Don’t let Trump ex­ploit the next stim­u­lus check for crass po­lit­i­cal pur­poses

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As Congress ne­go­ti­ates the next COVID-19 relief bill, they should in­clude pro­vi­sions to stop it from be­ing used as a Trump cam­paign tool.

Af­ter the first bill, the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion ar­ranged to have Pres­i­dent Trump’s name printed boldly on the stim­u­lus checks, which was un­prece­dented. And in­stead of the cus­tom­ary generic no­tice from the Trea­sury Depart­ment, the fol­low-up let­ter in­di­cated that it came from the White House, with the salu­ta­tion “My Fel­low Amer­i­can,” signed by Pres­i­dent Trump, tout­ing his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s ef­forts.

The en­ve­lope in­di­cated that it came from the IRS, mak­ing it hard to ig­nore. And postage and mail­ing costs were paid by the IRS.

Iron­i­cally, a ma­jor rea­son we even need this relief is be­cause Trump ini­tially failed to act and then took so many deadly mis­steps in deal­ing with the pan­demic. He has con­tin­ued to down­play the dan­ger and ig­nore the sci­ence, even dur­ing crowded cam­paign ral­lies.

The lives of mil­lions of peo­ple have been ru­ined, yet Trump has ac­cepted no re­spon­si­bil­ity for how badly he has han­dled this pan­demic. He cer­tainly shouldn’t be al­lowed now to use the tax­pay­ers’ money for fur­ther self-pro­mo­tion. David J. Roberts, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus of ac­coun­tancy, DePaul Univer­sity

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