Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) just blamed President Donald Trump’s “criminal neglect” for her father’s death from COVID-19.
According to Fox News, the progressive firebrand said Thursday that Trump and others in his administration ought to be prosecuted for the “reckless” job they have done handling the coronavirus pandemic.
COVID-19 infections are said to be increasing throughout the country as deaths since the pandemic arrived in America earlier this year have surpassed 300,000, according to The New York Times. Omar’s father died in June from complications resulting from the coronavirus, as Reuters reported at the time.
On Thursday, Omar told MSNBC that Americans who died are “not here with us because we didn’t have leaders who cared about their lives,” accusing Trump of “criminal neglect,” according to Fox News.
“My father and over 300,000 people have lost their lives because of dangerous criminal neglect by Trump and his administration,” she said.
Omar also made reference to Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), who said in a memo Wednesday that he may be “forced to start issuing subpoenas” as part of a House subcommittee investigation into Trump’s pandemic response. Clyburn released a report just before the election calling Trump’s response “among the worst failures of leadership in American history” and he has likened it to the government’s failure to prevent the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to The Hill.
“I agree with Clyburn that it is not enough for us just to issue subpoenas, we have to investigate and prosecute these people who are responsible for these reckless deaths,” Omar said Thursday, according to Fox.
“We cannot forget”
The coronavirus has proven politically divisive, with some arguing for strict mitigation measures and others slamming those restrictions as arbitrary and destructive to the economy.
Trump, for his part, has put an emphasis on opening things up and floated firing Dr. Anthony Fauci, the public face of the pandemic response, before the election. His critics, including Clyburn, say that Trump has not taken the pandemic seriously.
Clyburn’s memo laid out evidence of alleged “political interference” that includes emails from Health and Human Services adviser Paul Alexander, who endorsed a “herd immunity” strategy and complained that scientists such as Fauci want to “destroy the nation and people’s lives just to make the President look bad.”
Omar said Thursday that there “are people who are responsible and we cannot forget about that when the next administration is sworn in and they are in charge of what happens next.”
“The president, to this day, has not shown an ounce of compassion to the people who have passed away,” she added, according to Fox. “My father survived so many things, for him to lose his life to COVID is devastating.”