RELEASE: Ohio Dems Slam Mike Pence’s Upcoming Photo Op

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In response to Mike Pence’s upcoming appearance in Cincinnati on Wednesday, Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper released the following statement:

“Mike Pence can’t spin the truth. Nearly a month ago, Donald Trump promised Ohioans that he would ‘crush’ this pandemic. Instead, time and again, his incompetence has only made things worse. Now, even as we’re mourning the loss of 5,000 Ohioans and counting, Trump is continuing his lawsuit to strip away health coverage from hundreds of thousands of Ohioans right when they need it most.

“Ohioans don’t need another Trump campaign photo op. We need leaders with the temperament, experience and mettle to lead us through this crisis, defeat this pandemic and build back better. We need Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the White House.”

BACKGROUND ON TRUMP’S BROKEN PROMISES TO OHIO

Promise: “My plan is to crush the virus.” [Donald Trump, Dayton, Sept. 21, 2020]

  • Reality: With more than 219,000 Americans dead and more than 8.1 million infected, the United States has 4 percent of the world’s population but 20 percent of infections and deaths. In Ohio alone, more than 181,000 people have contracted the virus, and more than 5,000 have lost their lives.

Promise: “We have to protect our most vulnerable citizens against this horrible virus.” [Donald Trump, Clyde, Aug. 6, 2020]

Promise: “I promise you, in the days ahead, we’ll continue to put the health of America first.” [Mike Pence, Zanesville, Sept. 16, 2020]

  • Reality: Politico: Trump official pressured CDC to change report on Covid and kids. “The episode is the latest example of how Trump appointees’ interference has rippled across the health department — and how even when career experts can find common ground with political officials, they have been tainted by the unprecedented efforts to shape their findings.”

Promise: “We’re attacking the virus from every angle. And through this aggressive strategy, we will win the war, and it will happen sooner than people think.” [Donald Trump, Clyde, Aug. 6, 2020]

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