This issue of n+1 has run two pieces by Kate Lovette — related to the glimmers of hope for the campaign to undo President Trump. Lovette’s revelation that several thousand Asians and Latinos in Detroit’s migrant communities are dying from the deadly and horrifying coronavirus first brought to public attention back in October 2015 in an article for the Washington Post, in which she spoke with Rosa Candelaria, a mother of an infant who had died from the disease. Unlike the H1N1 that swept the country in 2009, causing so many deaths, the coronavirus has mutated since it was first detected in Korea in 2004, and its potent, deadly punch has been transmitted by humans to South Korea and now, with its detection in the U.S., one of its closest places of entry, it threatens to do the same in the unlikely event that thousands of cases turn into a epidemic in this country. Lovette’s reporting and reporting by public health experts such as Richard Reid and Bessma Momani, give a snapshot of a nation at a critical moment: weeks from a crucial presidential election, and aware that elections have consequences — no matter the outcome — for the world. I’d like to respond to a handful of salient comments from readers — many of them are so inflammatory that their names I can’t print — who have criticized the series of articles. In particular, these are the comments that had me urging our lead reporter, Gayle Collins, to pick up the phone and call her mother so that we could analyze what was happening, why these fear-driven people thought that the election was important, and whether any sort of American tradition ought to decide in a case like this. Readers threatened to boycott this publication, and wrote to me, asking for a disciplinary action against her. They spoke of interfering with the people’s vote and with the integrity of democracy. It's interesting to note that the disturbing attacks on n+1 have been not just from vocal liberals, but from some conservatives in the 'right' wing. Though the commenters seem really lost, what is equally troubling is the way in which some claim they are maintaining democracy. This term is uttered by many on both sides, implying that if a candidate loses, it is because some evil force manipulated the voting process. I think that this is nonsense, but some people are creepily claiming that it is democracy they are protecting.