Trump’s remaining days of COVID misrule are a US version of the USSR

Tom Nichols, Opinion columnist
Published 4:00 a.m. ET Oct. 7, 2020

Trump is telling America to ignore basic COVID protocols and believe in miracle cures that don’t exist. He couldn’t care less about risking their lives.

Over the past few days, we have seen the sickly gasps, literally, of a fading authoritarian regime. A brush with a potentially mortal illness might change other men, but not President Donald Trump, whose immaturity and selfishness are as immutable as the elements themselves. Other men might have spoken to a concerned nation with empathy and reassurance. Trump play-acted the part of a petty dictator, mugging and saluting for the cameras. 

When the president climbed the stairs to the Truman Balcony — named for one of the many far better men to occupy the White House — and stood there gulping for air and pantomiming bravery, observers saw many images, from Mussolini to Pinochet.

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