ELECTION 2020 IN JEOPARDY?
Regardless of political affiliation, it is evident that the Corona Virus will be a topic of discussion during the 2020 Presidential Elections. The extent to which each candidate believes in the severity of the outbreak, or the level of detriment that it may cause, remains uncertain, but there is no doubt that if matters worsen, US citizens will be looking for answers, security, and reassurance.
“The corona virus epidemic will help all presidential candidates focus on the importance and immediacy of affordable public healthcare. Besides the necessity of being a trusted and calm leader to guide us through this crisis along with having agencies staffed with competent public servants who are equipped to handle all situations” said Dr. JoAnne Myers, a professor at Marist College.
The most recent update in regards to the corona virus according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that the corona virus is a family of viruses, in this case, a respiratory illness, that was first detected in China and has since spread from person-to-person by contact.
Dawn Hasbrouck of Fox 32 Chicago worked closely with the corona viruses during her time working as a professor of pathology at the University of California San Diego. “The current projections for its expansion in the US are only probable, due to continued insufficient worldwide data, but it is most likely to be widespread by mid to late March and April,” said Hasbrouck.
The presidential debates begin Sept. 29, and with a complete lack of information regarding the longevity of the corona virus, it is unclear what the state of the epidemic will be at this time. One thing that is for certain is that healthcare is a large topic during presidential debates. It is a major component in the division between the democratic and republican parties: to have or to not have central healthcare. Although not definitive, the likelihood of the corona virus interfering with the election is high.
Joy Reid, a television host for MSNBC tweeted, “With corona virus we are discovering in real time what happens when an American president who has “deconstructed the administrative state,” prioritized personal loyalty to himself over expertise & competence and is not trusted by most of the public confronts a genuine emergency”. In the thread of this tweet, Reid expressed concern for the fact that President Trump declared the corona virus to be “fake news.”
Those who rally behind their chosen candidates will with no doubt take into consideration the standing on this virus. It has been classified as an epidemic, surging through several countries and quickly striking fear into the hearts of citizens across the globe.
Even if the corona virus does not take center in the topics discussed during the debates, it is sure to affect event turnout. Businesses are proposing “no-fly” bans, schools are sending students home, and global travel is heavily advised against; the chances of citizens’ concern to rally together in close proximity of one another to hear the debates are growing slimmer by the day. Considering all four debates will be held, as marked historically, at Universities, the likelihood of turnout is even slimmer. Those with even slight risks of exposure to the virus must be held under 14-day quarantines before they are allowed to step foot onto college campuses. Mass crowds entering the areas is a recipe for disaster.
Whether the corona virus is as deadly as the media is portraying it to be or not, citizens consistently search for their potential and current president to act as a leader in these times of disarray. What each candidate has to say on the issue will prove pivotal in the rallying of their supporters or opponents.