President Donald Trump has presided over a record high close of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and its biggest single-day drop. He enjoyed the lowest unemployment rate in recent history and may well be president during the modern highest jobless rate. He campaigned on a theme of American exceptionalism, only to see the nation nearly paralyzed by a virus.
But none of this has changed how he’s conducting his presidency.
While some presidents have taken an occasion such as a national emergency to encourage unity, Trump continues his brash, take-no-prisoners style, leading some to conclude that he’s missing an opportunity to remake his political persona into one more marketable for re-election and one more suited to a second term.