COVID Is Not a Republican Disease

People take part in a protest to defund the police at City Hall in the Manhattan borough of New York, June 25, 2020. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)
Most positive cases are now among young people, who are the least likely to be Republican — and the most likely to join mass protests.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE P aul Krugman holds that COVID is now Republican disease. Why are positivity rates going up? “Americans didn’t fail the Covid-19 test,” he recently wrote, “Republicans did.”

But, it just ain’t so. “The Northeast, with its largely Democratic governors, has been appropriately cautious about reopening, and its numbers look like Europe’s,” Krugman says. Has he noticed that Republicans govern Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont? And that the largest concentration of death was in Democrat-controlled New York and New Jersey?

It’s hard to overstate this point. America’s COVID disaster began in New York, which did most of the work seeding the rest of the


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