August 24th, 2020 (Nashville, TN) – TNDP CHAIR MARY MANCINI ISSUED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION NIGHT ONE

“Donald Trump and the Republican supermajority in the Tennessee State legislature has caused chaos in the lives of Tennessee families and put them in deep crisis. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Trump refused to address the crisis early on, creating the chaos that is straining caregivers and forcing parents to deal with the anxiety of child care emergencies. In the past six months alone, in the middle of a global health crisis, his administration scaled back paid leave, cut unemployment benefits, and even went so far as to attempt to end access to Medicaid and other public health care options. All this and we still haven’t mentioned the babies he separated from their mothers and fathers, the children he put in cages, lost income, cuts to seniors’ social security, and insufficient and confusing back to school instructions.

This November we must vote out Republicans in the White House and the state legislature. We cannot afford another four years of the kind of Trump chaos that leaves families in crisis. ” -Mary Mancini, Chair, Tennessee Democratic Party