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Two cousins of Dr. Anthony Fauci perhaps seem unlikely to gather together with him for Thanksgiving dinner — even if Fauci hadn’t already warned that such gatherings are risky during COVID — after they publicly chided the often-flip-flopping director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Staten Island, N.Y., restaurateur and same-named Anthony Fauci, 84, and his son Joe, 57, expressed some level of apparent disillusionment with the lockdown-loving physician for his inconsistent COVID pronouncements, which have been too tough on their sector of commerce.
“They shouldn’t do the lockdowns. Especially now. If you don’t abide by the rules … shut that area down, but don’t shut down the whole industry,” the elder Fauci told the New York Post.
“In the beginning, I thought he was fabulous, but then a few times he flip-flopped on different things. He had us all locked down at a tremendous rate. They should have loosened things up when it was slowing down in the summer. Everything else was loosening up except the restaurant business,” Joe, a Trump voter, added.
Joe and his dad have never met Dr. Fauci, but he said that he was still “very proud” of his distant cousin for his “spectacular work” on the White House coronavirus task force even though they disagree on the economic shutdown issue.
Career bureaucrat Fauci, 79, who evidently spends most of his time doing TV interviews rather than studying data, looking through a microscope, or caring for patients, has been been accused of fear-mongering during the pandemic, such as claiming that life will never get back to normal.
Although it is challenging to keep track of all his varying recommendations, Fauci was also against masks before he was for them. He’s also been spotted in public without social distancing and not wearing a mask in violation of his own guidelines.
A big fan of Hillary Clinton, Fauci recently praised Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden for supposedly taking COVID seriously from a public health perspective, while Trump is more focused on reopening the country. Perhaps the doctor was unaware that Joe Biden was in charge of the Obama administration’s response to the 2009 swine flu outbreak. Biden campaign advisor Ron Klain has reportedly admitted that “we did every possible thing wrong” in that crisis.
Dr. Fauci has also inexplicably praised Andrew Cuomo’s COVID response, even though New York Democrat governor stands accused of sending infected patients into nursing rooms, allegedly resulting in thousands of deaths, while throwing shade on the more effective response led by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Fauci has had an on-again, off-again professional relationship with President Trump (and vice versa), sometimes applauding him for the government’s coronavirus response, and at other times, passive-aggressively doing the opposite, as this tweet suggests in the context of even the World Heath Organization now opposing lockdowns.
Fauci and the White House had this dust-up because the Trump campaign included a clip of Fauci saying good things about the administration’s response to the pandemic.
The president has hinted that he might fire Fauci if he wins reelection as party of an Executive Branch shakeup.
Parenthetically, Dr. Fauci originally came out against in-person voting, but in August he reversed course and said it was okay with appropriate social distancing.
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