last night accomplished: promote panic. What Trump’s address didn’t do: lay out any coherent plan to combat the coronavirus crisis. As coronavirus continues to spread, here’s the state of play:

  • Trump’s European travel ban: The travel ban that Trump announced is mostly useless, considering COVID-19 is already spreading in the United States. Trump’s exemption for the United Kingdom is equally confusing—until you remember that Trump owns three golf courses in the U.K. and Ireland.
  • Republicans’ outrageous response: Yesterday, Senate Republicans blocked a bill to provide paid sick leave during the coronavirus crisis. This morning, both House and Senate GOP leaders came out against House Democrats’ coronavirus relief bill, a critical emergency package to provide free coronavirus testing, paid sick leave, food assistance for low-income families, and more.

Trump and his allies’ inaction and incompetence is putting our health and economy at serious risk.

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