Sen. Rand Paul believes infectious disease doctor and COVID-19 guru Dr. Anthony Fauci is doing more harm than good. It seems he is saying out loud what many Americans have been thinking for months.
Paul suggested Fauci be removed from all television appearances for his “fear-mongering” and contradictory advice, the Washington Examiner reported. The Kentucky senator, who is also a physician, made his remarks on Fox Business Tuesday.
.@RandPaul: “Dr. Fauci should be voluntarily removed from TV because what he says is such a disservice and such fear-mongering, and almost all of what he says isn’t even matched by the science of his own institute.” pic.twitter.com/1ElPRknQV6
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) April 13, 2021
“Dr. Fauci should be voluntarily removed from TV because what he says is such a disservice and such fear-mongering and almost all of what he says isn’t even matched by the science of his own institute,” Paul said. Fauci is head of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Paul was responding to a question about Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s threats to shut down youth outdoor sports and the ongoing rules against indoor dining despite the lack of scientific support. “It doesn’t obey the science,” Paul said. “There is no scientific evidence that the lockdowns in Michigan have done anything, or in California”
He went on to point out that those states that are tightly locked-down aren’t faring as well as wide-open Flordia. “The death rate is lower in Florida,” he went on to say. “So there is no real correlation between economic lockdowns, mask mandates, or any of this.”
Meanwhile, Fauci has been pushing continued masking as his main message even as Americans are receiving vaccinations. “It is television malpractice for these TV doctors to come on and say the mask is so much more important than the vaccine,” Paul charged. “Most of the people who are getting the disease have been wearing masks,” he later asserted. “The vaccines work. Almost nobody that’s been vaccinated has been hospitalized or died, almost no one.”
During a Senate hearing on coronavirus last month, Paul confronted Fauci on this point. He charged it was “theater” for Fauci to wear two masks after already being vaccinated. In a podcast appearance, Paul pointed out how Fauci was “busy wearing three masks, strutting around, and getting books written about him and everybody calling him the world’s best doctor, when, in reality, all he is is a TV pundit and really a left-wing advocate for elitism.”
Fauci has graced the cover of magazines and has enjoyed celebrity status for his work. Now it seems he’s more about the optics and media appearances than about the science. Americans are becoming increasingly distrustful of him, and it seems Paul is one of the few lawmakers brave enough to articulate that.