President Donald Trump says the American people are growing weary of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top medical professional in the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump took the swipe at Fauci during an interview on “Fox & Friends,” criticizing the doctor for what appears to be knee jerk responses to the virus.
“People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots,” the president said. “Every time he goes on television, there’s always a bomb. But there’s a bigger bomb if you fire him. But Fauci’s a disaster.”
Trump’s relationship with Fauci has been the subject of much media speculation since the beginning of the pandemic. While the president has been criticized by members of his own party for making similar remarks in the past, Fauci’s inconsistency is indeed well-documented.
In early February, Fauci denied the premise that the Chinese-born virus would either make its way to the United States, or pose much of a problem once it got here. He later denied that Americans would be forced to walk around with masks on, saying that facial coverings do little to prevent infections. At most, he said, masks would make people “feel safe.” Today, Fauci is the virtual face of the mandatory masking push largely championed by Joe Biden and the Democratic Party.
Trump later softened his tone on the infectious disease expert, saying on Tuesday that he is a “nice guy” but not always a “team player.”
If there’s any truth to what the president has said, Fauci has in fact been given an unprecedented amount of power. The mainstream media takes his word as gospel, despite the fact that he was wrong about nearly everything during the earlier phases of the pandemic. Perhaps it’s time for another medical professional to take his place — or at least act as a counterbalance.
Here’s Anthony Brian Logan to break down the story.