Woman Who Lost Her Dad to COVID Responds to Trump Downplaying Virus: 'My Dad Was Not a Nobody'

Kristin Urquiza, who lost her father to COVID-19, called out President Donald Trump after he said that the deadly pandemic "affects virtually nobody" as nearly 200,000 Americans had at that time died from the virus.

Trump made the remark during a campaign rally in Ohio on Monday. "You know, In some states, thousands of people—nobody young. Below the age of 18, like, nobody. They have a strong immune system, who knows? You look.… Take your hat off to the young, because they have a hell of an immune system. But it affects virtually nobody. It's an amazing thing," the president said.

Retweeting a clip of the president's remarks, Urquiza wrote: "My Dad was not a nobody." Urquiza spoke in August at the Democratic National Convention, to share how her dad had died of COVID-19 after believing Trump, who admitted on tapes recorded by journalist Bob Woodward to "always" playing down the risks of the virus.

My Dad was not a nobody. https://t.co/9IeHxeV1bi

— Kristin Urquiza -- FIRE MITCH GASENATE.COM (@kdurquiza) September 22, 2020

"My dad was a healthy 65-year-old," Urquiza said at the DNC. "His 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, remembering her deceased father Mark Anthony Urquiza and encouraging others to share honest obituaries about those who have died. She aims to "inspire safer public health policies."

Newsweek reached out to the Trump campaign for comment, but it did not respond by the time of publication.

The U.S. continues to have the highest number of confirmed infections and deaths due to COVID-19 of any country in the world. As of at the time of writing on Tuesday the coronavirus tracker updated by Johns Hopkins University showed that the U.S. had surpassed 200,000 deaths and confirmed a total of more than 6.86 million infections. The U.S. has experienced more than 20 percent of global deaths from the pandemic despite being home to just over 4 percent of the world's population.

Kristin Urquiza
In this screenshot from the live stream of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, Kristin Urquiza, whose father died of the COVID-19, addresses the virtual convention on August 17. Handout/DNCC/Getty

Despite the high death toll and infections, Trump told Fox News on Monday that he would give himself a grade of A-plus in responding to the national crisis. Most polls suggest Americans largely disagree. The polling average compiled by FiveThirtyEight currently shows that more than 56 percent of Americans disapprove of Trump's handling of the pandemic, while less than 40 percent approve.

However, the president's support remains high among Republicans, with more than 80 percent saying they approve of his response to the crisis. Among independents only about 33 percent approve while just over 8 percent of Democrats approve.