May 24, 2022

Independents turn on Dr. Fauci, want him fired from the White House

Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden, has squandered his credibility in the time since the coronavirus pandemic began. The American people have stopped listening to him, so why hasn’t the White House?

A recent Trafalgar Group poll found that a majority of independents and Republicans agree that Fauci should resign, the Daily Caller reported. The 81-year-old doctor, who is also the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was largely trusted at the beginning of the pandemic but startling revelations have damaged his credibility.

The question of whether Fauci needs to go cuts starkly among party lines. While only 17.5% of Democrats think he should leave, 58.9% of independents and a whopping 76.6% of Republicans want him to resign.

Though Fauci’s position should not be a political one, his frequent run-ins with politicians and unpopular public policy solutions to COVID-19 have made him a target. In November, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) took Fauci to task over his role in the National Institutes of Health financial support for gain of function research that some have charged was responsible for creating the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Your repeated denials have worn thin and the majority of Americans, frankly, don’t believe you,” Paul said to Fauci who denied that the NIH funded such research despite evidence to the contrary, according to the New York Post. “Your persistent denials are not just a stain on your reputation but are a clear and present danger to the country and to the world.”

Last month, leaked emails also revealed that Fauci and NIH Director Francis Collins colluded to discredit a group of experts who were against the endless lockdowns and in favor of getting the population to herd immunity, the Daily Mail reported. Collins said they were “fringe epidemiologists” requiring a “quick and devastating takedown,” and Fauci indicated he agreed with supporting links.

Most notably, Fauci maintained that people critical of him are “really criticizing science because I represent science,” he reportedly said. That kind of self-aggrandizing from a man who is supposed to be a public servant is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Fauci’s poor reputation.

Fauci was put forward as a competent, seasoned public health official during the early days of the pandemic, and many counted on his advice and messaging. However, almost two years into the crisis, Americans are starting to catch on that the doctor is just another bureaucratic hack with too much power — and it appears they’re done listening to his advice.

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