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Despite the facts contradicting his claims, Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci has partially blamed mostly rural states such as North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Wyoming and Utah for the coronavirus’s continued spread in America.

According to his dubious logic, the refusal by such states to implement economically devastating lockdown measures amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has allowed the virus to spread quicker and further than it would have.

In the United States, even in the most strict lockdown, only about 50 percent of the country was locked down. That allowed the perpetuation of the outbreak that we never did get under very good control,” he said Thursday in an interview with BBC Radio.

Listen:

It’s unclear why Fauci, who’s said nothing about New York Gov. Chris Cuomo’s highly deadly nursing home debacle and nothing about the highly crowded Black Lives Matter protests/riots, is so out-of-touch with the facts.

According to an analysis from The Sentinel, a Kansas nonprofit, cited last month by The Wall Street Journal, “per-capita Covid fatalities in states that stayed open were on average about 75% lower than those that locked down.”

“One reason is that deaths in most states, regardless of whether they locked down, have been concentrated in nursing home facilities and minority communities that have higher rates of underlying health conditions and multigenerational housing,” the Journal reported.

“This is a main reason hospitalizations and deaths continued to surge in states like New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Massachusetts long after lockdowns took effect. About half of deaths in New Jersey and Illinois have been in nursing homes, and most others have been in dense low-income minority neighborhoods where social distancing is difficult.”

As noted earlier, Fauci hasn’t spoken once about the nursing home errors made by governors such as Cuomo.

During his BBC Radio interview, Fauci also slammed GOP-led states such as Florida that have prioritized re-opening their economies and thus saving their constituents from economic destruction.

Listen:

“We got hit very badly, worse than any country, with regard to the number of cases and the number of deaths,” he said.

“The problem we’re facing now is that, in an attempt to so-called reopen or open the government and get it back to some form of normality,” his dismissively continued, “we’re seeing very disturbing spikes in different individual states in the United States.”

Spikes in case positives and hospitalizations, yes, but not a spike in deaths:

(Source: Worldometers)

Moreover, as Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick explained earlier this week to Fox News host Laura Ingraham, the spikes in cases and hospitalizations are perfectly normal.

First, more testing has naturally led to more positives. And second, the resumption of elective surgeries has led to more hospitalizations.

“We have 7,177 ICU beds in Texas, and today, of those beds, about 1,500 out of 7,177 are COVID patients, so it’s about 25 percent of the people in the ICU. Most people in the ICU are not there because of COVID,” he said.

This is true of virtually every allegedly naughty state:

But do any of these facts matter to Fauci? Apparently not …

As Patrick also noted during his appearance earlier this week on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle,” Fauci has been wrong about virtually everything.

“You have a lot of doctors on your show. From day one, your doctors have been right almost every time, and he has been wrong every time on every issue,” he said.

“I don’t need his advice anymore. We’ll listen to a lot of science, we’ll listen to a lot of doctors and Gov. Abbott, myself and other state leaders will make the decision. No thank you, Dr. Fauci.”

Listen:

Patrick is among a growing number of Republican political figures who’ve grown fed-up with Fauci’s faux analysis and recommendations, including Sen. Rand Paul, who too is a doctor.

“As much as we respect Dr. Anthony Fauci’s service to our country and medical opinion, we disagree that his current positions on the virus outbreak provide the best path forward. Instead, discouraging states from reopening will only prolong a long-term public health and economic crisis,” Paul wrote in a joint column in late May with Rep. Andy Biggs

“Fauci and company have relied on models that were later found to be deficient. He even has suggested that he can’t rely on any of the models, especially if the underlying assumptions are wrong. Yet, Fauci persists in advocating policies that have emasculated the medical care system and ruined the economy. Fauci claims his message has been consistent, but it is contrary to that of the administration he works for.”

And his message has also been contrary to the facts.

Now watch below to see what Paul had to say to Fauci when he appeared before the Senate this past Tuesday:

Vivek Saxena

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