Prestigious Medical Journal Calls For Voting Out US Leaders Over COVID Failure
The New England Journal of Medicine’s editors condemned President Trump and his administration in a Wednesday editorial for their failure in responding to the coronavirus pandemic, calling for current U.S. leadership to be voted out of office.
"We rarely publish editorials signed by all the editors," said Dr. Eric Rubin, editor-in-chief of the medical journal and an author of the new editorial.
The editorial, which Rubin said was drafted in August, details how the United States leads the world in Covid-19 cases and deaths. So far, more than 7.5 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with Covid-19 and more than 200,000 people have died of the disease.
"This crisis has produced a test of leadership. With no good options to combat a novel pathogen, countries were forced to make hard choices about how to respond. Here in the United States, our leaders have failed that test. They have taken a crisis and turned it into a tragedy," the editorial says.
- CNN noted that the editorial does not endorse a candidate but is unsparing in its criticism of the Trump administration.
"Anyone else who recklessly squandered lives and money in this way would be suffering legal consequences. Our leaders have largely claimed immunity for their actions. But this election gives us the power to render judgment," the editorial says. "When it comes to the response to the largest public health crisis of our time, our current political leaders have demonstrated that they are dangerously incompetent. We should not abet them and enable the deaths of thousands more Americans by allowing them to keep their jobs."
- The news outlet also noted that only four times in the recent past has an editorial been published in the New England Journal of Medicine that was signed by all of the editors.
- Rubin said the journal has not published editorials about elections in the past because it is not a political journal, adding: “but the issue here is around fact, not around opinion. There have been many mistakes made that were not only foolish but reckless and I think we want people to realize that there are truths here, not just opinions”
- CNN recalled that another scientific publication took a stance on the election this year: the Scientific American offered its endorsement to Joe Biden, which “marked the publication's first endorsement of a presidential candidate in its 175-year history.”