Dont cry for me, Secret Service. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty
In an unprecedented and blistering move, the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine has written a scathing editorial, titled "Dying In a Leadership Vacuum," that blasts Trump's catastrophic COVID response and declares, "Our leaders have failed." In response to "the largest public health crisis of our time," the critique reads, "our current political leaders have demonstrated that they are dangerously incompetent... They have taken a crisis and turned it into a tragedy." The piece was written by all its editors; since starting publishing in 1812, the journal has only run four editorials, and this is the first that addresses electoral politics. Having waited so long, they did not mince their words: Noting that America leads the world in Covid-19 cases and deaths - over 7.5 million and 210,000 respectively - the editors write, "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...We should not abet them and enable the deaths of thousands more Americans by allowing them to keep their jobs." In fighting back against this administration's deadly anti-science idiocy, the journal thus joins Scientific American, which recently announced it was endorsing Biden, its first presidential endorsement in its 175-year history.