Posts tagged with "Donald J. Trump for President"

Joe Scarborough calls Trump out on COVID-19 liability waiver for supporters at Tulsa rally

June 15, 2020

Many Trump supporters are so zealous that they say they’d walk through fire for him. But would they expose themselves to something equally as dangerous–COVID-19?

That’s what they are being asked to do next Friday night, when the president presides over his first rally in nearly three months in Tulsa. In fact, Trump is demanding that members of his loyal base insulate his campaign from accountability by signing a liability waivers for COVID-19, if they want to attend the June 19 event, Roll Call reports.

“By clicking register below, you are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present,” the online registration form for the public says. “By attending the Rally, you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.; BOK Center; ASM Global; or any of their affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, or volunteers liable for any illness or injury.”

The BOK Center is the large indoor arena in Tulsa that will be the site of the June 19 Trump campaign rally. ASM Global manages the venue, says Roll Call.

The White House and congressional Republicans are focusing on including limitations on liability for coronavirus-related claims in any economic aid package. It was not immediately clear how that might apply to political campaigns.

But MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, the host of Morning Joe,  spelled out the possible consequence of attending Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa amid the coronavirus pandemic by taking to his Twitter feed to rewrite the liability waiver for fans wanting tickets. 

Scarborough’s redraft was short and to the point:

“TRUMP: Come to Our Rally. PS. It could kill you, but that’s your problem.

The coronavirus has killed more than 116,000 people nationwide, and at least 14 states are experiencing a surge of new cases following the easing of restrictions.

Scarborough expanded on the waiver on Friday’s broadcast, which he co-hosts with his wife Mika Brzezinski, saying, “Donald Trump is standing alone more and more every single day on this issue of race.”

Research contact: @rollcall

Trump 2020 reelection rally flags to be made in China

July 6, 2018

Just about a week ago, President Donald Trump reamed out iconic motorcycle producer Harley-Davidson for its plans to move some production overseas as a way to avoid the White House’s new tariffs on steel and aluminum—which threatened to cost the company  as much as $2,200 per bike. Now, we hear that, the American flags that will be used daily by Trump’s 2020 reelection team at his rallies are being manufactured in China’s Zhejiang Province at a rate of about 100,000 per day.

U.S. domestic manufacturing is a key part of Trump’s agenda. The president made a campaign promise to bring back American jobs by ensuring that products would continue to be made in the U.S.A. However, now the POTUS is threatening to impose heavy import taxes on anyone who manufactures abroad—including Harley-Davidson— while promising to cut regulations and taxes for those who keep their plants in America.

Li Jiang, the owner of a substantial flag business in Zhejiang, told NPR on July 3 that his relationship with the Trump team started during the 2016 campaign. More recently, got the Trump reelection team contract. “”We also make flags for Trump for 2020,” Li Jiang told NPR’s “The Indicator” podcast. “It seems like he has another campaign going on in 2020. Isn’t that right?”

NPR said Li was making the hand-held “blue-and-white Trump 2020 flags,” that will be waved at the presidents rallies though his factory; and that many others in the Zhejiang Province also made flags for Trump and his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton during 2016. According to NPR, the Trump campaign was ordering so many more flags than Clinton’s side that locals joked they were the first to know the businessman would become president.

The committee organizing Trump’s 2020 campaign, Donald J. Trump for President Inc., last year stated a commitment to “buy American” and said it had “produced and manufactured all of our merchandise right here in America” down to the American-made stitching on its “Make America Great Again” hats.

The committee said, “We put America first and take great pride in selling 100% Made in the USA products to our supporters throughout the country.”

The committee’s executive director, Michael Glassner, said in a statement released in July 2017 that the committee would sell American products “all the way through 2020 and beyond.”

It is unclear whether the organization is the one to have ordered the flags revealed to NPR and, if it did, whether it planned to give the flags away at rallies and events rather than sell them.

As for a potential trade war  between China and the United States affecting sales, Li, who said he used to make about a dime off each $1 flag he sold, told NPR he was unconcerned.

“We are not so worried because first of all, we have a big price advantage over our competitors,” he said. “And our clients are very smart. They would always go to the cheapest place. If China is cheap, they go to China. If America is cheap, they go to America.”

Business Insider, which followed up the story by NPR, contacted the Trump 2020 campaign to confirm whether it had contracted flags to be made in China. The campaign has not responded yet.

According to findings of a recent CBS News/YouGov poll, nearly two out of three Americans think the nation’s economy is in good shape, and most of them believe President’s Trump’s policies are at least somewhat responsible for that. More Republicans rate the economy positively than do Democrats.

Research contact: jack.weber@yougov.com