Following the news that United States has surpassed 200,000 deaths from COVID-19, Maine Democratic Party Chair Kathleen Marra released the following statement:

“The United States has reached a grim new milestone as more than 200,000 Americans have lost their lives to COVID-19. But it didn’t have to be this bad. President Trump knew all along how dangerous this disease was, but instead of following the advice of public health experts, he publicly downplayed the threat of the virus. Six months later, he still doesn’t have a plan to deal with the pandemic.

“When it mattered most, the President’s leadership was ineffective, and we have paid the price. This November, we need to make sure we elect leaders we can count on. If they still could, 200,000 of our fellow Americans would tell you that the stakes are too high to count on Donald Trump.”