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This Week on the Campaign Trail

This was a big news week with some major shifts in the political landscape, but one thing never changes – Donald Trump is still only looking out for number one and no one else. Between his campaign staff shakeup and a trip to Scotland to promote his luxury golf course, we almost forgot about his dangerous plans for the American economy. Hardworking Americans simply cannot afford a Trump presidency, and Democrats are fighting every day to make sure he never sets foot in the Oval Office.

The Trump Campaign Shuffle

Trump’s chaotic campaign devolved into further disarray this week as he kicked his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, to the curb. But Lewandowski was never the root of the problem. It wasn’t Lewandowski who called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, it was Donald. It wasn’t Lewandowski who disparaged a federal judge’s Mexican heritage, it was Donald. Of course, the last place Trump would ever look for the source of his campaign’s problems is in the mirror. A word of advice to Republican leaders – if you want to fix the Trump campaign’s erratic direction, a new campaign manager won’t cut it – you’re going to need a new candidate.

Brexit

With uncertainty in the world economy following Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, Trump saw yet another opportunity to enrich himself at the expense of others. In a press conference, he didn’t talk about how the uncertainty could affect the jobs, investments or retirement accounts of hard-working Americans – he talked about his own bottom line, and how a depressed British currency would encourage more people to visit his luxury golf course in Scotland.

Whether it’s rooting for the housing market to collapse so that he could cash in on foreclosed homes, scamming Americans with his fraudulent Trump University, or refusing to pay workers and contractors, Trump has shown once again that he’s only in it for himself.

More Republican Inaction on Gun Violence

This week, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz joined Democrats in an unprecedented sit-in on the House floor to call on Republicans to allow a vote on gun reforms. But Speaker Paul Ryan and the Republicans he leads continue to stand with the gun lobby and silence the debate. Enough is enough. Democrats believe our nation is stronger when we work together. We must elect more Democrats to the House and Senate, and a Democrat as our next president to end the obstruction, end the silence and stand up for the 90% of Americans who agree that someone who isn’t allowed to fly because they’re on a terror watch list should not be able to buy guns, assault weapons and explosives.

Supreme Court

This upcoming Sunday will mark one year since the Supreme Court made marriage equality the law of the land nationwide in its Obergefell v. Hodges ruling. June 26th is also the anniversary of three other landmark pro-LGBT Supreme Court decisions: U.S. v. Windsor (2013), which struck down DOMA; Hollingsworth v. Perry (2013), which invalidated Prop 8; and Lawrence v. Texas (2003), which said states can’t criminalize LGBT people for having sex.

As we celebrate this important day, the Democratic National Committee has produced a video reflecting on eight years of progress for LGBT Americans during President Obama’s administration.

WATCH

 

DAPA Ruling

The Supreme Court this week delivered a deadlock decision of 4-4 that upholds a delay on the President’s executive actions on immigration known as DAPA. Unfortunately, because Republicans remain committed to obstructing the President’s nomination of a Supreme Court justice to fill a vacancy that has existed for months, our highest court was unable to rule on the merits of his executive actions under DAPA. This is what the Republican vision of smaller government looks like: a government so small and dysfunctional that the Republican-led Senate can force an entire branch of our federal government, which is supposed to be separate and equal, to deadlock on a critical ruling that affects millions.

 

Affirmative Action Ruling

Despite an attempt by conservatives to challenge Affirmative Action protections, the Supreme Court this week reaffirmed that diversity is a crucial factor that can be considered in the college admissions process with a 4-3 decision. As a nation, our diversity is our strength. We are at our best when we are opening doors, not when we’re building walls. The Supreme Court’s ruling will ensure that our colleges and universities can continue to take proactive steps to level the playing field and give everyone a fair shot, regardless of their race. When people of all backgrounds have the opportunity to succeed, America succeeds.

 

Important Polls

  • According to a poll from Gallup, Donald Trump’s net favorability has fallen to -33%, down five points from early last month.
  • According to a poll from Gallup, Democrats are more upbeat about their slate of candidates for the 2016 election than Republicans.
  • According to a poll from CNN/ORC,
    • 92% of Americans want expanded background checks for gun ownership
    • 87% support a ban for felons or people with mental health problems
    • 85% would ban people on federal watchlists from buying guns.

 

From the States

Democrats around the country have shown this week that from now until November 8th, we’re going to hold Republicans up and down the ballot accountable for their divisive and dangerous policies.

Below is a sampling of the work from our state parties:

 

Statements

Donald “King of Debt” Trump: Wrong for Florida’s Economy - Florida Democratic Party

DPVA Chairwoman Statement on Hillary Clinton’s Speech on the Economy - Virginia Democratic Party

Economists on the left, right and center agree: a Trump Presidency would cause a Trump Recession - Texas Democratic Party

Chairman’s Statement On Trump’s Disastrous Economic Agenda For Working Families - Pennsylvania Democratic Party

NV Dems Chair: Donald Trump Would Be an Unmitigated Disaster for Nevada’s Economy - Nevada Democratic Party

Statement from DFL Chairman Ken Martin on Trump’s Dangerous Plan for the U.S. Economy - Minnesota Democratic Party

MDP Statement on Donald Trump and the Economy - Michigan Democratic Party

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