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Paul Krugman+ Your Authors @paulkrugman Nobel laureate. Op-Ed columnist, @nytopinion. Author, “The Return of Depression Economics,” “The Great Unraveling,” "Arguing With Zombies," + more. Jul. 05, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

What strikes me about Trump right now is not the vileness and hatred — we knew all that — but the naked display of panic, his obvious awareness that he can't rise to this moment 1/ 

More than three years into his term, Trump confronted his first real crises — Covid-19 and a remarkable surge of national awareness over racism. Another president might have sought to deal with these crises. Trump didn't even try 2/

He could have listened to experts and done what almost every Western leader did — try to contain the pandemic. Instead, he's just dug deeper and deeper into denial. He still won't wear a mask! 3/

And he's shown remarkable persistence in his belief that racism will work for him if only he turns the volume even higher, despite the evidence of polls 4/

It all amounts to a kind of toxic incompetence: he can't do his job, he knows he can't do it, but he'll destroy the country rather than admit his own inadequacy. I wonder how much damage he'll do if he loses, but is still in the White House for 10 weeks? 5/

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