Dr. Anthony Fauci is carefully apolitical in his work to educate the public about the pandemic, so when he does address disinformation and attacks that are politically-motivated or defined by party lines, it’s always an exciting moment. He drew cheers and accolades when he responded firmly to Senator Rand Paul’s gish gallop of attacks and blaming last month, and now he’s responding to Senator Ron Johnson.
Johnson is among those Republicans who have claimed that the pandemic is “over-hyped” and is being used as a political tool to somehow control the population and remove freedoms by promoting precautions that help reduce the number of deaths the country (and world) faces from COVID-19. Speaking on CNN, Fauci said that he “do[es]n’t have any clue” how someone could claim that the virus is “over-hyped” when it has already killed over 780k Americans, and over 5 million people worldwide.
Fauci on Sen. Ron Johnson saying he's "overhyped" Covid: "How do you respond to something as preposterous as that? … Overhyping Covid? It's already killed 780,000 Americans and over 5 million people worldwide. So I don't have any clue of what he's talking about." pic.twitter.com/ENgXo6jJIK
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 5, 2021
Fauci addressed the notion that he is “using coronavirus to keep Americans in fear and maintain control” and that he “did the exact same thing with AIDs…created all kinds of fear, saying it could affect the entire population, when it couldn’t,” saying, “How do you respond to something as preposterous as that?…I don’t have any clue of what he’s talking about.”
COVID-19 became severely politicized under the Trump Administration, as the then-president refused to regularly wear a mask, and admittedly downplayed the seriousness of the pandemic. Now he and other Republicans are attacking Joe Biden for being unable to fully halt a global pandemic after a year of prior leadership dodging responsibility, even as they continue to encourage their voting base to reject precautions.
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