Biden for President

August 28, 2020 

Final Night of the Republican Convention Brings Same Lack of Solutions for the Crises Facing America, Same Divisiveness

In response to the fourth and final night of the Republican Convention, Biden for President Deputy Campaign Manager and Communications Director Kate Bedingfield released the following statement:
“Since the beginning of the Republican convention, at least 3,525 Americans have lost their lives to the coronavirus. Over those four days — and for the last eight months — the American people have waited in exasperation for a plan to finally take control of the pandemic that has cost us 180,000 lives, infected almost six million, and thrown working families and our middle class into dire financial straits, but nothing came.
“Instead of a strategy to overcome the pandemic, or any concern for the unbearable suffering in our country right now as a result of his ongoing failures, what we heard was a delusional vision completely divorced from the crushing reality that ordinary Americans face. But the American people know who Donald Trump is. They know the truth about Trump’s crisis-plagued presidency because they are living it every single day: shuttered businesses in our neighborhoods, kids kept home from school, and a steady stream of vitriol intended to tear us apart, from the person who is supposed to be uniting our nation.
“In Donald Trump’s America, safety is pitted against justice, Americans are pitted against one another, and the violence that Trump warns of plays out on the streets of communities across our country — stoked by his own words and actions. Before tonight’s convention, one of Trump’s top advisors even expressed hope for more discord and violence in our cities in a cynical ploy to use division as a political strategy. They have shown once again how deeply the Trump Administration has failed to grasp the American values that have made our nation a beacon of light throughout history.
“It has never been more clear than Donald Trump made it tonight: we are in a battle for the soul of our nation.”


Biden for President
August 27, 2020 

Third Night of the Republican Convention Continues to Ignore the Challenges Facing America

In response to the third night of the Republican Convention, Biden for President Deputy Campaign Manager and Communications Director Kate Bedingfield released the following statement:
“What wasn’t said tonight tells us far more than what was: barely a mention of the virus killing thousands of Americans each week, no real discussion of the crushing financial hardship countless families are facing as a result, and no plan to get us out of the ditch that Donald Trump has driven us into. We also heard almost nothing about the massive hurricane bearing down on the Gulf Coast.
“Instead of a roadmap to defeat this virus and rebuild our economy so that it works for the middle class, Vice President Pence only offered up debunked scare tactics and gaslighting in an attempt to further divide us.
“Donald Trump called himself a wartime President, but instead of rallying the country in the fight against the single greatest challenge facing our nation, he and Mike Pence are waving the white flag of defeat, betting everything on the pandemic simply ‘disappearing’ — all while trying to tear our nation apart. The American people cannot afford to wait any longer for this administration to finally take this threat seriously.
“Every day that we wait for this administration to show leadership is another day that Americans will continue to die from this virus, another day where our economy remains shuttered, and another day where our children cannot go back to school.”


Biden for President
August 26, 2020 

RNC Day 2: Even More Malarkey

Team Trump is so deluded they referred to the coronavirus in the past tense, so these other deluded lies come as no surprise

Last night, Donald Trump and his cronies took the malarkey into overdrive. They dedicated much of their air time to spewing lies about Vice President Biden and his track record of delivering for working Americans, but, for the second night in a row, seemed to forget that the nation is still deep in the midst of a pandemic that’s taken the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans and -- due to months upon months of denial and mismanagement from the White House -- driven our economy into the ground.
Not only did Trump and his allies fail to speak the truth about the pandemic or meaningfully address the 1,200 COVID-19 deaths reported in the U.S. yesterday, Trump’s chief economic advisor Larry Kudlow came in with perhaps the most deafeningly out-of-touch line of the night: referring to the pandemic in the past tense and implying that this crisis is behind us. We only need to reach out to the hundreds of thousands of Americans now grieving the loss of a loved one to fact check Kudlow.
In Trump’s version of reality, up is down, and down with the facts. Here are a few of the most egregious lies from Trump and his mouthpieces from Night 2:
LIE: The pandemic is behind us.
FACT: The Trump administration still doesn’t have a plan to finally get the virus under control.
  • Kaiser Health News x Politifact: “To hear chief White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow say it, the pandemic is in the rearview mirror. There are states, such as Texas and Florida, where a deadly surge has eased. Nationally, however, the death toll continues to climb.” 
LIE: Anything that Donald Trump or registered foreign agent Pam Bondi -- who declined to investigate Trump University after receiving tens of thousands of dollars in illegal contributions from Donald Trump -- ever says about Joe Biden and Ukraine.
FACT: Their conspiracy theories have been comprehensively disproven.
  • CNN: “This is false. The Ukrainian prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, was not actively investigating Burisma. In fact, Biden sought the prosecutor's removal because Shokin was widely seen as ineffective and corrupt. [...] But there is no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of either Biden, and no evidence Joe Biden has profited from his son's business dealings abroad. [...] Trump and his allies have repeatedly made unfounded and false claims to allege that the former vice president and his son acted corruptly in Ukraine.”
  • Washington Post: “But at its core, Trump’s tale, repeated at the convention by Bondi, was a fiction: There had been no prosecution or investigation of Biden’s son Hunter, and Joe Biden’s actions in Ukraine were fully coordinated with the State Department and America’s European allies. [...] Trump had it completely backward. Biden was thwarting corruption, not abetting it.”
  • NBC: “Bondi repeated Trump's debunked claim that Biden wielded his influence as vice president to benefit Hunter's bosses. She said Joe Biden used U.S. foreign aid to engineer the removal of a Ukrainian prosecutor who'd investigated the company...She neglected to mention that the probe into the company was dormant at the time, and that numerous Western countries had wanted the prosecutor gone because he was soft on corruption.”
  • Politifact: “There is no evidence that Biden’s position on Shokin had anything to do with his son. [...] Overall, we found no indication that the younger Biden did anything illegal. [...] In 2019, the Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives launched an impeachment inquiry into Trump for withholding aid to Ukraine while asking the government there to look into the Bidens’ activities.” 
LIE: Trump held China accountable for obscuring the facts about COVID as it spread to the United States.
FACT: Trump repeatedly downplayed the seriousness of the virus while praising China.
  • CNN: “While some members of the administration, including Pompeo, criticized China over the virus early on, Trump repeatedly praised China and its leader Xi Jinping at the outset for how it handled the outbreak, while also repeatedly downplaying the potential seriousness of the disease in the US. CNN identified 37 times between January and early April where Trump praised China on Twitter and in comments.” 
LIE: Trump rescued the U.S. economy.
FACT: Trump inherited a strong economy from the Obama-Biden Administration and has squandered it by constantly siding with big corporations over the middle class and refusing to control the coronavirus.
  • Politifact: “No, the economy didn't suddenly get strong under Donald Trump [...] However, unlike Obama, who inherited the Great Recession, Trump inherited an economy that was already getting back on its feet. Overall, we found a continuation of the favorable trend lines Trump inherited from Obama.”
  • Washington Post: “Kudlow is wrong to claim that Trump inherited a “stagnant economy” near a recession. In reality, Trump inherited a pretty good economy. [...] The United States added more than 250,000 jobs each month in 2014 and 227,000 a month in 2015. It added 193,000 a month in 2016, as Trump barnstormed the country saying the economy was in crisis. [...] In 2017, Trump’s first year in office, monthly job growth slowed to 179,000 per month. It jumped to 223,000 a month in 2018 — lower than under Obama in 2014 and 2015 — and fell back to 175,000 a month in 2019. [...] When in 2018, Trump proclaimed, twice in the same day, ‘an economic turnaround of historic proportions,’ the United States had been adding jobs for 94 straight months, of which 18 were under Trump’s leadership.”
  • CNN: This is misleading. The US economy was growing 1.7% in 2016 when Trump was elected. It continued to grow after he took office, especially after the 2017 tax cuts.”
  • NBC: “Trump's top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, claimed that Trump, when elected, was ‘inheriting a stagnant economy on the front end of recession.’ That is false.
LIE: Joe Biden wants to defund the police.
FACT: This is false. And Donald Trump himself has tried to cut funding for local law enforcement.
  • Washington Post: “That’s simply false and, with its ‘Joe Biden’s America’ line, tips us to Four Pinocchios.
  • Politifact: “No, Joe Biden isn’t 'on board with defunding police'”
  • Politifact: “Biden said that Trump proposes cutting half a billion dollars from local police support. According to the Trump administration’s budget requests, Biden’s number is about right.”
  • New York Times: “This is false. [...] Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has repeatedly said that he opposes defunding the police and instead has proposed ‘to get police more money.’ He has proposed that federal aid to police departments could be contingent on whether agencies meet certain standards.”
  • CNN: “Biden has expressly not supported calls to ‘defund the police.’”
  • NBC: “The assertion, made or insinuated in multiple speeches at the RNC, is inaccurate. Biden rejected those calls from the hard left in June, telling CBS News: ‘No, I don't support defunding the police.’”
LIE: Trump was single handedly responsible for the defeat of ISIS.
FACT: The Obama-Biden Administration laid “virtually all” the groundwork 
  • Washington Post: “President Barack Obama set up virtually all the structures that did the key fighting against the Islamic State under Trump, and more fighters were trained and munitions dropped under Obama than under Trump. 
LIE: Joe Biden doesn’t support the Second Amendment.
FACT: Joe Biden supports the Second Amendment and common-sense reforms.
  • New York Times: “Mr. Biden has also said he supports the Second Amendment and is a gun owner himself. But Mr. Biden also argues for a ban on the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and he supports background checks and other regulations.”
  • CNN: “Biden has not pledged to remove the Second Amendment. He does support certain gun control measures.”
  • NBC: “Biden has pledged no such thing.”  
LIE: Trump opposed the war in Iraq, and is “bringing our men and women home.”
FACT: The record shows different.
  • Washington Post: “Since he started running for president, Trump has claimed he opposed the invasion, but this is one of his signature lies. We searched high and low — as did other reporters — and there is no evidence Trump was an opponent of the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, let alone a vocal one. In fact, he offered lukewarm support.”
  • Politifact: “In 2002, asked if America should go to war, he said, ‘I guess so.’ [...] Trump didn’t speak often about the Iraq War before it happened, but what he said did not add up to the sort of opposition he describes today. We rate this claim False.”
  • CNN: “Though Trump himself has repeatedly claimed to have opposed the war before it began, he only became an explicit opponent of the war more than a year after it began.”
  • Washington Post: “While there have been some relatively minor shifts in distribution — and since 2017, the Defense Department no longer includes troops in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq in its unclassified published tallies — the overall total of those serving abroad is believed to have slightly increased since Obama left office.”
  • NBC: “Before the Iraq War began, Trump said he supported the invasion of the country in an interview.”
LIE: Trump’s trade war has put America’s farmers first.
FACT: Trump has likely made things worse.
  • Washington Post: “President Trump has barely shifted the trade landscape for American farmers, and some economists say his trade war with China has made matters worse. [...] But China is lagging far behind in its commitment to purchase $200 billion in agricultural, manufactured and energy products above 2017 levels.”
  • NBC: “Trump and China signed phase one of a hard-fought trade deal only months ago in January, and questions have remained among U.S. officials and policy watchers ever since over whether China has held up its end of the deal.”
LIE: Trump brought down the cost of prescription drugs.
FACT: Trump hasn’t done this, and moreover is trying to repeal the historic Affordable Care Act, passed under the Obama-Biden Administration, which actually did deliver tremendous prescription drug savings.
  • Politifact: “However, those executive orders are far from being implemented, and multiple experts told us it’s unlikely the measures would pass along drug-pricing discounts to a majority of Americans. And the text of one, the favored nation executive order, has not yet been made public ― making it hard to know how exactly the initiative would work.
  • CNN: “It's not true that Trump's measures on favored nations and rebates are bringing prices down now -- mainly because they haven't gone into effect yet. And whether drug prices will be cut by half or more in the future is hard to predict.”

Biden for President
August 25, 2020

Biden Campaign Criticizes Mike Pompeo’s Republican Convention Address as Politicization of Diplomacy 

In response to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivering remarks at the Republican Convention, Biden for President Deputy Campaign Manager and Communications Director Kate Bedingfield released the following statement:
"Secretary Pompeo's decision to address the Republican Convention from Jerusalem isn't just an abuse of taxpayer dollars, it undermines the critical work being done by the State Department. Every day America's diplomats abroad proudly represent our country — not a political party — but Mike Pompeo's repeated and blatant use of his office for overtly political purposes only serves to undercut their work, and it further weakens the critical alliances and global relationships that have already been so badly damaged by this administration's recklessness.
“Making this inherently partisan address from Jerusalem is also the latest instance of this administration seeking to use Israel as a political wedge issue, when the historic bipartisan support in Washington for Israel and her security should never be subordinated to politicization for personal gain. Even by this administration's abysmally low standards, Secretary Pompeo's decision to serve as an errand boy for the President's re-election on a taxpayer-funded diplomatic mission, and his decision to use one of our closest partners as a political prop in the process, is absolutely disgraceful."


Biden for President
August 25, 2020

RNC Day 1: Too Many Lies to Count

Alternate Simon and Garfunkel: “Lie lie lie, lie lie lie lie lie lie lie, lie lie lie, lie lie lie lie lie lie lie lie lie lie lie lie lie”
Last night’s incoherent charade was sad, underwhelming, and devoid of vision to the point that it bordered on self parody.
And it glaringly lacked what American families have been demanding for over seven months as Trump’s devastating, inexcusable mismanagement of the pandemic response has cost nearly 180,000 American lives and tens of millions of jobs: any strategy to overcome the coronavirus outbreak.
Instead of offering anything close to a plan to save American lives and bring our economy back on track, the Republican Convention speakers issued obvious lie after obvious lie. They invested in long-debunked conspiracy theories and disingenuous efforts to tear Americans apart when we need to be brought together more than ever.
It was a stark reminder of their inability to make any affirmative case for Trump’s re-election after he’s made the United States the hardest hit country by the pandemic in the entire world and made divisive poison his calling card.
And in the process, they ran into a buzzsaw of fact checks.
LIE: Joe Biden will raise taxes on working families.
FACT: Joe Biden will not raise taxes for people making less than $400,000 a year.
  • PolitiFact: “Independent tax analysts agree that the Biden plan would not directly raise taxes on any household earning below $400,000 a year.”
LIE: Joe Biden wants to ban fracking.
FACT: Joe Biden’s climate change plan covers new leases for fracking on federal lands.
  • New York Times: “False. Mr. Biden’s climate change plan would end new leases for hydraulic fracturing or fracking, for oil and gas on federal lands, but does not ban existing fracking on public lands or new or existing fracking on private lands.”
LIE: Donald Trump claims he “protected pre-existing conditions.”
FACT: The Obama-Biden administration delivered coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, and Trump is trying to take that away.
  • Associated Press: “AP FACT CHECK: Trump, GOP distort on health care, vote fraud”
    “TRUMP: “We protected your preexisting conditions. Very strongly protected preexisting ... and you don’t hear that.”

    THE FACTS: You don’t hear it because it’s not true.

    People with preexisting medical problems have health insurance protections because of Obama’s health care law, which Trump is trying to dismantle.”

  • NBC: “Trump falsely claims he 'protected pre-existing conditions.' (He didn't.)”
LIE: Joe Biden wants to defund the police.
FACT: Joe Biden does not support defunding the police, and has in fact called for increased funding for community policing that is conditioned on improvements in recruiting practices other and policies.
  • New York Times: “Mr. Biden has not embraced the “defund the police” movement. On the contrary, he has repeatedly said that he does not support defunding the police.
  • NBC: “Republicans claim Democrats want to defund the police. Biden isn't in favor.”
  • CNN: “Biden's published criminal justice plan called for a $300 million investment in community policing efforts -- including the hiring of more officers.
  • Associated Press: “No, Biden has explicitly rejected the call by some on the left to defund the police. He has proposed more money for police, conditioned on improvements in their practices.
  • PolitiFact: “This is False. Biden has explicitly said he does not support defunding the police.”
LIE: Joe Biden wants to “abolish the suburbs.”
FACT: Trump is making racially motivated attacks on a federal program designed to create more affordable housing units in all communities, correcting for purposeful exclusion in rental and home ownership — including that sort that Trump’s own company engaged in.
LIE: Democrats want to get “rid of our postal workers”
FACT: As Democrats have worked to direct more funds to the USPS, Trump has opposed these efforts, indicating it’s because he doesn’t want to fund mail-in voting.
  • NBC: “That’s false [...] Democrats have spent months pushing for more funding for the U.S. Postal Service.”
LIE: The Trump Administration took swift action and mounted a competent response to the pandemic.
FACT: Trump has recklessly mismanaged this crisis, and he and his cronies lie through their teeth about it.
  • Washington Post: “President Trump’s son overstates the impact of Trump’s actions. On Jan. 31, the president announced that effective Feb. 2, non-U.S. citizens were barred from traveling from China, but there were 11 exceptions. Meanwhile, U.S. citizens and permanent residents could still travel from China but were subject to screening and a possible 14-day quarantine. Trump’s action did not take place in a vacuum. Many airlines were canceling flights, and by our count, at least 38 countries took similar action before or at the same time the U.S. restrictions were put in place. [...] The virus was already spreading through the United States, and there is little evidence the travel restrictions saved lives, especially because the Trump administration did not rapidly set up an effective testing regime like many other countries.”
  • NBC: “Doctors, public health experts and a prominent Republican governor on the front lines of the pandemic have sharply criticized how the Trump White House lagged in responding to the coronavirus, including delays in the distribution of ventilators and personal protective equipment, and public opinion surveys don't support a rosy assessment of Trump's leadership during this period. [...] Trump Jr.'s remarks omit the president's stance from January to March, when the president publicly downplayed the threat and predicted that the virus would disappear — time that public health experts have contended cost the U.S. in terms of developing all-important tests.”
LIE: The GOP is making the case to voters for Trump’s re-election.
FACT: The GOP is spinning endless lies to cover up for Trump’s tremendous failures.
  • CNN: There's "just no comparison between Trump and anyone in the Democratic field.”

Biden for President
August 24, 2020 

Republicans Fail to Address the Coronavirus Crisis and Distract from Donald Trump’s Failed Leadership

In response to the first night of the Republican Convention, Biden for President Deputy Campaign Manager and Communications Director Kate Bedingfield released the following statement:
“If you tuned into the Republican convention tonight looking for some indication from President Trump that he has a strategy to contain the coronavirus, you’re still waiting. Instead, what you heard tonight was a parade of dark and divisive fear-mongering designed to distract from the fact that Donald Trump does not have an affirmative case to make to the American people about why he should be re-elected. The truth is that his failed leadership has needlessly cost over 177,000 Americans their lives, tens of millions of Americans their jobs, and left the United States the hardest hit country by the pandemic in the whole world. Yet six months into this crisis, he still doesn’t have what Joe Biden proposed months ago: a plan to get us out.
“Tonight, we were once again reminded that Donald Trump is in over his head and, as Michelle Obama said, cannot be the president we need. American families deserve so much more. They deserve a President who will take responsibility for getting us out of these crises, unify our nation under common purpose, and build back better with historic investments in our middle class.”