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After consulting with health officials, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo publicly estimated that the number of COVID-19 cases in the United States will be reached approximately midway through April. The United States has officially surpassed both China and Italy in the number of cases, and is now considered the “global epicenter” for the virus. As the condition continues to worsen, many have begun to speculate how this virus will affect incumbent Donald Trump’s chances for re-election, as the virus’ rapid spread in no way helps his chances, and will most certainly leave some of his supporters questioning his judgement in this crisis.
As many of you know, the Stock Market has reached an all-time low since the recession of 2008. George Bush was just finishing up his second term at the time Barack Obama assumed office of president. Obama’s success can in part be accredited to the economy failing at the end of Bush’s presidency. Many supporters of Bush would turn to Obama in hopes that a member of the other party could be the remedy to the country’s financial problems. While today’s stock market crash is not entirely Trump’s fault, it’s likely that voters will not forget that this recession took place during Trump’s presidency. Donald Trump's supporters have pointed to the stock market’s success during his presidency as one of his biggest accomplishments ever since taking office, but it looks as if that won’t be a point of defense for Trump any longer.
Critics of Trump have also questioned the president’s decision making ability during this crisis, as he’s made several controversial decisions which people members of his party have openly disapproved of. (For example, appointing Mike Pence to get a handle on the pandemic, despite his lack of credentials for disease control.) In addition to this, Trump has openly stated that it would be ideal for American workers to be back in full force by Easter weekend, despite the CDC’s insistence that the virus will only continue to get worse throughout the Spring.