Former Packers coach Mike Holmgren blasted President Donald Trump’s coronavirus pandemic response on Tuesday — the same day Green Bay announced an indefinite hold on fan attendance at Lambeau Field due to rising COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin.
Holmgren, in a statement issued through the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris presidential campaign, lambasted Trump for his response, saying, “It didn’t have to be this bad.” Holmgren is a public ally of the candidates.
“Today’s announcement makes one thing very clear — President Trump’s failure to mount a forceful response to the coronavirus pandemic has had profound consequences for Green Bay’s economy,” Holmgren said in the statement. “Small businesses in the community are paying dearly. We are now months into the crisis, cases are surging and President Trump still doesn’t have a plan to get the virus under control. It didn’t have to be this bad.”
This is not the first time Holmgren has taken Trump to task for his coronavirus response. The former Packers coach, who led Green Bay to a 75-37 record from 1992-98 and a victory in Super Bowl 31, initially voiced his support for Biden and Harris on Sept. 12. The next day, Green Bay opened its season at Minnesota with no fans in the stadium.
“To start the season tomorrow with nobody in the stands, nobody in the parking lot and not having it be what it always has been it has to be very, very hard for those folks,” Holmgren said at the time (via The Hill).
Wisconsin currently sits at 143,886 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1,410 confirmed deaths, according to data from The New York Times. That includes 10,812 confirmed cases and 69 deaths in Brown County, where the Packers are located.
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