Source: Forbes, 04/06/2020
Mexico’s President has been widely criticized for his actions and messaging as the country prepares to confront the spread of coronavirus. Progressive magazine Mother Jones called Lopez Obrador “the most irresponsible president on the continent.” Vanda Felbab-Brown, a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute, wrote, “Lopez Obrador has mostly taken a dangerously dismissive and outright irresponsible attitude toward the coronavirus. [He] and his administration have already recklessly endangered the lives of many Mexicans.”
During the month of March while the number of deaths surged in Europe and the U.S., Lopez Obrador held daily press conferences and organized campaign-style rallies, focusing mainly on promoting his existing policy agenda, criticizing his political rivals, and warning about the “epidemic” of fake news. Lopez Obrador was on a weekend trip in northern Mexico when his Ministry of Health declared that the country needed to take unprecedented actions to control the spread of the virus. Upon his return to Mexico City, he stayed out of the spotlight and let his cabinet declare a state of “medical emergency” and announce a month-long quarantine and a confusing and hastily prepared ban on all non-essential business activities.