The anti-Trump movement has an assortment of both moderate and left-leaning individuals and even a few conservatives who share a common goal of showing Donald Trump the door in the name of democracy and common decency, even if their ideologies clash on a number of other things. When Trump first ran for president in 2016, nearly every newspaper or media publication that followed politics endorsed his opponent for president instead – even the ones that notoriously leaned Republican and hadn’t endorsed a Democrat in decades.
We’re likely to see the same trend with a number of newspapers and magazines endorsing Joe Biden over Trump this year, with a few notoriously conservative pundits coming out swinging against Trump’s incompetence already. It’s normally expected for newspaper editorial boards to make an endorsement, but one unlikely publication is sharply denouncing Trump’s candidacy for 2020.
It’s one thing for a news or political publication to have their preferences when it comes to a political candidate, but it’s a little bit different when a medical journal, let alone one of the most prestigious medical research journals in the world, comes out against a presidential candidate. In The Lancet’s opening editorial this week, they make it clear how hazardous a Trump administration is to public health at large: “Americans must put a president in the White House come January, 2021, who will understand that public health should not be guided by partisan politics.”
The article is a scathing indictment of the administration’s abysmal failure to tackle the problem and attacks Trump for his reliance on “magic bullet” solutions – that hopefully a cure or vaccine will come soon and it’ll no longer be his problem, rather than do anything to competently mitigate the risk of catching COVID-19 or slow down its spread. While the article makes no mention of Joe Biden, this is perhaps one of the strongest endorsements he’s gotten this far – and a stark reminder that it’s no longer a partisan statement to say that Donald Trump’s presidency is a serious threat to national security.
James Sullivan is the assistant editor of Brain World Magazine and an advocate of science-based policy making