Zack Kopplin is right that Hillary Clinton saying “I believe in science” should not be noteworthy, but it is, unfortunately.
Thirty minutes into Hillary Clinton’s speech accepting the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, she made a simple admission that, in 2016, should not be remarkable but somehow was. “And, I believe in science!” she exclaimed. And then she laughed uncomfortably as the crowd applauded, perhaps uncomfortable themselves.
This is bizarre, because in 2016, stating a belief in science should not be a line in a presidential candidate’s speech. Science is not up for debate. Science is not something one chooses to believe in because it flatters one’s partisan preferences. Science is a fact, and either people acknowledge reality or they do not.