Kennedy and Da Fouch have repeatedly battled during Congressional hearings, but on Wednesday, the senator went much further.
“I know Dr. Fauci, I like Dr. Fauci, I respect Dr. Fauci,” Kennedy said during an appearance on Fox News’ “Hannity.” “But Dr. Fauci needs to cut the crap. This isn’t about Dr. Fauci. It’s not about his feelings, and I’m sorry if his feelings were hurt. You know, maybe he ought to buy an emotional support pony.”
“But we’re not debating dance moves on TikTok here,” Kennedy said. “We’re talking about millions of human lives.”
This is why I love Senator Kennedy. He’s a plain-spoken man who is not afraid to speak up.
Over the last week or so, Da Fouch has been getting hammered for his disconcerted response to COVID-19 after a ton of his emails were released via a FOIA request by Buzzfeed News and the Washington Post. The emails gave insights to Fauci’s flip-flopping on his stances on mitigation techniques like wearing masks and his dismissal of the theory that the virus could have originated at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, in that he was warned early on via email that the virus may have leaked from the Wuhan lab and yet he still said it wasn’t possible. Then, he more recently said it was possible. The guy is all over the map.
The nation’s top immunologist has been defending himself ever since. For example, on Wednesday, Fauci said on MSNBC, “A lot of what you’re seeing as attacks on me, quite frankly, are attacks on science because all of the things that I have spoken about consistently from the very beginning have been fundamentally based on science.” He added, “People want to fire me or put me in jail for what I’ve done — namely, follow the science.”
But the problem is we now know that Fauci was not always following the science.
Fauci served on former President Donald Trump’s White House Coronavirus Task Force headed up by Vice President Mike Pence and is now President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser on COVID-19, and in that capacity, he has pushed the narrative that the virus came from nature.
“The most likely origin is a natural origin from an animal reservoir to human. However, we have not ruled out the possibility that there could have been a leak from the lab. I haven’t changed my mind.”
The senator from Louisiana said Fauci’s agency, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), granted money to the Wuhan lab. We previously reported that Fauci had a nonprofit group EcoHealth Alliance funnel the money to the Wuhan lab that was doing gain-of-function research on coronaviruses. EcoHealth Alliance didn’t need to go through the Department of Health and Human Services’ review board where the grant might have been rejected. And that’s because the sub-agency that awarded grants never told the review board about it. Sneaky.
“Dr. Fauci gave a lot of U.S. taxpayer money to the Wuhan lab for Chinese scientists to research bat coronaviruses,” said Kennedy. “Neither Dr. Fauci nor any of his people can guarantee us that the Chinese scientists didn’t use that money to do gain-of-function research and turn a normal virus into a super-charged virus. They weren’t monitored, Dr. Fauci and his people didn’t monitor the lab, and it’s not like it hasn’t happened before.”
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“Since day one, Dr. Fauci and his expert friends have told us, look, the virus occurred naturally. It jumped from a bat to a host and then to human beings. Well, it’s been a year. Where is the proof? Where is the smoking bat? Do you really think if China could prove this virus occurred naturally in nature it would withhold that evidence? No it would scream it from the rooftop to get the world off its back,” Kennedy said, adding that Fauci “needs to hit these things head-on, otherwise it’s going to undermine public health, people’s confidence in public health, and the American people are going to end up trusting Dr. Pepper more than Dr. Fauci.”
Rich is a conservative syndicated opinion writer and runs Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty, and faith.
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