5. Trump and Pence on the move
Tulsa’s rally was not according to plan, and there are no official in-person events on the campaign schedule this week. But President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are still leaving Washington.
Bonus: Trump receives his fireworks
4. Russia is back
US intelligence concluded months ago that Russian military intelligence offered the rewards amid peace talks. Trump received information on the intelligence findings and the White House National Security Council held a meeting on the matter in late March, according to the Times, citing informed officials on the matter.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that Congress is seeking a report on the situation and that top “Band of Eight” intelligence lawmakers on Capitol Hill were not informed.
3. The coronavirus is still here.
With the increase in coronavirus cases in almost all states, the control of the pandemic is being tightened. And without a vaccine, the nation’s resources to combat it are limited to two tried and true things: the use of masks and social distancing.
“He hasn’t done anything that needs to be done,” Biden said during a virtual fundraiser on Saturday night. “And now she is sending more people to work without a plan to reopen safely, hanging the open sign on the economy, crossing her fingers, and asking her staff to slow down the speed of testing.”
Trump and Pence have consistently imposed mask regulations on cities and states, rather than issuing a federal mandate. On Sunday in Texas, Pence encouraged Americans to wear masks, but again postponed local ordinances on mask requirements.
2. Another choice of health care?
The President Trump administration is advancing its efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, a measure that would eliminate healthcare for Americans in the midst of a pandemic.
As a result, healthcare is once again proving to be a central struggle of the presidential race. Priorities USA Action, a top Democratic super-CAP that supports Biden, is already airing a television ad in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan arguing that Trump is “failing in healthcare” by highlighting both the impact of the pandemic and the effort of administration to override the ACA.
1. Things are looking really bad right now for Trump
Biden leads at the national level and, essentially, every decisive state that matters.
And consider the backdrop: the economy is down, the pandemic is at its peak, many Americans face how insidious and deep the racism that exists in this country really is.