PENNSYLVANIA — Today, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party issued the following statement in response to the announcement that Vice President Pence plans to visit to the commonwealth on Friday:  

“Make no mistake: Pence’s visit is nothing more than an attempt to distract from the Trump administration’s ongoing failures and nothing he says will erase his abysmal record as head of the Coronavirus Task Force. Trump and Pence are utterly disconnected from the pain and suffering so many families across the country are experiencing as a result of the Trump administration’s failure to address the coronavirus crisis. Over 6,000 Pennsylvanians have lost their lives and millions are still out of work,” said Pennsylvania Democratic Party spokesperson Andres Anzola. “It didn’t have to be this bad, but Trump and Pence ignored the early warnings of experts, downplayed the crisis to appease China and they continue to prematurely push parts of the country to reopen without the testing necessary to do so safely. They’re trying to clean up their own mess and nobody should buy it.”