For the primary time in its 175-year historical past, Scientific American has formally endorsed a presidential candidate, backing Democratic nominee Joe Biden and slamming President Donald Trump’s actions as “catastrophic.”
“Scientific American has never endorsed a presidential candidate in its 175-year history. This year we are compelled to do so. We do not do this lightly,” the journal defined in an editorial revealed on Tuesday morning.
The journal went on to criticize Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic in addition to his opposition to the well-established science pointing to the influence of synthetic local weather change on the planet and society.
“The evidence and the science show that Donald Trump has badly damaged the U.S. and its people—because he rejects evidence and science. The most devastating example is his dishonest and inept response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which cost more than 190,000 Americans their lives by the middle of September. He has also attacked environmental protections, medical care, and the researchers and public science agencies that help this country prepare for its greatest challenges,” the journal’s editors wrote, urging readers to help Biden within the November 3 election.
The journal’s editors defined that Biden has put ahead “fact-based plans to protect our health, our economy and the environment. These and other proposals he has put forth can set the country back on course for a safer, more prosperous and more equitable future.”
“The pandemic would strain any nation and system, but Trump’s rejection of evidence and public health measures have been catastrophic in the U.S.,” they wrote.
Tim Murtaugh, communications director for Trump’s reelection marketing campaign, argued that the president had acted decisively to curb the unfold of the pandemic. “President Trump has listened to the medical experts every step of the way to fight the coronavirus, and the experts agree that the restriction on travel from China saved thousands of American lives,” he stated in an electronic mail to Newsweek.
Beyond the Trump administration’s bungled response to the COVID-19 outbreak within the U.S., the president has been staunchly against authorities actions addressing environmental issues. Prior to changing into president, Trump infamously described local weather change—which is taken into account established reality by the overwhelming majority of scientists—as a Chinese hoax.
After taking workplace, Trump formally started withdrawing the U.S. from the landmark Paris Climate Accord on June 1, 2017. If the U.S. absolutely withdraws from the settlement as deliberate below the present administration, it will likely be the one nation on the earth that’s now not affected by the worldwide treaty.
During a visit to California on Monday, the president once more dismissed science when discussing the large forest fires going down within the American west. “I don’t think science knows, actually,” Trump stated in a response to an official urging him to heed the scientific consensus on local weather change.
“It’ll start getting cooler. You just watch,” he insisted, regardless of all scientific proof demonstrating the alternative.
Biden strongly criticized Trump and his file on local weather change and science in Monday remarks.
“If we have four more years of Trump’s climate denial, how many suburbs will be burned in wildfires?” Biden requested throughout a speech in Delaware. “How many suburban neighborhoods will have been flooded out? How many suburbs will have been blown away in superstorms? If you give a climate arsonist four more years in the White House, why would anyone be surprised if we have more of America ablaze?”
Updated September 15, 2020 at 7:01 p.m.: A press release from the Trump reelection marketing campaign has been added.