Ruppersberger Issues Statement on Nation Hitting 200,000 American COVID-19 Deaths
(Washington DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today issued the following statement after the United States surpassed the milestone of having lost 200,000 American lives to the COVID-19 pandemic:
“In March, President Trump addressed the nation from the White House and said, if his Administration managed to keep the COVID-19 death toll to 100,000, it would have done ‘a very good job.’ Tragically, the COVID-19 death toll now stands at twice that: 200,000 Americans have needlessly died as a result of this horrific pandemic.
The mortality rate is more than just a number. Each of the 200,000 victims is someone’s mother, father, child, grandparent, teacher, friend or physician. It’s a representation of the Administration’s utter incompetence and contempt for science and facts.
The blame lies not only with President Trump’s inaction – but also his actions. The President knew COVID-19 was ‘deadly stuff’ as early as February, yet spent every day since deliberately downplaying the threat, promoting junk science, hosting campaign rallies with zero preventive measures and questioning medical experts. Even now, President Trump and Senate Republicans refuse to consider the desperately-needed relief package passed by the House four months ago.
My heart goes out to all Americans who have lost a loved one or whose health will forever be compromised by COVID-19. And I continue to urge the Administration and Senate to work with the House and respond with the urgency and compassion required by this unprecedented crisis.”