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At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump often said not to worry about the disease because it would go away “like a miracle”.

CNN Editor-in-Chief Daniel Burke argues that Trump’s childhood minister could be one of the reasons he ignored the fire warnings for the disease and instead took a “magic thought” approach.

As Burke documents, Trump as a child attended the sermons of the Rev. Norman Vincent Peale, who is best known for his self-help book “The Power of Positive Thinking”.

In his sermons, Burke writes, Peale regularly “elevated businessmen like the Trumps to a saint status as crusaders of American capitalism,” and he told his supporters to remember that “attitudes are more important than the facts. “

Author Christopher Lane, who has written a biography of Peale, tells Burke that Trump’s response to COVID-19 bears many of the hallmarks of the late minister’s teachings.

“Positive thinking can help people focus on their goals and assert their merits, but it requires a reality check and must be based on facts,” he said. “Trump claiming that this pandemic will simply go away is not just an unacceptable fantasy, it is in the realm of a dangerous illusion. “

Trump biographer Michael D’Antonio said President Peale’s determination to shape reality the way he likes is at the heart of his character.

“Nothing is an exchange of ideas or a discussion of facts,” he said. “Everything is a life or death struggle for the definition of reality. For him, being wrong is like being erased. “

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