NICHOLAS KAMM/Getty Images President Donald Trump arrives back at the White House from the hospital on Monday night
For the first time in its 208-year history, The New England Journal of Medicine is wading into political waters, offering a scathing indictment of President Donald Trump in a new editorial.
In the essay, “Dying in a Leadership Vacuum,” editors of the publication write extensively about the novel coronavirus pandemic, specifically calling out the Trump administration for what they call an “astonishing” public health failure.
Though the journal’s editors don’t offer a ringing endorsement of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, Trump’s rival in the Nov. 3 election, they harshly criticize the current administration, which they say has squandered any opportunities to contain the virus and risked countless American lives.
“Here in the United States, our leaders have failed that test,” the editors wrote. “They have taken a crisis and turned it into