Dr. Anthony Fauci has been a controversial public figure since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Conservatives have widely denounced his flip-flops and misleading statements — and some on the right are calling for the top White House medical adviser to be fired.
“Concentrate on continuing to get those numbers down”
The most recent GOP lawmaker to back such a call is U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY).
According to Breitbart, she reacted to Fauci’s recent remark that Americans might have to cancel holiday plans, tweeting: “Fire Fauci. Save Christmas!”
Other Twitter users were quick to voice their agreement, including one who asked: “Who the heck is listening to Dr. DOOM anymore?”
Breitbart noted that Stefanik’s tweet came on Monday — one day after a CBS News interview in which Fauci suggested that the pandemic might require Christmas plans to be interrupted once again.
“We have to concentrate on continuing to get those numbers down and not try to jump ahead by weeks or months and say what we’re going to do at a particular time,” he told Face the Nation host Margaret Brennan. “Let’s focus like a laser on continuing to get those cases down.”
“Christmas remains stubbornly popular in this country”
Fauci went on to urge individuals to receive a vaccine and boosters, where recommended, which he said would “help greatly in diminishing infection and diminishing advanced disease.”
It was those remarks that apparently led to Stefanik’s call for his ouster.
Of course, Fauci subsequently backtracked in a move Fox News Channel personality Tucker Carlson claimed was more motivated by partisanship than scientific data.
“But here’s the funny thing: not everyone wanted to hear we needed to cancel Christmas,” Carlson said on Monday night. “Turns out, outside of network newsrooms, Christmas remains stubbornly popular in this country.”
The host cut to a clip of Fauci insisting that his earlier remarks had been “misinterpreted” and that he would be spending Christmas with his family. Instead of taking responsibility for his own words in his reversal on Monday, he complained that allegations about him wanting to cancel Christmas were “nonsense” based on “disinformation.”