Dr. Scott Atlas, a leading member of President Trump’s coronavirus task force, announced Sunday that “The only way this stops is if people rise up.”
Atlas was responding to the decree of a new lockdown by Michigan Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
Atlas tweeted out a thread with Whitmer’s announcement, and a graphic made by The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services highlighting what will be allowed to remain open and what will be forced to closed.
Atlas encouraged people of Michigan to “rise up”, and added “You get what you accept. #FreedomMatters #StepUp”:
Leftists immediately accused the doctor of encouraging violence, and ‘endangering’ Whitmer’s life:
Scott atlas has blood on his hands— ConcernedCitizenUSA (@bitch_snarky) November 15, 2020
Oh my f'ing god.... are you kidding me? Are you trying to make the calls for violence louder? Be a leader!— TRW 🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@TravisWarren8) November 15, 2020
Atlas clarified that he never endorsed violence of any sort:
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
Whitmer responded to Atlas during an interview with CNN, stating “We know that the White House likes to single us out here in Michigan — me out in particular. I’m not gonna be bullied into not following reputable scientists and medical professionals.”