The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel notes that the Uihleins’s company has pushed back on the Times story about its handling of the pandemic, “saying it was doing all it could to provide supplies to hospitals and health care providers. It added that all nonessential employees were working from home.”

But the newspaper reports that “two Uline staffers contacted the Journal-Sentinel to say that just wasn’t true. Lots of employees in nonessential positions are being forced to go to work, they said.” One employee is quoted as saying, “We’re angry and scared, but no one cares.”

So here is the obvious and deeply uncomfortable question: how much of Uline’s approach to the pandemic is driven by medical advice, and how much by a desire to send the right signal to an audience of one? How much is driven by science, as opposed to political loyalty?

And how many other examples of this sort of thing will we see as Trump declares victory and insists that the country re-open for business?