#TrumpVirus: Republicans Attempt to Protect Trump by Projecting Blame for Coronavirus onto China

As the deadly pathogen has raced through parts of the United States and the Trump administration has struggled to mount a coordinated response, the matter of China’s management of the disease has begun moving to the center of the domestic political debate over who is to blame for its rapid spread.

While Democrats have focused squarely on Trump’s initial attempts to minimize the threat of the virus and his unsteady leadership, Republicans have countered by aiming attention at Beijing’s early coverup of the disease and emerging evidence that the Communist Party has continued to severely underreport the number of cases in China. They have often accused critics of the administration’s handling of the crisis of peddling Chinese talking points.


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