While White House medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci has been touted as a hero in many progressive circles, he continues to face widespread opposition among conservatives.
As one COVID-19 adviser during the last administration now claims, former President Donald Trump missed an opportunity to fire Fauci when he had the chance.
“It was an election year”
Scott Atlas recently declared that he was “shocked” that Trump did not put an end to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director’s reign in the White House.
During the Trump administration, Atlas was criticized harshly by many in the mainstream media for his opposition to lockdowns and other strict measures meant to reduce the spread of the virus.
Nearly two years after the pandemic began, however, Fauci is still attracting opposition for his continued push for draconian restrictions on American citizens in the name of public safety.
Now, Atlas is weighing in on the situation, as he did during a recent interview with Fox News personality Steve Hilton. Specifically, he expressed a belief that election-year politics might have played a role in Trump’s reluctance to fire Fauci.
“I can tell you my impression was, first of all, I was shocked that it wasn’t done because President Trump is not afraid of firing people,” he said. “But it was allowed to continue and my belief is that it was, from what I heard inside, which was it was an election year.”
Trump tries to avoid “firestorm”
Atlas claimed that Trump’s advisers were telling him not to “rock the boat” with a close election rapidly approaching.
Of course, Fox News Channel’s Maria Bartiromo addressed the issue with Trump himself, who said that he opted not to get rid of Fauci because of the “firestorm” it would have sparked on the left.
Most recently, he has made the mainstream media rounds to encourage Americans to exclude unvaccinated family members from holiday celebrations.
It is starting to look a lot like two years of being treated as a medical genius has gone to Fauci’s head.