In times of crisis, people look to their leaders for guidance and reassurance. As the COVID-19 pandemic has been stealthy and mysterious while inflicting a heavy toll on Indiana (12,438 documented positive cases and 661 deaths at this writing), we’ve watched President Trump and Gov. Eric Holcomb deal with this scourge on a daily basis.

Neither had held elected office before their elections in 2016, so we didn’t know how either would respond to a crisis. While Holcomb has grappled with the opioid epidemic for much of his first three years in office, President Trump hadn’t been tested in a crisis that wasn’t his own making until now.

Brian A. Howey is publisher of Howey Politics Indiana at Find him on Facebook and Twitter @hwypol.

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