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To: U.S. Congress
Tell Congress: Pence must step down as head of the U.S. response to the coronavirus!
Congress must take immediate action to instill confidence in the United States’ ability to effectively respond to the coranavirus crisis — within and beyond U.S. borders. That means ensuring the U.S. response is led by individuals who let science and medicine, rather than harmful political or ideological motivations, determine how we prioritize solutions to this crisis. Vice President Pence is not up to this task. Please publicly demand he step down as head of the U.S. response.
Why is this important?
As fear of a global pandemic continues to escalate, Trump has announced that he assembled a team to lead the U.S. response — with Mike Pence as head of the task force.
Gregg Gonsalves, assistant professor of epidemiology at Yale University, responded on Twitter: “It’s like putting an arsonist in charge of the fire department, a bank robber in charge of the U.S. Mint.”
We couldn’t agree more. People’s lives are literally at stake and too many have already been sacrificed due to Pence’s disbelief in science and inability to lead on public health as governor of Indiana. The cost is simply too high.
Trump and his cronies are concerned that this crisis will negatively impact their popularity — and we’ve got a critical moment to capitalize on their craven understanding of politics in order to make the U.S. (and the entire world, really) safer in the face of the potential coronavirus pandemic.
It is beyond irresponsible to place someone who distrusts basic science and public health research at the head of the U.S. response to a virus that is quickly spreading across borders and negatively impacting everything from global trade to local school schedules.
Tell Congress: Our public health deserves better than Mike Pence.