Sen. Rand Paul likens Dr. Fauci to “a mafia don”

Dr. Anthony Fauci is regarded as a hero by many on the left, with his face appearing on everything from candles to cupcakes. However, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has a very different view of the White House’s chief COVID advisor.

During a recent interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham, Paul complained that Fauci is closer to being a mob boss than a scientist. 

Paul: “If you disagree with him, they come down on you hard”

As evidence, the Kentucky Republican pointed to a report from Vanity Fair which alleged that evolutionary biologist Jesse Bloom’s suggestion that COVID could have originated in a lab was shut down at a meeting Fauci attended.

Paul told Ingraham that the assertion is “really alarming,” adding that Fauci’s supporters “will do anything” to maintain his favored narrative.

“Three famous epidemiologists” from Harvard University, Oxford University and Stanford University have also been suppressed,” Paul continued.

“But one of the interesting things about this exposé is it also shows the harm of what government contractors do. We knew they did this in other areas, but we didn’t know it was happening in science.”

“This is more like what you’d see from a mafia don than from a government bureaucrat or scientist,” Paul declared. “If you disagree with him, they come down on you hard, and they try to suppress anybody with a different opinion.”

The scientist was allegedly accused of fueling conspiracy theories

The Vanity Fair article states that Fauci was present at a 2021 Zoom meeting along with British scientist Peter Daszak.

Daszak heads EchoHealth Alliance, an organization that received millions of dollars from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study bat coronaviruses in Wuhan, China.

The meeting is said to have become “extremely contentious” when a paper that Bloom wrote arguing that COVID may have originated in the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s lab.

At one point, evolutionary biologist Kristian Andersen allegedly insisted that Bloom’s paper “would fuel conspiratorial notions that China was hiding data and thereby lead to more criticism of scientists such as himself.”

Andersen is then said to have offered to delete Bloom’s paper or alter it “in a way that would leave no record that this had been done.” Fauci is reported to have distanced himself from that idea, saying “I want to be clear that I never suggested you delete or revise” Bloom’s work.

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