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On Friday, Mike Huckabee, 2016 presidential candidate and former Arkansas governor revealed the reason Americans initially trusted Dr. Anthony Fauci but since the beginning of the pandemic have had increasing levels of distrust of the infectious disease expert.
“Dr. Fauci was, I think, very credible in the early days because we didn’t know any better,” Huckabee asserted on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”
“We thought, ‘Well, this guy must be the expert,'” he added.
“But as he continued to serve in that capacity, he would change his mind as to what the science said,” the Fox News contributor said, likely alluding to several flip-flopping statements about mask-wearing from Fauci who has served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease since 1984.
“We started listening to other scientists, Marty Makary, Jay Bhattacharya and others, who are, quite frankly, clinicians, they’re actual research scientists. They’re not government bureaucrat doctors, they actually practice medicine, see patients and they review data that comes from all over the world – and they give us a very different point of view,” 66-year-old Huckabee explained.
Jay Bhattacharya is co-author of The Great Barrington Declaration, a document that suggested far less restrictive measures be taken in response to the pandemic compared to the draconian lockdown policies adopted across the country.
“They talked about herd immunity. They said what we need to do is to live our lives, that we quarantine the people who are sick, not the people who are well, and many of us started saying, ‘You know what? That makes more sense,’” Huckabee said.
Huckabee also criticized the travel ban President Joe Biden announced on Friday affecting travelers from eight African countries despite Biden’s claims as a presidential candidate that he would “shut down the virus,” and “not the country.”
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“It’s interesting that Joe Biden, a year ago, was saying it was basically all on Donald Trump,” Huckabee said. “It was all his fault.”
“He and the press essentially accused Donald Trump of being responsible for the number of American deaths due to Covid. This year we’ve had more deaths in 2021 than we had in 2020,” he recalled.
“Every policy that President Trump had in place – that was working – Joe Biden has gone in and reversed it and it has had disastrous consequences,” he said.
The travel ban will go into effect on Monday and include travelers from South Africa, Eswatini, Mozambique, Malawi, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana, but will not apply to American citizens.
“I’ve decided that we’re gonna be cautious [and] make sure there’s no travel to and from South Africa and six [sic] other countries in that region,” Biden told reporters, while the official White House statement noted eight countries. “We don’t know a lot about the variant except that it is of great concern.”
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