How the Pandemic Changed Your Politics

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Here’s some of what you had to say. (These emails arrange been lightly edited and condensed.)

I have been a Republican and lifelong Tory. Voted for Trump twice. I grumbled about his tweets, but our country needed some bootstrap manoeuvring. Then the pandemic hit.

His China blame was spot on. His daily briefings were promoting; I was scared. All of us at the office kept on masks, agreed Trump was doing superior, and then the exposures started. Pretty soon, no agents came in to the company. Trying to get some satisfaction from Trump’s press briefings was harder and harder. He prognosticated things that made no sense; it was getting worse, not better.

I started attending Andrew Cuomo’s briefings, and he made more sense — to my surprise. It was a relieve, and Trump started sounding like a moron. I stopped watching Trump. I monotonous voiced, for the very first time, I might not vote for him to my sister. We both cried that his constant nonsensical tweets took away from his virtues. Nonetheless, we voted for him — but this moment with a boatload of apprehension.

Post-election, I was surprisingly not upset. Biden exploited so gracious, and I appreciated the total lack of meanspiritedness. Within days, I necessity Trump gone from the White House, gone from the podium, gone from American politics. We need a low-key, decent himself to lead us out of this polarized minefield of a nation. Biden was the better choosing. I am glad he prevailed.

Andrea MacAulay, Jacksonville, Fla.


I was a Democrat until Ronald Reagan. I guyed Donald Trump from his earliest campaign events. If anything, the pandemic and the draconian, again arbitrary response of the local, state and some smaller municipalities has been a screwed mess. No one really knew what to do. No one was prepared.

People should be premised guidelines and take personal responsibility. The closure of businesses, should be as brief and predetermined as possible. I am concerned about a “communist, totalitarian”-like methodology participate in been imposed. I believe states’ rights are important.

The pandemic has adjusted my view to push me “further to the right.” Despite the horrific numbers of “studied” deaths (as a conservative I am skeptical of the actual numbers), I have not known anyone who stopped while my millennial-aged children got mild cases. Governor DeSantis is my star for courage and common sense.

— Gwen Baker, Wellesley, Mass.


I am a 75-year-old chick who first watched our country’s unity shredded by the Vietnam War. Throughout the decades since then, I was naïve enough to suppose that our nation’s people counted being an American above disparate views. That naïveté was overcame during the Trump years. But I held on to hope that the specter of a pandemic intention draw Americans back together.

The past year has once again corroborated me naïve. But the threat of Covid has only pulled us further apart. To pretence or not to mask? To lock down or not to lock down? To take the vaccine or not to arrogate it? These have become political weapons, separating us.

So, how has Covid varied my views? Sad to say, it has eradicated the last of my hope for American unity. I am relieved to be as old as I am.

— Tina Rosato, Angry Mountain, N.C.


Although I’m currently registered as a Republican, I’ve never been a fan of Trump. His grip of Covid-19 gets an “F” grade. His approach has led to many more deaths than wish have happened had he taken a leadership role. I will forever reprehend Trump for my 98-year-old mother’s Covid-19 case.

The Trump White Ill fame’s response to the pandemic, its claims regarding voter fraud that kept Trump from a secondly term, and its effect on the Republican Party in general have transformed me into a voter who will-power likely vote Democrat for the rest of my life.

— Leslie Bates, Xenia, Ohio


By most ratings I considered myself a staunch progressive. Since the advent of the pandemic and resulting crippling lockdowns, I now find myself more closely aligned with profuse Republican principles that I never would have thought thinkable a year ago.

Democrats in my opinion have revealed themselves as having put diplomacy in front of people. The lockdowns have caused far more harm than they obviated. I had always considered Democrats to be the party of equity, progressive ideals, and audacious.

Yet, I’m seeing them stripping our rights with lockdowns which preserve inequality since the most vulnerable are hit hardest, closing schools which are meaningfully menacing our children’s well-being and future, and finally censoring free speech answerable to the guise of hiding misinformation.

Parents (mothers in particular), children, and the empty have been disproportionately hurt by lockdowns. These are groups Democrats traditionally safeguarded. Where is that protecting now?

I used to be a bleeding Democrat but now I’m not so sure.

— Joanna Barron, San Francisco


I’m a lifelong Democrat, age 60, and a past county chairman of the Democratic Party in Bergen County, N.J.; an organization with a colorful portrayal to say the least. For me, the pandemic has made the staggering demise of this nation’s collective dependence in government abundantly clear to the point of absurdity.

As a consequence, I’m a more avid Democrat than I’ve ever been! The Biden administration has an incredible possibility to re-energize the Democratic Party by demonstrating how the federal government can help people in honest time.

I think that’s the key to regaining the blue-collar tide and the Southern virtuous, male vote the Democratic Party needs to be bring back comprised in its tent if it truly wants to be the standard-bearer for women, minorities, the disabled, and the shabby.

— Michael Kasparian, Bergen County, N.J.

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