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Trump’s Coronavirus Response Isn’t the Work of a Dictator

Rich Lowry, National Review

Trump declared an emergency last week and has now issued national guidelines against gatherings of more than ten people, but his initial instinct was to urge people to stay calm and carry on. The reason that Trump’s conduct in this crisis hasn’t tracked with the “incipient fascist” line of attack against him is that this criticism never made any sense. The problem with Trump’s mode of governance isn’t that he’s a would-be authoritarian. Rather, he has a highly personalized view of the presidency and an abiding belief that he can talk his way out of any difficulty — including, initially, a public-health crisis not susceptible to spin. It doesn’t make him a Falangist.