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Dr. Fauci called out when he’s spotted not wearing a mask and enjoying ‘perks’ at Nationals game

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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.

(Image: CNBC screenshot)

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.”

“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.

A barrage of other tweets soon emerged criticizing Fauci for not practicing what he preaches.

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 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.”

“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.

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.

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.

Frieda Powers

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