Before COVID-19 made it to U.S. shores, Donald Trump’s re-election was dangling by wire: He was down in theswing states needed for electoral victory,suburban women had squarely moved away from his column and his efforts to dismantle theAffordable Care Act were the greatest liability a president had created for himself in modern history. Trump really just had one play: the economy, the gross domestic product, the stock market, his “huge numbers.”But in the wake of his failure to take the threat of this virus seriously, the infection and death rate among Americans is soaring and the economy is crashing — andcould sink to its lowest levels in 50 years. The virus — which on March15 the president told Americans was “something we have tremendous control of” — seems to be gaining steam, and at the wheel we have a president who repeatedly denied COVID-19 wasa significant problem at all.And yet, his approval rating is, according to botha Monmouth University anda Gallup poll, spiraling up. Yes: Despite his abject failure to wield the power of the federal government to stop this virus in its tracks months ago, Donald Trump’s approval rating has improved.That should send shivers down the spines of the


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