Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has led the charge in challenging Dr. Anthony Fauci throughout the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially on the infectious disease expert’s mixed messaging and frequent flip-flops on COVID-19 guidance.
According to the Washington Examiner, it now appears as if Paul is paying a scary toll for challenging the left-leaning mainstream media’s darling virus expert, as the Kentucky Republican revealed to Fox News’s Sean Hannity on Friday evening that he and his family have received no less than five serious death threats — in the past week alone — since he began challenging the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director.
“Just for being outspoken”
In the interview with Hannity, Paul expressed concern over the situations he and his family have faced since he began challenging Fauci on a number of pandemic-related topics, most recently being Fauci’s potential involvement in funding “gain of function” research at a Wuhan, China lab.
“I don’t know what the world’s coming to. You can’t ask honest, difficult questions that, in the end, have proved out that Dr. Fauci was not being honest with us, but as a repercussion, my family had white powder sent to our house and five death threats phoned in,” Paul told Hannity.
“This week, I’ve had five death threats just for being outspoken on it,” Paul added.
That revelation came on the heels of a report from May concerning an envelope filled with white powder that was sent to Paul’s residence. Luckily, the power wasn’t a biological agent, but with it came a frightening note.
“I’ll finish what your neighbor started, you mother******,” the note read, referring to an incident several years ago when one of Paul’s neighbors severely beat him in his front yard.
Fauci’s email scandal
The infectious disease expert’s most recent controversy has come in the form of an email scandal of sorts, as a conservative watchdog group recently obtained a trove of Fauci’s emails through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which revealed that Fauci, who serves as President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, might have known more than he let on to in the early stages of the pandemic.
Paul, who also happens to be a medical doctor, claimed that Fauci’s emails, which were published online last week, justified his increased skepticism concerning whether or not the NIAID director has been honest with the American people since the beginning of the pandemic.
“There’s been no more prominent scientist in favor of gain-of-function research than Dr. Fauci,” the GOP senator said. “He still hasn’t backed off of that position. He still believes that it’s OK to take animal viruses and make them into superviruses to infect humans. Even if a pandemic should occur, he says the research is worth it.”
Paul was referring to a recent bombshell story that indicated that Fauci believed that the potential risks from gain of function research — like a global pandemic that kills millions of people — were worth it.
As the controversy surrounding Fauci continues to unfold, hopefully, more prominent figures will be able to challenge Fauci on the issue without being subjected to death threats.