Arizona man who voted Trump in 2016 switching vote to Biden after wife died of COVID-19

A retired Air Force veteran in Arizona who voted for President TrumpDonald TrumpIran's leader vows 'revenge,' posting an image resembling Trump Former Sanders spokesperson: Biden 'backing away' from 'populist offerings' Justice Dept. to probe sudden departure of US attorney in Atlanta after Trump criticism MORE in the 2016 election announced on Monday that he will be casting his vote for Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenRev. Barber says best way to undercut extremism is with honesty Biden requires international travelers to quarantine upon arrival to US Overnight Defense: House approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee | Biden to seek five-year extension of key arms control pact with Russia | Two more US service members killed by COVID-19 MORE in November after the man’s wife died of complications from COVID-19. 

Dave Dahlstrom, a self-proclaimed lifelong conservative, told ABC’s Phoenix affiliate station, KNXV, that Trump and other top officials downplaying the threat of the virus after it first hit the United States earlier this year caused deaths and hardships that could have been prevented. 

"Our leadership really failed the American people, and they failed my family, and they failed our friends,” he said. “I’m really bothered by all of that."


Earlier this month, Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward released audio recordings with Trump for his book "Rage." The recordings revealed that Trump knew early on in February that the virus was going to be "deadly." 

“I wanted to always play it down,” the president told Woodward at the time. “I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”

According to KNXV, Dahlstrom and his wife, Cindy, were married for more than 30 years. Cindy worked for the federal government and spent most of her career at the Department of Defense. 

In late June, Cindy, 72, flew to Denver to visit her daughter and grandchildren. Cindy previously had valley fever, which Dahlstrom said resulted in “a left lung that was scarred.” 

Days after flying, Cindy tested positive for the virus and was put on a ventilator. She died on July 6. 

"They pulled the ventilator. Two minutes later she passed away," Dahlstrom told KNXV. "It was just a dynamic I would never wish on anybody. It was just terrible."


As of Monday, the Arizona Department of Health Services has reported a total of 217,510 cases of COVID-19 in the state, along with 5,623 deaths.

Cases in the Southwestern state have fallen after spiking in the summer, with CNN reporting Monday that new cases in the state fell by more than 10 percent in the past week. 

Most recent election polling in Arizona shows Biden ahead of Trump by a slim margin, with FiveThirtyEight placing Biden at about a 3.6 percentage point lead on Tuesday.

Last week, an ABC News-Washington Post poll had Trump ahead of Biden in the state by 1 point.