Dr. Fauci Says His Family Faces Serious Threats — “A Magnitude Different” From Hate Mail During HIV/AIDS Crisis
Dr. Anthony Fauci revealed Thursday a consequence of his efforts in advising Donald Trump and his administration on their response to the COVID-19 pandemic: he and his family have received serious threats, and are requiring protective security.
Dr. Fauci has faced criticism from the president and his supporters for his input as a public health expert. He’s reportedly been shut down and prevented from briefing the president, or speaking directly to the public through news media. Now, Huffington Post reports, he’s also facing dangerous threats to himself and his family.
“I’ve seen a side of society that I guess is understandable, but it’s a little bit disturbing. “I mean, really? Is this the United States of America?”
Though the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 80s inspired hateful rhetoric and vitriol, Fauci says that the nasty attacks he faced then don’t measure up to the level of the current ones, saying this is “a magnitude different.”
Fauci also spoke about this to the New York Times earlier this week, saying the emails and texts he gets are “pretty hostile about what I’m doing,” and that people are attacking him because they feel he’s “encroaching upon their individual liberties.”
Dr. Fauci has faced public criticism from the president for giving advice and guidance. Last month, for instance, after officials from the NFL reached out to Fauci for safety suggestions with regard to planning the football season, Trump responded in a series of tweets, saying that Fauci should stay out of it.
Tony Fauci has nothing to do with NFL Football. They are planning a very safe and controlled opening. However, if they don’t stand for our National Anthem and our Great American Flag, I won’t be watching!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 19, 2020
Informed Dr. Fauci this morning that he has nothing to do with NFL Football. Forced Democrat run Minnesota to bring in the National Guard & end rioting & looting after seeing the destruction & crime in Minneapolis. 100% successful! Waiting to hear from Dem run Washington State…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 20, 2020
Fauci, like other experts, has consistently advised cautious behavior, even when Trump has downplayed the pandemic and suggested it would go away on its own. On Thursday, CNN reports, Fauci suggested that “real normality” could start sometime in 2021, if, as hoped, a vaccine becomes available and is approved for use.