The Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) global pandemic has become a partisan issue in the United States. Items register the belief of some that the pandemic is a hoax perpetrated to deny re-election to Donald Trump. Others, on both left and right, warn that it gives government too much power over people’s personal lives, enabling the emergence of an authoritarian 1984-like regime. Pop items include mockery of Trump for promoting medical misinformation and neglecting to respond to the crisis in a timely or appropriate way. Anti-Trump items dehumanize Trump as the virus. Some echo Trump’s continuing characterization of the virus as “Chinese” and use the racist nickname “Kung Flu,” which has contributed to an upsurge in xenophobic attacks on Asian Americans during the pandemic.  


The Divided States of America
Cards and Canards
Who Is "America"? Whose "America" Is It?
Racism & Xenophobia
Immigrant Detentions and Contentions
Man Up
MeToo Movements
Misogyny and Misogynoir
Threats of Harm & Electoral Violence
Bullying, Shaming, and Lying
Pandemic Politics
Unmasked Meanings
God on Our Side
Gun Battles
Black Lives Matter
Pop Archetypes
Fake News, Troll Tidings
Disinformation and Conspiracy "Theories"
Talking Back to the Cap
Making and Remaking America
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Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Florida Atlantic University

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