The president’s personal agony is also a moment of deep national reckoning | Geoffrey Kabaservice

Before he went into hospital, we saw Donald Trump as seldom seen – sombre, scared. The country he leads is facing its own demons

Impending death, as the saying goes, has a way of focusing the mind. There’s no reason to believe President Trump faces imminent death as a result of his recently testing positive for the coronavirus.

But the brief video he released before he went into hospital showed a Trump we’ve rarely seen before: sombre, scared and, perhaps for the first time, truly shaken by the pandemic’s threat to both the nation and himself. It’s conceivable that this momentous new development in the US presidential race, just a month from election day, could restore a seriousness to our politics that it has lacked for quite a while.

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