As much of America takes drastic action, some Republicans remain skeptical of the severity of the coronavirus pandemic - 2020-03-17

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F43.png As much of America takes drastic action, some Republicans remain skeptical of the severity of the coronavirus pandemic March 17, 2020, Robert Costa, Washington Post

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.

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{{cite news | first = Robert | last = Costa | title = As much of America takes drastic action, some Republicans remain skeptical of the severity of the coronavirus pandemic | url = https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/as-much-of-america-takes-drastic-action-some-republicans-remain-skeptical-of-the-severity-of-the-coronavirus-pandemic/2020/03/17/f8b199c8-6786-11ea-b313-df458622c2cc_story.html | work = Washington Post | date = March 17, 2020 | accessdate = March 18, 2020 }}