IamA political scientist. Ask me anything about the political implications of Donald Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis. AMA!
President Donald Trump is now hospitalized at Walter Reed medical center as he is treated for COVID-19. We all hope that the president, the first lady, and everyone else has has tested positive recovers quickly and without complication.
But it is hard not to think about the political implications of this illness. What happens if a presidential candidate cannot serve after the election campaign has begun? How will it affect the campaign? I answered some of these on Twitter this morning, and the editors here at AMA asked me to come answer your questions on Reddit tonight. I am a professor in the Department of Government at Georgetown University, specializing in political parties and particularly presidential nominations. My perspective on this question draws heavily on the research I’ve done with Marty Cohen, David Karol and John Zaller on the nomination process, including our book The Party Decides: Presidential Nominations Before and After Reform and related works I’m just wrapping up a textbook on Political Parties, coauthored with Seth Masket, which will be out from W.W. Norton in the spring.
So … what do you want to know?
EDIT: So, this was fun. I'm afraid I didn't get to everyone. But it's been almost two and a half hours, and I need to write some peer review reports. Thanks all.