New York Governor Andrew Cuomo attacked Donald Trump for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and was followed by a young woman who launched a passionate assault on the president, blaming him for her father’s death by COVID.
My father was a healthy 65-year-old. His only pre-existing state was trust in Donald Trump and he paid for that with his life, ” Kristin Urquiza said during her speech at the Democratic National Convention on Monday.
On the first night of the Democrats’ virtual rally, the party brought together faces from the coronavirus to attack the president in one of its weakest areas with US voters.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo attacked President Donald Trump for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic during his speech at the Democratic National Convention
Kristin Urquiza blamed President Trump for her father’s death at COVID
“Our country is in crisis,” Cuomo stated in his five-minute speech.
He compared the effect of the pandemic on America to the current state of national politics.
‘COVID is in many ways just a metaphor, a virus attacks when the body is weak and unable to defend itself. In the past few years, America’s political policy has weakened; the division has deepened, ”he said.
While Cuomo’s remarks focused on politics, it was Urquiza’s personal remarks that pulled the heart chords.
She talked about how her father, Mark Anthony Urquiza, followed politicians’ advice about the pandemic and subsequently contracted COVID. He died in June at the age of 65 and her obituary, in which she attacked politicians for their handling of the crisis, went viral. Biden wrote to her after her obituary was published to express his grief over her loss.
“He had faith in Donald Trump,” Urquiza said of her father. He voted for him, listened to him, believed him and his mouthpieces when they said the coronavirus was under control and would go away. That it was okay to end social distance rules before it was safe. That if you didn’t have any underlying health problems, you would probably be fine. ‘
“In late May, after the stay-at-home order was lifted in Arizona, my dad went to a karoake bar with his friends,” she continued. “He died alone in the ICU with a nurse holding his hand.”
Then she struck with her hardest line of the night – aimed straight at the president.
My father was a healthy 65-year-old. His only pre-existing condition was trust in Donald Trump and he paid for it with his life, ” she said.
Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic – which has infected more than 5.42 million Americans and killed more than 170,000 people – has earned him some of his toughest points from the voters.
In an ABC News / Washington Post last week, 59 percent said they disapproved of his approach to the crisis, while 40 percent agreed.
The convention also played a video tribute to show those who died of the virus, an ‘in commemoration’ segment to bring home the devastation the virus brought home.
Cuomo began his speech as if he were starting his daily coronavirus briefings, sitting at a table in a suit and tie with an outlet around him, noting that it was Day 170 of the pandemic.
Hailed for his handling of the coronavirus in his state, the New York governor named divisions in America dating back to the 2017 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, to the death of George Floyd.
“Only a strong body can fight the virus and the American divide has weakened,” he said, continuing his metaphor of the coronavirus and the country’s political health.
Donald Trump did not create the first division. The division created Trump. He just made it worse, ”he said.
He accused the Trump administration of not seeing the virus coming.
“Our current federal government is dysfunctional and incompetent, it couldn’t fight the virus. In fact, it didn’t even see it coming. The European virus is infecting the Northeast while the White House was still fixated on China. The virus had been attacking us for months before they knew it was here, ”he said.
Mark Anthony Urquiza and his daughter Kristin Urquiza
Mark Anthony Urquiza hospitalized in a gas mask – he died of COVID on June 30
Both New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Kristin Urquiza attacked Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic
Andrew Cuomo praised Joe Biden for his compassion and his ability to unite people
Cuomo blamed the administration’s incompetence for the rising number of coronavirus cases in the United States.
Americans have learned the crucial lesson, how vulnerable we are when we are divided. And how many lives could be lost if our government is incompetent, ”he said.
He closed his criticism of President Trump and turned to praise Joe Biden.
“Now we need a leader who is just as good as our people. A leader who appeals to the best in us, not the worst, a leader who can unite, not divide, a leader who can bring us up, not bring us down. I know that man. I worked with that man. I’ve seen his talent, I’ve seen the power. I’ve seen his pain, and I’ve seen so hard. That man is Joe Biden. Joe Biden is what I call America tough, tough in the best way. Tough that is cleverly united, disciplined and loving. Joe Biden can restore America’s soul. And that is exactly what our country needs today, ‘he concluded.