CALLS for Anthony Fauci’s firing are “preposterous,” the nation’s leading infectious disease expert said on Wednesday in a fiery tirade against naysayers who are “attacking science.”
“It’s very dangerous, Chuck, because a lot of what you’re seeing as attacks on me, quite frankly, are attacks on science,” Fauci told MSNBC host Chuck Todd on Meet the Press.
Anthony Fauci fired back at critics calling for his firingCredit: MSNBC
Fauci was responding to increased criticism he has been receiving following the release of his emails that show over $826,000 in US funding went to the Wuhan lab where a conspiracy claims the coronavirus was developed.
The U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director went on to blast Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, who earlier this week shared a conspiracy theory that put forth Fauci was colluding with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to spread a narrative on Covid-19.
“Dr. Fauci was emailing with Mark Zuckerberg from Facebook, trying to create that narrative,” Blackburn said. “Cherrypicking information so that you would only know what they wanted you to know, and there would be a narrative that would fit with this cherrypicked information.”
“I don’t have a clue what she just said,” Fauci said in response to Blackburn’s theory.
Fauci’s emails showed the US funded the Wuhan lab where conspiracies say the coronavirus was developedCredit: AFP
“I don’t have a clue of what she’s talking about,” Fauci repeated. “And I’m sorry, I don’t want to be pejorative against a United States senator but I have no idea what she’s talking about.”
“And you know Chuck, if you go through each and every one of the points which are so ridiculous, just painfully ridiculous, if you go through each and every one of them, you can explain and debunk it immediately,” he continued.
“So if you are trying to get at me as a public health official and scientist, you’re really attacking not only Dr. Anthony Fauci, you are attacking science.”
“Because all of the things that I have spoken about consistently from the very beginning have been fundamentally based on science,” Fauci continued.
“Sometimes those things were inconvenient truths for people, and there was pushback against me,” the director explained in terms of the backlash he’s received.
“And anybody that looks at what is going on clearly sees that. You have to be asleep not to see that.”