Bad, Bad and more — #NebDems News

“It’s bad, it’s bad.”

After weeks of irresponsible dismissiveness about the coronavirus, President Trump finally brought himself to admit that, yes, Houston, we have a problem.

But to see all his coronavirus utterances together, compiled by the folks over at The Bulwark in chronological order, is truly mind-numbing. And horrifying.

Jan. 22
“We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China. It’s going to be just fine.”

January 31:
“Well, we pretty much shut it down coming in from China. We have a tremendous relationship with China, which is a very positive thing. Getting along with China, getting along with Russia.”

February 2:
“We pretty much shut it down coming in from China.”

February 10:
“A lot of people think that goes away in April with the heat — as the heat comes in.”

February 24:
“The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. Stock Market starting to look very good to me.”

February 26:
“The number of people infected [is] going very substantially down, not up.The 15 [cases] within a couple of days, is going to be down to zero.”

February 27:
“It’s going to disappear one day, it’s like a miracle.”

March 2:
(On the prospects of a coronavirus vaccine): “I’ve heard very quick numbers, that of months.”

March 6
(remarks at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention): I like this stuff. I really get it. People are surprised that I understand it. … Every one of these doctors said, ‘How do you know so much about this?’ Maybe I have a natural ability. Maybe I should have done that instead of running for president.”

“I didn’t know people died from the flu.”

“Anybody who wants a test gets a test.” [Note: This was a lie at the time and remains dangerously untrue today. The previous day, Vice President Mike Pence said, “We don’t have enough tests today to meet what we anticipate will be the demand going forward.”]

March 9:
“Good for the consumer, gasoline prices coming down!”

March 10:
“It will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away.”

March 11:
“If we get rid of the coronavirus problem quickly, we won’t need [economic] stimulus.”

March 13:
“I don’t take responsibility at all.”

March 17:
“I’ve felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic.”

As of this morning, there were 254,799 coronavirus cases recorded and 10,447 deaths.

Just 228 days until the November election, folks.

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Due to the CoronaVirus, the NDP’s March SCC Meeting will be held online and on the phone tomorrow, March 21. You can watch the meeting on the NDP Facebook page starting at 2pm.

Questions: Precious McKesson is the lead staff contact for all SCC business. If you have questions please email her [email protected].

We will have an update on how we are reforming the way we will conduct county and state conventions during the SCC Meeting.

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The NDP has called on Secretary of State Bob Evnen and Governor Pete Ricketts to consider moving entirely to Vote-by-Mail ballots for the May 12 Primary Election in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Health officials are urging an abundance of caution in light of this pandemic, which is spreading rapidly and increasingly wreaking havoc across our country,” said NDP Chair Jane Kleeb. “This is a public health crisis and we need to avoid a situation where polling places and our elections get disrupted. We need an all Vote-By-Mail election to happen. Our party is ready to work hand-in-hand with the Republicans and the government to ensure a safe election and to protect our democracy.”

For our part, the NDP will mail Vote By Mail applications to voters in addition to launching an online portal for Nebraskans to request a Vote By Mail Application be sent to them. See the online request form here.

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The Nebraska Democratic Party is focused on making sure our elections are accessible and that the public is safe. We are shifting the majority of our resources to assist candidates to campaign in a new virtual world and to assist voters to Vote By Mail.

Click here to sign up to make calls and send texts for candidates.

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For candidates, the NDP has compiled a guide for Campaigning During Coronavirus, which you can read here.

Thank you to our friends at The Management Institute, Tuesday Company, M&R Lab, Power Labs, Progressphiles listserv, epolitics.com, ASDC, DNC, Missouri Democratic Party, other Democratic state parties and committees, for providing some of the content that we repurposed for this guide.

In light of the coronavirus epidemic and the Nebraska Democratic Party’s recommendations to cancel in-person gatherings, postpone all in-person campaigning, and adopt remote/virtual environments, we want to provide our candidates, local Democratic parties and allied activist organizations with recommendations on how to continue campaigning and staying in touch with supporters during the coronavirus.

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We leave you this week with a rendering by Mike Luckovich on the inadequacy of Trump’s preparedness and response to the coronavirus.

 

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–By Kevin O’Hanlon, NDP Communications Director

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IMPORTANT DATES

NOTE: All of the NDP’s in-person events have been postponed until further notice. Check our Facebook page and website for updates. If you had planned to attend any non-NDP events, we urge you to check with the organizers on the status.

March 21: March SCC Meeting Facebook Livestream

March 21: Ann Ashford for Congress Virtual Town Hall

March 29: Secular Candidates Forum (online)

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