White House coronavirus task force member, Dr. Scott Atlas, urged the people of Michigan to “rise up” after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced new coronavirus restrictions, in a tweet posted Sunday.
“The only way this stops is if people rise up,” Atlas tweeted. “You get what you accept. #FreedomMatters #StepUp”
Atlas followed up with a tweet to clarify he does not condone violence, “Hey. I NEVER was talking at all about violence. People vote, people peacefully protest. NEVER would I endorse or incite violence. NEVER!!”
Gov. Whitmer announced in a news conference Sunday that Michigan will begin a “three-week pause targeting indoor social gatherings and other group activities.”
The new restrictions will temporarily halt in-person instruction at high schools and colleges, indoor dine-in service at restaurants and bars and high school athletics as well as close some businesses, including movie theaters, bowling alleys and casinos.
Whitmer urged the public to “double down” with precautions such as wearing a mask and keeping distance to avoid a second stay-at-home order.
Last month, Atlas received backlash after he had suggested that masks do not work to stop the spread of the coronavirus. He tweeted “Masks work? NO,” which has since been removed by Twitter.
“I don’t understand why the tweets were deleted,” Atlas said in an email, calling out Twitter’s censorship.
He said his tweet was intended to show that “general population masks and mask mandates do not work,” and he clarified that the correct policy is to use masks when one cannot socially distance.
Atlas added that infections exploded even with mandates in Los Angeles County, Miami-Dade County, Hawaii, Alabama, the Philippines, Japan and other places.
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American and Southwest stand by vaccine mandate, despite Abbott’s ban
American Airlines and Southwest Airlines are still planning to comply with President Biden’s executive order regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. The order requires all their employees to be vaccinated by Dec. 8t. As a result, they will be ignoring Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s ban on vaccine mandates.
Folks, vaccination requirements work. pic.twitter.com/XuBsOQxGaN— President Biden (@POTUS) October 9, 2021
Abbott announced his own executive order, effectively banning mandates even from private employers, on Tuesday. “In another instance of federal overreach, the Biden Administration is now bullying many private entities into imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates, causing workforce disruptions that threaten Texas’ continued recovery from the COVID-19 disaster,” Abbott said. “The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced.”
Yet both airlines are requiring their employees to be vaccinated by Nov. 24. This comes despite Southwest’s impromptu cancellation of over 2,000 flights over the weekend. At the time, the airline blamed the cancellations on air traffic control and weather conditions. However, SaraACarter.com was unable to verify that any other airline had to cancel near as many flights for the same reasons. This has left many to speculate that Southwest actually cancelled flights due to their employees walking out as a direct result of the mandate.
Reporter Jack Posobiec tweeted out a flyer circulating among the anti-vaxx Southwest employees. Currently, they are planning a protest outside of Southwest headquarters next Monday. The protest will be called “Freedom Not Force.”
Southwest told Reuters it “would be expected to comply with the President’s Order to remain compliant as a federal contractor.” In addition, American similarly said Abbott’s order does not change anything.
You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.
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