Dr. Anthony Fauci may have charmed a large number of Americans into treating his words as gospel, but Fox News host Tucker Carlson is having none of it.
Carlson blasted Fauci on his show Friday for his refusal to answer questions regarding the transmission risks posed by mass protests and for providing glaringly inconsistent advice throughout the pandemic, the Daily Caller reported.
“Fauci is 79, but maybe if he had like 22-year-old kids who were trying to make their way in this world in an economy that is headed down the tubes thanks largely to his recommendations, he would feel differently,” Carlson said about Fauci’s previous advice on shutdowns, according to the Daily Caller.
“It’s not merely an inconvenience when your economy collapses,” he continued. “It’s the end of the American Dream. That’s not a small thing. Maybe it’s worth it. Maybe it’s not, but if it is, then you probably shouldn’t take a pass on the question, are protests and riots okay? Unless you’re a total fraud, like a complete fraud.”
Fauci dodges questions
“I don’t think that’s relevant,” Fauci said in response to a question from Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) about whether protests and riots were likely to contribute to the spread of the coronavirus, as The Federalist reported. “I’m not in a position to determine what the government can do in a forceful way,” he added when Jordan asked if the mass demonstrations should be formally restricted in the same way churches and businesses have been.
Fauci’s replies were viewed by many as in direct conflict with other positions he has taken in recent months. In April, for instance, Fauci advocated for all 50 states to lock down their economies to reduce transmission of COVID-19.
“I don’t understand why that’s not happening,” Fauci said about the seven or eight states with very low numbers of coronavirus cases that did not impose shutdowns at the time, The Federalist reported. “If you look at what’s going on in this country, I just don’t understand why we’re not doing that. We really should be.”
Protests are “risky”
While Fauci did say in June that protests were “risky,” according to The Hill, he stopped far short of telling people they should stay home from such events.
In a March interview, however, Fauci recommended that people not go to bars and restaurants or attend church services with more than 10 people present.
Inconsistent guidance such as this has led conservative commentators like Carlson and Meghan McCain to cast doubt on the credibility and integrity of Fauci and others.
“Come on man!!!” McCain said in a tweet on Friday, according to Fox News. “This is part of the reason [R]epublicans are so pissed – [Fauci] will comment on everything from what kind of tinder sex people can have to baseball but protesting… not his department.”
That about says it all.