The answer is simple
Not even during the Civil War, when the country was blood-soaked by a conflict involving enormous issues, was it viewed with disdainful condescension as it now is, and not without reason: Last Sunday, Germany (population 80.2 million) had 159 new cases of COVID-19; Florida (population 21.5 million) had 15,300 new cases.
The answer is simple: Germany has a great leader in Angela Merkel.
She has a doctorate in quantum chemistry and is a research scientist. She understands the pandemic and how to manage and defeat it as witnessed by the data above. In my opinion, we, in the United States, have a buffoon trying to act as a leader, also as witnessed by the data above.