Lou Weiss (63), a Republican from Pittsburgh, PA, grew up a Reform Jew in a “McGovern liberal family” in Pittsburgh. His conservative political views took hold in a college freshman political science class. Today, he belongs to four synagogues. He was president of Congregation Or L’Simcha, the synagogue that merged in 2010 with the Tree of Life congregation. He occasionally writes op-eds for The Wall Street Journal.
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What do you think about the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic?
Trump steps on the message of any good things that he does. The lack of gloves and masks is a fiasco. It’s smart having Dr. Anthony Fauci upfront. It’s also smart to cut off other countries from travel.
What do you think about the response in your state/community?
The response is reasonable considering we’re in uncharted waters.
What measures have you taken in your own life to protect yourself and others from the virus?
I’m staying home and continuing the social distancing that my wife has practiced for 40 years!
If you are a Trump supporter or leaning toward voting for Trump, has his administration’s response to the pandemic affected your support for the president?
It’s too soon to tell.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
We need to walk a line between getting people to respond to the policies but not panic. If we watched the regular flu with cable news tote boards, we would never leave our beds. On the other hand, the unknown aspect of the virus scares and the idea of people dying on gurneys in hospital hallways as in Italy shocks. Anthony Fauci for president!