Our new book is titled Divided We Stand: The 2020 Elections and American Politics. Among other things, it discusses the political impact of COVID.
On March 11, 2020, Trump addressed the nation about the crisis.
He screwed up. The next day, Ellie Hall reported at Buzzfeed:
President Donald Trump addressed the nation Wednesday night to announce how the government plans to combat the spread of the coronavirus. He spoke for about 9.5 minutes during primetime television — and got three huge things wrong, spreading confusion and sending his aides and experts scrambling to get the right information out.
1. The 30-day European travel ban DOES NOT apply to US citizens or permanent residents.
2. The European travel restrictions actually DO NOT apply to cargo.
3. Insurance companies are waiving copayments for COVID-19 testing, NOT treatment.