As health experts warn the country to brace for a potentially catastropic third wave of COVID-19 infections in the fall and winter months, one Senate Republican is claiming that the public is at fault.
“Dr. [Anthony] Fauci is one of our country’s most distinguished public servants. He has served 6 presidents, starting with Ronald Reagan. If more Americans paid attention to his advice, we’d have fewer cases of COVID-19, & it would be safer to go back to school & back to work & out to eat,” Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) tweeted Monday afternoon.
Dr. Fauci is one of our country’s most distinguished public servants. He has served 6 presidents, starting with Ronald Reagan. If more Americans paid attention to his advice, we’d have fewer cases of COVID-19, & it would be safer to go back to school & back to work & out to eat.
— Lamar Alexander (@SenAlexander) October 19, 2020
Alexander’s remarks came hours after President Donald Trump – who has downplayed the coronavirus crisis and refused to wear a mask despite his own positive diagnosis – called Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, a “disaster” and an “idiot” during a call with campaign staff Monday morning.
“People are tired of Covid. I have these huge rallies,” Trump said according to CNN, which had access to the call. “People are saying whatever. Just leave us alone. They’re tired of it. People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots … Fauci is a nice guy. He’s been here for 500 years.”
Trump, as he so often does, tossed out fabricated hypothetical statistics to further his point – which is that 220,000 dead Americans is a testament to his success.
“Fauci is a disaster. If I listened to him, we’d have 500,000 deaths,” Trump continued, before claiming it could be 700,000 or 800,000. “If there’s a reporter on, you can have it just the way I said it, I couldn’t care less.”
But unlike Alexander, the Twitterverse is unwilling to let Trump – whose homicidal negligence has led to the deaths of more than 220,000 Americans – off the hook.
Users tore into the Senator for his victim-blaming and unwillingness to hold the president accountable.
If more Senators would outright explicitly condemn Trump for his behavior rather than these namby pamby statements it could possibly make a difference.
You're retiring. Show some courage while you can make a difference.
— Sunny Jim (@sunnyjim4) October 19, 2020
Senator Alexander checked his courage at the door when he voted to acquit DJT.
Now 220,000 Americans are dead from COVID and he’s trying to strip Americans of their health insurance.
Too little, too late, @SenAlexander
— Christy from KS 🦅 (@KS_Chirp) October 19, 2020
He’s a coward, just like the rest of the GOP. Everyone seems to be starting to find a little bit of spine now though.
— aj (@ajlynch131) October 19, 2020
Well, this is the smartest most substantive tweet from you, yet. Thank you for being on the side of sane after 220,000 people have died and millions out of work. All it would have taken would have been some spine, you would have been a national hero.
Thank you for the attempt. pic.twitter.com/XHJdl4oNnO
— Constance Graham, MS, HRD (@wilsongraham123) October 19, 2020
Let me help you, Senator Alexander. You mean if TRUMP and Congresspeople like YOU paid attention to Dr. Fauci's advice – and modeled it for the country – America would have few cases of covid-19 and fewer deaths.
— Kat Ward (@katwardphoto) October 19, 2020
Too little too late. Where have you been since Feb? You’ve enabled this garbage administration and their failed response. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.
— Jason Gress (@JasonSGress) October 19, 2020
I think you're forgetting to tag someone, sir. I'll do it for you: @realDonaldTrump
— amywojsbu (@amywojsbu) October 19, 2020
Yep. And if you had even half a spine you would have voted to hear evidence in the Impeachment Trial. Alas.
— Alissa McLean (@alissakmclean) October 19, 2020
We'd also be in a much better position if you removed Trump when you had the chance.
— Bert Gilfoyle (@bert_gilfoyle) October 19, 2020
If more US Senators paid attention to what Trump is doing to our democracy, we would have fewer cases of abuse of power.
— Joe Pezzula (@JoePezzula) October 19, 2020
Thank you for these wise words: if only there is something you have done to remove a wholly incompetent President. https://t.co/pa4McCaedr
— Don Moynihan (@donmoyn) October 19, 2020
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Brandon is a political writer for the Hill Reporter specializing in current events, breaking news, and scientific discovery. Brandon holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University. He lives in New York City.