Kristin Urquiza, whose father died in June after a weeks-long battle against complications caused by COVID-19, blamed President Donald Trump and a failure of leadership for his death during her national, prime-time remarks on the first day of the Democratic National Convention on Monday.
Urquiza had also written a letter to Arizona Governor Doug Ducey inviting him to her father’s funeral and blaming his lack of action in preventing the spread of the virus for the deaths of her father and others.
According to Urquiza,her father had taken heed to the initial stay at home order but after it ended was under the impression that it was safe to resume his normal life.
Her dad, she said, had faith in Trump.
“He voted for him, listened to him, believed him and his mouthpieces when they said that the coronavirus was under control and was going to disappear,” she said.
So in late May, after Arizona’s stay-at-home order ended, she said, her father went to a karaoke bar with his friends.
A day after falling ill June 11, he tested positive for COVID-19. His condition declined even after spending days on a high-oxygen treatment and died on June 30 at the age of 65.
“He died alone, in the ICU, with a nurse holding his hand,” she said. “My dad was a healthy 65-year-old. His only pre-existing condition was trusting Donald Trump and for that, he paid with his life.”
“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.”
“Enough is enough. Donald Trump may not have caused the coronavirus, but his dishonesty and his irresponsible actions made it so much worse.”
Urquiza works at a nonprofit that advocates for the protection of the environment. She just graduated from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.