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Twitter Torches GOP Senator for Blaming COVID-19 Crisis on the Public Instead of Donald Trump

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.

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“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.

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.



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