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A minor, tangential, quibble. I think it is a bit of ethnocentrism to say "leader of the free world". A lot of the world is free, and our POTUS is not their leader. And, in fact, because of Trump, what people used to look to us as a "shining beacon" (or whatever phrasing you choose) no longer do, and likely will not for years to come. Angela Merkel and Germany are now what other nations aspire to.

Other than that, you hit the nail on the head. Trump was just one man, but he wasn't "one man" like you or me. We influence virtually nothing. He had a huge megaphone with which he spread lies and misinformation, and he also controlled who was heading departments and agencies that should have been responding to the crisis. He fired anyone who didn't agree with his misinformation. He had a plan created by the previous administration for just such an eventuality, and not only did he throw it away but he disbanded the agency that was set up to handle it.

Any assertion that he wasn't directly (and indirectly) responsible for our poor handling of this crisis can be dismissed with a casual wave of the hand. It's patently false. And, while many Americans would have died regardless, he was responsible for hundreds of thousands of preventable deaths.

In less than one year he managed to exceed the US casualty count from WWII, and that event lasted almost 4 years.
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