Opinion | Trump’s Claims of Victory Usually Mean Someone Else Loses

The secret of Trump’s crisis management is to calculate the exact point in time at which the crisis he caused was precisely calculated to the day and hour so that it becomes a shared responsibility. Failure to pay his bank loans in the 1990s was a problem for him, but it was a bigger problem for banks. He threatened to file for bankruptcy to escape his mountain of debt unless they passed another one on to him $ 65 million to clean up his balance sheet. They agreed. He did it again in Atlantic City, where government gambling regulators wavered over drawing his licenses because his three casinos were bleeding money for fear he would drag the whole city with them if they did. In the end, he survived, but Atlantic City continued to fall into ruin.

Trump’s new concession that more than 200,000 will die in our great victory leaves us in the shackles that bankers previously wore. The president dragged the nation to a place like he dragged its 1990s bankers, only worse. We have to take root now for him to succeed, although his inactivity and carefree layoffs have aggravated the disaster that is taking shape. It’s a terrible deal, but the only way for us to avoid the final bankruptcy of a coronavirus death is to hope Trump will finally get it right.

By Monday afternoon’s press representative, Trump had wrapped himself in the glory of his upcoming “victory” and made the fight against the virus part of our “shared patriotic duty” as if he were going into his re-election campaign. Redefining victory as 200,000 deaths might even help him win in November, but it will be the Americans who will end up paying the real price for his political survival.


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