It’s hard to exaggerate the anger, criticism, and vitriol directed toward then-President Trump last year for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. If for some reason you need a reminder, just search for “Trump” and “blood on his hands.” But now something interesting is happening. In the last few days, among some commentators following the COVID crisis, we’re seeing the beginning of a sense of perspective about the way the Trump administration battled the virus. With a new president, it is now OK to say that the United States has, on balance, handled the pandemic as well or better than many of the world’s most advanced countries. Perhaps now, Americans can get a more evenhanded picture of what happened.

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  1. RufusRJones Member
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    Claire Berlinski really needs to hear this. 

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  2. Taras Coolidge
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    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Claire Berlinski really needs to hear this.

    Every time Never Trumpers are proven wrong, they just double down.

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  3. RufusRJones Member
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    Taras (View Comment):

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Claire Berlinski really needs to hear this.

    Every time Never Trumpers are proven wrong, they just double down.

    She had a very long and tedious analysis that was the exact opposite of what Byron is saying.

    NT in my opinion is generally way too optimistic about the potential of government. 

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  4. Blondie Thatcher
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    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Taras (View Comment):

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Claire Berlinski really needs to hear this.

    Every time Never Trumpers are proven wrong, they just double down.

    She had a very long and tedious analysis that was the exact opposite of what Byron is saying.

    NT in my opinion is generally way too optimistic about the potential of government.

    You said a mouthful there. Trump really did make them show their true colors. 

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  5. Boney Cole Member
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    One critical point is not emphasized.  Trump initially allowed the CDC to develop and implement the COVID test.  They proved entirely inept.  At that point he went totally for a competitive regime with private corporation actors to take over development of tests and vaccines, albeit with much government money and government liability. Looking back, when the CDC failed, he should publicly and emphatically fired Fauci et al and brought in new people. 

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  6. Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Democracy) Thatcher
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    Good analysis.  It really is a shame that President Trump undercut his own accomplishments by his rhetoric and out of control appearance at those covid press conferences.  Very similar to what happened with Russia.  During the campaign and during his presidency, Trump’s rhetoric about Russia and Putin was terrible but his actions were tougher than those of the Obama administration and, so far, than those of the Biden administration.  This disconnect between rhetoric and actions was part of the reason he lost.  Too bad.

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  7. OccupantCDN Coolidge
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    Boney Cole (View Comment):

    One critical point is not emphasized. Trump initially allowed the CDC to develop and implement the COVID test. They proved entirely inept. At that point he went totally for a competitive regime with private corporation actors to take over development of tests and vaccines, albeit with much government money and government liability. Looking back, when the CDC failed, he should publicly and emphatically fired Fauci et al and brought in new people.

    I agree, however what new people would he have gotten? The Trump administration is so loathed in the academic and professional circles that anyone taking a job in the Trump administration knows they’re quite possibly ending their careers. While these people should have gotten gone, I dont know they could’ve gotten anyone better for the jobs.

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