‘Jesus Christ’: Fauci loses temper, gets caught on hot mic calling US senator a ‘moron’

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Dr. Anthony Fauci raged against Republican senators during a hearing on Tuesday, accusing Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) of fueling threats against him and his family and then referring to Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS) as a “moron” on a hot mic while taking the Lord’s name in vain.

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing was focused on Fauci’s work concerning the country’s COVID-19 response. Marshall questioned Fauci directly on his financial disclosures during testimony which infuriated the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Fauci asserted that Marshall was incredibly “misinformed” over his not disclosing key financial information. Since Fauci is a public official, his financial disclosure information is available via a Freedom of Information Act request. Marshall alleged his staff was unable to find it. He highlighted Fauci’s reported salary of over $400,000, which makes him the highest-paid federal government employee out there. The exchange involved documents recently published by Project Veritas.

“This is a huge issue,” Marshall remarked. “Wouldn’t you agree with me that you see things before members of Congress would see them so there is an air of appearance that there are some shenanigans going on? I assume that’s not the case.”

“What are you talking about?” Fauci angrily interjected. “My financial disclosures are public knowledge and have been so. You have amazingly wrong information.”

Fauci could then be heard whispering “what a moron” and “Jesus Christ!” on a hot mic in response to Marshall’s questioning.

“I understand that Anthony Fauci had a very frustrating day: having a bombshell report show he in fact did award U.S. tax dollars for gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and being called out about his personal financial disclosure during the COVID pandemic NOT being publically available must be very frustrating,” a statement from Sen. Marshall said. “Calling me a moron during a Senate hearing may have alleviated the stress of the least trusted bureaucrat in America, but it didn’t take away from the facts.”

Marshall told Fauci earlier in the exchange that “the American people don’t trust the words coming out of your mouth.”

“Every day you appear on TV, you do more damage than good when it comes to educating the public on COVID,” Marshall claimed, according to USA Today.

Fauci replied by saying Marshall’s question “was a real distortion of the reality.”

He also got into a heated exchange with Sen. Paul during testimony. At one juncture in the back and forth, he accused Paul of claiming he was “responsible for the death of 4 to 5 million people, which is really irresponsible.”

“What happens when he gets out and accuses me of things that are completely untrue,” Fauci charged, “is that kindles the crazies out there, and I have threats upon my life, harassment of my family and my children with obscene phone calls because people are lying about me.”

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Then Fauci brought up the arrest in December of Kuachua Brillion Xiong, of California, who reportedly had a “hit list” with Fauci’s name on it when he was pulled over on Interstate 80 in Iowa.

“They found in his car an AR-15 and multiple magazines of ammunition because he thinks that maybe I’m killing people,” he recounted.

“So I asked myself, ‘Why would a senator want to do this?’ So go to [the] Rand Paul website, and you see ‘Fire Dr. Fauci,’ with a little box that says ‘Contribute here.’ And you can do $5, $10, $20, $100,” Fauci contended in an effort to further smear the senator. Paul’s website, for the record, doe not apparently show what Fauci claimed.

“You are making a catastrophic epidemic for your political gain,” Fauci said, accusing Paul of profiting from the pandemic which is oddly what many Republicans are accusing the doctor of.

“You have politically attacked your colleagues, and in a politically reprehensible way…” Paul began before committee chairman Patty Murray (D-WA) cut him off.

Earlier, Paul grilled Fauci on why he would “claim unilaterally” that any criticism of him is a “criticism of science itself,” labeling the idea “quite dangerous.”

“A planner who believes he is the science leads to an arrogance that justifies in his mind using government resources to smear and to destroy the reputations of other scientists who disagree with them,” asserted Paul.

“This is not only antithetical to the scientific method, it’s cheap politics and it’s reprehensible,” he stated. “Dr. Fauci, do you really think it’s appropriate to use your $420,000 salary to attack scientists that disagree with you?”

“No, I think in usual fashion, Senator, you are distorting everything about me,” Fauci shot back.

“More people have died now under President Biden than did under President Trump,” Paul claimed. “You are the one responsible, you are the architect — you are the lead architect for the response from the government. And now 800,000 people have died. Do you think it’s a winning success, what you’ve advocated for government?”

“Senator, first of all, if you look at everything I said, you accuse me of, in a monolithic way, telling people what they need to do,” Fauci defensively answered. “Everything that I’ve said — [which] has been in support of the CDC guidelines — wear a mask, get boosted –“

“And you’ve made it coercive and done by mandate,” Paul noted. “You’ve advocated your infallible opinion by dictated by law.”

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