As much of America takes drastic action, some Republicans remain skeptical of the severity of the coronavirus pandemic - 2020-03-17
Over the weekend, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), a leading ally of President Trump, dismissed concerns about the coronavirus pandemic and said on Fox News that "it's a great time to just go out, go to a local restaurant."
And former New York City police commissioner Bernard B. Kerik, a Trump supporter who was pardoned last month, tweeted that "this hysteria is being created to destabilize the country, and destroy" Trump.
But from Italy, where there is a national quarantine to try to slow the devastating effects of the coronavirus, Newt Gingrich offered a different perspective. The former House speaker wrote an opinion piece seeking to convince his fellow Republicans that not only was the pandemic very real, it required urgent action.