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Does Donald Trump Want to Be Re-Elected?

The president’s inattention to the coronavirus doesn’t suggest someone desperate to win in November.

Nowhere man.

Nowhere man.

Photographer: Doug Mills/Pool/Getty

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It’s becoming more and more obvious that President Donald Trump has simply stopped dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, and has no particular plan for confronting its economic fallout, either. In both cases, he’s pretty much substituted wishful thinking for action. The Atlantic’s David Graham had a good item about this disengagement earlier in the week, followed by one from Ezra Klein arguing that “the White House does not have a plan, it does not have a framework, it does not have a philosophy, and it does not have a goal.”