How have the politicians perspectives influenced their responses to CORONA
Democrat’s and Republicans responses to COVID-19
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo:
Through this difficult time, Governor Cuomo is giving New Yorkers hope on how to battle the spread of the coronavirus. During one of his speeches, Cuomo said, “Be a little bit more sensitive, understand the stress, understand the fear, be a little bit more loving, a little bit more compassionate, a little bit more comforting, a little bit more cooperative. And we will get through this time.” This quote shows that Cuomo really cares about New Yorkers, reminding them to remember who they are during this pandemic because that’s what people need right now. New Yorkers need hope so they can be their best during this difficult crisis. Governor Cuomo believes that effective leaders step up in times of a crisis and make decisions in the best interest of the people.
Dr. Anthony Fauci (Director of NIAID):
Fauci admits Covid-19 mitigation efforts would have saved more American lives had they been performed earlier. According to Devan Cole a CNN reporter Dr. Fauci said, “ I mean, obviously, you could logically say that if you had a process that was ongoing and you started mitigation earlier, you could have saved lives.” This quote can be interpreted as Fauci calling into question the competence of the current White House administration. Fauci suggests that if the government had listened to the scientists regarding social distancing and staying at home earlier, fewer people would have died. These actions could have limited the spread of the virus, and therefore, saved more lives.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi:
Speaker Pelosi is one of the main players behind the $2T relief package. Pelosi announced a new House Select Committee to oversee the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. During their meetings Pelosi encouraged both Democrats and Republicans to agree on a plan to help their fellow Americans. Speaker Pelosi said, “ We face a deadly virus and a battered economy with millions of Americans suddenly out of work.” This quote exemplifies Pelosi’s ability to recognize the difficulties American people are facing at the moment. Many Americans have lost their sources of income and the ability to pay their bills. As a result, Pelosi was advocating for government assistance to help people until they can get back on their feet.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
Governor DeSantis did not take the scientists’ social distancing and staying at home recommendations seriously. According to state health officials on the date of the article’s printing, “Florida officially has nearly 19,000 cases of COVID-19 and over 450 deaths.” At the time of printing, these statistics were quite significant. One probable reason for these increased numbers was the misinformation from the state regarding the necessity of social distancing. Another plausible reason was the state administration’s laxed attitude in terms of the pandemic. The article also stated, “On Thursday, (DeSantis) mused about reopening Florida schools soon.” This means that Ron DeSantis is planning to open schools in Florida, which could potentially further endanger Florida residents. Given the rate of virus infections, children attending these schools could easily contract the virus and pass it to their families.
Jared Kushner (Advisor to Donald Trump)
Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has been nominated by Trump to a key role regarding control of the coronavirus. He also has become a major gatekeeper to help tackle the Covid-19 disease. Earlier this year, Kushner reportedly advised Donald Trump that the coronavirus was not dangerous, but “more of a threat to public confidence”. This advice was perhaps one of the key elements why Trump did not take early action on the coronavirus. Kushner’s statement has since been refuted by the current virus mortality statistics. Had Trump not listened to Kushner and acted expeditiously, the government could have potentially saved a number of lives.