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Losing the fight against the coronavirus

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The administration is also ending federal funding of some community-based testing sites, a decision that even GOP Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn of Texas criticized.

He spurned Charlotte, the original site, because of North Carolina's restrictions. "We can't do social distancing," he informed Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel insists that in holding the convention, the party will "put the safety of convention-goers first and foremost."

No, it won't. If that were the case, it would tell them to stay home rather than risk contracting a dangerous disease to satisfy the president's vanity.

History will record that under Trump's watch, the United States became the leader of the world -- in COVID-19 infections. As of June 24, the U.S., which has 330 million people, has been averaging nearly eight times as many new cases as the European Union, whose population is 445 million.

Trump has always been on the side of governors who favor fewer restrictions rather than more. When armed protesters rallied in Lansing against Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home order, he sided with the protesters. She held firm, and since then, Michigan has seen a big drop in new cases.

 

But Trump and his followers have no patience with the inconveniences required to limit the pandemic. They are determined to move on and return to life as it used to be.

You can't blame anyone for yearning to escape all the aggravations and deprivations of our current predicament. But here's the thing about the virus: It doesn't sleep. It never runs out of patience. And it won't stop killing.

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