Ahead of Marc Lotter’s appearance at a Nevada Republican Party town hall today, Nevada State Democratic Party Chair William McCurdy II released the following statement:
“The Trump campaign can’t spin their boss’ failed, chaotic response to the pandemic, and they can’t paper over the horrific reality Nevadans are facing every day. Hundreds of Nevadans are dead, and hundreds of thousands are struggling to survive without a paycheck. It didn’t have to be this bad.
“I shudder to think where our state would be without the decisive leadership and science-based approach Governor Sisolak has taken in addressing this pandemic. Instead of taking the approach of our Governor, Donald Trump ignored the experts, downplayed the virus, and failed to prepare us for what was coming. We deserve better than an erratic president who refuses to put the needs of Nevada families before himself. We deserve a leader in the White House, and this November, we’re going to get one in Joe Biden.”
BACKGROUND ON TRUMP’S FAILED PANDEMIC RESPONSE
Reality: Trump spent weeks ignoring his own advisors and downplaying the crisis. The United States now leads the world with more than 1.4 million cases. More than 80,000 Americans are dead and 36 million are out of work—including an unprecedented 440,800 Nevadans.
Reality: Trump blew past his own March deadline, delivering less than 4% of the tests he promised.
Reality: Trump’s testing “strategy” would provide tests for just 2% of Nevadans.
Promise: In a televised Oval Office address, Trump promised to marshal “the full power of the federal government and the private sector to protect the American people.”
Reality: Just days later, despite repeated requests for testing equipment, the administration told Gov. Steve Sisolak that there was an “indefinite backlog” and no timeline for delivery to Nevada.
Reality: While experts warned of a coming pandemic, the Trump administration shipped nearly 18 tons of personal protective equipment (PPE) to China.