As the coronavirus upends life in the U.S., a renowned Pulitzer Prize winning historian says the virus’s impact on history and American politics is still wider than many may realize – rivaling World War II itself. Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin says “no other event in our lifetimes” since that war recalls comparable destruction, danger and dread, and just and like today’s population living through this pandemic, the World War II generation “didn’t know how it was going to end.” That uncertainty stokes widespread fear, Goodwin tells MSNBC’s Ari Melber, and makes it likely that the coronavirus and federal response will be crucial to the 2020 election. She also contrasts President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s emphasis on sacrifice with President Trump’s crisis response.
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‘Our World War’: Virus Response May Shape If Trump Loses 2020, Says Top Historian | MSNBC