EDITORIAL

Let's not overthink this

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Science  20 Nov 2020:
Vol. 370, Issue 6519, pp. 887
DOI: 10.1126/science.abf7407

Summary

For some observers, the U.S. presidential election of 2020 appeared to be about science. Outgoing President Donald Trump consistently and dishonestly played down the threats from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and climate change. President-elect Joe Biden said he would listen to scientists, a position that was mocked by Trump. Some might take Biden's victory—decisive but hardly a landslide—as feeble support for science. But was science actually on the ballot? Maybe it's best not to overthink this.

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