Columnist: ‘Fauci should quit’ so he would have more freedom to address coronavirus publicly

Over the course of the continuing public health crisis, Dr. Anthony Fauci has received widespread praise and occasional criticism for his role as a leading force on the White House coronavirus task force. While many of his critics are conservatives, some on the left want him to depart from the administration — but for different reasons.

In a recent piece published by The Week, columnist Joel Mathis made his case for why the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases should resign from the public sector.

“It is time for Dr. Anthony Fauci to quit government,” argued Mathis, who went on to write that “resigning might be the best thing he can do for the country’s public health — not to mention his own dignity.”

“Fact-based pessimism”

Of course, the writer did not come to his conclusion based on any perceived shortcomings on Fauci’s part.

Instead, Mathis opined that the immunologist’s “fact-based pessimism about the country’s progress against the coronavirus” stood in “too stark a contrast with Trump’s magical thinking” on the issue.

“Trump and his allies have chosen to discredit Fauci instead of listen to him, sending a list of his errors to journalists and publicly criticizing him,” Mathis wrote.

He again made the case that “Fauci should quit,” adding that such a distancing from the administration would give him more freedom to speak about COVID-19 than he currently has.

“Speaking the truth at all times”

“Even without an official portfolio, he would almost certainly still be welcome on any news network, podcast, YouTube channel, or newspaper op-ed page to sound the alarm and make the case for what he believes is the correct approach to containing the pandemic,” Mathis wrote.

In a recent interview with the Financial Times, Fauci addressed what he thinks could be one reason for a reduction in his television exposure.

“I have a reputation, as you probably have figured out, of speaking the truth at all times and not sugar-coating things,” he said. “And that may be one of the reasons why I haven’t been on television very much lately.”

The Trump administration, however, has made it clear that there is not an internal campaign against the health expert.

It is clear, however, that the president is interested in hearing other points of view. That might be exactly what the nation needs to emerge from the current crisis.

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