William Saunderson-Meyer
3 minute read
23 Jan 2021
4:45 am

Covid showed Don the door

William Saunderson-Meyer

Trump won’t be the last leader to be undone by the pandemic.

US President Donald Trump takes off his facemask as he arrives at the White House upon his return from Walter Reed Medical Center, where he underwent treatment for Covid-19, in Washington, DC, on October 5, 2020. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP)

As Donald Trump departs to Florida to sulk, the world seemingly heaves a sigh of relief. It is striking, when one reads Rage, Bob Woodward’s account of Trump’s last year, to realise how different it could have been. One forgets that at the beginning of 2020, Trump was riding high. He had all the advantages that a booming economy and presidential incumbency bring. Woodward lays the immediate blame for Trump’s defeat on “the dynamite behind the door”. The phrase comes from Trump himself. He told Woodward that as president he each day opened metaphorical doors, dealing with new events. Statistically,...