PHOENIX — Arizonans joined a press call today ahead of Donald Trump’s campaign events in Tucson and Prescott to call out how Trump’s failed leadership and broken promises have worsened the economic and public health fallout of the pandemic for Arizona’s small business owners and working families.
During the call, first-time voter and ASU student Gilma Juanita de Leon, Former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods, and Coconino County Treasurer Sarah Benatar outlined the stakes of this election and highlighted the devastating consequences of Trump’s failed leadership for every Arizona community — from his disastrous pandemic response which has crushed the economy and small businesses to his attempts to rip away health care coverage from millions of families. They also encouraged Arizonans to make a plan to vote and vote early.
First-time Voter and ASU Student Gilma Juanita de Leon: “I was really excited to start my sophomore year … Unfortunately we are no longer safe going to our classes or being on campus. We probably could have gone back next semester if it hadn’t been for how horribly this pandemic was handled by our elected officials in the White House. We really need strong leadership to not only fix those mistakes, but get us back on track.”
“I’m excited as a first-time voter to be part of such an important election. Every election is important, obviously, but this one so much more so, because we have so much at stake here and there’s so much riding on this. I would love to see something change, and that all starts with picking Joe Biden and Democrats down the ticket.”
Former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods: “The country and our state faces very real crises with this pandemic and the completely botched response by the administration. Trump’s comments [attacking Dr. Fauci as an “idiot” and a “disaster” this morning] are really reprehensible. Dr. Fauci is one of our heroes in this country.”
“We’re not going to get this economy back to where it should be until we get the coronavirus in check. And we’re not going to get it in check when we have a President of the United States who rejects science. This president just this weekend mocked Joe Biden for listening to science. … This has very serious ramifications. People’s health is at stake, people’s lives have been lost, our economy is in tatters. … We need a president who people will trust.”
“This election is about letting the adults get back in the room to run the country. The behavior of this president, the complete lack of discipline that he shows on a daily basis — he’s really not serious about our most serious problems, and it’s time to get someone in there who knows what he’s doing. That’s Joe Biden.”
Coconino County Treasurer Sarah Benatar: “Things are really rough across the country and in Arizona, and that is because Donald Trump failed to address this pandemic. You can’t have a thriving economy if people are scared to go out, if we have cases increasing. We need a leader — and that’s Joe Biden — who will take charge, trust the science, and address this pandemic head-on so that our economy can bounce back, so working families can make ends meet and get back to normal.”
“The health and economy right now go hand-in-hand. Right now, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have a plan to support our small businesses, so our workers get a decent wage, so they have access to health care and to paid sick days — all without raising taxes on anyone making less than $400,000 per year.”
“Right now, our unemployment at nearly 8% of workers in the U.S. unemployed. When you compare our numbers here in Arizona to last year, it’s a 165% increase in unemployment claims. That’s huge. … We all need to come together and put our economy, our families, and our health first.”