As President Joe Biden’s chief adviser on all things COVID-19, Dr. Anthony Fauci continues to be lauded by many on the left. Not everyone is a fan, however — and that includes fellow medical professionals.
According to Fox News, TV personality and surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz recently declared that it’s time for Fauci to submit his resignation.
“Dr. Anthony Fauci has lost the faith and confidence of the American people,” Oz said in a recent statement to the New York Post. “It’s time for a new face talking to the American people, one that is more trusted.”
According to Fox, Oz went on to assert that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) head “should be held accountable for misleading, whether willfully or unintentionally, the American public and the United States Congress” with regard to the coronavirus pandemic.
“What went wrong”
Oz announced last month that he intends to run as a Republican for the Pennsylvania Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Pat Toomey.
During an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, Oz voiced opposition to some of the COVID-related measures that Fauci has supported.
“I’ve spent a lot of time trying to understand what went wrong and it’s emblematic of other issues we are struggling with in our great country,” Oz said.
“Remember the phrase two weeks to flatten the curve?” he asked. “That metastasized into this terrible authoritarianism and overreaching that did not make us safer.”
“Those choices should be yours”
“People with big yards told people with no yards to stay indoors because that’s where the virus was,” the doctor complained. “Some closed the parks, shamed people about beaches — and now threatening the same overreach with the omicron [variant].”
He added: “I think those choices should be yours, the American people’s. […] I’ve fought to empower my audience, my patients and now the people of Pennsylvania.”
While the doctor’s criticism of Fauci is likely to go over well with Republican primary voters, some of his other views may not be so easily accepted.
Fox noted in a separate report last week that Oz has previously advocated for so-called “red flag laws” and other gun control measures that most conservatives reject. He’s since clarified:
As a proud gun owner myself, I’m a firm believer in the Second Amendment and our constitutional right to bear arms for protection.