If you’ve traveled to the depths of hell lately, that is, heard a Republican speak for more than a few minutes, you may have noticed that the Republican Party has been very difficult to convince people to try. Anthony Fauci it is the antichrist. The campaign began at the beginning of the pandemic, when the veteran immunologist made it clear that he would not blindly agree with Donald trumpproclamations about the deadly virus, or its homeopathic recommendation to inject bleach, and has risen in recent weeks as conservatives insist they have found irrefutable proof that Fauci is guilty. Of what, you might ask? Well, they’re not entirely sure, but they’re willing to bet they have evidence that proves things like (1) Fauci knew about COVID-19 before the rest of the US and covered it up; (2) worked with China to leak it from the Wuhan lab to the United States; or (3) he it is the bat from which the virus originated, which only took human form in public from the form of Bruce Wayne.
Immediately after the publication of Fauci’s emails from the beginning of the pandemic, which did not actually show anything, the senators Marsha Blackburn, Marco Rubio, other Tom Cotton they have demanded that Fauci resign or be fired, claiming he has “lost the trust of the American people,” which is only true if the “people” are Republican lawmakers, Fox News, Trump and his eldest son. “Fauci must resign”, Blackburn He said Fox News this week. “And the Biden administration should ask him to step away from his post.” Rubio was equally outraged and baselessly told the network: “For 16 months we have seen Dr. Fauci withhold information, discard plausible explanations about the origin of COVID and openly lie to Congress. He is supposed to be a factual public health official, not an expert who distorts the truth to suit his personal judgment. “Rubio added:” Yes President Biden is committed to science and to find the truth about COVID, he needs to fire Fauci. “Claiming that the highly respected researcher has engaged in” repeated evasions, detours and politicized statements, “Cotton insisted that if Fauci” does not resign, Joe Biden should fire him. “The calls follow a Tucker carlson segment earlier this month in which the host demanded that Fauci be criminally investigated, calling him the “patron saint of Wuhan,” and a deranged statement of Rep. Matt Gaetz, Who said Spicer & Co. that “Dr. Fauci’s hands are stained with blood and now the whole country knows it. ” The Washington Post‘s Margaret sullivan notes, “The fringe website Gateway Pundit published a story blaming Fauci for millions of deaths,” while Donald Trump Jr. “Shared a murder meme about Fauci on Instagram last week. “
In response to the unhinged criticism, Fauci saying in an interview with MSNBC that the attacks against him “are attacks on science” and that “anyone who looks at what is happening sees it clearly. You have to be asleep not to see that. That’s what’s happening. Science and truth are under attack. “Referring to a conspiratorial video Blackburn posted on his Twitter account, Fauci He said Chuck Todd, “I have no idea what he just said… I have no idea what he’s talking about. I’m sorry, I don’t want to be pejorative against a United States senator, but I have no idea what he’s talking about. “Responding to the various conspiracy theories attributed to COVID-19, he said:” If you go through each and every one of the points, which are so ridiculous, painfully ridiculous, but nonetheless, if you go through each and every one of them, it can immediately explain and discredit it. ” Hears additional, “People want to fire me or put me in jail for what I’ve done, which is to follow science … It’s absurd, Chuck. Totally absurd. “
In response to Fauci’s claim that the attacks on him are attacks on science, which it certainly is, considering the extremely unscientific platform of the Republican Party, Senator John kennedy strangely He said Sean Hannity, “I know Dr. Fauci, I like Dr. Fauci, I respect Dr. Fauci. But Dr. Fauci needs to stop fooling around. This is not about Dr. Fauci. It’s not about your feelings, and I’m sorry if your feelings were hurt. You know, maybe I should buy an emotional support pony. But we are not discussing dance moves on TikTok here. We are talking about millions of human lives. “
Of course, to the chagrin of conservatives, the White House shows no signs of following the personnel signals of Republican trolls, calling Fauci an “undeniable asset” to the country during the pandemic. On Tuesday, Andy Slavitt, then a senior advisor on pandemic response, accredited Fauci with helping to “invent and invest in” the mRNA vaccine platform “over the past two decades to be prepared should the worst happen.” “This is how you got your vaccine in the first place,” Slavitt said. “So thank you, Dr. Fauci.” (Trump, who basically thinks he invented the vaccine, will no doubt have something to say about it in a speech only dogs can hear.) Last week, House press secretary White. Jen psaki He said reporters, “The President and the administration feel that Dr. Fauci has played an incredible role in controlling the pandemic and being a voice to the public during the course of this pandemic,” adding in another press conference that “he has overseen the managing multiple global health crises, and the attacks launched against him are certainly something we would not sustain. “
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