Notorious COVID Troll Actually Staffer On Fauci’s Team

As the coronavirus epidemic continues to spread unabated in America, including drastic increases in Red States despite warnings and guidelines from top medical experts, The Daily Beast has uncovered a shocking connection between the misinformation trolls and the medical community: the managing editor of the conservative website RedState, who has spent months trashing U.S. officials tasked with combating COVID-19, actually works with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the very man he’s been discrediting online for months.

William B. Crews, a public affairs specialist at National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been writing for RedState under the pseudonym “strieff” for years. Even as his colleagues were fighting the misinformation campaign coming from the White House, Crews was working behind the scenes in opposition to his own day job.

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, wears a Washington Nationals face covering as he arrives during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing in Washington, DC, on June 30, 2020. – Fauci and other government health officials updated the Senate on how to safely get back to school and the workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Al Drago / various sources / AFP) (Photo by AL DRAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

This news comes just after a separate story broke regarding COVID19 information being removed from the official CDC website, another continuing story that impacts how Americans receive the facts about the disease that is decimating the country.

Crews has called Fauci a “mask Nazi” in his online rants, as well as blasting his own colleagues, accusing them of being “part of a left-wing anti-Trump conspiracy”. But Crews saved his biggest criticisms for the man who leads his agency, whom he described as the “attention-grubbing and media-whoring Anthony Fauci.”

Thankfully, once the Daily Beast brought those and other quotes from Crews to NIAID’s attention, the agency said in an emailed statement that Crews would “retire” from his position. “NIAID first learned of this matter this morning, and Mr. Crews has informed us of his intention to retire,” the spokesperson, Kathy Stover, wrote. “We have no further comments on this as it is a personnel matter.”


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