MSNBC host torches Trump adviser as 'responsible for more death than any single policymaker in recent memory'

MSNBC host torches Trump adviser as 'responsible for more death than any single policymaker in recent memory'

Dr. Scott Atlas, President Donald Trump's most prominent adviser on the coronavirus crisis, has been an aggressive proponent of a "herd immunity" approach — essentially, letting COVID-19 infect as many people as possible. MSNBC's Chris Hayes slammed Atlas's approach to the pandemic this week on his "All In" show, denouncing him as a leading cause of the United States' recent surge in COVID-19 infections.

Hayes declared, "COVID's best ally in the White House outside the president: Scott Atlas — a name that will live in infamy, I have no doubt. A right-wing radiologist with zero public health expertise who…. managed to take over the nation's entire COVID strategy and push the entire country towards an approach in which the virus would be left to burn through the populace."

The liberal MSNBC host showed a clip of Atlas, on August 31, saying that while "high-risk" Americans needed to be protected, "the goal of policy is absolutely not to stop all spread of COVID-19 to asymptomatic or very low-risk individuals."

Hayes, however, stressed that Atlas' approach has been a failure, saying, "Guess what's happening to the high-risk people right now. Who do you think is in those hospitals and in those long-term care facilities? Who do you think constitutes the names of the dead, over 1000, day after day? Scott Atlas — I mean, this guy is probably more responsible for our record cases and hospitalizations, for a spike in deaths, than any other policymaker in America."

Hayes also laid-out a "strong case" against Atlas in a Twitter thread:

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

alternet logo

Tough Times

Demand honest news. Help support AlterNet and our mission to keep you informed during this crisis.