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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. 07, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

One thing you can sense from Republicans is an outraged sense of injustice — how dare the world throw Covid-19 at them, when things seemed to be going so well? But the real surprise is that it took this long for Trump to face a real crisis 1/

Every other modern president faced some kind of external challenge during his first three years. Obama took office amid a financial crisis. Whatever you think of his response, GW Bush faced 9/11. Clinton faced stubbornly high unemployment, Bush the elder Saddam Hussein 2/

But Trump inherited a nation at peace, with a steadily growing economy. Until this March he could just sit on top of a smoothly moving train and claim that he was driving it 3/

In other words, Covid-19 was his first significant test. And he flunked it with flying colors 4/


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