Fauci owes every single parent and child in America an apology for NOW saying ‘keep the schools open’

Dr. Anthony Fauci is capable of contradicting himself in a single sentence, but now that the 2020 election is in the rearview mirror the nation’s top infectious diseases expert is being more vocal about keeping children in school.

And while Fauci clarified during an interview Sunday on ABC News’ “This Week” that this has been his “default position,” essentially whitewashing his stance, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., reminded all that he “told him this multiple times this summer.”

“Close the bars and keep the schools open,” the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told anchor Martha Raddatz.

“Obviously, you don’t have one size fits all,” Fauci said. “But as I said in the past, and as you accurately quoted me, the default position should be to try as best as possible within reason to keep the children in school, or to get them back to school.”

The White House coronavirus advisor reiterated that the spread of COVID-19 among children remains very low.

“If you look at the data, the spread among children and from children is not very big at all, not like one would have suspected,” Fauci said. “So let’s try to get the kids back and try to mitigate the things that maintain and push the kind of community spread we are trying to avoid.”

The closing of schools is in a large part a response to demands by teachers’ unions that disregards the science behind the decision.

Sen. Paul took Dr. Fauci to task earlier this year during a Senate committee hearing for being overly careful about reopening schools, saying it’s “ridiculous” to have a national strategy of not sending kids back to school in the fall, the Courier-Journal reported.

“If we keep kids out of school for another year, what’s going to happen is the poor and underprivileged kids who don’t have a parent that’s able to teach them at home are not going to learn for a full year,” Paul said. “I think it’s a huge mistake if we don’t open the schools in the fall.”

He repeated that theme over the summer, as Paul reminded followers by sharing an article from the New York Post.

“Dr. Fauci, every day we seem to hear from you things we can’t do. But when you’re asked, ‘Can we go back to school?’? I don’t hear much certitude at all. ‘Well, maybe.’ ‘It depends.’ Guess what? It’s rare for kids to transmit this. I don’t hear that coming from you. All I hear is, ‘We can’t do this, we can’t do that, we can’t play baseball,’” Paul said at the time.

Responding to those who say Fauci owes him an apology, Paul insisted that parents and children are due the apology.

“No, he owes one to every single parent and school-age child in America,” he tweeted.

Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:

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