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Conservatives have ruthlessly ridiculed the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, after a viral clip showed him bragging that he symbolizes ‘consistency’, ‘truth’ and “human benevolence”, especially in a time of “normalization of untruths and lies”. .”
The clip is from a Tuesday interview between Fauci and Dr. Larry Corey on the campus of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle, Washington, where Fauci was present to receive an award.
During that same discussion, Fauci also made offhand jokes about cooking up the COVID-19 strain in his kitchen, a dig at critics who say his research is to blame for the origin of the virus.
Although this other statement seems to be just as outrageous for conservatives. Fauci discussed what he called the “Fauci effect,” this idea that he himself has become the symbol of truth in a world overrun with untruths.
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“It’s called the Fauci effect,” he began, adding, “which is kind of like, you know — believe me, I’m not excited about it.”
Although he tried to sound humble, he said: “People go to medical school now, people are interested in science – not because of me, because most people don’t know me. not, who I am… That’s what I symbolize.”
He went on to say, “And what I symbolize in a time of normalization of untruths and lies, and everything you see happening in society, from January 6th to whatever happens – people are thirsty consistency, integrity, for truth and for people who care about people.”
Although conservatives on Twitter saw this as extreme self-glorification to the point of narcissism.
“The Fauci effect is when you become a megalomaniacal narcissist,” conservative journalist Ian Miles Cheong tweeted.
Conservative radio host Michael Berry likened Dr. Fauci to a Ponzi scheme legend, writing, “Anthony Fauci is the Bernie Madoff of public health.”
Young Americans for Liberty strongly criticized Fauci, tweeting, “Some people claim that Dr. Fauci is a narcissist. But if you watch this video you will see that this claim is in fact completely and categorically true.”
The conservative Partnership Institute’s policy director, Rachel Bovard, gave her impression of the so-called ‘Fauci effect’, tweeting: ‘There are two ‘Fauci effects’. The first is the one Fauci apparently named after The second is the huge gang of people who no longer implicitly trust the medical establishment because of this guy.
Matt Kibbe of The Blaze poked fun at the NIAID director’s apparent routine narcissism, tweeting, “Old Tony Fauci: ‘Attacks on me, quite frankly, are attacks on science.’ New Tony Fauci: “Hold my beer. I am Truth manifested in human form.”
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Science and technology researcher Dr Eli David commented on the clip, writing, “From the doctor who has caused the most harm to humanity in history.”
Federalist editor Mollie Hemingway tweeted: “This video depicts a caricature of a badass James Bond villain destroying the world.”
Curator YouTuber Viva Frei gave his own take on the “Fauci Effect”. “The ‘Fauci Effect’ will be known as the phenomenon by which people who had hitherto trusted ‘science’ and ‘scientific’ institutions lose all faith in science, scientific institutions and ‘scientists’.
“In fact, the ‘Fauci Effect’ refers to funding gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and then lying to Congress,” tweeted Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.
Washington Examiner columnist T. Becket Adams has proposed that the “fauci effect” occurs when grocery stores enforce one-way aisles.
“At the center of every failure of the public health response over the past 40 years, Dr. Fauci speaks of his greatness,” observed Congressman Jim Banks, R-Ind.
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