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Some Floridians Blame Trump for Unemployment System Issues

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By    |   Friday, 12 June 2020 01:11 PM

Some Floridians are placing blame on the state’s broken unemployment claims system on President Donald Trump, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Trump will bring part of the Republican National Convention to Jacksonville to rally the swing state to go his way on Election Day. 

But some voters in the state say they aren’t backing Trump after they have experienced issues getting paid through the state’s unemployment insurance system.

“I’ve been a Trump supporter, but I’m kind of questioning everything,” Lorin Lynch told the newspaper.

She said she went through all of her savings while waiting three months before receiving an unemployment check.

Florida has been bombarded with complaints of people frustrated by the state’s unemployment system. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said he allocated more staff and resources to fix any system issues.

State data shows more than 880,000 claims are still unpaid. So far 1.2 million Floridians have received unemployment benefits totaling nearly $5 billion, the newspaper reports. 

Issues with the unemployment system have reached the federal level. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called for an internal investigation. Joe Biden ripped the system and DeSantis during a TV interview last month. 

“We have to make the unemployment system function, and your state isn’t very functional,” Biden told local ABC affiliate WFTV in Orlando, calling out DeSantis. “And that relates to management of the system.”

“There is a large pool of voters who might have their votes swayed because of this issue. The question is how many,” University of Central Florida associate professor and co-author of “Politics in Florida” Aubrey Jewett said.

Registered Republican Florida voters Carolina Nunez and her husband Chris Kee told the newspaper they won’t be supporting Trump on Election Day.

“We hear one thing coming from our governor and people who share his views, saying everything is fixed,” Kee said. “But everyone else who is going through the system, or is trying to receive benefits, is saying otherwise.”

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Some Floridians are placing blame on the state’s broken unemployment claims system on President Donald Trump, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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