Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top adviser on President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force, has received broad accolades for his guidance throughout the global pandemic. But not everyone is a fan of the doctor.
One of those with a rather unfavorable view of Fauci is former congressman Ron Paul, who recently suggested on his internet talk show that the doctor was a “fraud” who should be “fired” — if not by President Trump, then by the American people, the Washington Examiner reported.
Fauci draws criticism
Few can argue against Dr. Fauci’s credentials when it comes to the coronavirus response. He has been the director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984 and is noted as a preeminent expert in the field.
However, Fauci has drawn criticism for his initial reliance on inaccurate models of the severity of the new virus, has proposed rather stringent restriction measures that greatly infringe upon people’s personal liberty, and has on several occasions appeared to publicly contradict or undermine his boss, President Trump.
All of that and more — in particular, a proposal to allow people to return to work if they have an official certification of being infection-free — led Paul to argue on Thursday that Fauci needs to go, either at the order of the president or simply by being ignored by the American people.
Paul: Fauci “should be fired”
Admitting that it is unlikely that Fauci would be ousted by Trump, Paul said, “But he should be fired, and if you don’t do it in the literal sense, the people have to fire him. And they have to fire him by saying he’s a fraud.”
“He doesn’t give us any good information. They didn’t save us from ourselves. And his plan is to give us total control over everybody,” he continued.
“The plan that they have is when things are getting back to normal, ‘yes, people can return to their work and they do things, go to the golf course,’ assuming if you get a stamp of approval,” Paul said. “Your liberties are there if you get the proper stamp from the government and say that you’re free of spreading any disease.”
“But as this one goes away they’ll come up with another one. It’s just an excuse to have total control over the people,” he added. “But I think the most important thing is people have to quit listening to him. If they’re going to listen to him, listen to him critically. You know, what is he saying and what are other people saying.”
Fauci Should Be Fired
If Not By Trump, Then By The American People
— Ron Paul (@RonPaul) April 9, 2020
Trump to announce second task force
It’s unlikely that Trump will fire Fauci from the coronavirus task force — the president has been very supportive of the doctor’s advice on the virus.
But the economy is a different matter, and the president knows that. Trump said Friday that he will be announcing a second task force next week to handle the re-opening of the economy. “I call it the ‘opening our country taskforce’ or ‘opening our country council’ so we don’t get it confused with Mike’s [Pence] taskforce, which has done so great,” he announced.
Trump said the new force will be staffed “with names that you have a lot of respect for, a lot of great names, different businesses, different people … I want their views on what they think.”