Conservative author and podcaster Candace Owens mocked Dr. Anthony Fauci Monday evening, accusing him of making up COVID-19 guidance and comparing his recommendations to the follow-along game “Simon Says.”
During an interview with Fox News’s Tucker Carlson, Owens responded to claims by Fauci that the coronavirus laid bare the “undeniable effects of racism” on black Americans.
“This is just so brilliant. The left is always looking for a victim, a narrative,” Owens began, adding that she believes the one true “victim” during the COVID pandemic is “science” which, she said, “has been killed by the left.”
“Science used to be this thing we all loved. I’d like to eulogize science because it made so much sense and now it is suddenly over,” she said.
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Earlier in the pandemic, researchers say they found that the virus was inadvertently affecting black Americans not because of their race but because of lifestyles that led to comorbidities, the latter of which led to worse outcomes. And Fauci himself even noted that in April 2020.
“We’ve known literally forever that diseases like diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and asthma are disproportionately afflicting the minority populations, particularly the African Americans,” Fauci, the country’s lead immunologist, said at a press conference.
“Unfortunately, when you look at the predisposing conditions that lead to a bad outcome with coronavirus, the things that get people into ICU that require intubation and often lead to death, they are just those very co-morbidities that are unfortunately disproportionately prevalent in the African American population,” he added. “So we’re very concerned about that. It’s very sad. It’s nothing we can do about it right now except to try and give them the best possible care to avoid those complications.”
Now, however, Fauci appears to believe that the disease itself is a manifestation of racism, though it originated in China.
In her interview, Owens also riffed on Fauci over his flip-flopping mask guidance.
“I’d like to say that Dr. Fauci is to me, you know when your kid and you play that game Simon Says? You always wondered who was Simon and why are we doing what he says? Simon is Dr. Fauci, he’s making this stuff up as he goes along,” she said. “Simon says wear your mask. Simon says don’t wear your mask. Simon says now that COVID is racist and it affects black people more poorly.”
“We don’t know why he is saying it, it makes no sense, but apparently, a lot of people are following his orders. This is his new push, to blame this somehow on systemic racism,” Owens continued, going on to acknowledge that there are comorbidities that historically afflict blacks disproportionately.
“If he’s concerned about systemic racism and talking about how COVID might affect black people, I think what he’s hinting at is obesity. We [black Americans] represent a higher percentage of people that are obese, and obesity is the number one killer in America,” she added. “He might be onto something there, but it has nothing to do with race.”
“Race is not determining whether or not you’re fat or skinny. The left is obsessed with politicizing science, and right now, the policy is if you want to accomplish anything in life, just call the other thing racist. That’s exactly what they do over and over and over again,” she continued.
Owens then credited Carlson for his focus on Fauci and his various guidance and recommendations throughout the pandemic.
“This has always been about power from the very beginning. Personally, Tucker, I think your program is responsible for a lot of these changes because you started investigating Dr. Fauci, asking the right questions that everybody should be asking. Let’s keep looking at Dr. Fauci because that man is corrupt,” she said.
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