What If Trump Had Been Trump In March, 2020: A Counterfactual
“While my advisers tell me that the response to this new virus will be different in all fifty states because of something about “states’ rights” in the Constitution, my billions of supporters in the U.S. and around the world can be sure that I won’t abandon them. I will not sit back and watch liberal governors destroy this beautiful economy my policies have created.
No great nation remains great by destroying businesses and jobs. So mark my words that if any governors in any of our 50 states locks down, those Governors will soon have a regular visitor with a big, beautiful 747 widebody to deal with: me. I will campaign endlessly in states that take away businesses, jobs and freedom from their people. Better yet, I’ll embarrass loser Governors so clueless as to fight a virus with economic desperation. So let this serve as a warning: while it turns out my power over the states isn’t absolute, it will soon seem like it is.”
Imagine if then-President Donald Trump had uttered those words last March. The world would arguably be a much different place today.
For background, readers familiar with Ronald Reagan’s political his
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