U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) squared off against National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci again this week during a hearing on Capitol Hill.
At one point during their back-and-forth, Paul charged Fauci with being the “architect” of a pandemic strategy that left hundreds of thousands of Americans dead.
The senator’s allegation came after referencing Fauci’s perceived attempts to portray himself as a nearly infallible voice for science.
“Dr. Fauci, the idea that a government official like yourself would claim unilaterally to represent science, that any criticism of you would be considered a criticism of science itself, is quite dangerous,” Paul asserted.
He went on to note that “central planning” of any type is only as good as the planner.
“It would not be so catastrophic if the planner were simply one physician in Peoria,” the Kentucky Republican said. “Then the mistakes would only affect that physician’s patients — the people who chose that physician.”
When Fauci, who also serves as the chief White House medical adviser, is the planner, however, Paul noted that the stakes are much higher.
“You are the one responsible”
“A planner who believes he is ‘the science’ leads to an arrogance that justifies in his mind using government resources to smear and to destroy the reputations of other scientists who disagree with him,” the senator said.
For his part, Fauci accused Paul of mischaracterizing his prior statements and positions and issued an objection in response to the senator’s reference to emails related to the origins of COVID-19.
Paul continued his scathing line of questioning, however, asking: “Do you think anybody has had more influence over our response to this than you have? Do you think it’s a great success what’s happened so far? Do you think the lockdowns have been good for our kids? Do you think we slowed down the death rate?”
Noting that “more people have died now under President Biden than did under President Trump,” Paul made it clear that he believes Fauci deserves a large share of the blame.
“You are the one responsible,” he concluded. “You are the architect. You are the lead architect of the response from the government and now 800,000 people have died.”