For the first time in its 175-year history, Scientific American has endorsed a candidate for the office of president. Their choice: Joe Biden.
The magazine attributes its endorsement of Mr Biden—or rather, its refusal to endorse President Donald Trump—on the latter’s rejection of science and the damage he has caused to the United States.
Trump’s refusal to look at the evidence and act accordingly extends beyond the virus. He has repeatedly tried to get rid of the Affordable Care Act while offering no alternative; comprehensive medical insurance is essential to reduce illness. Trump has proposed billion-dollar cuts to the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, agencies that increase our scientific knowledge and strengthen us for future challenges.
Mr Biden, the magazine asserts, “acutely aware that we must heed the abundant research showing ways to recover from our present crises and successfully cope with future challenges.” This is in stark contrast to what many know of Mr Trump’s rejection of scientific research and a distrust in its ability to help this nation and indeed the world surmount obstacles and impediments to our growth.