Thursday, September 17, 2020

Scientific American endorses Biden, dumps Trump

Scientific American Endorses Joe Biden. We’ve never backed a presidential candidate in our 175-year history—until now.

That’s a long article spelling out in detail why the magazine endorses Biden over Trump. It’s worth the read but if you are strapped for time, here is a synopsis by Heather Cox Richardson in her Letters from an American.

For the first time in its 175-year history, Scientific American has endorsed a presidential candidate. The editors wrote: “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. That is why we urge you to vote for Joe Biden, who is offering 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.”

It is an enviable endorsement, but for his part, Biden seems aware that Americans are just tired of the constant drama and chaos of the Trump presidency. Tonight he tweeted simply: “We’re going to get this virus under control and get your life back on track.”

This article was originally published with the title “From Fear to Hope” in Scientific American 323, 4, 12–13 (October 2020)

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