No, the truly reprehensible moment came from a speaker at Monday night’s convention who blamed Trump for her father catching COVID-19 after he partied with friends at a karaoke bar in Arizona.
“I’m one of the many who has lost a loved one to COVID. My dad, Mark Anthony Urquiza, should be here today, but he isn’t,” said Kristin Urquiza, who lives in San Francisco. “My dad was a healthy 65-year-old. His only preexisting condition was trusting Donald Trump. And for that, he paid with his life.”
Urquiza, who spoke for three minutes during the prime-time coverage of the party’s first night of the convention, said her father’s death is Trump’s fault.
“The coronavirus has made it clear that there are two Americas, the America that Donald Trump lives in, and the America that my father died in,” she said in her speech. “Enough is enough. Donald Trump may not have caused the coronavirus, but his dishonesty and irresponsible actions made it so much worse.”
Urquiza said that her father at first heeded the lockdown edicts in Arizona, but when state officials ended the orders, he thought it was all clear to return to normal life because, she said, he had “faith” in the president.
“He had faith in Donald Trump. He voted for him, listened to him, believed him and his mouthpieces when they said that coronavirus was under control and going to disappear, that it was OK to end social distancing rules before it was safe, and that if you had no underlying health conditions you’d probably be fine,” she said.
In late May, after Arizona’s stay-at-home order ended, her father went to a karaoke bar with his friends, Urquiza said. He tested positive for COVID-19 on June 11 and his condition declined to the point where he was eventually placed on a ventilator. He died June 30 at age 65.
“He died alone, in the ICU, with a nurse holding his hand,” she said. “One of the last things that my father said to me was that he felt betrayed by the likes of Donald Trump. And so when I cast my vote for Joe Biden, I will do it for my dad.”