Pandemic Politics: Is Trump Chanelling Newsom? Is Newsom Channeling Trump?

Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Bebitch Jeffe
Bill Boyarsky is a former reporter, editor and columnist for the Los Angeles Times. Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, is a retired Professor of the Practice of Public Policy Communication, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California

The coronavirus pandemic has confronted Gov. Gavin Newsom and President Donald Trump with different  kinds of troubles.  We examine how Newsom faces the  hands-on matters that Trump has long avoided–opening schools, finding masks and other supplies, rising infection rates.  Trump’s problem is simpler but harder to solve, getting re-elected.  That is why, we observe, he is now portraying himself as the man in charge of stopping the pandemic and imposing his version of law and order on cities that are run by Democrats. 

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