Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House, is now arguing, persuasively, that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and infectious diseases (NIAID), “can best serve the country by stepping down.”
Gingrich made his case in an op-ed that was recently published by the Washington Times. The reason that his argument – that it’s time for Fauci to resign – is persuasive is that he makes his argument using a standard that Fauci, himself, set.
Fauci set this standard, according to Gingrich, in a study that Fauci wrote roughly a decade ago. The study, appropriately enough, had to do with the various questions raised by research on highly contagious viruses.
In examining such questions, Fauci came to an important conclusion: that the public should have a say in whether such research is conducted and that scientists ought to be completely transparent about it.
Here is the relevant part of the study that Gingrich quoted. This is Fauci’s own words:
[T]he influenza virus research community can no longer be the only player in the discussion of whether certain experiments should be done. Public opinion (domestic and global) and the judgments of independent biosafety and bio-security experts are also critical. If we want to continue this important work, we collectively need to do a better job of articulating the scientific rationale for such experiments well before they are performed and provide discussion about the potential risk to public health, however remote. We must also not rule out the possibility that in the course of these discussions, a broad consensus might be reached that certain experiments actually should not be conducted or reported.
Gingrich, in his op-ed, said that, here, he agrees with Fauci. “The principles Dr. Fauci had outlined were right,” Gingrich wrote.
Gingrich added, though, that Fauci’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic “failed to meet those principles.”
“Dr. Fauci has failed”
In arguing that Fauci failed to meet his own standard, Gingrich raised two points.
The first is that Fauci failed “for trusting the Chinese dictatorship.” Here, Gingrich was referring to the fact that Fauci, as head of the NIAID, funded the coronavirus research that was taking place at the Wuhan lab, where the coronavirus pandemic is believed to have originated. He did so despite the fact that the lab was under a communist regime that could not be trusted.
The second point that Gingrich made is that Fauci has failed “to be honest from day one about American government involvement in the Wuhan laboratory.” Gingrich correctly notes, “even today, we really don’t know what happened to the money or what research it funded,” and that’s because Fauci has not been forthright.
“By his own standards, Dr. Fauci has failed and should retire,” Gingrich concludes.
Indeed, after raking in big money as a federal government employee for almost four decades, many would argue that Fauci’s departure is long overdue.