Despite mounting evidence that he has lost the trust of millions of Americans over the course of the pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci declared this week that he “absolutely, unequivocally” has to intention of resigning from his roles as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infections Diseases (NIH) and as chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, as Breitbart reports.
On Wednesday’s installment of The Interview with Hugh Hewitt, Fauci was described by the show’s host as an impediment to greater vaccine uptake among the general population, and it was posited that Americans in greater number would agree to receive COVID-19 jabs if Fauci was no longer in the picture.
Suggesting to Fauci that his continued presence is doing “more harm than good” given the public’s lack of confidence in his vacillating proclamations as well as notable flip flops emanating from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Hewitt asked, “If that data is presented to you – that more people would get vaccinated if you left the scene – would you leave the scene?”
Fauci bristled at Hewitt’s basic premise, saying, “Hugh, I think that is a completely false narrative that people are not getting vaccinated because of me. I am very sorry. I’ve told you I’ve known you a long time, and I respect you, but I totally reject that people are not getting vaccinated because of me. Are you kidding me? Come on.”
“Is there are point where you will say ‘I do more harm than good because people don’t listen to me anymore’ and step aside,” Hewitt probed?
No. Absolutely, unequivocally no,” replied Fauci.
Hewitt is by no means the only high-profile personality in recent weeks to call for Fauci’s departure, as Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) last month demanded the infectious disease expert’s resignation after newly-released documents called into question the truth of testimony he had previously given to Congress regarding U.S. funding of so-called gain-of-function research in China, as Fox News noted.
“[Fauci] has repeatedly lied before Congress and the American people and should immediately resign. But his resignation is not enough. Congress must also conduct a thorough investigation into this research and the way in which these grants were issued to ensure no bureaucrat is able to hide behind lawyerly definitions and skirt regulations like this again” Gallagher opined.
Given the good doctor’s irritatingly ubiquitous media appearances, ongoing contradictions on everything from masks to school reopening, and condescending attitude toward anyone who might dare question his edicts, Hewitt’s determination that Fauci’s exit would be a welcome development to legions of Americans is well-taken indeed.