Covid-19 is not China’s ‘Chernobyl moment’ - it’s Trump’s

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Covid-19 is not China’s ‘Chernobyl moment’ - it’s Trump’s

ANALYSIS | By slashing pandemic defences the US administration is taking an insane political gamble

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

Three weeks ago there was much talk of a “Chernobyl moment” for China’s Communist Party, discredited by totalitarian attempts to suppress news of the spreading coronavirus in Wuhan. But fast-moving events can play wicked tricks, especially on a White House allergic to scientific facts.

Covid-19 is more likely to be the Chernobyl moment for Donald Trump.

His systematic destruction of the US pandemic defences – policy vandalism of the first order – and his surreal efforts to conjure away the coronavirus with denialist spin suddenly brings an unthinkable prospect into play. The coming backlash may sweep Bernie Sanders into power on a socialist manifesto of Piketty wealth taxes, the partial closure of the US oil and gas industry, and vast increases in the size and role of the US government, all with an implicit budget deficit of $3-trillion...

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