Throughout the cornonavirus pandemic, the left’s deification of White House infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci has been a source of unending consternation among conservatives, as the inconsistencies and contradictions of his public messaging have continued to mount.
In a Friday appearance on Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) charged Fauci with misleading the public in regard to COVID-19 and fancies himself as something of a “Greek philosopher” who believes he his performing a public good by telling “noble lies.”
According to Sen. Paul, Fauci sees his role as one of a benevolent educator of those he considers intellectually inferior, saying, “[Fauci’s] not telling you this because he feels sorry for you, because you don’t understand and Americans aren’t smart enough to make informed decisions.”
As an example of Fauci’s strategic dishonesty, Sen. Paul highlighted the public reassurances the doctor gave early in the pandemic in which he said mask wearing was not necessary in that it would not halt the spread of coronavirus.
Of course, that advice stands in stark contrast to almost everything Fauci has said on the topic since, including his statements suggesting that double masks are, in fact, the way to go, and that “it just makes common sense,” as CNBC noted in January. According to Paul, Fauci engaged in his prior obfuscation as a way to protect supplies of N95 masks for use by medical professionals.
As The Hill reported, during a Senate hearing last summer, Paul warned against the danger of resting far-reaching authority in the hands of unelected bureaucrats such as Fauci, stating:
It’s important to realize that if society meekly submits to an expert and that expert is wrong, a great deal of harm may occur when we allow one man’s policy or one group of small men and women to be foisted on an entire nation.
Speaking to Fauci directly at a hearing last May, Paul delcared:
I think we ought to have a little bit of humility in our belief that we know what’s best for the economy, and as much as I respect you, Dr. Fauci, I don’t think you’re the end-all.
Now that President Joe Biden has made Fauci his administration’s chief medical adviser, it seems inevitable that the outsized influence he acquired over the past year will remain undisturbed. We can only hope that critics such as Sen. Paul will continue to push for the accountability and candor Americans deserve.