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A “lead” vaccine scientist at Dr. Anthony Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases appears to be an anti-white racial grievance monger who believes the coronavirus is being used to commit genocide against black Americans and who’s echoed CNN’s irrational complaints that the president’s coronavirus task force is too white.

Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, who’s been described by the NIH as the lead member of the Vaccine Research Center team responsible for finding a vaccine for the coronavirus, has been posting bizarre, racially charged tweets since the onset of the coronavirus crisis.

In tweets posted in late February, she accused President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force — of which Fauci is one of two lead scientists — of being comprised “largely” of “white men” whom she claimed “are indebted” to serve the president, “not the people.”

Two months later in early April, she appeared to argue against meritocracy — a system wherein people are rewarded for their skills, not the color of their skin or other immutable characteristics — on the basis that any scientific group lacking in so-called diversity “would perform lower than a more inclusive group.”

In other words, the creation of scientific groups should involve affirmative action.

Look:

Backtracking to late March, Corbett tweeted a Bloomberg article about the coronavirus’ disproportionate effect on poor communities and used it to suggest black victims of the virus will be the first to be denied care in case rationing becomes necessary.

She wrote: “I tweet for the people who will die when doctors has to choose who gets the last ventilator and ultimately… who lives. The poor. And, while the article doesn’t explicitly say it… the black.”

Thus far rationing has not been necessary thanks to the Trump administration’s ability to supply enough ventilators to each state.

According to Fox News, someone eventually replied to the NIH scientist’s tweet by claiming “they” [presumably white doctors] hate black people and want to “get rid of” them: “They hate us. This virus is a sure fire way to get rid of us without having to lift a finger.”

This reply has since been deleted. However, Corbett’s response to the reply remains. Instead of pushing back on the other Twitter user’s radical race rhetoric, she endorsed it.

She wrote, “Some have gone as far to call it genocide. I plead the fifth.”

Look at the thread below:

She’s also retweeted posts that called for Fauci and Surgeon General Jerome Adams, both of whom are her superiors within the Trump administration, to check their “privilege” and “stop spreading harmful fallacies that support white supremacy.”

The latter tweets were posted after, in response to the coronavirus’s disproportionate effect on minority communities, the surgeon general urged black Americans, in particular, to take the coronavirus more seriously.

“Stay at home if possible,” he said at a task force briefing last week. “If you must go out, maintain six feet of distance between you and everyone else and wear a mask if you’re going to be within six feet of others.”

“Wash your hands more often than you ever dreamed possible. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and drugs and call your friends and family, check in on your mother. She wants to hear from you right now.”

Like other racial grievance mongers, Corbett took offense both to the recommendation and Dr. Fauci’s decision to later defend Adams’ recommendation.

And so in response, she retweeted the following controversial tweets from a Dr. Theanne Griffith:

Speaking late Friday about these tweets, Fox News host Tucker Carlson noted that they call into question Corbett’s “commitment to scientific inquiry and rational thought.”

“To to be clear, she is not an intern for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. This is one of our top coronavirus vaccine researchers, and she is agreeing that helpful medical advice is a fallacy that supports white supremacy,” he said.

But it’s not about politics, or whom Corbett voted for or what she believes.

No matter what she believes, no matter what she says on Twitter, we hope, we pray that her work is successful because it’s important, but none of what you just heard was science or even related to science, and it’s not what scientists ought to think. It’s not rigorous, it’s not rational, it’s not sane — it’s bigotry,”  he said.

Listen via FNC’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight“;


(Source: Fox News)

According to Carlson, ethics officials within the Trump administration have reportedly begun an investigation into Corbett’s tweets.

Vivek Saxena

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