- In a broad CBS News interview, Fauci responded to attacks on him by the GOP.
- Fauci specifically responded to claims by Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, who suggested that he be fired and prosecuted, respectively.
- Fauci agreed the attacks were an attempt by the political GOP and made it a “scapegoat”.
Dr Anthony Fauci, longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in a broad interview broadcast on Sunday, said the political attacks on him were nothing more than “nonsense” and ” noise”.
“So anybody’s telling lies and threats and all this drama that’s going on with some of the congressional inquiries and committees and the Rand Pauls and all that other nonsense, it’s noise,” Fauci said during from an appearance on CBS News “Face the Nation.”
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, a Republican, called for Fauci’s dismissal in October, claiming he lied to Congress about US-funded research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology involving experiments with gain in function, as reported by Insider’s Morgan Keith. Fauci disputed these claims.
“It’s noise. I know what my job is,” he added.
Fauci, also chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, became a polarizing figure during the Trump administration when the former president regularly challenged his recommendations and advice. During the Biden administration, Fauci continued to be the target of far-right and conservative figures.
In Sunday’s interview, “Face the Nation” moderator Margaret Brennan asked Fauci about comments made by Texas Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican, who during a October hearing called on US Attorney General Merrick Garland to prosecute Fauci on allegations that he lied about the gain-to-office experiences.
—Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) October 27, 2021
“I have to laugh about it. Should I be sued? What happened on January 6, senator? Fauci responded by laughing and referring to the January 6 riot on the United States Capitol that was instigated by former President Donald Trump and led to his impeachment earlier this year.
“Do you think this is about making a scapegoat to distract from President Trump? Brennan asked.
“Of course. Of course. You have to be asleep to not understand this,” Fauci said.
Fauci said he had been subjected to such attacks as a way for others to attack science.
“And for me, it’s incredibly bad because all I want to do is save people’s lives,” he said. “And, I mean, anyone who looks at this closely realizes that there is a distinct anti-science flavor to it.
“So if they stand up and criticize the science, no one will know what they’re talking about. But if they stand up and really point their balls at Tony Fauci, well, people might recognize, there’s a person there. -bas “, he added.