Dr. Anthony Fauci was once seen as an unquestionable authority on all things COVID-19, but the mask is now off. Fox Star Tucker Carlson called Fauci a “fraud” during a recent monologue due to Fauci’s refusal to condemn protests while still admonishing everyone else to take extreme precautions.
Not long after Carlson’s scorching take-down of Fauci, Donald Trump joined in, openly attacking Fauci’s conclusion as to why the US is currently experiencing a surge of COVID-19.
Fauci testified before Congress on Friday:
If you look at what happened in Europe when they shut down or locked down or went into shelter-in-place. … They really did it to the tune of about 95-plus percent of the country did that. When you actually look at what we did, even though we shut down, even though we created a great deal of difficulty, we really functionally shut down only about 50 percent in the sense of the totality of the country.
Trump responded to a video of Fauci’s statement on Twitter, writing that Fauci is “Wrong! We have more cases because we have tested far more than any other country, 60,000,000.”
“If we tested less, there would be less cases. How did Italy, France & Spain do? Now Europe sadly has flare ups,” He continued. “Most of our governors worked hard & smart. We will come back STRONG!”
The Blaze reported on Sunday:
The U.S. has tested approximately 60 million people for coronavirus. The European country with the most COVID-19 testing is the U.K., with over 16 million. Germany has tested 8 million, total testing for Italy and Spain is nearly 7 million, and France is at 3 million.
The U.S. has the fourth-most COVID-19 tests per one million population among countries most severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, trailing Qatar, Russia, and the U.K., which has the highest testing rate in the world.
The U.S. has 4.7 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, the most in the world. The U.S. also has the most novel coronavirus deaths, nearly 158,000.
Fauci isn’t the only member of the coronavirus task force that’s come under fire this week. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced on Sunday that she has “no confidence” in Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the task force, because Birx is “Trump’s appointee.”
Pelosi did not comment on the fact that Dr. Fauci is also Trump’s appointee. Though both Birx and Fauci are renowned epidemiologists appointed by Trump, the mainstream media and Democrats have lauded Fauci for subverting Trump and either ignored or smeared Birx for refusing to do the same.