Saturday Spotlight: Trump’s corruption is making this crisis worse

This week, as we saw our highest number of deaths yet in the U.S., Trump showed he is more focused on himself and his own personal interests than those of the country. 

  • Trump is dealing out ventilators to political allies, instead of making decisions based on need and guided by experts. A Colorado congresswoman “said that while she wants the state to get every ventilator it can — after initially requesting 10,000 — the process employed by the White House shows that the President appears to be doling out the ventilators to his allies at a time when the virus is affecting people of all political persuasions.” (CNN)
  • Denver Post Editorial: “President Donald Trump is treating life-saving medical equipment as emoluments he can dole out as favors to loyalists. It’s the worst imaginable form of corruption — playing political games with lives. For the good of this nation during what should be a time of unity, he must stop.”
  • Trump is firing the independent watchdogs who oversee his actions. After already stating his intent to ignore Congress’ oversight of his coronavirus response, early this week Trump fired the inspector general overseeing the $2 trillion coronavirus response, but he isn’t stopping there: he’s attacking IGs critical of his administration’s handling of the outbreak and may fire even more. It is a coordinated “attack on accountability,” all so he can use this crisis to help his political allies.

Amidst this sea of corruption, the vast majority of Americas believe the worst is yet to come.

GOP National Leadership is failing — this morning McConnell and McCarthy announced they are refusing to negotiate with Democrats about a new relief bill. Instead, they want a rubber stamp on another $250 billion with no oversight. Pelosi wants to fulfill the bi-partisan call by the National Governor’s Association for direct relief to state governments that are filling the vacuum left by national leaders.

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