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This Latina Delivered The Strongest Attack Against Trump At Last Night’s Democratic National Convention

The 2020 election is in full swing, as evidenced by the launch of the Democratic National Convention. Although the event will run all week, it’s first night was already packed with big name speakers, including celebrities and politicians. Hello, Michelle Obama!

However, it was neither who stole last night’s show. Instead, it was a woman – like so many other who have lost a loved one to the Coronavirus – who delivered the strongest rebuke against Trump.

In a powerful speech, she blamed the administration’s failed policies for the death of her father and so many others. She bared her grief to the nation to illustrate the human toll of Donald Trump’s failed leadership and it worked.

Kristin Urquiza gave a powerful speech at last night’s opening of the DNC.

Kristin Urquiza may not have been one of the big names to speak at the Democrats’ virtual convention Monday night – but she had a big message for voters. The daughter of a Coronavirus victim ripped Donald Trump during opening remarks in a powerful speech that illustrated his many failures.

Urquiza said her father contracted the virus after listening to Trump dismiss the severity of the crisis. He went to a karaoke bar with friends and subsequently died.

“I’m one of the many who has lost a loved one to COVID. My dad, Mark Anthony Urquiza, should be here today, but he isn’t … My dad was a healthy 65-year-old. His only preexisting condition was trusting Donald Trump, and for that, he paid with his life,” she said.

She added, “He had faith in Donald Trump. He voted for him, listened to him, believed him and his mouthpieces when they said that coronavirus was under control and going to disappear; that it was OK to end social distancing rules before it was safe; and that if you had no underlying health conditions, you’d probably be fine.”

During the video, her words were illustrated by happy family photos, followed by photos of her at her father’s grave. “The coronavirus has made it clear that there are two Americas: the America that Donald Trump lives in and the America that my father died in,” she said.

Her words on Monday night echoed those she used in a powerful obituary blaming Trump and anti-maskers for her father’s death.

Urquiza gained sudden national prominence when she penned an obituary for her father, in which she blamed the Trump administration and Arizona’s governor for their failed leadership.

“His death is due to the carelessness of the politicians who continue to jeopardize the health of brown bodies through a clear lack of leadership, refusal to acknowledge the severity of this crisis, and inability and unwillingness to give clear and decisive direction on how to minimize risk,” she wrote.

In interviews in the weeks afterward, she made it clear that she placed the blame on Trump and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey. On the same day as her father’s funeral, she set up an ofrenda outside the Arizona Capitol with a call for people to add photos of loved ones they lost to the disease.

The Democratic National Convention is working to highlight stories like Urquizas’ – to help build a case for Joe Biden.

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On its first night, the Democratic National Convention – which for the first time is a completely digital, online event – worked to bring emotion to the night’s speeches. It featured choreographed patriotic songs and serious interviews with victims of racial violence and medical experts.

Of course, the night featured plenty of big name politicians – including Bernie Sanders and Michelle Obama – but the first night of the convention seemed to be about broadcasting every day voices. Organizers worked to show the character and strength of the U.S. without Donald Trump. Most experts and pundits agree that the first night was a success, thanks to speakers like Kristin Urquiza.

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