March 21, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes

Speaking plainly about politics

The AP ran a story in late February in which it was clear the president was reluctant to act in response to the new coronavirus outbreak because he did not want to upset Chinese President Xi Jinping. The Post ran a story last night in which it was clear the US intelligence community warned Donald…

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The AP ran a story in late February in which it was clear the president was reluctant to act in response to the new coronavirus outbreak because he did not want to upset Chinese President Xi Jinping. The Post ran a story last night in which it was clear the US intelligence community warned Donald Trump that a pandemic was coming.

From December through this month, the president balked. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of Americans were getting sick. Wall Street crashed. Job losses mounted. Like authoritarians of old, Trump chose to kill the messenger, not hear the message.

The Editorial Board, this newsletter, strives to make sense of all this and speak plainly about the future we face. I sit down every weekday morning to write an essay in plain English for normal people and the common good. I try to put all the details into a big coherent picture. I do this, because I believe it must be done. I can’t help myself.

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John Stoehr is the editor of the Editorial Board. He writes the daily edition open and available to all. Find him @johnastoehr.

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