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‘trump Has Failed Us’ Projected Onto Arizona Mountain Covid As Us Death Toll Nears 227,000

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The words “Trump failed us” were projected onto an Arizona mountain Tuesday night as the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 neared 227,000.

Nonprofit organizations and voting rights groups Progress Arizona, Our Voice Our Vote Arizona, LUCHA, Mi Familia Vota, and Por Nuestras Familias PAC collaborated to put on a light show against the backdrop of Camelback Mountain in Phoenix with just one week to go before the election.

One of the messages projected onto the mountain slammed the president’s mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic and cited the number of deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S.

“COVID deaths 224,601,” it said, in English and Spanish. “Trump failed us. Vote Nov 3rd.” The U.S. death toll has almost topped 227,000, according to a running tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

The light show also condemned the Trump administration’s separation of migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, including in Arizona, under a “zero tolerance” policy for people who cross the border illegally.

“Trump took 5,400 kids. Stop cruelty. Vote Nov 3rd” was projected onto the mountain.

“In these final days of the 2020 election, we are literally putting a spotlight on just how disastrous Donald Trump‘s presidency has been for Arizona, and for America as a whole,” Emily Kirkland, the executive director of Progress Arizona, told The Arizona Republic.

“We hope it serves as a reminder to voters of how much is at stake this year.” Kirkland has been contacted for additional comment.

Photojournalist Alfredo Kaspar tweeted that the light show continued for around 90 minutes before it was taken down. The Phoenix Police Department has been contacted for comment.

Kristin Urquiza, who spoke at the Democratic National Convention in August and blamed Trump for her father’s death from COVID-19, praised the light show on Twitter.

“I keep hearing about this projection on Camelback Mountain and it makes my heart flutter,” she wrote. “Keep showing up and fighting back. We can do this.”

Urquiza made headlines after she wrote an obituary for her father, Mark Anthony Urquiza, of Tolleson, Arizona, who died in June.

She wrote that his death was “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.”

During her appearance at the Democratic convention, she said her father “was a healthy 65-year-old” whose “only pre-existing condition was trusting Donald Trump—and for that he paid with his life.”

She has launched a website called Marked By COVID with a mission to elevate “the truth about COVID to save lives.”

Placards affixed to telephone poles state “VOTE STOP TRUMP” on October 27, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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