The Lancet blasts Trump, says voters should not reelect him
The Lancet, a prestigious medical journal, on Friday ripped President Trump’s “inconsistent and incoherent national response” to the coronavirus pandemic, saying in an unsigned editorial that voters should ensure he does not get a second term.
“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,” wrote the peer-reviewed journal founded in 1823.
The editorial was focused on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the need to revive it from damage during the Trump administration.
“There is no doubt that the CDC has made mistakes, especially on testing in the early stages of the pandemic,” reads the editorial. “But punishing the agency by marginalising and hobbling it is not the solution.”
“The Administration is obsessed with magic bullets — vaccines, new medicines, or a hope that the virus will simply disappear,” it argued. “But only a steadfast reliance on basic public health principles, like test, trace, and isolate, will see the emergency brought to an end, and this requires an effective national public health agency.”
New York Times White House correspondent and CNN contributor Maggie Haberman called the editorial “stunning” during an appearance on the cable news network Friday morning.
“I don’t think I have ever heard of such a thing from a medical journal,” she told CNN’s “New Day.”
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