Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser shocked the nation this week by re-naming Christmas Eve — a longstanding Christian holiday — as “Dr. Anthony S. Fauci Day” in the city in honor of the physician’s 80th birthday.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson wasted no time slamming the outsized “worship” of the infectious disease specialist in his Wednesday monologue, calling Fauci “the high priest of the COVID cult.”
Carlson — as usual — pulled no punches in exposing Bowser’s outrageous declaration and pointing out the greater issue with the undeserved veneration of “the experts” during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“People describe the political divide in America as between the religious and the secular. But that’s not really true,” Carlson opened.
“Everyone in this country has a religion, the question is whether you worship God, or whether you worship yourself. Those are America’s two competing faiths, and Washington DC is the capital of the latter sect,” he continued.
“DC is the Rome of spiritual narcissism. In Washington, human power is worshipped as the living God. You’ll see temples to human power throughout the city, as well as smaller shrines to its saints.”
Carlson pointedly joked:
The latest holy man to be beatified there is a diminutive federal bureaucrat called Tony Fauci. Fauci is the high priest of the COVID cult, a paper mask is his sacred garment, cable television is his pulpit.
The people of Washington bow before father Fauci, they throw their Patagonia fleeces before him to ease his way as he passes like palm fronds in the streets of Jerusalem. They consider him holy.
“Fauci is the high priest of the COVID cult. A paper mask is his sacred garment, cable television is his pulpit,” Carlson said, remarking in response to footage of Bowser’s formal declaration: “A holy day indeed.”
Others jump in
Carlson isn’t the only one to mock the repurposing of Christmas Eve in service of Dr. Fauci. Author and conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza wrote on Twitter: “The Left is trying to change Christmas Eve into ‘Dr. Fauci Day’ and it’s weird and creepy.”
“For democrats it’s “Dr. Fauci Day.” For everyone else, it’s Christmas Eve,” wrote journalist Olivia Rondeau.
Fauci himself has not responded directly to the holiday designation in honor of his birthday, but appears to have no problem with the declaration — as evidenced by his silence on the matter.
Fauci enjoys the distinctive status as the nation’s foremost infectious disease expert, but the facade is crumbling. Despite claims of only “following the science,” The New York Times reported on Thursday that Fauci has purposely manipulated and lied about said “science” to the American people in order to encourage compliance with COVID-19 guidelines.