Dr. Scott Atlas came into the Donald Trump White House as a Fox News contribution, which gives him an A+ rating as far as the president goes. Never mind that his expertise was radiology. Never mind that Trump has world-renowned virologist Dr. Anthony Fauci working for him already. So now, Atlas is gone. What happened?
Dr. Atlas turned in his resignation letter from his position as a special adviser to the president on coronavirus. His brilliant idea was to just let everyone catch this deadly disease, suffer, and die a terrible, lonely death.
That off-the-wall theory was called herd immunity, and it was about as intelligent as Dr. Donald Trump’s famous snake oil elixir, aka household disinfectant. Apparently, the theory was to let the older, less healthy population die off, a thinning of the herd so to speak.
Scott came aboard in August, and his position was ending within days. But for some reason, he decided to cut things short and resigned, effective Tuesday Fox News reported. Why the rush? His resignation letter read:
‘I am writing to resign from my position as Special Advisor to the President of the United States [to thank him for] the honor and privilege to serve on behalf of the American people.’
‘I worked hard with a singular focus—to save lives and help Americans through this pandemic. [I am] always relied on the latest science and evidence, without any political consideration or influence.’
Atlas continued, referring to himself as a “scholar:”
‘As time went on, like all scientists and health policy scholars, I learned new information and synthesized the latest data from around the world, all in an effort to provide you with the best information to serve the greater public good. But, perhaps more than anything, my advice was always focused on minimizing all the harms from both the pandemic and the structural policies themselves, especially to the working class and the poor.’
The doctor considered a lockdown “extremely harmful to Americans,” or would that be to his boss’ media campaign? He continued:
‘[A]lthough some may disagree with those recommendations, it is the free exchange of ideas that lead to scientific truths, which are the very foundation of a civilized society. Indeed, I cannot think of a time where safeguarding science and the scientific debate is more urgent.’
Of course, he had to do a Donald Trump and pat himself on the back:
‘[My work with] several selfless colleagues in designing specific policies to heighten protection of the vulnerable while safely reopening schools and society.’
‘[As a result of our efforts of] increasing and prioritizing extra personal protective equipment and tens of millions of extra tests to nursing and assisted living facilities [and] more frequent monitoring updates using clinical guidelines to intensify testing.’
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