Why Are Republicans and Democrats So Divided Over the Coronavirus?

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by Wayne Allyn Root, Townhall:

Obviously, we are a very badly divided nation: so divided we agree on virtually nothing; so divided we can’t even talk to one another anymore; so divided one side doesn’t believe in anything the other side says; so divided California, New York and Illinois might as well be on a different planet than Texas.

We can’t even agree on how to respond to the novel coronavirus, and when to get back to business.

Check out the latest Rasmussen poll. Sixty-one percent of Republicans believe America will rise from the dead by Easter. Count me among them.

But only 41% of all likely voters somewhat believe the USA can get back to work by Easter. Among Democrats, the number must be in the teens.

In the past few days, President Donald Trump made it abundantly clear that Americans need to get back to work.

I have said repeatedly on my nationally syndicated radio show: “The business of America is business. It’s time to get back to work because the deadly virus is temporary, but the economic disaster we’re causing could last a lifetime and prove far more deadly in the long run.”

Many conservatives such as myself have also pointed out that the mortality rates of the coronavirus have been greatly exaggerated. On Thursday, Dr. Deborah Birx, “America’s Doctor,” said the same thing in a press conference: There will not be millions dead in the USA. The math doesn’t add up.

She reported how computer models predicting 500,000 dead in the U.K. have been downgraded to 20,000. She reported how the terrible death count in Italy just doesn’t add up to millions of Americans dead, not even close.

President Trump and Republican businessmen like me remain steadfast and optimistic that we can start bringing this terrible pandemic to a close and be back to business (or at least a limited business rollout) by Easter.

It’s not because we don’t take this pandemic seriously but because we believe in our hearts that we can’t allow the U.S. economy to die. We can’t allow another Great Depression. We can’t honor the sick or dying by losing our job, income and life savings.

Someone has to mind the store, keep the economy going, pay the bills and pay the taxes so that after we win this war — and we will win — there is something for the older, the weak and the vulnerable to come back to.

We believe in our hearts and souls there is a way to restart this economy and to do it carefully, reasonably and responsibly while protecting the oldest, weakest and most vulnerable.

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