WATCH: Arizona Native Blames Trump and Ducey for Father’s COVID Death

By Camaron Stevenson

August 18, 2020

“His only pre-existing condition was trusting Donald Trump — and for that he paid with his life.”

The daughter of a Maryvale resident who died as a result of COVID-19 joined former First Lady Michelle Obama and Sen. Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention last night, where she spoke laid the blame of her father’s death on President Donald Trump.

“My dad was a healthy 65-year-old,” Kristin Urquiza said during the convention. “His only pre-existing condition was trusting Donald Trump — and for that he paid with his life.”

When the dangers of the virus first became known, Mark Anthony Urquiza, a quality assurance inspector, took precautions such as wearing a face mask and staying home as much as possible, his daughter said.

But that changed after Gov. Doug Ducey ended Arizona’s stay-at-home order on May 15, eased restrictions on businesses, and initially blocked local lawmakers from requiring residents to wear masks.

By June 11, the elder Urquiza had developed a fever and cough. He was hospitalized and eventually placed on a ventilator. He died June 30.

“The coronavirus has made it clear that there are two Americas,” said Urquiza. “The one that Donald Trump lives in, and the America that my father died in.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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  • Camaron Stevenson

    Camaron is the Founding Editor and Chief Political Correspondent for The Copper Courier, and has worked as a journalist in Phoenix for over a decade. He also teaches multimedia journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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