Bluntly put, the Republican Party as a whole does not care if Americans live or die, it does not care if they lose their jobs and it does not care if they can afford to feed their families.
GOP officials are concerned solely with maintaining power and for that reason they’ll give lip service to caring about all of the above things, but when it comes time to actually pass legislation they prove time and again that their only true loyalty lies with the ultra-rich benefactors who put them in power. With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic that truth has been made more apparent than ever before.
House Democrats stand poised to pass the “Hero Bill,” a $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill, aimed at giving more financial support to the Americans so desperately in need of it. True to form, the Republican-controlled Senate and President Trump have already announced their intentions to block the bill once it leaves the House. Their disdain for the American people could not be any more clear.
As the federal government under Trump refuses to act, workers suffer. Today, a group of truck drivers showed up outside the White House to protest, demanding that the government lend them support to make up for the economic burden caused by lower shipping rates.
Trump pauses his remarks on vaccine development to note that the loud honking in the background is from truckers who are protesting in favor of him, calling it a “sign of love.”
The truckers are protesting low shipping rates during the pandemic and are seeking gov’t support.
— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) May 15, 2020
During a press conference in the Rose Garden, the truckers could be heard honking their horns in the distance. Trump, unable to ignore it, decided instead to lie about it. Mid-speech, he stopped and looked off in the direction of the noise.
“And you hear that outside, that beautiful sound? Those are truckers that are with us all the way. They’re protesting in favor of President Trump as opposed to against,” Trump said, apparently ignorant of what the word “protesting” means.
“There’s hundreds of trucks out there and that’s the sign of love, not the sign of your typical protest. So I want to thank our great truckers. They like me and I like them,” he added.
Ridiculous and dishonest comments from the president aside, these truckers deserve to be heard. Congress needs to take more aggressive action to help them and other job sectors and President Trump needs to endorse more relief funding. Maybe then there will be reason to believe that he actually “likes” them.
Trump acknowledges trucking industry protesters who are protesting by honking their horns during his event, but says “they’re protesting in favor of President Trump … that’s the sign of love.” pic.twitter.com/9vSIIBjewa
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 15, 2020
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