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Trump’s Cruelest Month

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With the US economy spinning out of control and expected to sink to depths not seen since the 1930s, US President Donald Trump's presidency is self-destructing. This was clear throughout April, when two opposing forces, Trump's compulsive lying and the coronavirus, collided daily. WASHINGTON, DC – T.S. Eliot famously called April “the cruelest month.” If US President Donald Trump, not known as a fan of poetry, were honest with himself (another unknown), he would likely agree that this month has turned his tenure into a wasteland. What the Stock Market Is Really Saying PS OnPoint Xinhua/Michael Nagle via Getty Images

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With the US economy spinning out of control and expected to sink to depths not seen since the 1930s, US President Donald Trump's presidency is self-destructing. This was clear throughout April, when two opposing forces, Trump's compulsive lying and the coronavirus, collided daily.

WASHINGTON, DC – T.S. Eliot famously called April “the cruelest month.” If US President Donald Trump, not known as a fan of poetry, were honest with himself (another unknown), he would likely agree that this month has turned his tenure into a wasteland.

By April 28, the US was leading the world with nearly 57,000 COVID-19 deaths and over one million confirmed coronavirus infections. A recent analysis by the Yale School of Public Health indicates that the number of pandemic-related deaths in the early months of 2020 far exceeded the official public estimates.

Another landmark reached by the end of April was that Trump had lost the faith of much of his own party on the preeminent issue facing the country. According to an AP poll released on April 23, only 47% of Republicans believed “quite a lot” in Trump’s claims of progress against the virus. And only 23% of all respondents expressed a high level of trust in him.

Trump not only squandered the time he’d had to prepare the country from when he was

Elizabeth Drew
Contributor to New Republic, Daily Beast, Project Syndicate, Nation (book reviews). Fifteen books, including reissue of Washington Journal, Nixon & Watergate.

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