Fox News’ Tucker Carlson clapped back at White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci on Thursday after he accused the host of spreading a “crazy conspiracy theory” regarding the COVID-19 vaccines.
To begin his segment, Carlson noted that Fauci, the country’s lead immunologist, has been insisting that even people who have been vaccinated must still continue to mask up in public when they gather in close proximity such as in restaurants, even though the vaccines are said to be highly effective at immunizing those who get them.
“Why do people who take it — and by the way, why do people who have been previously infected and show high levels of antibodies — have to live under the restrictions that the vaccines were supposed to eliminate?” Carlson asked. “Why, for example, does Tony Fauci say you have to wear a mask after you get the vaccine?”
“We’re wondering — is Fauci telling Americans who’ve been vaccinated or who’ve recovered from the coronavirus itself, that they aren’t protected against future infections? Is that why he’s saying they can’t eat in restaurants or go to bars? These are not trick questions, they’re the most basic of all questions,” Carlson continued, saying he would like to have Fauci on the program “to explain them.”
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The host then played a clip of Fauci in an interview with CNN earlier Wednesday in which he did not address the questions Carlson has been asking, but instead wrote them off as conspiratorial, as the network’s chyron underneath Fauci falsely claimed Carlson “lies to viewers suggesting vaccines don’t work.”
“That’s just a typical, crazy conspiracy theory,” Fauci said when asked to respond to the Fox News host. “Why would we not tell people if it doesn’t work? Look at the data. The data are overwhelming … so I don’t have any idea what he’s talking about.”
“How dangerous is it for a TV personality like that, who does have an audience of millions, to speculate?” the CNN host asked.
“Well, it’s certainly not helpful to the public health of this nation or even globally,” Fauci responded.
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After the clip, Carlson pointed out that he wasn’t making declaratory statements about vaccine efficacy but rather asking if one thing is true — vaccines are effective — then why must Americans continue practicing personal habits as though they don’t.
“Wait a second — who’s doubting that vaccines work? For the record, we never for a minute doubted it,” Carlson said, going on to explain that Fauci and others, including President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris — all of whom have been vaccinated — continuing to socially distance and wear masks, even when they’re outside and far away from other people.
“You see the guy in charge…telling us, ‘after you’ve had the vaccine, you must remain under the restrictions,'” the host continued. “So we’re asking a question that is rooted in science, which is, ‘why?’ If this stuff works, why can’t you live like it works? What are you really telling us here?”
“And by the way, this, again, is not a trick question. We are not playing word games here, what is the answer? If the coronavirus vaccine prevents you from catching the coronavirus, why are you wearing a mask? Why can’t you eat in a restaurant?” Carlson asked.
“And if it doesn’t prevent you from catching the coronavirus, why are we taking it in the first place? Both can’t be true. So that’s the question. It’s not a conspiracy theory,” he added.
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