White House medical adviser and infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci engaged in a heated back-and-forth with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) during a congressional hearing Thursday wherein the doctor arrogantly refused to provide direct answers to the congressman’s questions about when various coronavirus-related restrictions could be lifted.
The “disdain” and “high-handed” attitude exhibited by Dr. Fauci in the debate with Jordan prompted Fox News contributor Charlie Hurt to insist that the doctor needs to be fired from his taxpayer-funded position, Mediaite reported.
Fauci vs. Jordan
It was during a House subcommittee hearing on the government’s COVID-19 pandemic response on Thursday that Dr. Fauci sparred with Rep. Jordan.
Jordan repeatedly sought specific metrics, in terms of both new case numbers and vaccination rates, by which Americans could expect to see the widespread restrictions on their freedoms and liberties relaxed and ultimately lifted. Fauci, however, refused to provide any such specifics and even seemed to dismiss outright any stated concerns about liberties being infringed.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) April 15, 2021
Fauci should be fired
Mediaite reported that Hurt, appearing Friday on Fox & Friends, had noted that Fauci was the highest-paid federal official in Washington, D.C. and “has gotten more wrong than anybody during this entire pandemic.” As such, Hurt said, the doctor should have been more conciliatory with the congressman’s efforts to elicit straightforward answers on behalf of his constituents.
“This is the one opportunity for Jim Jordan, who represents 800,000 Ohioans, who paid Dr. Fauci’s salary, to ask some basic questions about the decisions Dr. Fauci has made that has altered their life, probably more than any other single person in American history,” Hurt said. “Especially for somebody who’s never been elected!”
He went on: “And it’s the one opportunity for those good citizens of Ohio to ask some questions of Dr. Fauci, and Dr. Fauci gets high-handed with Jim Jordan? The representative of 800,000 people that Dr. Fauci works for who pay his salary?”
Hurt said accusing “Jim Jordan of ranting by asking these questions” amounts to “a really screwed-up situation.”
“Dr. Fauci should be fired for a lot of reasons, but he should be fired for this,” he said, according to Mediaite. “For this kind of disdain — not for Jim Jordan — but for the 800,000 Ohioans who pay his salary that Jim Jordan represents.”
Fauci’s attitude is “amazing”
Hurt went on to note that he didn’t necessarily “quibble” with somebody like Dr. Fauci being in the position that he is in, in terms of providing advice and expertise in a pandemic, but merely sought to remind him that he worked for the taxpayers — and by extension, the American people’s elected representatives — and should therefore refrain from speaking with “such disdain” in response to legitimate questions.
“I think the American people will forgive mistakes in an unprecedented pandemic like this, people will give a lot of leeway in something like this, but the idea that it is so twisted that Dr. Fauci thinks he can speak like that, and accuse Jim Jordan of ranting because he doesn’t want to answer questions, that’s amazing,” Hurt concluded, according to Mediaite.