Dr. Fauci Says Tucker Carlson “Triggers Crazies,” Causes Threats
Tucker Carlson has had a lot to say about Dr. Anthony Fauci, the infectious disease expert who has been trying to advise the Trump administration and lead the way out of the COVID-19 pandemic. He’s accused Fauci of giving guidance for partisan political purposes, and suggested that the doctor with decades of experience doesn’t really know what he’s doing, even calling him a “buffoon.” When asked about this, Fauci said that he doesn’t concern himself with Carlson’s rhetoric, but does think it “triggers crazies.”
Fauci has previously shared that he’s been threatened and has been forced to hire security to protect himself and his family, and that it’s even been worse than during the HIV/AIDS crisis. Now, he says that rhetoric like Carlson’s can drive this.
According to Politicus USA, Fauci was asked about Tucker Carlson in an interview with Washington Post‘s Goeff Edgars. “He’s the guy that really loves me, right?” Fauci quipped.
Here's Tucker Carlson, who was praised not that long ago for supposedly taking the coronavirus pandemic seriously, calling Dr. Fauci the "chief buffoon" pic.twitter.com/frFlYgUQOR
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Edgars asked if Carlson’s smearing of his name is upsetting, and Fauci responded to explain that while he doesn’t get offended by Carlson’s attacks, he does believe they cause harm.
I’m not concerned about what he says. It’s a little bit — I think you could say that when he does that, it triggers some of the crazies in society to start threatening me, actually threatening, which actually happens.
Fauci isn’t the only target of Carlson’s attacks and misinformation around the pandemic — this week, he also declared, without supporting evidence. that when vaccines are available, Kamala Harris will use “affirmative action” to determine who is allowed access to them.