Stanford seeks distance from Trump adviser over coronavirus comments | TheHill – The Hill

Officials at Stanford University are attempting to distance the school from comments made by Dr. Scott Atlas, a research fellow there serving on President TrumpDonald John TrumpTucker Carlson assures viewers his show ‘not going anywhere’ following presidential election Trump senior advisers dissuaded president from military strike on Iran: report Senators clash on the floor over wearing masks: ‘I don’t need your instruction’ MORE‘s coronavirus task force who has peddled controversial theories about the pandemic and the politics behind it. 

“The university has been asked to comment on recent statements made by Dr. Scott Atlas, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution who is on leave of absence from that position,” the school said late Monday evening in a statement. “Stanford’s position on managing the pandemic in our community is clear. We support using masks, social distancing, and conducting surveillance and diagnostic testing. We also believe in the importance of strictly following the guidance of local and state health authorities.” 

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Atlas over the weekend clashed with Michigan Gov. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen WhitmerStanford seeks distance from Trump adviser over coronavirus comments Overnight Health Care: Moderna says coronavirus vaccine is 94.5 percent effective | Biden slams Trump for lack of cooperation on vaccine plans | Trump officials preparing to move forward with major step to lower Medicare drug prices State GOP lawmakers say they’ll seek to impeach Whitmer MORE (D), who announced new restrictions on public gatherings, restaurants and other aspects of life in an effort to stymie ballooning cases of COVID-19.

Several other governors have announced similar stay-at-home measures or guidance in recent days. 

“The only way this stops is if people rise up,” Atlas said in a tweet. “You get what you accept.” 

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Earlier this year, federal authorities intercepted a plot by domestic terrorists in Michigan to kidnap Whitmer and bring her to a remote location outside the state to have her “stand trial” for the “crimes” they believed she had committed against citizens of the state and their freedoms.  

Atlas has also promoted so-called “herd immunity” as a means of getting the pandemic under control, a strategy that would limit lockdown measures to only segments of the community deemed “at risk” while allowing all other members of society to go about their daily lives normally, allowing the virus to run its course. 

Atlas has broken publicly with the nation’s leading health experts and questioned the efficacy of mask usage and social distancing. 

In September, Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was overheard on a private telephone call complaining about Atlas’s posturing on the pandemic. 

“Everything he says is false,” Redfield.  

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Dr. Anthony FauciAnthony FauciStanford seeks distance from Trump adviser over coronavirus comments Overnight Health Care: Moderna says coronavirus vaccine is 94.5 percent effective | Biden slams Trump for lack of cooperation on vaccine plans | Trump officials preparing to move forward with major step to lower Medicare drug prices Vaccine optimism runs up against distribution challenges MORE, the nation’s leading infectious disease doctor, has also distanced himself from the rhetoric Atlas has espoused.  

“I don’t want to say anything against Dr. Atlas as a person, but I totally disagree with the stand he takes. I just do, period,” Fauci said on Monday. 

Stanford echoed Fauci’s sentiment.