In her short time in office, Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has created a name for herself as one of the most outspoken members of the Republican caucus.
That reputation was on display yet again this week when Greene called National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director and White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci “an enemy to the world.”
As the Washington Examiner reported, Greene made the scathing indictment of Fauci during an interview with former Trump adviser and War Room Pandemic host Steve Bannon on Wednesday.
“How dare he use our tax dollars to create some sort of disgusting evil science that has killed so many people all over the world and fund it with our tax dollars?” the congresswoman charged.
“An enemy to our nation”
Greene went on to accuse Fauci of playing a role in the spread of the coronavirus at its outset.
“This man is an enemy to our nation. He’s an enemy to the world because he played a major role in creating a bioweapon, which is COVID-19,” Greene said, according to the Examiner.
“I go in there and, to my shock and dismay, senators are treating this man like he’s some sort of hero, and this is the man that pushed for the science, his experiment of gain a function, which took a virus that was spread between animals and turned it into, like, a Dr. Frankenstein-style virus,” the congresswoman complained, reportedly referencing the doctor’s testimony in the Senate the day prior.
She went on: “Dr. Fauci is sitting center state, the star of the show, running his own live human experiment, and it’s happening all over the world. This is the greatest part of his life. He is living his dream, living his dream, while people all over the world are getting sick and dying.”
Paul calls for prosecution
Greene’s words came following a heated exchange between Fauci and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) on Tuesday in which Paul accused the NIAID head of having lied about whether his agency had funded gain of function research.
Paul cited a paper in which a Chinese researcher at the Wuhan laboratory “credits the NIH [National Institutes of Health] and lists the actual number of the grant that she was given by the NIH.” According to a transcript from Rev, the senator said the report referenced experiments that “combined genetic information from different coronaviruses that infect animals, but not humans, to create novel artificial viruses able to infect human cells.”
Paul pointed out that the research “fits the definition of the research that the NIH said was subject to…a pause in funding on gain of function.”
While Fauci categorically denied that he had been dishonest in his previous testimony on the matter, Paul later told Fox News host Sean Hannity that he will recommend that the Justice Department prosecute Fauci for lying to Congress.