U.S. government tsar Covid says senator’s fundraiser inspired murder plot as Kentucky Republican blames him for pandemic deaths
Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) has accused Dr Anthony Fauci of being responsible for more than 800,000 deaths in the United States from the coronavirus. Administration czar covid Biden said criticism of Paul put his life in danger.
The latest clash between Paul and Fauci came on Tuesday during the Senate Health Committee’s hearing on the US response to variants of Covid-19.
At one point, Chief Medical Advisor to President Joe Biden held up a print of a page on the Kentucky senator’s website, with a “Start Dr Fauci” banner, to claim that such rhetoric inspired a Californian man arrested last month for allegedly plotting to assassinate him. The man, arrested in Iowa on December 21, had an AR-15 rifle and several magazines, and told police he was traveling to Washington, DC to kill Fauci, the doctor told senators.
“You are making a catastrophic epidemic for your political gain” Fauci told Paul.
WATCH: Dr Fauci recounts how a man was arrested for being treated to kill him. He blames Rand Paul for having a “Fire Fauci” banner on his website, of which he pulls out a printed copy. pic.twitter.com/QbS0ov23eB
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Paul pointed to Fauci, as the lead architect of the U.S. government’s response to the pandemic, and asked what he could call it all – the blockages, the mask and vaccine warrants, the recalls – a success when more than 800,000 people died.
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The libertarian-leaning Republican also called out Fauci for being a central planner whose arrogance led to aggravating mistakes.
“The idea that a government official like you unilaterally claims to represent science and that any criticism of you is seen as a criticism of science itself is quite dangerous” said Paul.
“A planner who believes he is Science leads to an arrogance that justifies in his mind the use of government resources to smear and destroy the reputations of other scientists who disagree with him,” added the senator. “It is not only antithetical to the scientific method, it is the the epitome of cheap politics and it is reprehensible.
Senator Rand Paul to Fauci: “The idea that a government official like you unilaterally claims to represent science and that any criticism of you is seen as a criticism of science itself is quite dangerous … cheap policy and it is reprehensible. . ” pic.twitter.com/vQbEuiv2au
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It was a reference to revelations last month that Fauci worked with National Institutes of Health (NIH) director Francis Collins in 2020 to discredit critics of the lockdowns that signed the Great Barrington statement. Emails released by Congress showed Collins asking Fauci for a “Rapid and devastating demolition of its premises” and later praising him for a “excellent” job.
Fauci and Paul have clashed multiple times in Senate hearings, with the Kentucky Republican even referring the doctor to the Department of Justice for perjury.
Tuesday’s showdown comes after an explosive report from conservative media outlet Project Veritas, which released Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) documents indicating “Gain of function” coronavirus research by EcoHealth Alliance, a nonprofit organization that has received funding from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of Fauci and the NIH.