When the polls close on Tuesday night, Dr. Anthony Fauci may want to watch the results very carefully.
The controversial scientist could soon be out of a job if Donald Trump wins another term, the president suggested to supporters at a MAGA rally.
“I appreciate the advice”
Although adored by many Democrats as a trusted voice of authority on the coronavirus, more than a few Americans have grown tired of Dr. Fauci and his advocacy of harsh lockdowns, as well as advice on “social distancing” that many say is hypocritical.
Among Fauci’s critics is President Trump, who has long sent a message at odds with the doctor’s that emphasizes the need to open up the country.
At a rally in Miami on Sunday, Trump repeated his claim that Democrats and the media are exaggerating the coronavirus because of the election, prompting supporters to break into chants of “Fire Fauci.”
“Don’t tell anybody, but let me wait till a little after the election,” Trump said. “I appreciate the advice.”
While there have long been tensions between Trump and Fauci, they have seemed to reach a fever pitch in recent weeks as the doctor has made stark criticisms of Trump, leaving the White House to accuse him of “playing politics” and supporting Joe Biden, who has made Trump’s putative failure on the pandemic central to his presidential campaign.
Fauci under fire
In an interview published this weekend with the Washington Post, Fauci asserted that a “whole lot of hurt” is coming in the fall and that America “could not possibly be positioned more poorly” to handle it, adding that Biden is “taking it seriously from a public health perspective,” while Trump is taking a “different perspective” that focuses on the economy.
The White House slammed Fauci for “choosing to criticize the president in the media and make his political leanings known” just before Election Day.
Fauci has also come under fire for suggesting that it may be too dangerous for Americans to enjoy Thanksgiving with their families this year, after showing reluctance to condemn massive left-wing protests in recent months.
Despite his evident frustration with Fauci, Trump has said that firing him before the election would be more trouble than it’s worth, given the backlash that would ensue.
However, depending on the outcome of this election, it may just be a matter of time before Trump makes his move.