2020-07-30 12:38:45 UTC
"Do economic incompetence, moral indecency and political suicide ring a
Trump October Surprise Could Devastate GOP
The odds are extremely high that the October surprise that will dominate
and determine the results of the election will be a devastating new wave
of COVID-19 infections, a catastrophic increase in COVID-19 deaths, and a
disastrous increase in the jobless rate even more punishing and painful
than what Americans endure today.
While President Trump seems to believe a miracle COVID-19 vaccine in
October will save his presidency, and all normal people hope and pray this
vaccine happens, the prospects for this before the election are as likely
as Trumps prediction that the virus will magically disappear which he
offered long before almost 150,000 Americans were dead and the jobless
rate rose to horrifying levels.
Today, under the leadership of Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch
McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Republicans, who are in grave danger of losing
their majority, are being asked to fight for a puny continued emergency
jobless benefit extension of only $200 which is reminiscent of Marie
Antoinette offering her suffering people a little piece of cake while the
rich get richer.
Do economic incompetence, moral indecency and political suicide ring a
Meanwhile, today, the national ban on evictions is expiring. Every leader
of every faith should demand action. There is a grave and imminent danger
of potentially millions of Americans evicted and thrown onto the streets.
Where will they go, when one major protection against the deadly virus is
for them to stay at home, and they have no home?
Remember these words: If this happens, many of them will fall victim to
COVID-19 and an alarming and immoral number of them will suffer
preventable death. This will be the moral equivalent of manslaughter,
because the danger is obvious and clear while Trump and Senate Republicans
have failed to act on this or the $3 trillion economic and COVID-19
legislation that passed the House in May!
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer
(D-N.Y) and House and Senate Democrats deserve a standing ovation from
voters for passing in the House and championing in the Senate this
urgently needed program that passed the House in May.
Let me repeat for emphasis: It passed in May! Trump and McConnell did
nothing in May, June or July.
If the president in May was named Joe Biden, Barack Obama, George W. Bush,
Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford,
Mitt Romney, John McCain, Bob Dole or John Kerry here is what they would
They would have immediately invited House and Senate Democratic and
Republican leaders to Camp David to hammer out a bill that would have been
enacted by June 1. If Democrats favored a $3 trillion bill and Republicans
favored a $1 trillion bill, they would have compromised in the middle
and enacted a strong jobless benefits bill, not the Marie Antoinette GOP
version. They would have enacted an extension of the eviction ban to
prevent homelessness and deaths that will happen if it is not immediately
Trump, McConnell and Senate Republicans fail to understand the extreme
danger, which leading medical authorities have warned about for months, of
a powerful deadly COVID-19 wave that will happen during the flu season
beginning in September and October.
There are reasons the flu season begins when it does, which happens every
year at the same time. There are reasons the danger is extreme this year
when the annual danger of the flu is compounded by the multiplied danger
of COVID-19 escalating simultaneously in September, October and beyond.
The current wave of COVID-19 infections and deaths occur most often in
states with Republican governors who toe the line behind Trump. The
staggering disapproval of Trumps handling of COVID-19 will worsen when
this October surprise, which should not be a surprise, arrives.
Senate Republicans should break with Trump and provide enough votes to
pass a major, effective and substantial jobs, economic and COVID-19 bill
immediately. Millions of jobs, countless lives and Republican careers
depend on it.