To his admirers, Dr. Anthony Fauci is a straight shooter, a selfless public servant who simply sticks to the “science.” But does the doctor deserve all the trust he and his supporters demand?
As Fauci dishes out hypocritical advice, the doctor “only has himself to blame” if Americans have doubts about his credibility, argues the Washington Examiner‘s Zachary Faria.
Fauci and his “smug hypocrisy”
While often held up as an unquestionable voice of authority by his allies, detractors point out that Fauci has shown a double standard in his pronouncements on controlling the coronavirus.
It angered many Americans when Fauci hesitated to condemn large left-wing protesters and rioters this summer, even as he called to cancel Thanksgiving dinner and slammed the president’s choice to continue holding campaign rallies amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Writing Tuesday, Faria said Fauci can only blame himself — and his “own smug hypocrisy” — if people are finally getting sick of him.
While Fauci and his supporters seem to think the doctor is entitled to the people’s blind trust, he has proven to be a privileged hypocrite not unlike the politicians across the country ignoring their own rules, like California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), who was recently caught living it up at a luxury restaurant.
As Faria notes, Fauci had his own Newsom moment earlier this year when he was seen yucking it up at a Washington Nationals game, face uncovered. It’s incidents like these, the columnist said, that “understandably caused many people across the country to tune [Fauci] out.”
“Do what you’re told”
While Lord Fauci and his powerful friends can do what they want, the people have to make do with indefinite restrictions on their lives: Fauci has continuously pushed the goalposts on when life can return to normal, recently saying that even a vaccine is not enough.
Indeed, for many Americans, the doctor’s behavior has become part of a pattern of tyrannical behavior by America’s leaders. And most weren’t comforted when he admonished the people to suppress their “independent spirit” and “do what you’re told.”
“I was talking with my U.K. colleagues who are saying the U.K. is similar to where we are now, because each of our countries have that independent spirit,” Fauci said last week, according to the New York Post. “I can understand that, but now is the time to do what you’re told.”
Anger with Fauci has grown to such an extent that Donald Trump reportedly floated firing him just days before the election, a proposal that thrilled the president’s base.
However, that seems unlikely to pass if Joe Biden takes over the White House in January.