Dr. Anthony Fauci, the face of President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force and the architect of America’s social distancing rules, was caught removing his mask as soon as the cameras stopped rolling at the end of his testimony at a Senate hearing Tuesday, LifeZette reported.
According to LifeZette, Fauci pulled his face mask down to his chin before exiting the room, which was filled with senators, staffers, and members of the press.
Take a look at video of the incident, as shared by LifeZette:
Good, I can take off this mask then.pic.twitter.com/e5Bid3k1lc
— America MUST Unite ⚖️🇺🇸 (@chadkanera) June 29, 2020
Do as I say…
According to MarketWatch, Fauci made clear in his Tuesday testimony that the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t over.
“We need to emphasize the responsibility that we have both as individuals and as part of a societal effort to end the epidemic,” he said, as MarketWatch reported. “We’ve got to get that message out, that we are all in this together. And if we are going to contain this, we’ve got to contain it together.
“Anything that favors the use of masks, whether it’s giving out free masks or any other mechanism, I am thoroughly in favor of,” Fauci added, according to MarketWatch.
But it appears the masks don’t matter once the cameras stop rolling — or at least, that’s what Fauci’s actions seemed to allude.
And he isn’t the only one. CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins was also caught taking her mask off at a recent press briefing after cameras were turned off, the New York Post reported. What ever happened to protecting public health?
Dr. Doom predicts the worst
Regardless of pandemic posturing in Washington, the coronavirus continues to ravage the U.S. According to The New York Times, the country has seen more than 2.7 million cases of COVID-19, and over 128,000 deaths from the disease.
On Tuesday, Fauci said it will likely only get worse from here. “We are now having 40-plus thousand new cases a day,” he told a Senate committee, according to NPR. “I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around.”
It’d certainly be easier to turn things around if Americans could get some real guidance from Washington. As things stand, it seems all we have is “experts” who want us to do as they say, not as they do.