As your editorial mentioned, Donald Trump recently said he is equal to both President FDR and Winston Churchill, comparing his response to the virus to their response to World War II. You quoted FDR's speech saying, "The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself." He followed up that speech by mobilizing the American industrial might to provide the tanks, planes and all other material necessary for the Allies to win the war.


Trump was urged to take a similar action and refused, saying the virus was not HIS responsibility — it was not an American problem but a state problem.


Churchill gave a good many speeches but in one he told the British: "We will fight on land, in the air, at sea, on the beaches, and we will NEVER surrender." In another, he told them he could promise nothing but "blood, sweat, and tears" and in a third said that if this was the end he wanted the future to say "THIS was their finest hour."


Churchill and Roosevelt gave speeches providing their citizens accurate and up-to-date information as to how the war was going. Neither claimed the war was no big deal or it would just "vanish, like magic" and hid accurate and honest information from their citizens.


If there is a comparison, it might be these were two leaders who are usually considered to have been the Rolls Royce in time of crisis, Trump can only be considered a Ugo.


JM Leas, Hays