Conservative Critics of Trump’s Coronavirus Conduct

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Walter G. Moss is a professor emeritus of history at Eastern Michigan University. His most recent book is An Age of Progress?: Clashing Twentieth-Century Global Forces (2008). For a list of all his recent books and online publications, including many on Russian history and culture, go here: https://people.emich.edu/wmoss/pub.htm


In 2001 and 2002, David Frum was a speechwriter for President George W. Bush, and his Trumpocalypse: Restoring American Democracy will soon appear. The beginning of Frum’s 11 March essay in The Atlantic provides sufficient material to indicate his appraisal of Trump’s coronavirus conduct: “At every turn, President Trump’s policy regarding coronavirus has unfolded as if guided by one rule: How can I make this crisis worse?…Trump’s actions have ensured the worst possible outcomes. The worst outcome for public health. The worst outcome for the American economy. The worst outcome for American global leadership.”

Undoubtedly, other conservative writers critical of Trump’s failing during our present crisis could be cited, but enough have been highlighted to indicate that conservatives don’t differ in all judgments from us progressives. In a June 1954 letter, carer-for-the-poor Dorothy Day wrote, “We must always be seeking concordances, rather than differences.” At a time when defeating Trump and preventing another disastrous four-year presidential term is vitally important to our nation, we progressives might wish to stress our “concordances, rather than differences” with conservative Trump critics.


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