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Without impugning his motives, former White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Scott Atlas bluntly said Friday that Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden’s call for a 100-day mask mandate isn’t rooted in actual science.
Speaking on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle,” he started by noting that the wearing of masks hasn’t coincided with a reduction in coronavirus cases or coronavirus deaths.
“I don’t want to impugn anyone’s motives, but I can say that mask mandates have been in place. Eighty, ninety percent of people wear masks in Toyko. Look at the figures. The cases [still] explode through that,” he told host Laura Ingraham.
“LA County, Miami-Dade County, Hawaii, the Philippines, the U.K., France, all over the world, Germany, people have been wearing masks, people wear them, the cases [still] come through. At some point you have to really look at the facts, the empirical results of the policies.”
Ingraham then cut in to broach Biden’s proposed 100-day mask mandate.
“Science is a process. It doesn’t stop on the day Joe Biden declares himself president or is certified as president. The science is a process. Is there science behind 100 days?” she asked.
“The short answer is no. I don’t know how to articulate it clearer than that,” Atlas quickly and pithily replied.
He continued, “People keep saying it’s about the science, and then they act contrary to the science. I think the country really needs to figure this. Allow the free exchange of ideas, by the way, without fear of intimidation or rebuke, or we’re never going to arrive at the science.”
Listen to the full discussion below:
Atlas knows all about being rebuked. For daring to question the official establishment narrative regarding the coronavirus, he’s has been disparaged and smeared relentlessly by Democrats and their media allies, including Biden himself.
“Nobody thinks he makes any sense. Nobody. No serious doc around the world,” Biden said two months ago when asked about the doctor’s recommendation that young, healthy Americans be permitted to resume their lives as the vulnerable sequester themselves.
Joe Biden attacked Dr. Scott Atlas, a graduate of the University of Chicago School of Medicine and the former Chief of Neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center.
Biden will ONLY listen to the PRO-LOCKDOWN crowd. He will SHUT DOWN our economy! pic.twitter.com/PtTaxpA44L
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) October 26, 2020
He’s continued trashing him since.
After Atlas urged Americans to “rise up” against mask mandates last month, Biden said, “What is the matter with these guys? What the hell is the matter with them? Resist?”
After the doctor voluntarily stepped down from the White House coronavirus task force last week, Biden said he was “relieved” because he felt Atlas wasn’t qualified.
And then this week Biden vowed to institute a 100-day mask policy if and when he’s inaugurated into office in January, assuming he actually wins the 2020 race.
“On the first day I’m inaugurated, I’m going to ask the public for 100 days to mask. Just 100 days to mask, not forever, just 100 days — I think we’ll see a significant reduction,” he said while speaking on CNN.
— Dont tread upon (@donttreadupon) December 4, 2020
Yet the coronavirus continues to spike even in states where mask mandates and other restrictive protocols exist, including California.
“One day after California’s largest city saw what officials here called the “worst day” of the pandemic so far with its highest-ever daily new Covid-19 case count, the state itself shattered the previous daily cases record it set just last week,” Deadline Hollywood reported this week.
“On Wednesday, the state’s Covid-19 dashboard indicated that 20,759 new cases had been reported over the past 24 hours. That’s nearly 2,500 more cases than the previous high of 18,350. Even worse, as testing numbers have generally trended upward, the state’s test positivity rate has skyrocketed, as well.”
The state’s leaders both on the local and state level continue to clamp down with further policies and restrictions nevertheless.
Take Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who this Wednesday issued a new stay-at-home order and demanded residents “cancel everything.”
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) December 3, 2020
Continuing the discussion on FNC, Ingraham pointed out that Garcetti may wind up scoring a position on Biden’s cabinet.
“LA Mayor Eric Garcetti is in line for a Biden cabinet slot. He’s essentially told everyone to put your life on hold. … Is this sound policy?” she asked.
“I don’t know how to describe what that is. But we can look at what’s happening in the country and see that that doesn’t make sense. We look at the cases that have come up in the colder parts like the Midwest, the upper Midwest, everything is coming down now. The COVID-like illnesses to the emergency room nationally are coming down now in most of these states,” the doctor replied.
“And the states that are warmer are getting their winter kind of upper respiratory infection cases. This has nothing to do with hunkering down. We have to do everything we can, like everybody keeps saying, to protect high-risk people. … It’s not about just putting life on hold and canceling. I don’t know what the end game is for people that keep insisting we must stop living. What is the end game here?”
— SonofRekhav (@Yonadav7) April 18, 2020
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