Trump Meets Blueflame Spokesman Mike Singletary as Millions Lose CARES Aid
President Trump makes headlines as the next election looms, unemployed Americans lose special jobless benefits, and the coronavirus pandemic drags on.
As the COVID-19 death rate in the United States surpassed 150,000, President Trump had a notable week. The POTUS met with ex-NFL coach Mike Singletary, spoke out regarding the death of Herman Cain, and suggested a delay to the upcoming election. Meanwhile, millions of unemployed Americans lost $600 per week aid payments this past week.
POTUS meets Mike Singletary, speaks out about the death of Herman Cain
Early in the pandemic, National Football League Hall of Fame player and coach Mike Singletary threw his support behind Blueflame Medical. On Thursday, Singletary met with Trump aboard Air Force One. While it is unclear what the two spoke about, Singletary has been outspoken in his support for front-line workers, saying, “It’s time to re-evaluate our priorities. Those on the frontline have previously been overlooked. They now have emerged as true heroes to protect us all, so we must shift our focus to our first responders, our healthcare workers, and those on the frontline. This unseen enemy is trying to knock us down, yet we have the chance to not only rise up, but rise up as a stronger, more unified nation.”
Following the meeting, Trump tweeted, “Great to spend time with Mike Singletary while going to Texas. He’s one of the greatest football players ever — A strong man and a really good person. Great being with you Mike!”
Trump also responded to the COVID-related death of former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, who was hospitalized with the novel coronavirus two weeks after attending a Trump campaign rally in Tulsa. Cain’s death has prompted both sorrow and widespread criticism, as he was pictured without a mask at the rally. However, the White House and others have denied any conclusive evidence that that is where Cain contracted the virus.
Trump floats idea of delaying November’s election
Amidst concerns about the safety of in-person voting, many lawmakers have suggested mail-in voting. In response, Trump tweeted Thursday, “With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”
Lawmakers on both sides of the isle were quick to counter, calling a delay unnecessary and reminding Americans that only Congress, not the President, has the power to make such a move. Texas GOP Representative Michael Burgess condemned the idea, saying, “This country has voted through all kinds of turmoil and trouble in the past. The country was able to vote during the Civil War, able to vote through two world wars and a previous pandemic.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell echoed this response, stating, “Never in the history of this country, through wars, depressions and the Civil War, have we ever not had a federally scheduled election on time. We will find a way to do that again this November 3.”
With other high profile Republicans, such as Senator Ted Cruz and Governor Greg Abbott, quick to squelch the idea of a delay, not to mention many Democrats doing the same, the issue of holding the election in a fair, safe manner nevertheless remains. Around the world, other countries, including Hong Kong and the United Kingdom, have opted to postpone elections in light of the pandemic.
Millions lose benefit as CARES Act expires
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in March 2020, has been putting an extra $600 per week into the pockets of some 25 million unemployed Americans. That benefit, however, came to an end on July 31, when the CARES Act expired. Some individuals stand to lose as much as 93% of their unemployment income.
While Congress seeks to put a new plan in place, job prospects remain grim in a severely struggling economy. In the weeks following the pandemic’s arrival, the U.S. unemployment rate went from half-century lows to nearly 15%, rates not seen since the Great Depression.
As Americans shutter small businesses and struggle to find jobs, pay mortgages, and even put food on the table, the expiration of the CARES act underscores the dire need to get the economy moving once again. In fact, Josh Bivens, director of research at the Economic Policy Institute, has referred to the current labor market as “fundamentally damaged.”
PPE remains a necessity on all fronts
With election season looming on the horizon and desperate Americans seeking work, sufficient PPE supply remains critical for frontline workers, for businesses trying to rebuild, and for Americans whose vote this November feels all the more pressing in these uncertain times. Blueflame remains committed to doing its part to aid recovery by sourcing and distributing the highest quality PPE products at the best prices available.