The ongoing war of words between Dr. Anthony Fauci and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) over the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic heated up this weekend when the GOP lawmaker took the chief White House medical advisor to task for claiming that it is he who represents “science,” as Fox News reports.
The controversy erupted when Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, assailed critics of his conduct throughout the course of the pandemic and those who have questioned the veracity of statements he has made before Congress, doing so during an appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday.
Fauci declared, according to Politico, “Anybody who’s looking at this carefully realizes that there’s a distinct anti-science flavor to this. If they get up and criticize science, nobody’s going to know what they’re talking about. But if they get up and really aim their bullets at Tony Fauci – people could recognize there’s a person there.”
Suggesting that scrutiny of his behavior has broader, more perilous implications than some may realize, Fauci added, “It’s easy to criticize, but they’re really criticizing science because I represent science. That’s dangerous. To me, that’s more dangerous than the slings and arrows that get thrown at me. I’m not going to be around here forever, but science is going to be here forever.”
In a tone indicative of the God complex he has exhibited since the pandemic’s earliest days, Fauci boasted, “I’m just going to do my job and I’m going to be saving lives and they’re going to be lying.” WATCH:
Lawmakers like Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz have called for Dr. Fauci to step down and be prosecuted over the course of COVID-19. Fauci scoffs at such threats, calling it “noise.”
“They’re really criticizing science because I represent science. That’s dangerous.” pic.twitter.com/zLzceD2DHe
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) November 28, 2021
It was not long before Paul, himself a medical doctor, made his disdain for Fauci’s comments clear, writing on Twitter, “The absolute hubris of someone claiming THEY represent science. It’s astounding and alarming that a public health bureaucrat would even think to claim such a thing, especially one who has worked so hard to ignore the science of natural immunity.”
Paul was not the only top Republican to hit back at Fauci’s arrogance, with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) also taking to social media to say that he is “an unelected technocrat who has distorted science and facts in order to exercise authoritarian control over millions of Americans,” adding, “He lives in a liberal world where his smug ‘I REPRESENT science’ attitude is praised,” before arguing that the doctor provided false testimony before the Senate in May.
Fauci’s megalomania may be rearing its head once again now that the media is hyping the emergence of a new viral variant, saying this weekend that Americans should be prepared for “anything and everything” when it comes to mitigation, but with folks like Paul and Cruz consistently calling him out, he will likely find that whatever credibility he once had with the citizenry was squandered long ago.