Florida Rep. Val Demings (D) slammed the Trump administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic before Vice President Mike Pence (R) arrival to the sunshine state. In a video conference hosted by the Florida Democratic Party, Rep. Demings criticized the Trump administration, arguing that “the president and vice president want you to take your eyes off the real condition on the ground.”
However, the Florida lawmaker has also been making headlines because she is shortlisted to become Vice President Joe Biden’s (D) running mate. When questioned about the potential candidacy, she has avoided any confirmation or comment on the matter.
In response to her candidacy, the Trump Victory team released a statement, asking Demings to respond to the sexual assault allegations that Vice President Biden has received but not responded to.
Emma Vaughn, the Trump Victory Spokesperson, argued that “Val Demings continues to ignore the credible allegations of sexual assault made against Joe Biden by Tara Reade.” Vaughn questioned that “Demings ‘would be honored’ to be Joe Biden’s running mate? This only further proves that Demings will only believe women when it is politically advantageous for her.”
The team also resurfaced tweets from the Florida lawmaker during Dr. Ford’s accusation of Judge Kavanaugh.
This process has been unimaginably painful for the survivors of sexual assault in America and sheds light on why victims are so reluctant to report the assaults. Every day the world has watched our nation’s leaders insult, discount and ignore survivors. https://t.co/WghT7bBBqT
— Rep. Val Demings (@RepValDemings) October 4, 2018
In a series of tweets, Rep. Demings asserted that “this proves has been unimaginably painful for the survivors of sexual assault in America and sheds light on why victims are so reluctant to report the assaults.” She added that “every day the world has watched our nation’s leader’s insult, discount and ignore survivors.”
The Florida Democrat added that “the negative message to young girls has been unsettling,” explaining that she wants her “granddaughters, and all of our daughters, sisters, mothers, and wives to live in a world that treats them with the dignity and respect they deserve as human beings.”