Scientific American, the oldest continuously published monthly magazine in the United States, had not made a presidential endorsement in the publication’s 175-year history, until Tuesday, when the magazine’s editors wrote they felt “Compelled” to endorse Joe Biden for president.
The endorsement focuses primarily on the ineffective pandemic response by the Trump Administration and the sitting president’s continued attempts to downplay the severity of the situation and the deadliness of the coronavirus, which he has frequently compared to the flu.
Scientific American criticizes Trump’s continued efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act while failing to offer an alternative, along with the president’s proposed billion-dollar cuts to the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
On Sunday, the Washington Post reported that the Trump Administration appointed David Legates, “An academic who has long questioned the scientific consensus that human activity is causing global warming,” to help run the agency that produces much of the climate research funded by the U.S. government.
“Trump’s reaction to America’s worst public health crisis in a century has been to say, ‘I don’t take responsibility at all.’ Instead he blamed other countries and his White House predecessor, who left office three years before the pandemic began.”-Scientific American.
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