Scientific American Backs Biden With Its First Presidential Endorsement In History
Laura Helmuth, the editor-in-chief of Scientific American, joins Lawrence O'Donnell to discuss the magazine's historic endorsement of Joe Biden because of Donald Trump's "incompetence on science." Aired on 09/15/2020.
Former Vice President Joe Biden called President Trump the first racist president in U.S. history. The comments came during a town hall where Suk Kim, a South Korean immigrant detailed a story about being racially profiled and expressed concern over Trump's rhetoric about the coronavirus. Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) spoke for the first time as presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's running mate on Aug. 12. It is part of an effort to increase sustainable travel, respect social distancing and ease pressure on crowded public transport in the wake of the COVID-19 lockdowns. Whether its climate change or the coronavirus pandemic, President Trump repeatedly rejects advice from specialists. He refuses to follow the science. Earlier this week, US President Trump visited California to see firsthand the devastation left by those wildfires. Before he arrived he blamed the fires on poor forest management and refused to admit that global warming is creating conditions favorable to ever bigger, ever deadlier blazes. Scientists have apparently decided it is no longer enough to let the facts speak for themselves. This week "Scientific American" - the oldest magazine in the US, ended a 175 year policy of staying out of presidential politics. The magazine's editor in chief Laura Helmuth tweeted..."For the first time in the 175-year history of Scientific American, we are endorsing a political candidate. Please vote for Joe Biden to support science, health, the environment, evidence-based policy, and reality over disinformation." DW spoke to Laura Helmuth to ask how Scientific American came to the decision to endorse Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden.