When it comes to slowing the spread of the coronavirus, Dr. Anthony Fauci seems to think that some crowds are more dangerous than others.
The public face of President Donald Trump’s pandemic response is under fire for hypocrisy after failing to condemn large Women’s March protests in Washington, D.C.
Fauci fails to condemn D.C. protests
While held up by the media as an unimpeachable voice of authority, Fauci has invited plenty of criticism with pronouncements that often appear to be more political than scientific.
In the latest example, Fauci has been reluctant to call out large crowds that gathered for Women’s March protests in the nation’s capital this weekend. According to the Washington Examiner, the outlet called him for comment but received no response. Fauci seemed just as fearful to chastise Black Lives Matter demonstrations over the summer, and he skirted the issue when confronted by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Fox News reported.
The apparent double-standard has many Americans in a rage, as Fauci has not been shy about condemning Trump’s MAGA rallies and a recent, so-called “superspreader” event at the White House. The media have routinely pointed to these events to bash Trump as reckless, even as they have refused to speak out against recent left-wing protests.
Fauci said he was not surprised that Trump came down with the virus after the Rose Garden event.
“When I saw that on TV, I said, ‘Oh my goodness. Nothing good can come out of that. That’s got to be a problem.’ And then, sure enough, it turned out to be a superspreader event,” he told CBS’ “60 Minutes.”
Invites criticism with hypocrisy
While silent on some gatherings, Fauci has said that Americans should consider canceling Thanksgiving gatherings this year, further provoking the anger of Americans who feel that coronavirus restrictions have been applied in an arbitrary manner, with Fauci’s blessing.
Many have said that the seemingly partisan nature of many restrictions is costing health “experts” their credibility.
“No matter how much CNN, Fauci, and MSNBC don’t want you to see your family this holiday season and remain crippled in fear (instead of cautious and sensible), the American people won’t listen to them after seeing them show no problem with the Women’s March this past weekend,” tweeted Curtis Houck of Newsbusters.
This comes as tensions have come to a boil between Fauci and Trump, who has advocated a more nuanced approach to containing the virus, arguing that Americans must not let “the cure become worse than the disease.”
“People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots, these people that have gotten it wrong,” Trump reportedly said in a phone call with campaign staff on Monday, Fox News reported.