PRESS RELEASE

April 28, 2020

“The Crisis is Worse Because of Donald Trump and Mike Pence’s Failed Leadership”

Ahead of Pence’s visit to the Mayo Clinic, Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Chairman Ken Martin joined Congressman Dean Phillips and State Representative Tina Liebling to highlight the Trump/Pence administration’s broken promises on coronavirus and contrasted the lack of a federal response with the leadership of Governor Walz to expanding testing.

Quote from DFL Chair Ken Martin: “Donald Trump’s chaotic leadership and his decision to force states to go it alone has ultimately made it more difficult for states like Minnesota to get the supplies they need. Donald Trump and Mike Pence’s message to states is clear: you’re on your own. America needs real leadership right now and it’s beyond clear that Donald Trump and Mike Pence are not capable of delivering that and effectively guiding our nation through this crisis. Now we’re unfortunately we’re seeing the consequences. The crisis is worse because of Donald Trump and Mike Pence’s failed leadership.”

Quote from Congressman Dean Phillips: “During times like these, executive leadership is about three thing, it’s about being prepared, it’s about being honest, it’s about being willing to take responsibility. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat or a Republican, those are the three core elements and metrics by which leadership should always be measured, and I’m afraid that in those three capacities, this administration has fallen woefully short.”

Quote from State Representative Tina Liebling: “The lack of leadership from the White House has had a devastating effect on confidence. Trump has said that states are on their own. Trump said to “Liberate Minnesota” – what we say is Liberate Testing, Liberate Planning, Liberate Coordination, and Liberate PPE. In the face of President Trump’s incapacity, Minnesota is moving forward on our own.”

Click here to listen to audio of the press call with Chairman Martin, Congressman Phillips, and Representative Liebling.

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