COVID-19

Conversation about the Government and Coronavirus

Actions by the federal government have captured more attention than state and local leaders.

Influential people in government and the media tweeted directly at the President to issue calls to action to address the Coronavirus pandemic. Tweets were often partisan, drawing contrasts between responses from the White House and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s efforts to pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Others called for a change in rhetoric after President Trump referred to Coronavirus as the “Chinese virus.”

Conversation about state and local governments was more limited but peaked on March 16th as more governors and mayors took action to limit public gatherings and shut down bars and restaurants.