Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci has experienced a significant amount of criticism for his handling of the pandemic, especially in the later months of Donald Trump’s administration, but he just revealed that it never got bad enough for him to consider resigning.
Though he initially enjoyed the respect and even reverence of most of the American public at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the months wore on, he came under heavy fire from many on the right for his policy recommendations and lack of consistency.
Though Trump never publicly came out against him, the former president did take some very pointed swipes at the renowned physician toward the end of 2020 — and even alluded to potentially firing him at one point, though the veiled threat never came to fruition.
Fauci told MSNBC’s Joy Reid on Friday that he never felt compelled to resign from his position, fearing that his departure could leave a “vacuum” that could be filled by someone less qualified.
“You know, Joy, I never really considered resigning because I felt, if I did, I would really leave a vacuum of somebody who — as you know, I would always tell the truth,” he said.
“I would always be talking about what is based on data,” he explained, “And I was afraid that, if I just did this symbolic walking out, it would be gratifying for a moment, but then I would not be able to have the perch that I would have on the task force to make sure that we talk about truth and about science and about evidence, and not about anecdote.”
“So, the answer to your question is, I never seriously considered working out of that at all,” he added.
Fauci has evoked the ire of a significant sector of Americans due to his open flip-flopping on how to approach the pandemic, even admitting in December that he misrepresented data in order to manipulate the American public into complying with COVID-19 precautions.
Fauci has also displayed inconsistency and even blatant partisanship on the issue of wearing masks at the beginning of the pandemic, double-masking, herd immunity, and most recently, the growing nursing home scandal that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is facing.