I’m certain that this will make parts of the US population look at scientists more as a political entity instead of objective and detached observers. If this is the beginning of a trend, and scientists will input political takes into their work, well, detachment goes out of the window. I know there are Americans who hate Trump, but there are worse leaders in other parts of the world, and America is not going to get out of the media zoo even after Trump.
It needs to be reinforced this current situation is NOT NORMAL. There is a climate-change-denying antivaxxer in the Whitehouse who is repeatedly lying, politicizing the pandemic situation Scientists have been increasingly viewed as political ever since Conservative groups started attacking and undermining them over well-known subjects such as climate change
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