The double whammy of COVID-19—with its unprecedented fatalities and collapsing economy—plus race-related violence and property destruction the likes of which the United States hasn’t seen since the 1960s, says a lot about American leadership today. Rather than bringing people together and seeking to heal a wounded nation, President Donald Trump, in order to satiate his own ego, is dividing the country in a primitive attempt to reinforce his electoral base and enhance his prospects for a second term. In so doing, he is accelerating the unravelling of what was America’s already fragile social fabric.
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