U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has been one of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s harshest critics on Capitol Hill and reiterated his concerns in a statement this week.
Arguing that the Biden administration’s top health adviser is guilty of “fearmongering” in discussions regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Paul said Fauci should be “voluntarily removed” from future television appearances and interviews.
“Such a disservice”
The infectious disease expert has been a fixture on the airwaves since the earliest days of the public health crisis, but Paul spoke for critics across the nation in calling Fauci a “petty tyrant” whose time to exit the public stage has come.
Dismissing him as one of the “TV doctors” opining on the horrors of the virus, Paul said Fauci is bent on keeping Americans in an irrational state of fear.
“Dr. Fauci should be voluntarily removed from TV because what he says is such a disservice and such fearmongering and almost all of what he says isn’t even matched by the science of his own institute,” the Kentucky Republican said.
Paul is not the only high-profile Republican who believes Fauci’s messaging has grown tiresome and inappropriate — particularly his tenacious advocacy of restrictions imposed to limit the spread of COVID-19.
The senator has been a consistent source of criticism, however, recently accusing Fauci of engaging in “theater” for continuing to advocate wearing facemasks even after receiving a vaccine. Paul later claimed that Fauci believes Americans are too stupid to think for themselves and need a “noble lie” for their own good.
“Still not OK”
This week, he doubled down by labeling the doctor a “petty tyrant” for saying that it is “still not OK” for inoculated Americans to dine indoors at restaurants.
For his part, however, Fauci has been reluctant to admit any personal missteps in his advice to Americans and has proven to be somewhat sensitive when others call him out for perceived faults.
He accused Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson of spreading a “crazy conspiracy theory” when the host asked on Tuesday whether Fauci actually believes vaccines work, given his recommendation of continued mitigation measures even after receiving a shot.
Given his apparent belief that his critics are conspiracy theorists, it seems unlikely that he would ever voluntarily step down from his media pedestal.
As for whether news networks will grow tired of his antics remains to be seen, but Paul is clearly speaking for a large number of Americans who believe Fauci’s television hits have outlived their usefulness.