TRUMP ADMITS DEATHS WILL BE VASTLY HIGHER President Donald Trump dramatically raised his prediction for the eventual death toll from the coronavirus pandemic within the United States, saying up to 100,000 people could die. That figure is a sharp revision from last month, when he said he believed around 60,000 people would die from the virus. Despite the shift, Trump claimed his response to the outbreak in the United States — where more than 1.1 million people have been infected — had been “successful.” [HuffPost]
TRUMP CLAIMS VACCINE COULD BE AVAILABLE BY YEAR’S END Trump, who has a poor record promoting phony coronavirus cures, predicted a vaccine could be available as soon as “the end of the year,” during a virtual Fox News town hall. He acknowledged medical experts would likely caution against such claims. Medical professionals ― including Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading expert on infectious diseases ― have said that it could take at least a year to 18 months for a vaccine. [HuffPost]
MICHIGAN GOVERNOR DECRIES SWASTIKAS AT ANTI-LOCKDOWN PROTEST Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) on Sunday condemned the racist symbols, including Confederate flags and swastikas, displayed by some attendees of an anti-lockdown protest at the state’s Capitol building last week. Photos showed hundreds crammed inside the building, many not wearing masks and flouting federal social distancing guidelines. The protest’s stated purpose was to demand Whitmer ease coronavirus restrictions, though some protesters were seen holding up racist and anti-Semitic symbols during the event. [HuffPost]
PANDEMIC THREATENS NEW EVICTION CRISIS The coronavirus has put America’s housing market on hold. As residents shelter in place, real estate listings have slowed to a trickle. State and federal policymakers, facing an unprecedented spike in unemployment and a pandemic simultaneously, have banned evictions to ease economic hardship during the crisis. But when the eviction bans expire, millions of Americans will find themselves on the hook for months of back rent. Thirty million Americans — overwhelmingly the poor and renters — are newly jobless as unemployment hits previously unthinkable levels.