He’s been 500 percent better on coronavirus over the past two days than he was over the past two months, so much so that part of me wants to let this pass without comment. What’s the harm in having him memory-hole six weeks’ worth of happy talk so long as he’s on the case now?
But there is a harm.
For one thing, politicians shouldn’t be allowed to revise history, especially in a case like this one where the evidence of him downplaying the disease’s spread is so copious. Off the top of my head I can think of three different lists I’ve seen online in the past 48 hours that chronicle at great length how sanguine he was about the virus in January and February. His tone was different yesterday, as the whole world noticed. To suggest otherwise is Orwellian, and Orwell is a bad look for a leader even at an otherwise good moment. Especially when he knows his critics have the receipts.