Thursday, September 10, 2020

Settled In

Judgments on the president's pandemic leadership have settled in.  It was inadequate and did harm.  He experienced Covid-19 not as a once-in-a-lifetime medical threat but merely a threat to his re-election argument, a gangbusters economy.  He denied the scope and scale of the crisis, sent economic adviser Larry Kudlow out to say we have it "contained" and don't forget to buy the dip.  Mr. Trump essentially admitted he didn't want more testing because it would result in more positives.

And the virus rages on, having hit blue states first and now tearing through red states.

-- Margaret Ellen "Peggy" Noonan (1950 -), columnist for The Wall Street Journal, former speechwriter for U.S. presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, "The Week It Went South for Trump", The Wall Street Journal (25 June 2020)

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