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President Donald Trump at a press briefing with the coronavirus task force, at the White House President Donald Trump during a press briefing with the coronavirus task force at the White House, Washington, March 17, 2020 (AP Photo by Evan Vucci).

Trump Can’t Handle a Crisis Like Coronavirus

Thursday, March 19, 2020

For three years, Americans, along with the rest of the world, have watched President Donald Trump run an administration unlike any other in U.S. history. He repeatedly broke norms, principles and traditions, upending the way all of his predecessors had governed. His many disruptions have taken their toll, but it took the emergence of a global pandemic to expose the full cost of Trump’s now-familiar patterns.

As the coronavirus spread, and a global crisis loomed, Trump resorted to the flawed habits and measures that have been the hallmark of his presidency. He relied on the advice of unqualified acolytes. He viewed himself as the subject and the object of events as they unfolded, framing the news of the outbreak—and the federal government’s slow response—as an attack on him. That meant he went on the offensive against those bringing dire warnings and facts about the coronavirus, as if they were his enemies seeking to do him harm. And, in characteristic fashion, his right-wing media enablers amplified his message, contradicting the advice of public health experts and distorting the picture of reality sent to the public. The results have been disastrous, as cases of COVID-19 rise across the country. ...

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