Sunday, at a rally in Florida, Trump supporters demanded that the president fire Dr. Anthony Fauci. The crowd began loudly chanting “Fire Fauci” after President Trump criticized mainstream media for their reporting on and constant fearmongering about COVID-19.
President Trump responded to his supporters’ demands, by hinting that removing Fauci from the White Hosue coronavirus task force could be on the table after the election: “Don’t tell anybody but let me wait ’till a little bit after the election, please. I appreciate the advice. I appreciate the advice.”
At the beginning of the pandemic, Fauci downplayed the seriousness of the novel virus and said the mask-wearing was unnecessary. Fauci has since reversed his position and is calling for everyone to wear masks at all times in public.
Joe Biden, in a campaign speech, elevated Fauci to the level of a founding father, saying that obeying Fauci’s call for a national mask mandate is a “patriotic duty.” Far from obeying Fauci, Trump supporters want him fired.
Wow — a “Fire Fauci!” chant at the Trump rally
“Let me wait until a little after the election,” Trump replies pic.twitter.com/bRHLqzzcRF
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 2, 2020
President Trump went on to comment on Fauci’s record, pointing out that Fauci was wrong a lot. Early on, Fauci opposed Trump’s travel ban from China, but then later praised the president for saving thousands of lives.
Trump continued, “No, he’s been wrong though a lot. He’s a nice man though. He’s been wrong on a lot. ‘Do not, under any circumstances wear a mask,’ he said. ‘Do not close up to China,’ he said. Then he said later on that ‘Trump—President Trump—saved tens of thousands of lives’ because I closed early.”
Though Trump and Fauci have maintained a mostly cordial relationship since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, Fauci appeared to endorse Joe Biden’s coronavirus approach in an interview with the Washington Post on Friday.
The Post wrote:
Fauci said former vice president Joe Biden’s campaign “is taking it seriously from a public health perspective.” Trump, Fauci said, is “looking at it from a different perspective.” He said that perspective was “the economy and reopening the country.”
White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere slammed Fauci’s partisan alignment with Biden in a statement, declaring that “as a member of the Task Force, Dr. Fauci has a duty to express concerns or push for a change in strategy, but he’s not done that, instead choosing to criticize the President in the media and make his political leanings known by praising the President’s opponent — exactly what the American people have come to expect from The Swamp.”