PENNSYLVANIA — Earlier today, ahead of Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Sarver, Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy Patton Mills, Lt. Governor John Fetterman, PA-16 Candidate Kristy Gnibus and NWPA Area Labor Federation Chair Andy Harkulich hosted a press call to highlight how Trump and Pence’s failed coronavirus response and broken promises have led to the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression — a crisis that has led to over 2 million Pennsylvanians filing for unemployment. 

The group called out the Trump administration’s record of creating an economy that only works for the wealthy and well-connected, and how their disastrous coronavirus response has worsened the economic impact of the pandemic. Trump and Pence’s failures include their unwillingness to listen to the early warnings of experts and their choice to appease China by downplaying the crisis.

A recording of the call can be found here. Check out some of the highlights below: 

Chairwoman Nancy Patton Mills, Pennsylvania Democratic Party:

“Mike Pence will visit Pennsylvania to kick off a ‘victory’ tour, but they haven’t won or defeated anything. He and Trump are claiming victory despite the fact that thousands of Pennsylvanians have lost their lives and over 2 million Pennsylvanians have filed for unemployment in recent months. What’s worse, the Trump administration still doesn’t have this virus under control.

Trump sent Pence here to try and clean up their mess. Well, it’s not going to work out very well for them. It didn’t have to be this bad. Had Trump taken Coronavirus seriously from day one and had he not weakened the economy with his failed trade war we never would have gotten to this point. 

Instead, Trump failed to prepare for a pandemic, ignored all the warnings, failed to ramp up testing and secure supplies, and downplayed the crisis. And this was all to appease China. Pennsylvanians are hurting badly and they need real leadership. Unfortunately, Trump and Pence have proven they’re just not up to the job.”

Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman: 

“It’s no secret and it’s no accident why the Vice President is in Pennsylvania in June. Because he knows — and the President’s reelection campaign knows — they have a defective product that they have to try to sell again for another four years. And that product is a whole series of failed promises to deliver what they promised four years ago. 

And I think the question every voter in Pennsylvania needs to ask him or herself: What does another four years of this look like? What does it look like in your community? What does it look like for your school district? What does it look like for our commonwealth? What does it look like for our nation?

And I don’t think there’s a majority of people that could honestly answer that question and say, ‘I think things are heading in the right direction. I think working families are more secure. I think our country as a whole is healthier and more prosperous as a result of that kind of leadership.’”

Kristy Gnibus, Candidate for Congress in PA’s 16th Congressional District:

“We were promised by the Trump administration to see major increases in infrastructure, profitable trade, a better education, better wages. We were promised over and over. Yes, Trump taxes and tax reform were sold to us as bonuses to education and to small businesses and mom and pop taxpayers. And in reality, they actually favored the wealthy at the expense of everyone else.

My opponent, Mike Kelly, who walked in lockstep with Trump is a member of the committee that oversees tax legislation in Congress, he crafted a bill and it did nothing for working families like myself and the rest of Western Pennsylvania. It actually created a loophole to give car dealerships a tax break. And wouldn’t you know it, he is a car dealer owner…So who was Kelly and this administration really working for? It’s not us.

I’m doing everything that I can to get the message out there that working families deserve better. When I’m fighting for district 16. I’m fighting for my family. We deserve forethought to policies made with true people in mind, not just wealthy corporations.”

Andy Harkulich, Chairman of the NWPA Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO:

“When Donald Trump was running for president, he made himself out to be a champion for the working people. You know, he said he would stand up against Washington to help us the working people. He has not followed through on that promise nor has his administration…

The handling of the COVID virus by the administration has been absurd. I mean, he could have saved so many lives. And so many jobs if it would have been handled better. It’s just amazing to me that we, as the country we are, did not really have a strategy for testing or any contact tracing…

And I just think that Pence coming to Butler is too little, too late. And like Lieutenant Governor Fetterman said Pennsylvania will decide this election and we will work hard to get Trump out of office.”

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