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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, testified virtually on reopening the economy Tuesday before a Senate committee, warning consequences “could be serious” if the country is in too big a rush.
Fox News’ Tucker Carlson was highly critical of Fauci’s “buffoon level” remarks over the past few months, as the doctor suggesting children should not return to school in the fall without a vaccine — and Fauci was clear a vaccine was not forthcoming that quickly.
“Dr. Fauci left no doubts about how he feels,” the host of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” said. “Opening up now, he said, after his two months of lockdowns, is a very risky and indeed a dangerous prospect, letting Americans work and learn once again could be at catastrophe.”
(Source: Fox News)
“The children must stay home or countless people could die, that’s the message. It’s time to ask a very simple question: how does he know this exactly?” Carlson asked.
He then questioned whether Fauci is right about the science?
“Do we have any particular reason to think he is right?” Carlson said. “Right now there is an awful lot of evidence indicating that America should cautiously reopen.”
He goes on to cite Sweden and other European countries as examples, as well as the state of Georgia.
Carlson also sited Sen. Rand Paul’s remarks at Tuesday’s hearing, where the Kentucky Republican talked about “wrong prediction and wrong prediction,” and stressed that the very low mortality rate among children must be a factor in any decision.
“Sen. Paul is onto something, a lot of wrong predictions have come out of Washington on the question of the coronavirus,” he noted. “And quite a few of them came directly from Dr. Fauci himself.”
Face masks being one example Carlson put forth, as he showed Fauci being pleased that so many Americans are wearing them, even though the doctor was saying just a couple of months ago that people “shouldn’t be walking around with a mask.”
“They’re following Fauci’s orders, and of course he’s pleased by that. He didn’t expect to have this much power at the age of 79,” Carlson quipped.
Other examples were shown, including Fauci suggesting that we never shake hands again as a society.
“This is buffoon level stuff at that point and we are not doing this to mock the guy,” Carlson said.
“Anybody who talks as much as Anthony Fauci does is apt to say stupid things,” he continued. “The point is — is this the guy into whom you want to vest all of your trust? Is this the guy you want to chart the future of the country? Maybe not.”
Noting that very serious decisions are being made, Carlson reminds viewers that Dr. Fauci has not been elected to anything.
“He’s had the same job for nearly 40 years. That means the majority of American voters never even indirectly picked him for the role he has now,” he said. “This is not the result of any kind of democratic process at work at all. Yet, in the last four months, Dr. Fauci has become one of the most powerful people in the world. Some, particularly in our media and in our Democratic establishment, are clamoring to give Dr. Fauci even more power.”
“Fauci, like every other human being, is flawed. He says things that are wise. He says things that are profoundly silly. He is not, and no one is, the one person who should be in charge when it comes to making long term health recommendations. This guy, Fauci, may be even more off base than your average epidemiologist. Plenty of doctors, by the way, think it’s time for most even all of the country to cautiously reopen,” he concluded.
Media people like CNN’s Chris Cuomo, who opted to run interference for Fauci on his show Tuesday night — you know, the guy who contracted COVID-19 and then broke quarantine, only to stage a dramatic on-air emergence from his basement.
“We take care of family because we’re devoted to something bigger than them or us. The cause of the collective,” a sanctimonious Cuomo proclaimed. “But right now the American family is in a period of dysfunction, we’re strained and acting strangely. Ten thousand more Americans could die by August because so many places are relaxing social distancing? What happened to no man left behind? Now it’s 10,000 is okay? Look, it’s common sense that that’s what would happen. You don’t need the models to tell you that.”
The CNN anchor took a crack at Paul, who has also contracted the coronavirus.
“Remember, that beard, that’s Paul’s COVID beard. He had the virus,” Cuomo said. “He still seems to be suffering from a type of sickness, but one of the soul.”
He then turned his attention on President Trump and Fox News, calling those at the rival network “liars and race-baiters.”
“The president traces and tests every damn day,” Cuomo seethed. “And everyone around him has a mask on — now, he doesn’t because he wants to keep up the Fox farce, this BS that COVID-19’s ‘overrated.’ I guess the anti-elitists over there are OK with 10,000 more dead. These liars and race-baiters want you to think Fauci is not to be believed, that social distancing is about stealing your freedom.”
“Remember what your mother told you about people who have nothing good to say. They should say nothing at all,” he concluded. “But more importantly, remember what our moms taught us in their own glorious example of love and action through giving, even when it’s hard, even when it hurts, because that’s what family is all about.”
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