Anthony Fauci announces he will retire at the end of Biden’s term

After two years of barking orders at the American people from his perch on cable news, Anthony Fauci is finally ready to retire.

“Mr. Science” himself told Politico that he won’t stay in his government job past President Biden’s first term.

Fauci to retire

It’s merciful news to those who have come to find Fauci’s overbearing personality wearisome since the COVID pandemic made him an inescapable fixture on television two years ago.

However, Fauci is giving no firm guarantees that Americans will be rid of him for good. True to form, he told the Hill a day after announcing his retirement, “I’m not going to retire.” He had told Politico that he was retiring, having drafted disciples to continue his “vision.”

But it appears Fauci is leaving his current position while leaving the door open for other opportunities. He has been in the same government job at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since the Reagan era.

Fauci conceded that America will be living with COVID for many years, despite the extraordinary, totalitarian disruptions to society that he imposed on the country in the name of containing the pandemic.

“We’re in a pattern now. If somebody says, ‘You’ll leave when we don’t have Covid anymore,’ then I will be 105. I think we’re going to be living with this,” he told Politico.

Mr. Science

During his time as the face of America’s COVID response, Fauci built up a devoted cult following that treated him like a benevolent and infallible authority, and Fauci often spoke of himself in those terms.

In Politico’s typically deferential profile, Fauci suggested that his decision to step down is driven by a realization that his hold on the country has slipped. Fauci lamented that “it’s becoming more and more difficult to get people to listen, because even the people who are compliant want this behind them.”

Nowhere in Fauci’s remarks was there any hint of remorse for the destructive economic and social consequences of COVID lockdowns, or the damage his capricious mandates and policy flip-flops have done to public trust in “science.”

“I don’t think they can say anything about the science,” he said about his detractors. “If that’s what you want to investigate, be my guest. My telling somebody that it’s important to follow fundamental good public health practices … what are you going to investigate about that?”

When he does retire, Fauci will receive the most generous federal pension in American history.

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