Trump: Stop Holding Urgent Relief for the American People Hostage

Target: Donald Trump, President of the United States

Goal: Resume negotiations for COVID-19 relief deal that could help battered communities survive economic and health catastrophe.

Hopes that President Trump would take a more reasoned, empathetic approach to COVID-19 in the wake of his own diagnosis are quickly fading. Since being admitted to the hospital for symptoms he will still not fully disclose, the President has endangered the health of his security detail for a hospital drive-by photo op, endangered people who live and work at the White House by leaving the hospital early and then posing mask-less for another photo op, endangered his recent contacts by refusing the CDC’s offer for contract tracing, and endangered the American people by continuing to spread  dangerous misinformation. His public comments have ranged from “don’t be afraid of Covid” to “get out there” to once again claiming that a global pandemic that has killed over a million people worldwide is “far less lethal” than the flu–a false claim he contradicted in an audio recording months ago. President Trump’s latest tweet regarding a COVID relief package, however, might be his most destructive yet, as it puts the livelihood of the entire country at risk.

In an afternoon tweet, Trump said of the aid badly needed by millions of Americans: “I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election” so that the Senate can “instead focus full time on approving my outstanding nominee to the United States Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett.” So, pushing through a controversial and politicized hearing requiring the attendance of Senate members, some of whom are currently battling COVID-19 themselves, takes priority over millions of people struggling to pay their basic bills. The Senate could join the House of Representatives in passing a stimulus package and overriding any potential presidential veto, but Speaker Mitch McConnell has made it abundantly clear that he is taking the President’s orders.

Meanwhile, the American people must live in limbo and at mercy to this reckless leader’s whims. Sign the petition below to demand President Trump support a comprehensive relief package for the survival of the American people.


Dear President Trump,

Your sudden announcement that you are calling off stimulus talks sent stocks plunging and called into serious question your political acumen, your long-touted economic acumen, and your basic human decency. The economy you treasure continues to show signs of faltering and stumbling further as millions of Americans remain out of work and small businesses across the country shutter.  Your Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell explicitly stated a relief package is needed to save the economy. The $100,000 worth of free treatment you received during your recent hospital stay is out of reach for most Americans, who will require more support—not less—for their healthcare bills as the uncertain winter months arrive.

You want a piece-meal approach, but a united, comprehensive effort is urgently needed. You claim you will somehow magically pass a package after months of inaction when you win the election (some might call this move blackmail), but what if this scenario does not come to pass? Will you continue to punish the people out of spite until a new administration and a new Congress can make the aid a reality?

Stop robbing the American people of help and hope. You fancy yourself a master negotiator, so stop practicing the art of the steal and start practicing the art of the deal. Throw this country a lifeline, not an anchor, and support desperately needed relief now.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: The White House



  1. Linda Hilty-Tuttle says:

    Your petition title SHOULD read:


  2. Pelosi and the Democrats are the ones holding up the relief. Get your facts straight, please!

  3. Joyce O'Malley says:

    Vote Trump and the Republican Rats out of office!!!

  4. Are you people just freaking crazy or are you sniffing something? Trump is NOT holding it hostage…pelosi and friends ARE. Get your crap straight before wasting time and effort on a lie!

  5. This is the second petition against Trump in the same email. I’m convince now has a crutch on Trump. It is probably run by a frustrated democrat who thinks “Crazy Nancy” is as sexy as Marilyn.

  6. Quit the knee-jerk constant bashing of Trump, like he is running the U.S. all alone. There are LOTS of crazy people in government playing politics with everyone’s lives!

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