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Meghan McCain slammed the “cult of personality” surrounding Dr. Anthony Fauci and declared she stands in stark contrast to the fawning views about him from her co-hosts on “The View.”
McCain criticized the White House coronavirus task member during a segment on “The View” as she weighed in on his new InStyle magazine interview. The poolside photo in the fashion publication caused McCain to call out the celebrity image Fauci is portraying while “things aren’t going well” in the country.
“Meghan, do you think that he’s increasing his public exposure this way? Do you think it’s a good move for him?” co-host Whoopi Goldberg asked during the show.
“I think he has every right to do any interview he wants and defend himself,” McCain replied, adding that “InStyle Magazine, a fashion magazine, sitting by his pool dressed like, you know, somebody in a Brad Pitt movie would not be the choice I would make.”
McCain warned that Fauci is wandering into “dangerous territory” with the move to essentially become a cover model for the fashion magazine. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases was photographed sporting sunglasses by his pool for the digital edition’s cover.
Why is Dr. Fauci doing modeling photoshoots for fashion magazine covers in the middle of a global pandemic?
By the way, where is his face mask?
Is this appropriate behavior from America’s “top medical expert”?
The world is laughing at us right now because of this. pic.twitter.com/WH3uZW0eyt
— Dr. David Samadi (@drdavidsamadi) July 16, 2020
“Whether or not he wants to say he’s just a public servant, you are in politics in the sense that you have this huge role during a global pandemic during the Trump administration,” McCain said.
“And I just think the thing about the cult of personality around Dr. Fauci now is he gets all the glory when things are going well, and none of the responsibility when things aren’t going well,” she added.
“I have a lot of friends who live in California, and California is ostensibly shut down right now. Some of my friends work in the beauty industry and they cannot go back to work because it’s been shut down again. I have friends that work in the service industry and they can’t go back to work, and our country is not doing well,” McCain continued.
She questioned the endless rhetoric blaming President Trump for all the negative effects of the pandemic and his supposed failure to deal with it in the U.S., while Fauci continues to get a pass.
“We’re not winning this battle like a lot of other countries are, and is all the blame just simply President Trump? And everything good gets given to Dr. Fauci and everything bad gets given to President Trump?” she wondered.
“It’s a narrative that may work with some circles, but it’s not flying with I think a lot of people in other parts of the country,” she asserted.
Although Trump insisted this week that he has a “very good relationship” with Fauci, many within the administration and out have been publicly questioning his expertise, even criticizing his pessimistic comments for their devastating effect on the U.S. economy.
Peter Navarro, the White House trade adviser, recently drew more attention to the issue when he called out the country’s top disease expert in an op-ed in USA Today, saying he “has good bedside manner with the public, but he has been wrong about everything I have interacted with him on.”
Democrats and the liberal media quickly come to Fauci’s defense whenever he is so much as questioned.
White House releases statement about Dr. Fauci’s Coronavirus mistakes, Dems rush to his rescue https://t.co/AWY1Pb5npg
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 13, 2020
McCain told her co-hosts that she had veered away from the Fauci fan club they had signed up for, calling for a level of “responsibility” for the part he has played in the government response to the pandemic.
“I have turned on him more than I think the women on the rest of the show have because, again, I think there has to be some responsibility for why we’re still in the position that we are right now,” she said.
“I don’t think he’s a bad man — he’s certainly credited with helping us through the AIDS crisis,” McCain concluded, “but I don’t think of him in the same way that the rest of the show does.”
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