Whatever mistakes President Trump has made in his handling of the coronavirus outbreak — and he has indeed made mistakes — we should not count among them his being bound by the American constitutional order.
It has been hard to keep up with the narrative of late. Is the key political threat before us that Trump may use this moment of national crisis to consolidate his power and become a dictator? Or is it that he may act as a feckless and indifferent buck-passer who refuses to take the tough decisions that the country needs? And how about the response to …
This article appears as “Federalism in an Epidemic” in the May 4, 2020, print edition of National Review.
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