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. 26, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

One of these trajectories is not like the others. Is it Trump's fault? Of course: pandemic response is heavily dependent on presidential leadership, and Trump has been a malign influence every step of the way 1/

But it's not just Trump. Republican governors also played crucial dire roles 2/

Ron DeSantis killed a lot of Floridians 3/  https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/coronavirus-ravaged-florida-as-ron-desantis-sidelined-scientists-and-followed-trump/2020/07/25/0b8008da-c648-11ea-b037-f9711f89ee46_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-banner-main_virusdesantis-810pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory-ans 

Abbott killed a lot of Texans, although his state's toxic political culture is making it hard for him to do better 4/  https://www.wsj.com/articles/will-texas-shut-down-again-amid-surge-in-covid-19-cases-11595669400?mod=hp_lead_pos3 

So it's the ideology of modern conservatism as a whole, but just Trump's hopeless inadequacy, that has made America the sick man of the Western world — literally 5/


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