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.”
“Close the bars and keep the schools open,” Dr. Anthony Fauci says, adding that while there is no solution that is “one size fits all,” the “best way to ensure the safety of the children in school is to get the community level of the spread low.” https://t.co/th9oAKhHYa pic.twitter.com/pDuTdQ0Vfp
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 29, 2020
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.
— Justin Hart (@justin_hart) June 30, 2020
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.
I told him this multiple times this summer. https://t.co/LspBtxtU6D
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) November 29, 2020
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
“Look at the data, the spread from children and among children is not very big at all, not like one would have suspected”
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) November 29, 2020
Dr. Fauci basically admitted today that closing schools because of the virus was a scam.
These people are evil.
— thebradfordfile™ (@thebradfordfile) November 30, 2020
Dr Fauci lied about the risk of coronavirus to kids in order to keep schools closed before the presidential election.
Traumatized millions of kids.
But these people wouldn’t stuff ballots?
— Cerno (@Cernovich) November 29, 2020
Even Dr Fauci now admits we should open the schools. We have Rand Paul to thank for this shift in position from Fauci. @RandPaul was mocked by the media for pressing Fauci on this issue months ago & now Fauci is basically admitting Paul was right. https://t.co/ZWcV5KInMX
— Ken Webster (@KenWebsterII) November 29, 2020
The people keeping schools shut down in spite of public health recommendations should have to answer for the harm they’re needlessly causing. pic.twitter.com/SR5kXvcmnZ
— Rory Cooper (@rorycooper) November 29, 2020
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