Dithering is not a deregulatory policy. Nor is thinking that 1-2 million deaths are acceptable to get re-elected. Yet Trump does seem to subscribe to a risk model that rewards his benefactors and supporters over anyone else.
Trump has been now proven daily to peddle unsubstantiated hope in dark times. Trump is draconian in a Harry Potter way, surviving the narrative in spite of global cataclysm and evil. A desperate GOP might sabotage the national election at the state and local level even if only in swing states.
Trump has an end game in terms of not going to prison even if he knows he can throw a finite number of lawyers against such an effort. He knows his re-election keeps him from prosecution for another four years assuming he can keep similar numbers of GOP members of Congress, a toady Bill Barr, and get Moscow Mitch’s biased judiciary complete with SCOTUS.
Trump might even get past November Third with a delay depending on how much chaos he can muster, perhaps the COVID-19. Then a second impeachment can happen in his second term unless the Democrats GOTV and save the republic from ruin.
After the disease was in Washington state and the World Health Organization reported a high global risk, Trump said there were no worries of a pandemic.
The day the stock market plummeted, Trump said the virus was very much under control in the U.S., and the stock market was looking pretty good to him.
A few days after declaring a national emergency, Trump said he had “always known” this was a pandemic. (That’s Pants on Fire.)
Financial disorder symptomatic of recession.
Among Democrats, 87% are concerned about getting coronavirus, including 37% who are very concerned. Republicans remain the least concerned among the ideological groups, with 66% saying they are concerned, including 23% who are very concerned. Only 12% of Democrats and 34% of Republicans are not concerned. Independents look more like Democrats when it comes to concern about coronavirus. Eighty-five percent of Independents are concerned and 15% are not concerned.