“It’s frozen the campaign,” said Mark Longabaugh, a senior adviser to Sanders during his 2016 campaign. “I don’t know what major campaign event you are going to have … Put 50 press people in the room and let [the candidates] address the camera with their wives, maybe?

He said, “Past that, and I don’t see how you cut through this life-or-death coverage that we’ve got … It just kind of closes it down.”…

“The initial mishandling of the coronavirus by the government doesn’t mean voters will penalize Trump in November,” said Michael Ceraso, who worked for Sanders in 2016 and was Pete Buttigieg’s New Hampshire director before leaving his campaign last year. “We know we have two candidates who can pivot this generation’s largest health crisis to their policy strengths. But history tells us that an incumbent who steers us through a challenging time, a la Bush and 9/11 and Obama and the Great Recession, are rewarded with a second term.”