UPDATED 10:02 AM PT – Monday, November 16, 2020
As Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) imposes renewed coronavirus restrictions on schools and some small businesses, many are saying “enough is enough.”
In a tweet Sunday, Dr. Scott Atlas, a medical adviser to President Trump, responded to Whitmer’s latest coronavirus orders by stating “the only way this stops is if people rise up.” His comment came in response to Whitmer’s latest round of restrictions.
— Scott W. Atlas (@ScottWAtlas) November 15, 2020
The Democrat governor has ordered high schools and college campuses to suspend in-person learning. Additionally, she has called for restaurants to stop indoor dining and has banned non-pro organized sports.
“Public health experts are warning Americans everywhere to limit our indoor gatherings, so that we can save lives,” Whitmer stated. “This new epidemic order is geared towards stopping the spread by limiting indoor gatherings.”
Many attacked Dr. Atlas for his Twitter comment and accused him of promoting violence, while citing a recent threat from a Michigan militia group planning to kidnap and harm the governor..
In a later tweet, however, Atlas reiterated he was never talking about violence. The medical adivser clarified he meant voting and peaceful protests as a way to “rise up.”
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 (@ScottWAtlas) November 16, 2020
Despite public outrage, Whitmer’s new orders will go into effect Wednesday and will last for at least three weeks.
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