The only thing I’d quibble with (and I just posted this same chart to another writer) is that I am not altogether sure that who the President is makes any difference here. Pandemics are nonpartisan; and, well…..take a list at the list of what nations have been most ravaged by it:
This chart, which consists of developed, modern nations with storied health care capabilities, forces us into a bit of a dilemma. Either all these nations are being run by people as incompetent as Trump, OR ….. Trump’s a victim of circumstance here, and not really the person to blame.
I don’t think, actually, there IS a person to blame here. Our “hotspots” in the US all (Michigan may be the exception) are all cities with (a) busy international airports where (b) mass transit is frequently used by all classes of people.
NYC is of course the best example, and @ 50% of all US deaths have been within range of the NYC mass transit system. San Francisco and Chicago also fall into that category, to varying degrees.
But why did Washington DC lag in cases and deaths? Well, the METRO doesn’t reach out to Dulles. In the case of Houston, there is only a rudimentary light rail system, and again, no mass transit from Intercontinental Airport.
I’m just not seeing how party affiliation affects any of this, to be blunt.