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Donald Trump’s poor response to the novel coronavirus pandemic is just a reflection of the broader weakening that he’s putting the United States through with his leadership, according to a former high-profile Republican strategist who today is a prominent Trump critic.
“We are in a state of accelerating degeneracy in this country. We have never been as a country so weak as we are now, so pitied by our friends around the world. So cheered on by our adversaries as we decline. There’s no other way to put it,” said Steve Schmidt, who worked on the campaigns of such GOP leaders as George W Bush, John McCain and Arnold Schwarzenegger. “The response has been insane. It’s asinine. During the Second World War, General Marshall had a quote, he said, ‘By the time the war is over, our flag will be known around the world on the one hand as a force for overwhelming strength and on the other hand a force for freedom.’
“You know, Donald Trump has stepped back from the assertion of American values, the defense of democracy and liberty for years,” he added. “And now when we look at this virus, we see every day just plain, old-fashioned imbecility, asininity, foolishness in the extreme coming from the podium emblazoned with the Seal of the President of the United States. And this COVID-19 virus, this is the epicenter of it — the United States of America. There are more deaths, it’s the country where you have the greatest likelihood of dying from it in the future.”
In the United States, there have been more than 1.5 million reported cases of COVID-19, including 90,973 deaths, with thousands of deaths continuing to be added, according to the most recent figures.
“Our response as a country has been an embarrassment, and this moment of American weakness will take a long time if we’re able to recover from this,” Schmidt said. “That’s what this election in November fundamentally is about, it’s going to be a decision whether we put the throttle down in our national decline and steepen the dive and go faster or we try to come back from it. But certainly, Donald Trump has demonstrated over these months an incapacity at every conceivable level for leadership of a nation as great as ours.”
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