Point/Counterpoint: Partisanship During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Partisanship Should Not Play a Role During a Pandemic

Point/Counterpoint: Partisanship During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Madison Popovic, Senior, Editorial Director

President John F. Kennedy once said, “Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” Modern society has been plagued with a pandemic that has so far gone to further divide the nation. Coronavirus has become much more than a medical issue, it has grown to become a political tool to divide society as well. Many who are opposed to President Trump have manipulated Coronavirus into a smokescreen to mask political grudges against the Republican party. Now is not the time for the nation to fall further into political divisions. It is imperative that Democrats push their political opinions aside in order to support society’s efforts to halt the spread of coronavirus.

Coronavirus has polarized society over the past few weeks. According to a Pew Research survey, “Although both Republicans and Democrats rate the responses of public health officials and state and local elected officials positively in the survey conducted last week, partisans are deeply divided on views of Trump’s response. A broad majority of Republicans and Republican leaners (83 percent) rate Trump’s response to the outbreak as either excellent or good; just 18 percent of Democrats and Democratic leaners say the same.” It appears that Republicans support the president’s response to the growing pandemic while Democrats oppose his response. 

Society has become deeply divided over the president’s actions and this has been emanated by major political leaders. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, is at the forefront of this. Chandelis Duster said, in a CNN article, “As US cases surge, Pelosi questioned when Trump was informed about the coronavirus and his knowledge on its potential impact. “I don’t know what the scientists said to him, when did this President know about this, and what did he know?” Pelosi is further pulling the American people apart rather than together by questioning the president’s actions. 

Not only did Pelosi perpetuate this great divide, but she is also planning to further split society in the future. Liz Peek said that Nancy Pelosi, in a Fox News article, “….is setting up a select House committee to “assure that the taxpayer dollars are being wisely and efficiently spent”; but also, she said, to “examine all aspects of the federal response to the coronavirus.” Pelosi is looking to pursue another House investigation on the president pertaining to how Trump is using federal relief money. 

Social media has an important role in Democratic politicians expressing disdain towards Trump. Hillary Clinton has published countless tweets about coronavirus and the president’s response. Clinton said in a tweet published on March 26, “Before sending anyone back to their jobs, @realdonaldtrump, you should try doing yours.” The tweet also displayed a graph that demonstrates the impact of social distancing for 14 days in comparison to social distancing for two months. People who are constantly questioning Trump’s actions towards the stop of coronavirus tend to be those who have political grudges against him and, as a result, allow the political divide in America to prosper. 

Now is not the time for partisanship to flourish as it is necessary for the nation to be whole in order to combat this pandemic with full force. Politicians who seek to use the virus as a way to disguise their grievances are causing more harm than good. It is time that the United States acts as a team rather than separate political entities.