Mary Trump and an emotional Patti LuPone paint a bleak picture of what a second Trump term could look like
Mary Trump, the lesbian niece of Donald Trump, has come together with Broadway legend and gay icon Patti LuPone to warn of the devastating impact the president’s re-election would have on the United States.
Donald Trump will face off against Joe Biden at the presidential election on 3 November, and Mary Trump and Patti LuPone are using the final days of the campaign to fight for a Democrat victory.
They appeared on a Zoom press conference on Wednesday (28 October) alongside scientists, activists and scholars to discuss the impact re-electing Trump would have on the United States.
Speaking on the conference call, Mary Trump said her uncle’s administration had “systemically dismantled our trust and faith in all aspects of society and the institutions of which it is comprised”, according to The Advocate.
“We have lost faith in the justice system, in health care, in the safety of a potential COVID vaccine, in the post office, and, in many instances, in our leaders and in each other,” Trump said.
“I wanted key experts to explain the impact of these degradations to the American people and to point out why it’s so important for us to reverse course.”
Mary Trump and Patti LuPone spoke about the horrific impact on the United States if Donald Trump is re-elected.
A visibly emotional Patti LuPone spoke about the shocking impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the arts community.
“Across the country stages are dark, theatres are empty, and audiences aren’t coming back anytime soon,” LuPone said.
“Nearly two thirds of arts workers in the US have lot their job due to this pandemic and the Trump administration has done absolutely nothing to protect one of our nation’s most precious assets and the people who bring it to life.
“We risk losing them forever,” she added.
Across the country stages are dark, theatres are empty, and audiences aren’t coming back anytime soon.
Elsewhere in the conference call, science journalist Laure Garrett hit out at Trump for leaving “millions vulnerable to COVID-19 and other diseases” and accused him of leaving people to “fend off a pandemic without any national plan”.
Others also heavily criticised the president for the huge death toll from the pandemic in the United States, while lawyer Anne Champion hit out at the White House press office for “perverting its vital mission to keep the public informed” and instead choosing to propagate lies.
The president’s lesbian niece has accused him of ‘cheating’ by questioning the legitimacy of the election.
Mary Trump has been a staunch critic and vocal opponent to her uncle’s presidency, starting with the publication of her scathing tell-all book, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man.
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Speaking at a virtual fundraiser in September for the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC), she warned that her uncle will “go farther than you can possibly imagine” to stay in power.
“He’s cheating. He’s been cheating for a while now,” she said. “He’s cheating when he tells people that mail-in ballots are fraudulent somehow.
“He’s cheating when he started calling into question the legitimacy of the election before a vote was even cast.
“He’s cheating when he says if Joe Biden wins, it’s rigged… He’s also cheating when he tells people if we don’t get the results on 3 November – which, by the way, during the pandemic would be ridiculous – if we have to wait, that it’s also rigged, somehow.
“We need to be clear about what we’re potentially facing here,” she added.