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Trump adviser: Michigan should 'rise up' against coronavirus restrictions

Scott AtlasScott AtlasDeSantis rips YouTube over removal of pandemic video Clyburn: Documents show Trump officials helped suppress coronavirus CDC reports Fauci defends Birx: 'She had to live in the White House' MORE, a medical adviser to President TrumpDonald TrumpUS gives examples of possible sanctions relief to Iran GOP lawmaker demands review over FBI saying baseball shooting was 'suicide by cop' House passes bill aimed at stopping future Trump travel ban MORE, called on Michiganders to “rise up” after Gov. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen WhitmerMichigan COVID-19 surge rivals previous rise The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - All US adults can get vaccine; decision Friday on J&J vax Whitmer: State won't close down again following GOP lawsuits MORE (D) announced new restrictions amid a surge in coronavirus cases.

"The only way this stops is if people rise up," Atlas tweeted Sunday after Whitmer’s office announced a three-week return to remote learning for high schools and college students, as well as a reimposed ban on dine-in service at restaurants.

"You get what you accept. #FreedomMatters #StepUp," Atlas added.

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Whitmer, reportedly the target of a kidnapping plot by a far-right militia group earlier this year, reacted to the tweets Sunday evening, telling CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: “We know that the White House likes to single us out here in Michigan, me out in particular. I'm not going to be bullied into not following reputable scientists and medical professionals."

Atlas added in a tweet late Sunday said he would never "endorse or incite violence."

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Atlas’s initial tweet echoes one by Trump himself earlier this year calling on armed anti-lockdown protesters to “LIBERATE MICHIGAN,” a post that was frequently cited in the wake of the news of the alleged Whitmer kidnapping plot.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) tweeted that Atlas’s comment was “disappointing, irresponsible, and the reason why the United States finds itself in such desperate circumstances regarding COVID-19.”

“A patriot is one who protects America from its enemies, both foreign and domestic. COVID-19 is the enemy, not each other,” she added. “Stop pitting Americans against each other and start supporting policies proven to effectively fight the virus.”

--Updated at 12:43 p.m.