The White House’s top coronavirus is urging Michiganders to “rise up” against new restrictions imposed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) to help control spread of the deadly disease in the Wolverine State.
“Suspending organized sports, halting in-person classes and closing restaurants and bars to indoor dining.
“Whitmer said Michigan was in ‘the worst moment of this pandemic to date,’ after the state confirmed a record 44,019 people new cases and 416 more deaths in the past week.”
Soon after Whitmer put the new restrictions in place, Atlas tweeted out what sounded like a direct call for violent action:
— Scott W. Atlas (@SWAtlasHoover) November 15, 2020
Just last month, 14 people were charged with plotting an act of domestic terrorism which included plans to kidnap Gov. Whitmer, “overthrow” the state government, and execute Whitmer on television in the hope of touching off a “civil war.”
The governor responded to Atlas in a video, insisting that she would not be “bullied into not following reputable scientists and medical professionals.”
MI Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: “I’m not going to be bullied into not following reputable scientists and medical professionals.” pic.twitter.com/PKPIQRukM4
— The Hill (@thehill) November 16, 2020
Realizing that he had overstepped his bounds, Atlas tried to walk back his first tweet:
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
But social media wasn’t buying the doctor’s halfhearted mea culpa:
Given the context of the pro-Trump murder plot against Whitmer, there’s really no way to see this as anything but incitement to violence and murder. Atlas is sore because his time in the White House is ending in disgrace and this is how he acts out. https://t.co/KOyMp1nRdQ
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) November 16, 2020
— Peter Gleick 🇺🇸 (@PeterGleick) November 16, 2020
You were urging people in Michigan to vote … in the next elections, two years from now?
Sure, that definitely checks out.
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) November 16, 2020
Hi Scott. Look I know you’re desperately trying to bail yourself out here but we all know what you meant. You saw the thousand loser march yesterday and thought you’d be clever. You’re a liar, a charlatan and a fraud. Tick tock. Your relevancy is ending along with your career.
— Fred Wellman (@FPWellman) November 16, 2020
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) November 16, 2020
One of the best things about Donald Trump losing the election is that all of his incompetent and unhinged advisers and hangers-on will go with him.
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