Washington – The editor-in-chief of Science magazine, Holden Thorp, published a harsh editorial on Friday against US President Donald Trump, whom he accused of lying “flatly” and “deliberately” about the severity of COVID-19 to citizens, something that has cost many of them their lives.
“Trump lied about science” is the title of the editorial, in which Thorp refers to the recordings that this Wednesday came to light of some of the conversations that the president had with journalist Bob Woodward for his new book, ” Rage ”.
In them, the president admitted that in February he underestimated the danger posed by the coronavirus so as not to create panic, although he was already aware of its severity.RELATED
“While playing down the virus to the public, Trump was not confused or improperly informed: He outright lied, repeatedly, about science to the American people. These lies demoralized the scientific community and cost countless lives in the United States, ”Thorp noted.
And he added that, since the veteran journalist recorded the conversations with the president “we can hear Trump’s own voice saying that he understood precisely” that SARS-Co-2 was deadly.
The editor-in-chief of one of the most important scientific journals in the world considered that “this may be the most shameful moment in the history of science policy in the United States.”
“A president of the United States has deliberately lied about science in a way that was imminently dangerous to human health and that led directly” to the deaths of Americans.
In an interview with Woodward on Feb. 7, Trump said he knew COVID-19 was more deadly than the flu, but two days later the president tweeted that the common flu was worse than the coronavirus, Thorp wrote. .
Back in March, Trump told Woodward: “I always wanted to downplay” the coronavirus, “I still like to downplay it.” Which, according to the head of Science “meant lying about the fact that he knew the country was in grave danger.”
Trump also knew that the virus could be deadly for young people, says Thorp, however, “he has insisted that schools and universities reopen and that college football resume.”
The opening of colleges and schools “has accelerated the spread of the virus and will cause incalculable suffering both for students and for the people to whom the virus is now being spread,” he said.
The editor-in-chief of Science highlighted, on the other hand, the work of researchers who are “tirelessly” developing vaccines and investigating the origins of the virus to prevent future pandemics.
As well as that of health workers, who have faced the coronavirus and many of whom “have been infected, and some have died in these acts of courage.”
The magazine’s editorial manager closes his editorial saying: “Trump was not clueless and was not ignoring the reports. Listen to your own words. Trump lied, plain and simple. “