Post submitted by Lucas Acosta (he/him), former Deputy Director of Communications, Politics
The ad highlighted Trump’s narcissism and how his obsession with his own reelection impacted his failed response to the disease.
Yesterday, a new ad from Republican Voters Against Trump highlighted Olivia Troye, a former Trump White House Staffer and the staff lead on the White House’s COVID-19 response. Troye highlighted Trump’s narcissism, and how his obsession with his own reelection impacted his failed response to the disease. In response, Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David issued the following statement:
“Donald Trump has shown us time and again that he is incapable of keeping Americans safe from COVID-19. The latest evidence — first hand reports —from his own former staffer Olivia Troye show his obsession with the international pandemic’s impact on his own reelection over our public health. We are days, if not hours, away from officially losing 200,000 Americans — our parents, siblings, friends and family — to this pandemic. We need a President who empathizes with our collective loss, believes in science and will speak the truth. We must unite, like never before, and elect Joe Biden. Our lives depend on it.”
In March, the HRC Foundation released a research brief outlining the health and economic risks faced by the LGBTQ community during the COVID-19 public health crisis. The brief showed that LGBTQ people are more vulnerable to the health risks of the virus. They are less likely to have health coverage, are more likely to smoke and have asthma, and have a variety of chronic illnesses. According to the brief, 17% of LGBTQ people lack health coverage; One in five LGBTQ people have not seen a doctor when they needed to because they couldn’t afford it; 37% of LGBTQ adults smoke every day compared to 27% of non-LGBTQ people; and 21% of LGBTQ people have asthma, compared to 14% of non-LGBTQ people.
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