The governors Cuomo and Newsom were once regarded as successful counter-models to Trump’s systematic downplaying of the corona. But the luster has faded; both questions of character arise.

California Governor Gavin Newsom.

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In the first months of last spring, when the novel coronavirus Sars-CoV-2 spread from the coasts of the Pacific and Atlantic like a steppe fire in the USA, both were considered determined fighters against the pandemic and against the trivialization of the danger, which President Donald Trump soon made the most important element of his information events in the White House. Gavin Newsom in Sacramento, the capital of California, and Andrew Cuomo in Albany, its counterpart in the state of New York, did not hesitate for a second to exploit the power of the state. At least the left-wing half of the American population hung on their lips and applauded.

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