by Brandon Butler
NYT: The Rush to Abandon Leadership Role on the Virus 7/19/2020

Outstanding reporting from Michael D. Shear, Noah Weiland, Eric Lipton, Maggie Haberman and David E. Sanger for The New York Times on the Trump Administration’s lack of leadership and failure in dealing with this deadly pandemic:

Over a critical period beginning in mid-April, President Trump and his team convinced themselves that the outbreak was fading, that they had given state governments all the resources they needed to contain its remaining “embers” and that it was time to ease up on the lockdown.

In doing so, he was ignoring warnings that the numbers would continue to drop only if social distancing was kept in place, rushing instead to restart the economy and tend to his battered re-election hopes. […]

Mr. Trump’s bet that the crisis would fade away proved wrong. But an examination of the shift in April and its aftermath shows that the approach he embraced was not just a misjudgment. Instead, it was a deliberate strategy that he would stick doggedly to as evidence mounted that, in the absence of strong leadership from the White House, the virus would continue to infect and kill large numbers of Americans.

Trump has failed this country at every step of the way in dealing with this pandemic. If he wants to abandon his role in leading the country during this pandemic, he should resign from the presidency.