The online poll of 1,000 college students nationwide asked: “Who has played more of a role in the global spread of coronavirus?” The choices were “President Trump,” “the Chinese government,” “both equally” and “neither/something else.”
The results found that 27 percent of Democratic college students blame President Trump more versus 15 percent who blame the Chinese government more. In contrast, only 3 percent of Republican college students blame President Trump more versus 72 percent who blame the Chinese government more.
Initially Chinese propaganda and disinformation was responsible for the earlier nonsense about COVID — such as that it was just like the flu, that herd immunity was the way to go, or that closing borders was racist. No, watch what the Chinese do, not what their puppets say.
Now the COVID pandemic has become so politicized in the US that wildly stupid stories abound on both sides. Some are making up stories that most everyone secretly already has COVID, so herd immunity has been achieved. Others — like the lefty students in the survey — say they believe that Trump is somehow responsible for the worldwide pandemic. Crazy stuff. Only mildly less crazy than Trump’s claims of heroically defeating the virus.
The truth — sad and mundane — is that both sides of politics throughout the West failed in their duty of care, failed to see it coming, and were too complacent and too incompetent for far too long. So slow. And now we are harmed