In an opinion for the Washington Post, George Will asserts that “for the first time in its history, [America] is pitied,” and he levels much of the blame on President Donald J. Trump.
- Will claims that the United States “is in a downward spiral” and faces “disdainful condescension” from the rest of the world.
- Will asserts that one reason for this are the highly disparate COVID-19 pandemic results between America and much of the rest of the developed world: “Last Sunday, Germany (population 80.2 million) had 159 new cases of covid-19; Florida (population 21.5 million) had 15,300.”
- Another example of the Union’s decline is that it is “unable to… even reliably run elections,” citing the Hoover Institution which finds that “there has been a rising tide of voter suppression in recent U.S. elections.”
- Will posits that the decline has gotten so serious that “worse is helpful, and worse can be confidently expected.”
- By this Will means that the more egregious Trump’s presidency becomes, the more apparent the need for voters to remove him from office will become.
- As an example of the “worse” that Will affirms America is seeing, he next calls the Trump administration a “gangster regime.”
- He claims that Roger Stone “adopted the argot of B-grade mobster movies when he said he would not ‘roll on’ Donald Trump.”
- And Trump “show[ed] gratitude for Stone’s version of omertà (the Mafia code of silence)” by commuting his sentence.