Magazine November 30, 2020, Issue

The COVID Election

(Roman Genn)
Trump’s failure to lead exacted a political cost even if it did not cost him the election

On November 4, the day after the election, the United States again set a new record for coronavirus infections, with more than 107,000 new cases recorded. More than a thousand American deaths were attributed to COVID-19 that day. Such grim tallies had long been routine in this election year and couldn’t help but shape the environment in which Americans cast their ballots.

To begin with, the virus shaped that environment in very practical terms. The logistics of this election made it unlike any in our history had, as more than 100 million Americans had already voted by mail before Election Day. …

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Yuval Levin is the director of social, cultural, and constitutional studies at the American Enterprise Institute and the editor of National Affairs.

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During the campaign, Democrats used the coronavirus pandemic as a cudgel against Trump and other Republicans.