Trump Is Risking a ‘Katrina Moment,’ Chuck Todd Says, As If He Hasn’t Already

Trump Is Risking a ‘Katrina Moment,’ Chuck Todd Says, As If He Hasn’t Already

Chuck Todd said Sunday on Meet the Press that the coronavirus pandemic is presenting President Trump with his own ‘Katrina moment,’ wherein the public loses faith in a president’s leadership capabilities during a crisis.

This comes amid a second surge in cases of covid-19, particularly in Republican-led southern states that many say reopened their economies too soon.

“Is [this surge] because of a president who remains in denial about the disaster unfolding on his watch? Is it because states chose not to listen to health experts and reopened too soon?” Todd asked, while videos of congested outdoor gatherings played in the background.

“Or is it because of scenes like this: too many Americans being foolish, deciding they were immune, or that the experts were wrong, or that they had a right not to wear a mask. Or is it all of the above?”


Todd then brought up the Trump administration’s push to have schools reopen later this summer, despite all that has been happening of late.

“Whatever confluence of factors led us to this moment, President Trump is insisting we’re winning a war we’re clearly losing, and he’s risking his own Katrina moment when voters lose faith in a president’s ability to lead.”

Does Todd think such a moment hasn’t happened at least once before?

Watch the video above, via NBC.

William Vaillancourt

William Vaillancourt

William Vaillancourt is a writer and editor from New Hampshire whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Progressive, Slate and Areo Magazine, among other places. He holds a BA in Political Science and History from Boston University.