Hot mic surprises Fauci calling GOP senator a ‘moron’

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 11: Dr.Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Advisor to the White House and Director of NIAID, testifies during a Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hearing on Capitol Hill on January 11, 2022 in Washington, DC. The committee will hear testimony on the federal response to COVID-19 and new emerging variants. (Photo by Greg Nash-Pool / Getty Images)

(The Hill) – White House Chief Medical Advisor Anthony Fauci was caught in a hot mic on Tuesday, calling Senator Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) A “moron” during his testimony before the Senate committee of health on the omicron variant of the coronavirus.

The tense exchange came as Marshall asked Fauci about disclosing more of his personal finances to Congress. Marshall cited a Forbes article that found Fauci the highest-paid federal employee, earning $ 434,312 in 2020.

“I don’t understand why you are asking me this question,” Fauci said. “My financial disclosure has been common knowledge and has been for approximately 37 years. “

“The big tech giants are doing an incredible job of keeping it from being public,” Marshall replied. “We will continue to look for him. Where would we find it? ”

“All you have to do is ask for it,” Fauci said. “You are so misinformed, it’s extraordinary.”

After the back-and-forth ended, Fauci could be heard muttering “What a jerk” and “Jesus Christ” in a clip tweeted by Mediaite.

What appeared to be Fauci’s exasperated response came amid a tense day of questioning by Republicans on the Senate health panel.

Fauci also clashed with Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) Over the Senator’s personal attacks on him. Fauci said Paul’s attacks put him and his family at risk, citing a recent incident in which police arrested a man with a gun who claimed he was traveling from Sacramento to Washington, DC, in order to “kill Dr. Fauci”.

The man was reportedly in possession of an AR-15 and carried with him a “list of people to kill” that included President Biden and former Presidents Clinton and Obama.


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