It’s increasingly clear that the coronavirus is becoming a partisan issue.

President Trump, against the advice of public health experts, is pushing to end social distancing measures by Easter. Democratic officials and governors, meanwhile, are insisting that these measures stay in place to prevent catastrophe.

Fox News has been one of the president’s best allies during the pandemic messaging war, with most of its hosts spending the pandemic downplaying its severity and echoing Trump’s positions. “We are scaring people unnecessarily,” host Sean Hannity said in one early March monologue. “I see it again as ‘let’s bludgeon Trump again with this new hoax.’”

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