This week on Gridlock Break, join us as we welcome three leaders in their respective fields to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic.
Vice President Dan Quayle ran as George H.W. Bush’s Vice Presidential running mate in 1988, and served in that role until 1993. Since 1999, he has been Chairman of Global Investments at the private equity firm, Cerberus Capital Management. While serving under President Bush, Vice President Quayle was regarded as one of the most active vice presidents, specifically in regard to foreign policy. As he views the post-COVID era, he is concerned by the expected decline of globalism and the tension growing in the relationship between the US and China. As the world becomes increasingly nationalistic, the competition between the two countries will also increase.
Alan Dershowitz is a lawyer and a scholar of constitutional and criminal law. He retired in 2013 after almost 50 years teaching at Harvard Law School. He has also been involved in a number of high-profile cases, including OJ Simpson, Harvey Weinstein, and Donald Trump’s impeachment. He discusses the recent Op-Ed in the New York Times by Senator Tom Cotton that led to the resignations of two NYT editors. He notes the trend among media outlets on both sides of the aisle to present only similar opinions and perspectives, banning commentators or authors who might represent other points of view.
Mayor David Holt became mayor of Oklahoma CIty in 2018, voted in with 78% of the vote. Mayor Brian Barnett has served as mayor of Rochester Hills, Michigan since 2006. He also serves as President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Both mayor’s discuss the impact of COVID-19 on their cities and their responses. Mayor Holt explains that Oklahoma CIty began to experience COVID-19 rather late in comparison to other cities and states, and that allowed for a faster and stricter response in the first week that he credits with their lower numbers. Mayor Barnett laments the reality that whether you wear a mask or not seems to be an advertisement for your political allegiances.