Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) is not backing down from his calls to fire Anthony Fauci after once again confronting the government bureaucrat for misleading the American people.
In a Fox News appearance, Sen. Paul said he is “proud” to raise money in efforts to fire Fauci,” who he called a “menace” and a “partisan politician.”
Another day, another confrontation
In a Senate hearing Tuesday, Paul brought up emails that appeared to show the well-connected Fauci discussing a “quick and devastating published takedown” of scientists advocating an alternative to the lockdowns that the doctor and White House adviser has long pushed on the country.
Fauci responded by blaming Paul for the death threats he has received and noting that Paul is fundraising with an appeal to “Fire Fauci,” as The Daily Wire reported.
Speaking with Fox News’ Bill Hemmer, Paul noted that Fauci did not have an answer when the senator accused him of conspiring to smear scientists who dissent from his agenda.
“[Fauci] didn’t answer the question why is he smearing these three doctors? I’m proud of the fact people go to RandPaul.com raising money to fire Fauci because he is a menace,” Paul told Fox News, according to The Daily Wire. Watch the pair’s exchange in the Senate below.
“He is a partisan politician”
In response to Paul’s criticism, Fauci’s friends in the scientific establishment have rallied to his defense with a strongly worded letter, trumpeted by Fauci’s lapdogs in the media, dismissing a “smear campaign” against him.
But such coordinated messaging campaigns have lost some bite after Peter Daszak, an associate of Fauci, orchestrated a misleading letter to quash speculation that the coronavirus leaked from a Chinese laboratory where Fauci funded research. Fauci has lied under oath about that research, many contend, and the recent emails showing that Fauci targeted other scientists are just the latest evidence that Fauci is a politician, Paul noted.
“Even from the very beginning the fact that this virus came from a lab in Wuhan he has denied it and worked to cover it up and denigrated anybody who raises this question as a conspiracy theorist,” Paul told Fox, according to The Daily Wire. “So yes, he is a partisan politician and he has no place in any objective role over the pandemic and yeah, it’s a political thing.”
During his exchange with Fauci, Paul noted that Fauci has labeled his critics enemies of “science” and charged the bureaucrat with behaving like an “infallible” ruler governing the United States by diktat. “You keep coming back to personal attacks on me that have absolutely no relevance to reality,” Fauci replied.
Unlike Sen. Paul, Fauci is an unelected bureaucrat and the highest paid official in government, to boot. It may not be to Fauci’s liking, but it’s not a crime — against “science” or society — to criticize corrupt government officials.