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Yes, of course Donald Trump is calling coronavirus the ‘China virus’ for political reasons – CNN

Posted: March 26, 2020 at 5:57 am

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Donald Trump has boasted about splashing out on missiles and rockets while providing an update on the worsening coronavirus pandemic.

Addressing a crowd of reporters at the White House on Wednesday, the President of the United States went off-piste while breaking down a $2trillion stimulus package aimed at ensuring the coronavirus crisis does not tank the US economy.

Trump said: (Were spending) $27 billion dollars to build up the strategic national stockpile with critical supplies including masks, respirators, pharmaceuticals and everything you can imagine because it was very depleted, like our military was very depleted.

Now we have a brand new military, never had a military like this. We have equipment either coming or its already come planes, missiles, rockets, lots of things. The stockpile was very depleted like everything else.

President Trump also detailed on a $100billion relief fund for US doctors, as well as a $45billion disaster relief fund.

The package which will also see Americans earning under $95,000 presented with a $1,400 check is set to be put back before the US Congress later on amid hopes it will finally be passed tonight.

If rubber-stamped, those payments will be made within the next three weeks.

During a subsequent question and answer session Trump refused to rule out banning the exports of US medical equipment, amid a huge scramble for ventilators to treat coronavirus patients most at risk of dying.

The United States had almost 65,000 coronavirus diagnoses on Wednesday evening, and 910 confirmed deaths. It is likely to overtake Italy and China to become the worlds number one coronavirus hotspot in the coming weeks.

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Opinion: The plague of Donald Trump – The Globe and Mail

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Sarah Kendzior is the co-host of the podcast Gaslit Nation and the author of coming book Hiding in Plain Sight.

Life is what you do while youre waiting to die, Donald Trump, then a real estate tycoon bound for bankruptcy, told Playboy magazine in 1990. You know, it is all a rather sad situation.

Life? the interviewer asked. Or death?

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Both. Were here and we live our 60, 70 or 80 years and were gone. You win, you win and in the end, it doesnt mean a hell of a lot. But it is something to do to keep you interested.

For his entire life, Mr. Trump has been a self-described fatalist. He has called himself a fatalist in interviews spanning nearly 30 years. This admission is a rare expression of consistent honesty for a man infamous for lying about everything his fortune, his criminal ties, objective reality. Its the outlook he hints at when he does things such as retweeting a meme of himself fiddling like Nero, while the novel coronavirus spreads across the United States.

Nothing seems to matter to Mr. Trump not only in the sense that the things that matter to other people, like love and loss, do not matter to him. Nothingness itself matters: Destruction and annihilation are what he craves. When bad times come, then Ill get whatever I want, he told Barbara Walters in an 1980s interview. His initial reaction to 9/11 was that the collapse of the World Trade Center made his own buildings look taller. His initial reaction to the 2008 economic collapse was joy at his potential to profit. Everything to Mr. Trump is transactional, and you all of you are the transaction.

U.S. President Donald Trump pressed his case on Tuesday for a reopening of the U.S. economy by mid-April despite a surge in coronavirus cases, downplaying the pandemic as he did in its early stages by comparing it to the seasonal flu. Yahaira Jacquez reports. Reuters

In February, 2014, when asked about the direction of the United States, Mr. Trump rooted for its demise:

You know what solves it? Mr. Trump told Fox News. When the economy crashes, when the country goes to total hell and everything is a disaster. Then youll have a [laughs], you know, youll have riots to go back to where we used to be when we were great.

Everything Mr. Trump has done since taking office has served to fulfill this goal, from appointing Steve Bannon, who also called for the collapse of the government, as an adviser; to gutting departments that protect national security and public health; to his disdain for slain soldiers and their widows; to his horrific handling of natural disasters such as Hurricane Maria.

For months, Mr. Trump has done little to stop the coronavirus from spreading throughout the U.S., creating a death toll that grows rapidly every day. As citizens self-isolate, he refuses to supply federal funds to states for the much-needed medical equipment, such as masks or ventilators. When a reporter offered him the chance to ease the fears of Americans, Mr. Trump instead lashed out at the reporter for even asking. Pundits have expressed confusion about why he will not invoke the Defense Protection Act, but they should have expected it.

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This is who Mr. Trump is, who he always was. In a time when everything is changing, you can rely on Mr. Trumps apathy to suffering.

What makes Mr. Trump particularly dangerous is that he is not acting alone. He is backed by the Republican Party, which translates his natural apathy to suffering into malicious policies. Mr. Trump is surrounded by brutal plutocrats such as Steve Mnuchin and Wilbur Ross, who, like Mr. Trump, are protgs of the infamous corporate raider and former White House adviser Carl Icahn, who set the standard of destroying companies for profit.

Mr. Trump is also flanked by a number of religious extremists, such as William Barr, Mike Pompeo and Mike Pence, who use biblical imagery to cloak their brutal goals. The overall effect is a group that will sacrifice human lives to lift the stock market. Republican Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick of Texas stated that grandparents should die for the U.S. economy. In that mentality, the U.S. exists to be raided and razed, its citizens disposable and inconvenient.

Mr. Trump, a notorious germophobe with a lifelong fear of hand-shaking, is remarkably sanguine about the coronavirus, given that he is in the demographic more likely to die if infected. He is sanguine in the way he was about being impeached, or about being labeled Individual One in a federal indictment.

Maybe it is because the world finally exists as it has in his fantasies: Everything is collapsing, yet he remains untouchable. No GOP member has denounced Mr. Trump, just as they refused to impeach him; because Mr. Trump is still in office, public officials are struggling to contain the virus.

Mr. Trump is untouchable in a world where human touch literally kills. If the U.S. is to survive the pandemic, we need more than medical intervention. We need to get rid of the host.

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Trump’s Claim That Ventilator Shortage Was Unforeseen Is False – The Intercept

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In recent days, President Donald Trump has repeatedly defended his administration against the suggestion that the government is failing to secure enough ventilators, medical devices that help Covid-19 patients breathe and can save the lives of those suffering serious respiratory distress.

We have tremendous numbers of ventilators, but theres never been an instance like this where no matter what you have, its not enough, Trump said on March 18. It sounds like a lot, but this is a very unforeseen thing. Nobody ever thought of these numbers. A day later, he doubled down, noting that nobody in their wildest dreams would have ever thought that wed need tens of thousands of ventilators.

Except, of course, somebody did think that. A lot of somebodies, actually, and for a very long time. Almost every federal agency you can imagine has, in fact, warned about shortages and some have offered specific and sobering estimates of need for the better part of two decades.

Almost 15 years ago, for example, the Department of Health and Human Services published a 400-page Pandemic Influenza Plan that was nothing if not explicit. Analyzing models based on flu pandemics in 1957 and 1968, which suggested that there could be more than 900,000 hospitalizations under a similar scenario, HHS determined that demand for inpatient and intensive-care unit (ICU) beds and assisted ventilation services could increase by more than 25%. If that happened, the department predicted, mechanical ventilation would be needed in as many as 64,875 instances. A more severe pandemic like the flu of 1918-19 could result in ventilator shortages which, in turn, could lead to difficult questions about rationing. How many ventilators might be needed to stave that off? A staggering 742,500.

That startling report was just one of many to sound the alarm. Most were written in the wake of 2003 SARS outbreak or the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic.

A May 2003 report by the Government Accountability Office noted that few hospitals have adequate medical equipment, such as the ventilators that are often needed for respiratory infections to handle the large increases in the number of patients that may result.

Another GAO report issued a few months later similarly warned that few hospitals reported having the equipment and supplies needed to handle a large-scale infectious disease outbreak. Half of the 2,000 hospitals surveyed by the GAO had for every 100 staffed beds, fewer than 6 ventilators.

A 2005 Congressional Research Service report echoed those concerns in relation to H1N1 avian flu. If this strain were to launch a pandemic large numbers of victims may require intensive care and ventilatory support, likely exceeding national capacity to provide this level of care, the report said.

A July 2006 Congressional Budget Office report warned that the United States had only about 100,000 ventilators, with three-quarters of them in use on any given day. That number may have remained stable for the last 14 years, according to Vice President Mike Pence, who referenced the more than 100,000 ventilators that are in health care facilities and hospitals around America today in a briefing on Saturday. (The New York Times puts the number of hospital ventilators at about 160,000.) Meanwhile, according to the 2006 CBO report, HHS had calculated that a severe influenza pandemic like the one in 1918 would require 750,000 ventilators to treat victims.

In August 2006, the Defense Department rolled out its Implementation Plan for Pandemic Influenza, offering both a prescient prediction and important advice: Considerable demand for ventilators is likely, especially in the event that the pandemic occurs before a vaccine is available. Where feasible, consideration should be given to stockpiling instead of just-in-time acquisition of adequate numbers of ventilators.

A year later, President George W. Bushs White House warned that a severe influenza pandemic would place a tremendous burden on the U.S. healthcare system and that the projected demand for inpatient and intensive care unit beds and mechanical ventilation services would overwhelm the health care system. In November 2007, the Interior Department issued a Pandemic Influenza Plan, noting that a pandemic could lead to a shortage of ventilators.

The list of overlooked warnings from federal agencies goes on: A 2009 report by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which predicted that, in the event of a pandemic, healthcare facilities can be overwhelmed, creating a shortage of hospital staff, beds, ventilators and other supplies. A report by President Barack Obamas Council of Advisors on Science and Technology about the H1N1 flu, pointed out that [d]uring the peak, 1 or 2 out of every 2,000 Americans might be hospitalized, and that patients requiring mechanical ventilation could reach 10 to 25 per 100,000 population, requiring 50 to 100 percent or more of the total ICU capacity available in the United States and placing great stress on a system that normally operates at 80 percent of capacity.

More recently, Trump reportedly ignored increasingly alarming updates from the U.S. intelligence community about the danger and spread of Covid-19.

Trumps falsehoods about coronavirus preparedness arent confined to his contention that nobody has ever heard of a thing like this, of course. He has also claimed that automakers including Ford, GM, and Tesla are lending a hand to produce ventilators fast to make up the shortfall. It just isnt true. And ventilators are just the start. Trump has responded similarly to criticism about the alarming shortage of specialized N95 masks needed by health care workers on the front lines of the pandemic.

When asked how doctors in a country as wealthy and powerful as the United States could be left without crucial masks, he resorted to his go-to defense: This is unprecedented or just about unprecedented. As time goes by, were seeing its really at a level that nobody wouldve believed. We started with very few masks. And now were making tens of millions of masks and other things.

But the need for large stockpiles of masks, like the need for ventilators, has been no secret. As occurred during the SARS outbreak in Canada, hospitals would especially need N95 particulate respirators to protect medical staff against infection, according to the 2006 CBO report. Widely adopted just-in-time practices leave too small an inventory margin to accommodate the increased demand for supplies that would accompany an influenza pandemic.

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Why Donald Trump Cant Just Tweet Through the Coronavirus – Slate

Posted: March 11, 2020 at 3:45 pm

President Donald Trump says something about the spread of the coronavirus on Tuesday.

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My net worth fluctuates, and it goes up and down with the markets and with attitudes and with feelings, even my own feelings, Donald Trump said in a 2007 deposition for a lawsuit he filed against journalist Tim OBrien for reporting that Trump was not a billionaire. Let me just understand that a little, said OBriens lawyer. Your net worth goes up and down based upon your own feelings? Yes, Trump said, even my own feelings, as to where the world is, where the world is going, and that can change rapidly from day to day.

Im surfacing that exchange now because its a useful window into our present moment. The president of the United States has long believed three things: The first is that reality isnt real, theres only narrative. The second is that he controls that narrative in accordance with his feelings (and Fox News). The third is that only his feelings are real or worth considering. Tempting though it may be to dismiss these as the ravings of a solipsist, its to Trumps credit that he has gotten a surprisingly large number of people to subscribe to these three tenets. Much of the apparatus of the executive branch is now led by people who bow to his whims and go to shocking lengths to make the things he says at least seem true. His attorney general has waved away investigations into the corruption he denies. The National Weather Service formally instructed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration not to correct the presidents Sharpie modification of Hurricane Dorians path, even if it meant giving Americans in danger the wrong information. The director of national intelligence is refusing to brief Congress on electoral interference, reportedly over concerns he might say things Trump would find upsetting.

Now Trump is trying to force-of-will a pandemic into not being a pandemic at all. Its going to disappear. One day its like a miracle, it will disappear, Trump said at the White House on Feb. 28. On March 4, he said he had a hunch the mortality rate was a fraction of 1 percent. When it became a scandal that the United States simply didnt have enough tests to screen peopleand that an early version of the test was faultyTrump said that the tests are all perfect. Like the letter was perfect. The transcription was perfect. Its a telling comparison: His slow coronavirus response and his extortion of Ukraine are linked together in his mind as two things he needs to narrate as the opposite of what they are.

Hes also trying it on the economy. Stock Market starting to look very good to me! he tweeted Feb. 24 after the Dow dropped over 1,000 points. Good for the consumer, gasoline prices coming down! he tweeted Monday, as stocks plunged so quickly they triggered a pause in trading. Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on, he said as conferences were canceled all over the country, universities moved to online classes, and the numbers of infected people crept up. But investors didnt seem to believe him. The man has spent so long successfully outshouting facts that its clear he knows no other way.

For a time, it seemed to be working. This is their new hoax, Trump told a crowd at a rally on Feb. 28, turning criticism of his coronavirus response into a battle cry. He has dismissively compared COVID-19 to the flu (which has a much lower mortality rate). And, as ever, hes found enablers. Rep. Matt Gaetz wore a gas mask to the floor of the House to mock lawmakers whod wanted to appropriate funds for the pandemic. (Hes now in self-quarantine after being exposed to a coronavirus carrier at CPAC.) Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity downplayed the threat of the virus to their elderly (and vulnerable) Fox News viewers and blamed Democrats for weaponizing it. Trish Regan gave a halting, sinister speech to Fox Business viewers Monday night about the coronavirus impeachment hoax, implying that concern over a pandemic that has all but brought China and Italy to a halt and started an international price war over oil is the dark work of Democrats trying to make the president look bad. If the virus is threatening Trumps image, then either the virus must be dismissed as no big deal or Democrats must be blamed.

And yet the virus keeps spreading, and the stock market keeps roiling.

That has Trump trying to do two things at once: Hes trying to reassure Americans that everything is fine when its visibly not while overpraising himself for work he didnt do to prepare. If the effect is bizarre and confusing, the result is that Americans are flying blind into a pandemic. The unforgivable shortage of testsand the hoops doctors have to jump through before they can get patients testedhas created a situation where no one knows how many people are actually infected. Medical professionals have complained in frustration that CDC guidance is almost useless. Because the administration is built on sycophancy, the officials who should be spending their time and energy on the publics health are instead wasting valuable effort on strenuously maintaining Trumps fiction. The surgeon generalwho is in his mid-40ssaid on Sunday, absurdly, that Trump sleeps less than I do and hes healthier than what I am. The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Redfield, began his remarks to the American people by praising Trump for his decisive leadership. I think thats the most important thing I want to say, he said. Trump nodded.

This Trump-pleasing weakness in government isnt just superficial lip serviceits having real effects. We now know that health officials at the CDC wanted to recommend that elderly and physically fragile Americans avoid flying on commercial airlines. The White House ordered that the air travel recommendation be removed, endangering the very people the virus is likely to affect most severely. CDC officials couldnt explain why they refused to use the World Health Organizations coronavirus test and instead tried to develop one that failed. Trump himself has been quite forthright about wanting to cultivate ignorance on the number of infected Americans: Not knowing the real number is as good as the number not existing.

There is a silver lining herenot because its good news but because its useful to have clarity in alarming and confusing times, when different sources are saying different things. Its this: The least trustworthy president in recent memory should be understood as a film negative during this crisis. The truth is an almost perfect inversion of what he says. He told the country it was OK to go to work with coronavirus. His economic adviser Larry Kudlow claimed on Friday that the virus was contained. White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway told Fox News viewers the virus was contained, and all thanks to Trumps quick action, too!

Its possible the coronavirus has become too big to spin. Even the GOP has been forcedby literal infectionsto recognize its severity. At CPAC, several lawmakers were exposed to a carrier who shook their hands. In the meantime, Redfield, HHS Secretary Alex Azar, and coronavirus czar Mike Pence have all contradicted Trump in one way or another over the past week. Azar corrected Trump when he said there would be a vaccine within months. You wont have a vaccine, Azar said. Youll have a vaccine to go into testing. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, threw cold water on Trumps theory that the virus might just disappear when the weather gets warmer: We have no guarantee at all that this is going to happen with this virus. These are some signs that Trumps efforts to mash the coronavirus into the story he wants to tell is failing, but thats hardly reassuring. It is bad for Americans when the vice president and the HHS secretary, both charged with communicating the governments plans to the public, cant even agree with each other. We dont have enough tests today to meet what we anticipate will be the demand going forward, Pence told reporters last Thursday. There is no testing kit shortage, nor has there ever been, Azar told reporters the next daya lie so blatant one cant help but wonder whether hed been pressured by a certain disgruntled figure in the White House and succumbed.

Trumps handling of other disasterslike Hurricane Maria in Puerto Ricohas worked to the extent that his response has not been treated as the national scandal it is. We still dont know the death toll in Puerto Rico; thats how slow and bad the government response was. Thousands of Americans died, parts of the island were without electricity for 11 months, and yet its rarely mentioned as a major failure of Trumps presidency. I think we did a fantastic job in Puerto Rico, Trump said. To the extent that this line worked, its because the people suffering were brown Americans with no electoral power, whose plight virtually everyone has subsequently ignored.

The coronavirus, however, is very much on the mainland, and it has populations with power in its sights. Its already affecting the well-offcruise ship passengers, international travelers, conference attendees, stock market investors. Its even capable of affecting old white men who spend a lot of time in a dense places like D.C. Those are realities Trump has a much harder time denying. And its impact is expanding over time, rather than taking place in one fell swoopand across two planes, one medical, one economic. Trump can propose an insufficient payroll tax break and say that reports of fear and uncertainty are fake news, but the alarms being raised by cities and schools and businesses show that few are buying what hes selling. Americans are facing drastic disruptions to their lives. Every day that this continues, Trump will wake up facing an ever-widening choice between the facts on the ground and the story he prefers to tell. We know which one hell choose. In the meantime, Americans are responding to this crisis as best they canby operating on the assumption that what the president says isnt true.

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In the two months since Covid-19 was first diagnosed in China, the Trump administrations response has been incompetent, short-sighted, and disastrous, and it may have increased the number of lives lost and the scale of the economic disruption caused by the disease.

Trump has, from the beginning of this crisis, consistently sought to minimize the impact of the coronavirus by not preparing for it.

His administration initially failed to set up a program for mass testing and allowed infected Americans to fly home on a commercial flight, which almost certainly caused more Americans to contract the virus. When his health officials suggested telling the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, lung disease, and diabetes, to avoid air travel, Trump overruled them. He even suggested that he wanted passengers stuck on a cruise ship to remain offshore because if they stepped foot on American soil it would increase the number of Americans stricken by the coronavirus and thus make him look bad. Going back further Trump, two years ago, closed down the office on the National Security Council tasked to deal with potential pandemics leaving the nation woefully unprepared for exactly the scenario unfolding right now.

Most disturbing, however, have been his public statements that have misstated the threat from the coronavirus and played down its potential impact on public health.

Trump has claimed that the virus is contained (its not). He said that the number of cases in the United States was going to be down to close to zero (they werent). He suggested that warm weather would wipe out the virus, even though its unknown at this point. In fact in Australia, where its summer, there are 100 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and three deaths as of Tuesday. Trump also claimed that anyone who wants a coronavirus test can get one (they cant). He even said that he is such an expert on the coronavirus that every one of these doctors said, how do you know so much about this? Maybe I have a natural ability."

Trumps rationale for saying things manifestly untrue is born of an apparent belief that he can prevent economic disruption and in particular a market sell-off by convincing Americans that the coronavirus is no big deal. This decision has, to put it mildly, backfired. If anything, Trump has made the economic downturn that is probably coming exponentially worse. Yet, the president doesnt see things that way.

According to NBC News, Trump has been advised by some close to him to let public health officials, rather than the politicians, take a more forward-facing role, according to a person familiar with the conversation. But a person close to the White House said Trump thinks it helps him politically to keep doing what he has been doing.

Spoiler alert it doesnt.

Indeed, with the stock market in free fall and businesses and consumers facing the possibility of serious economic disruption, Trumps chances of reelection may have taken an insurmountable hit.

Trump has been a historically unpopular president whose ability to keep his head above political water is a direct result of an extraordinarily strong economy. Without low unemployment and strong economic growth rate, Trump would probably be far more unpopular and this is a hypothesis that will be tested in the weeks to come. But for Trump to not take a political hit for a potentially severe economic disruption would be unprecedented.

Thats not even taking into account the possibility that many Americans blame Trump for the botched response to the coronavirus. There may be enough true Trump believers out there that the presidents numbers wont completely crater, but even a loss of support from a small segment of the electorate could be enough to doom his chances of a second term.

What is truly remarkable, however, is that this is even in question. The presidents response to the coronavirus is unmatched evidence of how woefully unprepared he is to deal with a major crisis. Trump is unable to look past his own ego to consider what is best for the American people. He ignores evidence, spreads lies, and makes clearly self-interested and heartless arguments. Last weekend, in the midst of a growing crisis, he was playing golf. His actions to date have undercut the US response to the pandemic and may have done direct economic and personal harm to Americans. How could he not pay a political price for the mess hes created?

After three years of watching Trumps poll numbers remain steady even in the face of unspeakable incompetence, cruelty, and mismanagement, I no longer make any assumptions about public opinion. But at some point there needs to be a reckoning for Trump. If he is not held responsible by Americans for his coronavirus failures, if they cannot see how completely over his head he is and that means even his supporters then we have more problems than just an emerging pandemic.

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The True Danger of the Trump Campaigns Defamation Lawsuits – The Atlantic

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Two telling clues reveal these suits to be frivolous. First, all three lawsuits target opinion piecesnot news reports asserting factual claims. While in theory an opinion piece could meet the Supreme Courts high bar for defamation of a public figure, in practice this is very hard to imagine. Second, the statements alleged to be defamatory in the three suits havent been proved falserather, theyve been vindicated. The Times piece said Russia helped Trump in 2016 because it anticipated pro-Russia policies if Trump won. The Post piece said Trump invited foreign election interference in 2020. The CNN piece said Trump has deliberately not taken steps to prevent the solicitation of foreign election interference in 2020. All of these statements have been corroboratedthe first by Robert Muellers report, the second by Trumps own words, and the third by Trumps own (non)actions.

But even if these lawsuits are unlikely to succeed, they can nevertheless do great harm. As Trump runs for reelection, the campaign may use these suits to boast that Trump is fighting the media, or what he calls fake news. The intention, it seems, is to scare away media outlets from publishing opinion pieces that use particularly critical words to describe his relationship with Russia. These tactics likely wont work against the Times, the Post, or CNN. But think of smaller, local media outletswhether newspapers, radio stations, TV news programs, or websitesthat already are struggling to stay afloat as hundreds of other media outlets go under nationwide. For them, the prospect of having to litigate a defamation suit against the behemoth of the Trump campaign is intimidatingperhaps even prohibitively intimidating. An editor or lawyer at those outlets may pause on a particular adjective used to describe Trumps relationship to Russia, think about the suits against the Times, the Post, and CNN, and then think really, really hard about softening that language. Going one step further, an individual writer may pause before even drafting words critical of Trump and his familya likely effect of a November 2016 lawsuit filed by Melania Trump against a 70-year-old political blogger who writes from his Maryland townhouse.

Dan Rather and Elliot Kirschner: Why a free press matters

That hesitation alone would amount to a severe blow to the free press that Americans rightly cherish and that the First Amendment protects. But Trumps project seems even more malevolent. As he seeks reelection in the face of dismal approval ratings and widespread unpopularity, hes given every indication that he will try to weaponize the organs of the government to help him. Trump already tried to exploit American military aid and diplomacy in order to damage a political rival via Ukraine. He has already asked his attorney general to investigate the very investigators who identified and prosecuted criminal activity by high-ranking figures associated with his 2016 campaign. And he already removed and replaced his acting director of national intelligence when a top official working for him briefed Congress honestly on 2020 election interference, installing a politically minded sycophant instead.

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