Opinions: Trump and the Politics of Coronavirus
Headline Roundup March 11th, 2020
Opinions range far and wide on the Trump administration's response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Many voices, particularly on the left, criticized the U.S. and White House responses. Others, especially on the right, tended to focus more on China's response to the virus as being worthy of stricter scrutiny. Some minimized the role that the administration was playing, focusing instead on other key actors and decisions.
One author, writing in the Wall Street Journal, described how outbreaks like this are almost always political in nature. Another author (rated Center), writing in MarketWatch, described how President Trump could lose his political base by pushing liberal policies in response to the crisis.
The coronavirus is no longer just a slow-moving public health crisis that may soon turn into a rapid-moving one. It’s a crisis of transparency. It’s a crisis of government legitimacy. So it is in this spirit that we all have to say: enough.
Whose side is the Trump administration on? Based on every public appearance we’ve seen so far — whether it’s from a cabinet member or the director of the Centers for Disease Control or the president himself — the answer is clear: not the public’s. President Trump, hellbent...
How the president responds to a disease outbreak is important, but it is only one aspect of multifaceted efforts at every level of government. Does a county have a system for prioritizing who receives virus tests and for delivering the results quickly? Will public transit be sanitized? Answering questions such as these is the real work of disease management — and it is not done by the White House.
Donald Trump has been insisting for years that our country has been too economically dependent on China, so it is sad that it took a global public health crisis to prove he was right all this time. When he began imposing strategic tariffs on China in response to its long history of abusive trade practices, the liberals all of a sudden became free trade fundamentalists, predicting that this new “trade war” would harm the American economy because we have relied so heavily on cheap Chinese imports for so many years....