When I watched Trump’s first observations downplaying, if not dismissing, the coronavirus, I couldn’t help but remember then president George Bush peering down from Air Force 1 on the hurricane devastated city of New Orleans. That optic sent Bush’s popularity plummeting and not only because of his seeming indifference. It also suggested an incompetence in the face of a human crisis of extraordinary proportions.
The obvious incompetence and callousness of Trump so far in addressing this dangerous virus could undo Trump in much the same way. Time will tell.