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Patronage and the Pandemic


In her testimony to the House Judiciary Committee last December, Stanford Law Professor Pamela Karlan floated a now-prescient hypothetical: what would we think if Trump conditioned disaster relief on a state’s willingness to go after his political opponents? Today, we are faced with the possibility that the President will use this crisis as an opportunity not only to demonize the opposition, but also to punish the states unlikely to support him, and reward those that do. This politicization and personalization, shocking in peacetime, is particularly corrosive in a time of pandemic and crisis.The politicization of government resources often smacks of …read more

Source:: The American Interest

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