Scientific American backs Biden in first-ever endorsement

Source: Politico | September 15, 2020 | Nick Niedzwiadek

The 175-year-old magazine said it was ‘compelled’ by Trump’s skepticism of scientific experts, handling of pandemic.

Scientific American backed Democrat Joe Biden for president on Tuesday, the magazine’s first-ever White House endorsement in its 175-year history.

The magazine’s editors wrote that they felt “compelled” to back Biden in his effort to unseat President Donald Trump. Scientific American cited Trump’s handling of Covid-19 and his skepticism of expert opinion and mainstream science on issues like climate change as the impetus for its decision.

“The evidence and the science show that Donald Trump has badly damaged the U.S. and its people—because he rejects evidence and science,” editors wrote for its October issue.

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The editorial focuses much of its attention on the pandemic response and Trump’s repeated attempts to minimize the severity of the situation, which has killed nearly 200,000 Americans to date.

“At every stage, Trump has rejected the unmistakable lesson that controlling the disease, not downplaying it, is the path to economic reopening and recovery,” editors wrote.

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