According to an Italian doctor who spoke with CNN, identity politics played a role in Italy’s novel coronavirus outbreak.
The Italian government was “lazy in the beginning… too much politics in Italy,” said Dr. Giorgio Palù, a professor of virology and microbiology of the University of Padova and former president of the European and Italian Society for Virology.
“There was a proposal to isolate people coming from the epicenter, coming from China,” he reportedly said. “Then it became seen as racist, but they were people coming from the outbreak.”
Palù blamed those claims of racism for the government’s slow response to the virus, and the virus’ subsequent spread.
Italy has the highest official death toll from the novel coronavirus of any country on earth, though some Americans, including Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), believe China is not being totally transparent about the disease’s devastating effects.
The Mayor of Florence, Italy reportedly held a “Hug A Chinese Day” on Feb. 1 to stand against perceived anti-Chinese racism in the country.
The same phenomenon — politicians virtue signaling amid a serious pandemic — happened in the United States.
On Jan 31., President Donald J. Trump announced that he was banning entry of foreign nationals who had recently visited China from entering the United States, along with other travel restrictions.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) chastised the President, accusing him of “discrimination.”
So did Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who, five days after the travel restrictions were issued, still called them “premature” and implied that the ban was racially motivated.
Schumer later deleted his Tweet, but Pelosi’s remains.
Sunday, Pelosi and Schumer were still playing politics.
The pair held up a bill that would provide financial relief to Americans during the economic downturn caused by the virus.
They are reportedly trying to cram the bill with partisan policy objectives, like more bargaining power for unions, emissions standards for airlines, and expansion of green energy initiatives.
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