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The Coronavirus Has Not Halted Trump’s Power Grab

Both the president and his party are committed to a long-term project of impunity from both the law and the electorate.
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An hour or so into Monday’s daily presidential briefing on the coronavirus pandemic, Trump declared that his political opponents should “not be allowed” to win the 2020 presidential election.

Democrats “want to make Trump look as bad as they can, because they want to try and win an election that they shouldn't be allowed to win based on the fact that we have done a great job. We built the greatest economy in the world. I'll do it a second time,” Trump declared. “We got artificially stopped by a virus that nobody ever thought possible and we handled it and we've built a team and we built an apparatus that's been unbelievable.”

Even for Trump, who spits falsehoods at a breathtaking pace, that paragraph is remarkable; as a once put it, every word of what he just said was wrong. Job growth under Trump than during his predecessor’s last three years in office. The president posed by the novel coronavirus in early January, and chose to ignore his advisers, believing it was another public-relations his way through. The economy had to be “artificially stopped” because the federal government dithered until early March, as Trump had the outbreak contained and that cases would “soon be down to zero.” The Democratic Party, despite its criticisms of the president, is prepared to hand him in stimulus funds to prop up the economy, than the zero dollars Republicans were willing

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