How politicians in the US conduct corona crisis management at all levels largely depends on their political views. The dividing line between red and blue remains despite the pandemic.
The political dispute in the USA continues, even during the crisis, after all, the country was still in the election campaign until recently. But now one topic is superimposed on all others: the corona virus and how to deal with the pandemic correctly.
Joe Biden, the likely Democratic presidential candidate, accuses Trump of acting too late and too slowly. Biden wonders what is holding Trump. The US President does not let that sit on him and describes any form of criticism as a partisan maneuver. And there is no time for that.
Conflicts run along party lines
Arguing is currently going on at many levels up and down the country: Mayors criticize governors and these in turn criticize the US government in Washington. The many conflicts have one thing in common: They run along the party line. Democrats versus Republicans.
Example 1, Texas: Here the Democratic mayors of big cities like Austin or Houston are dissatisfied with Republican Governor Greg Abbott. He acts too hesitantly, too indecisively. A point of contention: visiting churches. Religious activities should continue, Abbott said at a press conference. The churchgoers should, however, make sure to adhere to the known distance rules.
Mayor Sylvester Turner finds this irresponsible. And use a drastic picture to explain the situation. If a building is on fire, you shouldn’t go inside, the Democrat said.
Georgia’s governor amazed
Example 2, Georgia: Republican Governor Brian Kemp has achieved national fame for his hesitancy and soothing words. When the whole country had already been asked to stay at home as far as possible, Kemp amazed with the following statement: We have just learned that the virus can also be transmitted by people who have no symptoms, Kemp said at a press conference.
He didn’t know that. Now Brian Kemp has announced that he wants to reopen the beaches of Georgia. The mayor of the coastal town of Tybee Island is resisting it and speaks of a ruthless action.
"We and you"
Example 3, Washington D.C. – the capital of the USA. Numerous governors turn to the central government for help and demand, among other things, a central distribution system for protective masks and ventilators. Jared Kushner, Trump’s advisor and son-in-law, recently caused astonishment.
He speaks of "our stocks" and means that of the USA as a whole. States should first check their own supplies before calling Washington for help. Us and you – in this scene too, the American disagreement becomes clear.
What this arranged decentralized procurement leads to can already be observed today. The states outbid each other on the world market. The result: if you can’t pay enough, you get nothing.