With the coronavirus wiping out many traditional campaign issues, the November election could come down Americans’ evaluation of how well President Donald Trump responded to the pandemic.

As you might expect, Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown’s assessment of what he views as Trump’s wholly inadequate response is harsh.

"Thousands more Americans died because of that, and millions of Americans are unemployed because the president didn’t recognize this early and do something about this," he told The Dispatch in a one-on-one interview.

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When it comes to winning elections, Brown is 16-1 in his long political career, perhaps giving him standing to opine on key issues that impact a campaign.

He builds his case by first pointing to Trump’s record of harsh criticisms and a refusal to accept personal responsibility for anything negative.

"I think it’s part of Trump criticizing every institution in our country, particularly if they’re part of the government, if they don’t agree with him. If they ever critique him, if they ever criticize him, he criticizes them. If they ever disagree with him, he criticizes them. If they ever put out a report he doesn’t like, he criticizes them," Brown said.

"If somebody criticizes him, they’re always wrong. He never takes responsibility. He never admits wrongdoing."

To build on that case, Brown cites Trump’s musing about using disinfectant inside people to get ride of the coronavirus. Trump said the next day he was being sarcastic.

"Imagine after he said those stupid statements about Clorox and bleaching and all that, if he got up the next day and said, ’you know, sometimes I say things that my mouth just gets a little ahead of my brain, sometimes I just say something that don’t make a lot of sense. I’m sorry, that was a really dumb thing. Please, nobody do what I said yesterday.’

"That is so not Donald Trump."

Next, Brown points out two facts he says are under-reported:

• The U.S. has 5% of the world’s population (4.3% to be exact) but almost a third of the deaths. (Actual numbers as of Sunday: world deaths 313,127, U.S. deaths 89,023 — or 28.5% of the total.)

• The first confirmed COVID-19 case in South Korea was reported on Jan. 20, just a day before the first confirmed case in the U.S. was reported. Yet because of rapid response of the Korean government, deaths were limited to 262, and the country’s unemployment rate is less than 4%.

"This president is not responsible for the pandemic. But — showing it’s not partisan — as I credit (Gov.) Mike DeWine for saving lives in Ohio, this president has cost lives because he’s so late coming to this. And he’s still not scaled up production of PPE (personal protective equipment), he’s still not scaling up testing."

That’s Brown’s view.

On Sunday, Trump tweeted: "Doing REALLY well, medically, on solving the CoronaVirus situation (Plague!). It will happen!"