Scientific American Gives First-Ever Presidential Endorsement To Joe Biden

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The editors write that "Donald Trump has badly damaged the U.S. and its people—because he rejects evidence and science.”

For the first time in its 175-year history, Scientific American is endorsing a presidential candidate in the upcoming election: former Vice President Joe Biden.

Why? The editors write: “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.

They continue, noting that Trump has made false claims about testing, repeatedly downplayed the severity of COVID-19, and flouted mask mandates and social distancing rules.

His lies encouraged people to engage in risky behavior, spreading the virus further, and have driven wedges between Americans who take the threat seriously and those who believe Trump's falsehoods.

The editors write that at every stage of the pandemic, “Trump has rejected the unmistakable lesson that controlling the disease, not downplaying it, is the path to economic reopening and recovery.”

The current president's "reaction to America's worst public health crisis in a century has been to say 'I don't take responsibility at all,'" the editors noted.

He has also attacked environmental protections, medical care, and the researchers and public science agencies that help this country prepare for its greatest challenges.

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In his ongoing denial of reality, Trump has hobbled U.S. preparations for climate change, falsely claiming that it does not exist and pulling out of international agreements to mitigate it.

By contrast, Biden "comes prepared with plans to control COVID-19, improve health care, reduce carbon emissions and restore the role of legitimate science in policy making," they write. "He solicits expertise and has turned that knowledge into solid policy proposals."

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.

The editors write that Biden’s proposals “can set the country back on course for a safer, more prosperous and more equitable future.”

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