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White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Scott Atlas was heavily criticized on Sunday when he tweeted that the people of Michigan should “rise up” against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s new COVID-19 restrictions.
Whitmer announced on Sunday that the state would be instituting new measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the state, including temporarily stopping in-person college and high school classes, indoor dining at restaurants, and in-home gatherings of more than 10 people from more than two households.
The new restrictions start Wednesday, and will last for three weeks.
The US is currently in the middle of a third wave of the virus, and surpassed 11 million cases on Sunday.
As of Saturday, Michigan had recorded more than 275,000 cases and 8,376 deaths, according to the most recently available data from the state. In a Sunday press conference, Whitmer described the current situation as “dire” and “the worst moment of this pandemic to date.”
“We are at the precipice and we need to take some action,” she said.
Following Whitmer’s announcement, Atlas took to Twitter to express his opposition to her plan, writing that “the only way this stops is if people rise up. You get what you accept. #FreedomMatters #StepUp.”
The only way this stops is if people rise up. You get what you accept. #FreedomMatters #StepUp https://t.co/8QKBszgKTM
— Scott W. Atlas (@SWAtlasHoover) November 15, 2020
Hey. I NEVER was talking at all about violence. People vote, people peacefully protest. NEVER would I endorse or incite violence. NEVER!! https://t.co/LljvwMvjDV
— Scott W. Atlas (@SWAtlasHoover) November 16, 2020
Atlas has been a controversial member of Trump’s coronavirus task force since joining the team in August.
Atlas’ inclusion on the task force was criticized since he is not an infectious-disease expert, and has preached controversial opinions on the virus. They include his disbelief in the efficacy of face masks and his apparent push for a “herd immunity” coronavirus policy, which could result in the deaths of more than a million Americans, according to one estimate by MedPage Today. Atlas has denied that he is pushing this policy, but The Washington Post reported that he has done so behind closed doors.
As of Monday morning, 246,217 Americans have died of the coronavirus, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.
People on Twitter quickly condemned Atlas’ comments, with some pointing out how inappropriate they were in light of Whitmer’s having recently been the target of a foiled kidnapping plot by a far-right group.
Good grief. “Rise up”? After a conspiracy to kidnap and kill Governor Whitmer?
This is obscene.
Come on, @Twitter. Delete this tweet; suspend Atlas’s account. https://t.co/ngRv8Mi0WT
— Azathoth’s Daddy (@AquaVelvaBoy) November 16, 2020
The last time this administration did something like this, Trump terrorist tried to kidnap t governor Whitmer. #TrumpTerrorists https://t.co/4wuCLps2N3
— Trump belongs in Prison (@TRE45ON__TRUMP) November 16, 2020
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Source:: Businessinsider – Politics