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Dr. Anthony Fauci was called out after appearing to violate some of his own coronavirus guidelines.
The nation’s leading infectious disease expert was exposed on social media after being spotted in the stands at the Washington Nationals baseball game not properly wearing a protective face mask. Though the team-themed mask was looped around his ears, it was pulled down, exposing his nose and mouth as he sat in the stands, right next to two other people.
Fauci, who was on hand at the Washington Nationals home opener against the New York Yankees on Thursday threw out the first pitch of the game before settling in the empty stands.
“And there’s Dr. Anthony Fauci showing us all he knows exactly how well masks work!” former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson tweeted along with images. “Thanks for the lesson, doc.”
And there’s Dr. Anthony Fauci showing us all he knows exactly how well masks work! Thanks for the lesson, doc. pic.twitter.com/jdHPzq5HfB
— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) July 24, 2020
“Let’s lead by example,” Dr. David Samadi, the men’s health director at St. Francis Hospital and a urologic oncologist specializing in robotics, tweeted, noting that Fauci had violated two out of the three things he recommends to combat the virus.
Earlier this month, Samadi had offered to give President Donald Trump a “second opinion” on the COVID-19 pandemic and billed himself as “the antidote” to Fauci.
We are asked to do three things to eliminate this virus:
1. Social Distancing
2. Wearing A Mask
3. Practice Good Hygiene
At least two out of the three are being violated in this photograph.
Let’s lead by example. pic.twitter.com/XsvAEzUl0n
— Dr. David Samadi (@drdavidsamadi) July 24, 2020
A barrage of other tweets soon emerged criticizing Fauci for not practicing what he preaches.
Anthony Fauci is the biggest fraud in American history. https://t.co/ZHQjEQrk2f
— Steve Deace (@SteveDeaceShow) July 24, 2020
Good thing Fauci wears his mask and stays 6 feet apart pic.twitter.com/idvVmolylY
— Jake Shields (@jakeshieldsajj) July 24, 2020
Nothing screams “I’m a fraud!” more than being against masks until your fans demanded them, lying about why you were originally against them, signaling your virtue by needlessly wearing 1 while throwing out 1st pitch (poorly & like a fame whore) & then doing THIS! #FauciTheFraud pic.twitter.com/s9M1y4GYLd
— John Ziegler (@Zigmanfreud) July 24, 2020
Dr. Fauci says we must do certain things to control the spread of the #WuhanVirus. Among those things are:
1. Wear a mask.
2. Maintain social distancing.
3. Don’t touch our faces.
So what did we see last night? pic.twitter.com/0CYi4sb5fK
— Jeff McIrish (Troll, Bot and Russian Asset) (@JeffMcIrish) July 24, 2020
It’s all scam! The guy who made the guidelines doesnt follow them! No social distancing, no mask! You have been scammed! Fauci is a fraud! pic.twitter.com/e4K1Lq0U4X
— NetworkinVegas.com (@Networkinvegas) July 24, 2020
Fox News host Laura Ingraham even suggested that the photos were a sneak–peek into a potential Biden administration, where the rules fail to apply to a lucky few.
Fauci is just giving us a preview of life under a Biden Administration: They’ll never subject themselves to rules they impose on the “little people.” pic.twitter.com/DaP5qtfTkp
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) July 24, 2020
Fauci addressed the photo during a Fox News appearance on Friday, calling out the criticisms as “mischievous.”
“John, I think this is sort of mischievous with this thing going around,” Fauci told Fox News’ John Roberts, noting he was with his wife and a “good friend.”
Dr. Fauci addresses the photo that was taken of him at the Nationals-Yankees game without a mask.
“I was totally dehydrated, and I was drinking water,” he said, noting that he was tested for coronavirus a day before.
He also called the critics “mischievous.” pic.twitter.com/5EPvItgnco
— Mike Brest (@MikeBrestDC) July 24, 2020
“I had my mask around my chin, I had taken it down. I was totally dehydrated and I was drinking water trying to rehydrate myself. And by the way, I was negative COVID literally the day before,” he explained.
“So I guess if people want to make a thing of that, I wear a mask all the time when I outside,” Fauci added. “To pull it down, to take some sips of water, and put it back up again, I guess if people want to make something about that, they can. But to me, I think that’s just mischievous.”
Many other Twitter users decried the fact that Fauci was allowed to attend a baseball game while the rest of fans are not allowed due to COVID-19.
Fraudci sitting in the bleachers smiling like he’s enjoying the lockdowns he insisted on, when no one else is allowed to join. This is the higher up perks of tyrannical order.
— Leslie S (@realLes_S) July 24, 2020
Then getting to watch baseball in person while the rest of us cannot…
— kyle Miller (@DadRadkyle) July 24, 2020
Pretty soon attending a ball game live will be an event only the elite will be able to do. A sign of status. Oh beat me to it I see.
— John Brewer (@restaurant_xprt) July 24, 2020
Its nauseating that somehow he and his guests are the only humans allowed to physically watch a baseball game in the stands
They are the chosen humans
— Two More Weeks, PhD…🇺🇸 (@TwoMoreWeeksPhd) July 24, 2020
Fauci touted the “data and evidence” that a protective face mask is an “important tool” in combating coronavirus, telling NPR in an interview that he “very pleased” President Donald Trump recently wore a mask in public. But back in March, as the virus outbreak was beginning to become more clear, Fauci said there was “no reason to be walking around with a mask” though it “might make people feel a little bit better.”
He addressed his changed view in the interview with Fox News on Friday, explaining that “you can always second-guess yourself.”
(Source: Fox News)
Fauci’s mask photo on Thursday added to the attention on the night’s game as his opening pitch drew plenty of online mockery as well. A “Nats super-fan,” according to the team, the Nationals had announced last week that they had invited Fauci to do the honors, but the end result was less than stellar.
I guess he thought the Ball had to be 6 feet from the plate as well……
— Interesting……Stuff (@CaesarPodcast) July 24, 2020
The game also made headlines as every single player took a knee before the national anthem in a tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement.
**Editor’s Note: This post was updated to include Dr. Fauci’s Fox News interview and response to the criticism over his photo as well as comments about wearing masks.
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