Tammy Duckworth, Opinion contributor Published 9:14 a.m. ET April 6, 2020 | Updated 11:22 a.m. ET April 6, 2020CLOSE President Donald Trump declared a national emergency to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s what that actually means. USA TODAYIn times of national emergency, presidents typically rise to the occasion. Trump has yet to follow in the footsteps of those who came before him.In the time it takes you to read this, dozens more Americans will probably have been diagnosed with COVID-19. By the time you finish it, there’s a good chance another American will have died from the disease.Many of those diagnoses will probably come in New York; some in California; others ranging from Louisiana to Florida. While we don’t know everything about this virus just yet, what we do know is that it is spreading exponentially. Young, old, rich, poor, black, white, Asian, Latino, you name it — every one of us is in danger. And if we don’t take immediate sweeping action many more Americans could die in a pandemic that’s already been made far worse by a president who has refused to take obvious measures that could be done with the stroke of a pen.Recently, Donald Trump crowned himself


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