While sitting with “Face the Nation” host Margaret Brennan, Fauci suggested that lawmakers like Paul and Cruz targeted him to divert attention from scandals associated with the Trump administration, such as the Capitol attack on January 6th.
“So it’s easy to criticize, but they really criticize science because I represent science,” Fauci said in the interview. ” It’s dangerous. For me, it’s more dangerous than the slingshots and arrows thrown at me. I won’t be here forever, but science will be here forever. And if you damage science, you are doing something very damaging to society long after I am gone. And that’s what worries me. “
On Sunday, Paul, who has repeatedly called on Fauci to resign or be fired, retweeted a video of the interview and wrote: “Absolute pride of someone claiming they represent science. It is amazing and alarming that a public health bureaucrat even thinks of making such a claim, especially one who has worked so hard to ignore the science of natural immunity. “
The absolute pride of someone who claims THEY represent science. It’s amazing and alarming that a public health bureaucrat could even think of making a claim for such a thing, especially one who worked so hard to ignore the science of natural immunity. https://t.co/rcDezphVRR
– Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) November 28, 2021
Cruz also took issue with Fauci saying he represented science, tweeting, “Fauci is an unelected technocrat who has twisted science and fact in order to exert authoritarian control over millions of Americans. He lives in a liberal world where his self-sufficient “I REPRESENT science” attitude is praised. “
Fauci is an unelected technocrat who twisted science and facts in order to exercise authoritarian control over millions of Americans.
He lives in a liberal world where his blissful “I REPRESENT science” attitude is praised.
Here are the facts:
– Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 28, 2021
The Texas senator further criticized Fauci for allegedly lying about the National Institutes of Health funding gain-of-office research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and suggested that Fauci should be sued by the Department of Justice. .
Throughout the pandemic, Fauci has become a target for right-wing media and Republican lawmakers who have decried his handling of COVID-19. Last year, the allies of the former President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer Defense Secretary Esper sues Pentagon over memoir dispute Biden celebrates start of Hanukkah Fauci tells lies, threats are ‘rumored’ MORE accused the leading infectious disease expert of seeking to undermine the administration.
Trump has often lambasted Fauci, who has at times given advice that goes against what Trump has been saying publicly about the coronavirus. Shortly before election day in 2020, Trump said he was considering sacking Fauci. Since President BidenJoe BidenBiden to provide update on US response to omicron variant on Monday The progressive eye restless 2024 Emhoff lights the first candle at the National Menorah Lighting Ceremony MORE, Fauci denounced the “frightening” pressure scientists felt under the Trump administration and the lack of “any leadership.”
Fauci also responded to criticism from the GOP earlier this year by speaking to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, after thousands of her emails were posted. Critics of Fauci took issue with emails that appeared to show his examination of a possible “lab leak” that caused COVID-19, a theory he had denounced in public. Fauci described the Republican reaction to his emails as “largely an attack on science.