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While Donald Trump’s presidency has been (rightfully in my view) seen as an overall success on policy by most Republicans, there is one aspect of his decision-making that is coming under fire more and more lately. That centers around his handling of COVID, but not in the way the left scream into the ether over.

Rather, Trump’s elevation and toleration of Dr. Anthony Fauci along with the former president’s criticism of some red states that pushed back at the time is starting to get analyzed. And while such analysis would be easy to dismiss if it were coming from the halls of Never Trumpdom, those that are speaking out now come from the polar opposite viewpoint on Trump and have the credibility to say what they are saying.

Steve Deace and Julie Kelly, the latter of which has been doing excellent work exposing federal misconduct involving January 6th prosecutions, had an exchange I think is worth discussing.

This is 💯. Fauci was the most powerful man in the country because Trump refused to bench him. By the time he brought Atlas on, it was too late. Not only did he condemn Kemp for reopening, he pushed DeSantis to lockdown in the 1st place. Can’t erase Trump’s culpability: https://t.co/3EYQ9mcqzK

— Julie Kelly 🇺🇸 (@julie_kelly2) June 7, 2021

Advisors convinced Trump this was a “war” and to treat it as such. Ask Steve Deace or Jordan Schachtel or Justin Hart or any of us how surprised we are it ended this way, or how hard we fought to stop it to the extent we could. We’ve got all the receipts, like it or not.

— Julie Kelly 🇺🇸 (@julie_kelly2) June 7, 2021

Kelly, an ardent Trump supporter throughout his presidency, also mentions in a subsequent exchange that Trump levied criticism against Ron DeSantis and criticized Georgia for reopening “too soon.” The former president went after Sweden’s response at one point as well.

Whether one thinks any of this is disqualifying for Trump in 2024 or not, there’s are certainly lessons to be learned. Trump played himself as the rogue, willing to

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