The New England Journal of Medicine says Trump has “taken a crisis and turned it into a tragedy” in his government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, published in an editorial urging Americans to vote Trump out of presidential-office on November 3rd.
“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,” reads the editorial. “We should not abet them and enable the deaths of thousands more Americans by allowing them to keep their jobs.”
The Medical Journal editors slams Trump’s administration of increasing public health failure and of worsening the pandemic’s effects by prioritizing politics over sound medical guidance.
The editorial, titled “Dying in a Leadership Vacuum” and published Wednesday, does not mention President Trump or his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, by name. But it refers to the Trump administration repeatedly, and its footnotes cite news articles about Trump insisting that coronavirus risks are overblown, pressuring federal scientists, and politicizing the search for treatments.
“Instead of relying on expertise, the administration has turned to uninformed ‘opinion leaders’ and charlatans who obscure the truth and facilitate the promulgation of outright lies,” the editorial states.
The United States has had tens of thousands of “excess” deaths, as well as immense economic pain and an increase in social inequality as the virus hit disadvantaged communities hardest.
The editorial castigated the Trump administration’s rejection of science. “Instead of relying on expertise, the administration has turned to uninformed ‘opinion leaders’ and charlatans who obscure the truth and facilitate the promulgation of outright lies.”
The journal’s editors write: “The death rate in this country is more than double that of Canada, exceeds that of Japan, a country with a vulnerable and elderly population, by a factor of almost 50, and even dwarfs the rates in lower-middle-income countries, such as Vietnam, by a factor of almost 2000.”