President Donald Trump’s top coronavirus advisor, Dr. Scott Atlas, is being accused of sedition and inciting violence by calling for Michigan to “rise up” after Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued new orders to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
“The only way this stops is if people rise up. You get what you accept,” Atlas, who is a radiologist – not an epidemiologist – tweeted Sunday night. He added the hashtags “#FreedomMatters” and “#StepUp” to his tweet.
Last month 14 people were charged in an alleged domestic terror plot to kidnap Governor Whitmer. Some reportedly also had a plan to “overthrow” the government, and some allegedly had “made plans to kidnap Whitmer and commit violence with the hopes of sparking a ‘civil war,'” MLive.com reports, quoting Attorney General Dana Nessel.
Back in May another man was charged with “credible threats to kill” Gov. Whitmer.
Dr. Atlas is currently serving as a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, which is headed by former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Michigan’s Governor Whitmer Sunday night quickly pushed back against Atlas’s transparent attempts at what some are calling an attempt to incite violence (something First Daughter Ivanka Trump was also accused of attempting to do Sunday.)
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
Hours after Atlas’s tweet, he returned to Twitter to insist he wasn’t attempting to incite violence, but was merely talking about the electoral process and the right to peacefully protest.
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
Monday morning, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) blasted Atlas for “making implicit calls for violence.”
Dr. Scott Atlas' tweet over the weekend was irresponsible, dangerous, and utterly offensive. As our nation reaches over 10M cases & over 245K deaths due to COVID, Dr. Atlas should focus on containing the virus & saving lives, not making implicit calls for violence.
— Rep. Debbie Dingell (@RepDebDingell) November 16, 2020
Here’s what some others are saying about Dr. Atlas’s tweets:
Hard to denounce this emphatically enough.
Actual public health professionals do not incite violence in response to guidelines or policy that they disagree with. The purpose of public health is to help people, not endanger them. https://t.co/4etj2MBDjo
— Dr. Angela Rasmussen (@angie_rasmussen) November 16, 2020
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
I don’t believe him either. Imo #ScottAtlas is urging folks 2 rise up against #gretchenwhitmer (just dealt w/death threats, kidnapping plot)
Now his story changes2 maskless protests against #WearAMask, & against @CDCgov #COVID19 guidelines.
Either way he promotes Violence/DEATH.
— Hope E Ransom (HopeERinFL) (@SoulFlyTry) 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
Trump’s medical adviser is calling for people to “rise up” against the new COVID order in Michigan, where the FBI already foiled one alleged plot to kidnap and assassinate the governor over her actions on COVID. https://t.co/ckkAYNFnj7
— Jonathan Cohn (@CitizenCohn) November 16, 2020
— Doug Warren (@iamDougWarren) 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
I believe you probably were. Please google “perlocutionary effect” and then consider how dangerous your words were.
Also: aren’t you supposed to be fighting the pandemic, not fighting those who are fighting it?
— Steven Mazie (@stevenmazie) November 16, 2020
Hey lunatic this is all kinds of dangerous
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) November 16, 2020
.@SWAtlasHoover The Governer was threatened with kidnapping, execution
Telling people to rise up against the Governor could incite violence towards her.
— Cyndl (@cmtwx) November 16, 2020
A physician calling for violence. The administration should be replaced presently.
Between threats of violence, national security & the abandonment of the job by Trump, it can only serve to undermine our nation
— Fairview- (@jbw1837) November 16, 2020
I know a lot of people understand it differently.
I stand by my position.
You know who Dr. Atlas is.
This is a very clear case of sedition. https://t.co/38jxDtenE6
— swerdloffesq (@swerdloffesq) November 16, 2020
White House COVID hack calls for people to “rise up” against a governor who’s already been the target of a domestic terror plot. https://t.co/McKQsWMhoc
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) November 16, 2020
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) November 16, 2020
— Chris Barnhart (@cm_barnhart) November 16, 2020
This article has been updated to include Congresswoman Dingell’s tweet.
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Franklin Graham Slammed for ‘Inciting Violence’ After Comparing Republicans Who Voted to Impeach to ‘Judas’
Evangelical leader and top Trump religion advisor Franklin Graham is under fire Thursday after attacking Republican Members of Congress who voted to impeach President Donald Trump, to “Judas,” the biblical times apostle who betrayed Jesus Christ.
“Shame, shame on the ten Republicans who joined with @SpeakerPelosi & the House Democrats in impeaching President Trump yesterday,” Graham said on Twitter. “After all that he has done for our country, you would turn your back & betray him so quickly? What was done yesterday only further divides our nation.”
Graham also suggested they were paid off to vote against Trump, a dangerous allegation especially just one week after MAGA domestic terrorists and insurgents committed murder and sedition.
“House Democrats impeached him because they hate him and want to do as much damage as they can,” Graham also charged on Facebook. “And these ten, from his own party, joined in the feeding frenzy. It makes you wonder what the thirty pieces of silver were that Speaker Pelosi promised for this betrayal.”
Pushback was strong, and some of it coming from those who clearly identify as Christian.
Some also noted that these Republican lawmakers are now getting death threats, and Graham targeting them on social media is akin to Trump’s incitement of violence itself. Graham is one of the most followed and well-known religious leaders in the country. He has 2.3 million followers on Twitter, and 9.5 million on Facebook, where he also shared his dangerous condemnation.
What will Franklin do if any of these Republicans are harmed because of their principled vote and because he compared them to Judas? Serious question. @RepMeijer @RepLizCheney @AdamKinzinger @SamaritansPurse @BillyGraham @edstetzer https://t.co/bQlSP4gUr7
— ProperGander Stephen Simpson (@BamaStephen) January 15, 2021
In case anyone wants to know what bad theology looks like, here it is. Comparing those who voted to impeach the president to Judas Iscariot would then make President Trump to be Jesus Christ in this scenario. Is that right @Franklin_Graham? pic.twitter.com/oinKrvkoNS
— Bishop Jack Lumanog (@BishopLumanog) January 14, 2021
If you’ve shown more outrage over the 10 Republicans who voted in favor of impeachment (despite death threats) than the insurrection at the Capitol last week, you might want to sit this one out. https://t.co/LK1XK3Rpxz
— Brandon Helderop (@B_Helderop) January 14, 2021
.@Franklin_Graham proving once again he is an Evangelist in name only. Apparently willing to overlook Trump’s coup while Graham himself adds more fuel to the fire. These people are getting death threats! https://t.co/qAuhjkymLE
— I’m not sarcastic when I’m asleep. (@BarbaraDarlin) January 14, 2021
You need to take a damn seat. https://t.co/M91jxRawvz
— Jennifer Hayden (@Scout_Finch) January 14, 2021
Shame on @Franklin_Graham glorifying a man who incited violence that resulted in the death of 5 people. You are contributing to the creation of a group of radicalized, extremist Christians that are clearly as dangerous as the people you criticize as “radical Muslims.” https://t.co/kmL9coZ1yX
— Dr. Jennifer Ferguson (@Jennife50987029) January 15, 2021
— Jen (@JenLuvsMonkeys) January 15, 2021
The wanted to execute Mike Pence Wednesday for literally doing his Constitutional duty. After four years of faithfully following Trump, they betrayed him. Where was your conviction and outrage then? https://t.co/8wcYbuJSwy
— Jake Logsdon ♊ (@JakeTLogsdon33) January 14, 2021
Thank God for the 10 moral strong Republicans who know that inciting deadly violence in order to sabotage our free & fair elections is not only WRONG but also CRIMINAL.
— First Amenders (@FirstAmenders) January 15, 2021
I’m ashamed to have ever been associated in any way with American evangelicalism. It’s just Nationalism with Jesus seasoning.
— 💲Tax Sphincter Says What💲 (@swordywordy1) January 14, 2021
— Dr. Χοδαδάδιος Ρεζαχανίδης 🇮🇸🇪🇺 (@sasanianshah) January 15, 2021
It really is amazing to contrast how much Graham uses the passive voice to describe January 6th while saying, “shame, shame” on the ten Republicans who votes for impeachment. https://t.co/Qeei1sS2ya pic.twitter.com/9bUmaDZNfE
— Chris Crawford (@CrawfordStuff) January 14, 2021
When you effectively have no moral compass https://t.co/NfsTNLkGNM
— William Chadwick, תהלים stan account (@CardioLeo) January 14, 2021
Kellyanne Conway Paints Target on Back of Twitter Executive in Charge of Preventing Disinformation
Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway is advancing President Donald Trump’s war on Twitter in a dangerous attack on the executive responsible for the fact check label placed on two of Trump’s tweets Tuesday.
“He’s the head of integrity and his name is Yoel Roth,” Conway said on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday. Roth is actually the head of site integrity.
She then told viewers his Twitter handle, @Yoyoel.
“Somebody in San Francisco will wake him up and tell him he’s about to get more followers,” she said, apparently signaling to the Trump base to attack him.
Which they did, with astonishingly ignorant, false claims.
“This guy is constantly attacking Trump voters, Trump, Mitch McConnell, you name it. And he’s the head of integrity, at Twitter,” she repeated, falsely. “@Yoyoel is his Twitter feed.”
“Go and read what he said. ‘We fly over, you know, the racist flyover country who voted for Tr –'” Conway said, interrupting herself.
“it’s just horrible the way he looks at people who otherwise should have a free and clear platform on Twitter,” Conway said, again telegraphing Trump’s followers to go after him.
On Fox & Friends, Kellyanne Conway appears to direct online harassment at Twitter’s head of site integrity, Yoel Roth: “Somebody in San Francisco will wake him up and tell him he’s about to get a lot more followers.” pic.twitter.com/H9ceUu6Ezv
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) May 27, 2020
Conway is wrong about Roth’s job.
He is not the head of “integrity,” he’s the head of site integrity.
And there’s a clear reason Conway is targeting Roth.
NPR’s Ari Shapiro earlier this year interviewed Roth, explaining what Roth’s job is:
“Intelligence officials have warned that Russia is interfering in the 2020 presidential campaign as it did four years ago. Back then, it used social media to spread disinformation and hoaxes. Yoel Roth is in charge of fighting these efforts on Twitter.”
Roth’s job description, for those who want to get technical, from his LinkedIn page:
“Yoel is the Head of Site Integrity at Twitter. He leads the teams responsible for developing and enforcing Twitter’s rules on platform manipulation, spam, and API access, as well as Twitter’s investigation and attribution efforts related to state-backed information operations. Before joining Twitter, Yoel received his PhD from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. His research and teaching focused on the intersecting dynamics of privacy, safety, and self-expression in online dating apps.”
There’s another reason, too.
Roth once compared Conway to the Reich Minister of Propaganda of Nazi Germany, Joseph Goebbels.
“Today on Meet The Press, we’re speaking with Joseph Goebbels about the first 100 days…” —What I hear whenever Kellyanne is on a news show
— Yoel Roth (@yoyoel) January 22, 2017
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