May 6, 2020 | Reading Time: < 1 minute

We need to talk about Trump’s cowardice

The president said today the coronavirus pandemic has been worse than Pearl Harbor and the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. At the same time, he said his focus is “reopening” the economy, even if that means “some people” die. Now imagine FDR, or George W. Bush, saying, “Ignore the tragedy. Let’s get back to…

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The president said today the coronavirus pandemic has been worse than Pearl Harbor and the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. At the same time, he said his focus is “reopening” the economy, even if that means “some people” die. Now imagine FDR, or George W. Bush, saying, “Ignore the tragedy. Let’s get back to business as usual.”

I have talked plenty about Donald Trump’s political weakness, but it occurred to me today that I haven’t talked enough about his fundamental cowardice. A leader faces a country’s problem. He doesn’t ignore them or refuse to admit they exist. He doesn’t slough off his responsibilities onto the backs of Americans while flattering them with words like “greatness” and “warriors.” It’s enough for a liberal to feel utter contempt.

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John Stoehr

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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