“Stanford’s position on pandemic management in our community is clear. We support the use of masks, social distancing and monitoring and diagnostic tests. We also believe in the importance of strict adherence to local and state health authorities’ guidelines,” they said. from the University. in the tweet.
“Dr. Atlas has expressed views that contradict the university’s response to the pandemic. Dr. Atlas’ statements reflect his personal views, not those of the Hoover Institution or the university.”
“You get what you accept. #FreedomMatters #StepUp,” he said.
Responding to the tweet Sunday night at Atlas, Whitmer told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: “We know the White House likes to highlight us here in Michigan, especially me. They won’t harass me unless respected scientists and medical professionals follow. “
In an interview with Fox News on Monday, Atlas, who removed a link to the Hoover Institution on his Twitter handle, said he was not trying to “threaten or incite violence” but simply “is not very good on Twitter.”
Atlas said the tweet was in response to “literally thousands of emails I receive from people across the country asking me to figure out how to break the locks,” including family members of people who have died from suicide amid restrictions.
“So what I meant, and I’m sorry I’m not very articulate on Twitter, is that if you want to change things, you have to hear your voices,” he explained. “I didn’t mean anything more than that.”
Unlike government medical experts who advised President Donald Trump in the first months of the pandemic, Atlas took a public stance on the virus much closer to the president’s – including condemning the idea that schools could not reopen this fall. as “hysteria” and the pressure to resume college sports.
“He’s working with us and will work with us on the coronavirus,” Trump said in August. “And he has a lot of great ideas. And he thinks what we’ve done is really good and now we’re going to take him to a new level.”
CNN’s Betsy Klein and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.