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When Atlas shrugged, he must have been in the outhouse and dropped Scott, his namesake, on his head. Radiologist Scott Atlas was recruited by Donald Trump 130 days ago to join the COVID-19 task force, when Trump heard him parroting his talking points on Fox News. If there’s one thing Trump loves better than a TV lawyer, it’s a TV doctor, and Atlas was in, with no background in epidemiology, but the willingness to politicize the coronavirus while sounding official, which Trump world deems so much more valuable. But now it’s all over. Fox News

“I am writing to resign from my position as Special Advisor to the President of the United States,” Atlas said, thanking 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,” Atlas wrote, adding that he “always relied on the latest science and evidence, without any political consideration or influence.”

“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,” Atlas wrote. “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.”

Atlas, who had been criticized throughout his tenure for calling for a reopening, and saying that lockdowns are “extremely harmful” to Americans, said that “although 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.”

Good riddance. Nobody on this coronavirus task force could get along with this guy and CDC Robert Redfield stated, “Everything he says is false.” One less bozo on this bus, good.

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