Today, Nevada State Democratic Party Chair William McCurdy II issued the following statement in response to the tragic news that the United States surpassed 200,000 deaths as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic:
“We mourn for the more than 200,000 lives lost and the families left grieving in the wake of the deadly pandemic. As the coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on our nation, we must bear in mind that the terrible toll this pandemic has taken on our communities could have been avoided. Donald Trump understood the threat that the virus posed to public health months ago. But instead of harnessing every tool at the disposal of the federal government to lead our country out of crisis, he lied to the American people, downplayed the virus at every turn, and utterly failed to rise to the occasion. Now, Nevada families are paying the price for Trump’s failures, especially in communities of color, as we face a historic recession, a double-digit unemployment rate, hundreds of thousands out of work, and relentless attacks on our health care even in the midst of a global pandemic.
“Now more than ever, Nevadans need allies in the federal government with a plan to contain the virus, create good-paying union jobs, and help our economy build back better. That’s why Nevada will reject Trump’s failed record this fall and send Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to the White House.”