Kristin Urquiza, whose father Mark Urquiza died from the virus in June, stated in a video message Monday evening that he “paid with his life” by trusting the President’s repeated insistence that the pandemic would go away.
“The coronavirus has made clear that there are two Americas: the America that Donald Trump lives in and the America that my father died in,” she stated.
“Enough is enough. Donald Trump may not have caused the coronavirus, but his dishonesty and his irresponsible actions made it so much worse.”
Urquiza’s feedback Monday constructed on a forceful obituary she penned for her father in July, wherein she wrote that “his death is due to the carelessness of the politicians who continue to jeopardize the health of brown bodies.”
His passing, she wrote, was the results of “a clear lack of leadership, refusal to acknowledge the severity of this crisis, and inability and unwillingness to give clear and decisive direction on how to minimize risk.”
Urquiza had additionally written a letter to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey inviting him to her father’s funeral and blaming his lack of motion in stopping the unfold of the virus for the deaths of her father and others.
She concluded her remarks Monday night by declaring “we need a leader who has a national, coordinated, data-driven response to stop this pandemic from claiming more lives and to safely reopen the country. We need a leader who will step in on day one and do his job, to care.”
“One of the last things that my father said to me was that he felt betrayed by the likes of Donald Trump,” she continued.
“And so, when I cast my vote for Joe Biden, I will do it for my dad.”
CNN’s Eric Bradner and Gregory Krieg contributed to this report.