‘What a moron’: Fauci unleashes on GOP senator in remarks caught on hot mic

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the high-profile director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infection Diseases, has become a vaulted figure among many progressive politicians and mainstream media figures.

A number of GOP lawmakers, however, have been highly critical of his actions and advice during the COVID-19 pandemic — and recent remarks caught on a live microphone seemed to reveal that he is not eager to field pointed questions from Senate Republicans. 

“All you have to do is ask for it”

As Fox News reported, the chief White House medical adviser’s outburst came after a tense exchange with Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS) during a Senate committee hearing on Tuesday.

Marshall pointed out, among other things, that Fauci is “the highest-paid employee in the entire federal government,” yet his financial disclosures remain tightly guarded.

“I don’t understand why you’re asking me that question,” an obviously frustrated Fauci shot back. “My financial disclosure is public knowledge and has been so for the last 37 years or so, 35 years. All you have to do is ask for it.”

Although Marshall alleged that media outlets had been stonewalled in their search for such documents, Fauci responded: “You’re so misinformed, it’s extraordinary.”

“It didn’t take away from the facts”

Under the apparent impression that his microphone would not pick up his following remarks, Fauci uttered: “What a moron, Jesus Christ!”

The off-color commentary quickly began to spread on social media, prompting an official response from the Kansas Republican.

“I understand that Anthony Fauci had a very frustrating day: having a bombshell report show he in fact did award U.S. tax dollars for gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and being called out about his personal financial disclosure during the COVID pandemic NOT being publicly available must be very frustrating,” Marshall declared.

He apparently referenced the Project Veritas report released on Monday, which seeks to disprove Fauci’s previous claims regarding gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses at the Chinese lab.

Marshall noted that Fauci’s verbal jab “may have alleviated the stress of the least trusted bureaucrat in America, but it didn’t take away from the facts.”

Share on facebook
Share To Facebook

Welcome to our comments section. We want to hear from you!

Any comments with profanity, advocacy of violence, harassment, personally identifiable information or other violations will be removed. If you feel your comment has been removed in error please contact us!

Latest Posts