Trump shuns opportunity to change tack on coronavirus approach

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But as word spread among his associates that Trump had tested positive, many in his circle tried accentuating the positive: a newly relatable experience for a candidate trailing in polls against a rival marketed for his empathy. Amid a campaign revolving around the President’s divisive behavior, some also felt it couldn’t hurt to have Trump out of public view for a few days. More than a week later, hopes for that type of reset have been dashed. Instead of adjusting his message, Trump appears intent on ending the general election campaign the same way he started it: downplaying the pandemic’s risks, mocking those who take it seriously and attacking his rival’s fitness, despite his own recent stint in the hospital.Instead of retreating from view, Trump has taken a maximalist approach through hours of interviews, nightly campaign rallies and an endless stream of tweets — including one on Tuesday lashing out at the nation’s trusted infectious disease expert.And instead of embracing new empathy for his fellow coronavirus sufferers, Trump touted experimental “cures” available only to him and emerged from the hospital declaring the virus is nothing to be afraid of without mentioning the more than 215,000 Americans who have died …

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