Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich published an op-ed for The Washington Times in which he argued that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), by his own standards, ought to retire.
“By his own standards, Dr. Fauci has failed and should retire,” Gingrich wrote.
“His own standards”
Fauci, of course, has become a household name as a result of his frequent public appearances during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As Gingrich wrote, Fauci has been employed by the U.S. government for decades, raking in big money in the process. Gingrich opined that, for most of those decades, Fauci has done his job at the NIAID, and has performed it well. However, the same can’t be said about his handling of pandemic-related messaging.
Gingrich called attention to a study that Fauci published nearly a decade ago. The study covered the research of a highly contagious virus and the various questions that such advanced research raises.
In the study, Gingrich says that Fauci recognized the dangers of such research, including the possibility that a scientist studying the virus could accidentally contract it and spread it around the world. Gingrich wrote that Fauci recognized both the need for the public to have a say as to whether such research ought to be conducted, as well as the need for scientists to be completely transparent about the entire process.
“The principles Dr. Fauci had outlined were right,” Gingrich argues. “The practice which followed failed to meet those principles.”
“We really don’t know”
By “the practice which followed,” Gingrich is referring to Fauci’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, which the former GOP speaker argues failed to meet the standard that Fauci himself once set.
For one, Gingrich condemned Fauci for funding dangerous coronavirus research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) knowing that it is under a communist regime and that, therefore, the odds of any transparency are slim to none. “Just for trusting the Chinese dictatorship Dr. Fauci should retire,” Gingrich wrote.
Bolstering his case, Gingrich argued that Fauci made the situation even worse by not being as transparent with the American people as he should have been.
“Even today, we really don’t know what happened to the money or what research it funded,” Gingrich noted.
Accordingly, Gingrich concluded that it’s time for Fauci to go — and it’s not a stretch to presume that millions of Americans are in total agreeance.