Mobile Billboards Seek to Hold Trump Accountable
Today starting before the Make America Great Again rally, a mobile billboard will be going around Erie playing audio of what President Trump has said about the Coronavirus.
President Donald Trump said he knows how dangerous the virus is but chooses to downplay the coronavirus to the American people. The president keeps the same mindset today as more than 8 million cases are confirmed and over 219,000 American deaths –more than 8,500 being from Pennsylvania.
Yes, unemployment has gone down, but we must remember that some may have gotten their jobs back, but there are still millions without, more than before the pandemic.
Many businesses have closed for good, over 60% aren't coming back form their pandemic closures. According to CNBC, "As of Aug, 31, 163,735 businesses have indicated on Yelp that they have closed. That's down from the 180,000 that closed at the very beginning of the pandemic. However, it shows a 23% increase in the number of closures since mid-July."
DNC War Room senior spokesperson and advisor Lily Adams said, "Americans across the country have had to make sacrifices because of the coronavirus. 219,000 Americans have lost their lives, including more than 8,500 Pennsylvanians, and countless families cannot see their loved ones. But Trump — who lied to the American people about the threat of the virus — has tried to pretend the pandemic doesn't exist, refused to make a plan, and continues to jeopardize the safety of the American people."
According to the Washington Post, "For the first time since late July, the tally of newly reported coronavirus cases in the United States surpassed 64,000 on Thursday. In 44 states and the District of Columbia, caseloads are higher than they were one month ago, and many of the new infections are being reported in rural areas with limited hospital capacity."
You will hear Trump himself saying, "it's going to disappear," but the coronavirus hasn't. Many people are still losing their lives and livelihood and the president needs to be accountable for his actions
Simonique Dietz is a student intern of the Erie Reader. She can be reached at Simonique@ErieReader.com, or you can follow her on Instagram @dietz_digital_pro.