He has rescued friends from legal consequences while teeing up probes of his opponents, and his Justice Department has provided justification.
He has produced falsehood after fabrication, and the White House has tried to use the federal government to make whatever he said seem true.
He has avoided taxes and congressional oversight and directed public funds to his private business interests with impunity.
Two decades ago, another Republican president, George W. Bush, told us: “My hope is to change the culture from one that has said, ‘If it feels good, do it; if you’ve got a problem, blame somebody else,’ to one in which every single American understands that he or she are responsible for the decisions that you make.”
Now we have a president who personifies the feel-good culture and blames his problems on just about everybody else — Democrats, governors, foreigners, immigrants, minorities, scientists, the media, you name it.
But the virus isn’t subject to bluster and blame, only scientific truths. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has said we could have the pandemic under control within four to eight weeks “if we can get everyone to wear masks right now.”
Instead, Trump has modeled recklessness and relied on luck — and hydroxychloroquine, of course.