Trump’s Self-Induced “Authoritarian Blindness”

Donald Trump’s position heading into November’s presidential election is surprisingly strong. He remains personally unpopular, of course, but he heads toward re-election with—for now—a strong economy and—for now—no major foreign policy crisis.

Notice that I keep saying “for now.” There’s one glaring weakness that could bring Trump down hard, and we’re seeing it on full display in his reaction to the COVID-19 outbreak.

No, I don’t just mean the outbreak itself. I mean the “authoritarian blindness” that drives Trump’s erratic public statements on the outbreak and indicates a more intractable problem with his way of thinking and making decisions.

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