This New Greene Conspiracy Theory Is Out There, Even For Her. Thanks, Tucker.

If you thought that Jewish space lasers started a California wildfire was the wackiest that Marjorie Taylor Greene could come up with, think again. The Georgia Representative Tuesday morning went full QAnon on Twitter, putting forth the theory that Dr. Anthony Fauci paid to have the coronavirus created.

“At his direction, shutdowns & masks are ruining our country, for what appears to be a man made virus that Fauci paid for with our money.”

How did she comes to that conclusion? Apparently via Tucker Carlson. The nation’s pre-eminent, fear-mongering liar about the coronavirus and vaccines, Carlson, attacked the nation’s pre-eminent infectious disease expert, Fauci, during a Monday night tirade. Carlson cited an article by former New York Times science writer Nicholas Wade.

Using his patented “I told you so face,” Carlson said, “Wade lays out a nearly insurmountable amount of evidence that this virus originated at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Central China. We’ve raised this possibility from the early days of the pandemic. But this piece all but proves it. At the time the outbreak began last fall, the Wuhan lab was conducting experiments on how to make bat viruses infectious to human beings. Those experiments were funded by American tax dollars, the funding for those experiments was approved and directed by Tony Fauci in Washington. It’s hard to believe that, but it’s true, and the piece lays it out.”

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While it’s true that the Wuhan lab experiments were partially funded by the National Institute of Allergy Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which Fauci has headed since 1984, the article cited by Carlson doesn’t state that Fauci “approved and directed” the funding. What the article does state, something Carlson forgot to mention is that, “The evidence above adds up to a serious case that the SARS2 virus could have been created in a lab, from which it then escaped. But the case, however substantial, falls short of proof.”

So based on Carlson’s dishonest screed, Greene concluded that Fauci told the Wuhan lab to create and unleash the coronavirus on the world and called on the House of Representatives to pass her “Fire Fauci Act.” Her bill, which stands no chance of passing, is a complete farce. Greene’s proposed legislation would reduce Fauci’s salary to zero until a new NIAID director is approved by the Senate. But Fauci’s position is not subject to Congressional review or approval. What’s more, he is categorized as an RF employee “special consultant.” That means his position falls under the excepted service category of federal employment, meaning he and others in that category can be hired outside of normal civil service laws that stipulate hiring and compensation requirements.

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