Your Daily Roundup for June 22nd
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Good morning. As the COVID-19 pandemic takes a toll on life in America, our team at Future Majority is tracking the latest updates:
Cases of COVID-19 are on the rise in almost half of the country and globally:
New cases of COVD-19 are spiking in 23 states across the country, including Florida and Arizona, which both recorded their single-highest daily increase to date. The world suffered its largest rise in cases in a 24-hour period -- over 183,000 -- on Sunday. The new cases were largely driven by the Americas.
The White House admitted that there would more likely than not be another wave of COVID cases in the fall.
Trump’s Tulsa rally was a major flop:
The much-hyped Tulsa rally, meant to invigorate President Trump’s re-election campaign, did not go off without a hitch. Rather than a packed stadium with 19,000, which experts warned would be a super-spreader event of the virus, only 6,000 showed up. The campaign had announced that over 1 million people registered for tickets. Despite the stadium being mostly empty, the 6,000 who did attend packed into the lower level, without masks or social distancing.
In a nearly two-hour speech, Trump made a shocking admission: he said he told his administration to “slow the testing down” to make the case number appear lower. He effectively admitted that he would rather Americans die that know the truth about the number of cases. The White House defended it by saying he was joking. And in reality, the increased number of cases is not due solely to more testing, as the case positive rate is exceeding the percent increase in testing.
Polling out late last week shows a widening Presidential race:
A Fox News poll released Friday showed former Vice President Joe Biden leading Trump by double-digits:
- Biden: 50%
- Trump: 38%
It remains to be seen how the Tulsa rally debacle will impact Trump’s polling.
The same Fox news poll also showed the President is 11 points under-water in terms of his job approval:
- Approve: 44%
- Disapprove 55%
That is two points better than a recent Quinnipiac approval poll:
- Approve: 42%
- Disapprove 55%
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