In an editorial published Monday, headlined “Four more years of Trump’s contempt for competence would be devastating,” the newspaper argued that Trump ran his 2016 campaign “from the gut, under the explicit rationale that ‘experts are terrible.’”
Trump’s White House “has conducted itself according to this philosophy,” the editorial continued, with a “devastating effect” on issues ranging from taxes and trade to defense, energy and intelligence.
The coronavirus pandemic had exposed the administration’s failings and the problem is “bigger than one missing directorate, or one rebuffed scientist,” the editorial said, because “the response to this outbreak required coordination across agencies that have been systematically depleted, because they were full of experts.”
Trump’s rejection of research and the drain of experts from government jobs, the editorial added, means “we cannot see the depth of Mr. Trump’s failures.”
The editorial concluded with a warning:
“Another term could allow Mr. Trump to complete the demoralization, politicization and destruction of a workforce that was once the envy of the world: the American civil service, health service, Foreign Service and uniformed military. In everything from consumer safety to air quality to life expectancy, the results would be catastrophic. But there would be nobody left to measure them.”
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