Dr. Anthony Fauci wasted little time pushing back against the fun on display during the opening weekend of college football.
In what essentially served as a middle finger to COVID-19 fearmongers, tens of thousands of fans packed stadiums around the country with masks being few and far between. In effect, people were getting on with their lives after more than a year and a half of lockdowns, mandates and restrictions.
Nowhere was this more prevalent than the electric atmosphere at the University of Wisconsin, as House of Pain’s “Jump Around” began blaring out of the sound system, though there were several close competitors.
These videos of enormous college football crowds the last few days make me so happy to be American pic.twitter.com/AveFA8Zm75
— Geoffrey Ingersoll (@GPIngersoll) September 4, 2021
Fauci appeared on CNN’s New Day on Tuesday and anchor Jim Sciutto asked him about the crowded stadiums amid the pandemic, stressing that it’s not clear just who is vaccinated and who isn’t.
“Is this kind of behavior going to get us on the other side of this? Or if we keep doing this, are we going to be kind of stuck in outbreak mode?” Sciutto asked.
In responding, Fauci not only advocated for more vaccine mandates, he predicted it.
“We could be stuck in outbreak mode, and that’s why I think what you’re going to be seeing — in addition to the fact that people are getting voluntarily vaccinated now on a more and more basis, as you said, we have been a couple of days even over a million per day — I think you’re going to see a lot more local mandates,” he said.
“I think there are going to be organizations, there are going to be universities, there are going to be colleges, there are going to be sports events, travel events, where the rule is going to be, if you want to participate, you get vaccinated. If not, sorry, you’re not going to be able to do it,” Fauci continued. “And I think when we get more and more of that, I think we’re going to start seeing a great diminution in the number of cases.”
“Listen, I get folks want to go back to normal life. They want to go to games, right? I want to go to games,” Sciutto followed up. “But when you look at crowds like that, do you approve of that? Or is that just not smart?”
The CNN anchor conveniently ignored the fact that the infectious disease expert has been proven wrong more than once when it comes to his pandemic assessments.
“No, I don’t think it’s smart,” Fauci said. “I think when you’re dealing particularly — you know, outdoors is always better than indoors, but even when you have such a congregant setting of people close together, first, you should be vaccinated, and when you do have congregant settings, particularly indoors, you should be wearing a mask.”
One of the schools featured over the weekend was Virginia Tech, which requires all students to be vaccinated unless they qualify for a medical exemption — the school just dropped at least 238 students for violating its vaccine order.
And yet, the left was “terrified” when their home stadium was rocking to Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.”
This is terrifying. https://t.co/4E59HNt9xF
— Debra Messing✍🏻 (@DebraMessing) September 4, 2021
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