Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) just destroyed Dr. Anthony Fauci.
In a tweet Monday, Paul blasted Fauci for his recent praise of New York’s response to COVID-19, saying the remarks call Fauci’s judgment “into question,” according to the Washington Examiner.
Fauci has long served as the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and has most recently made a name for himself as the face of President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force.
But while he has been portrayed in the media as an expert, Fauci’s latest comments make it seem like he simply isn’t paying attention.
“We can do it”
Indeed, New York has been anything but a safe harbor from COVID-19. According to data from Statista, the Empire State has seen more than 32,000 deaths due to the coronavirus, more than double the death toll of any other state. The state to come in at No. 2, New Jersey, has seen just over 15,000 deaths from the disease as of Wednesday, Statista reports.
New York’s Democrat leaders, like Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio, have also faced widespread criticism for how they handled the outbreak, including missteps with regard to nursing homes and the New York City subway system.
But none of that seemed to matter to Fauci, who said in a recent interview with PBS that New York has handled the pandemic “correctly.”
“Remember, we can do it. We know that when you do it properly, you bring down those cases. We’ve done it. We’ve done it in New York,” Fauci said, according to the Examiner.
“New York got hit worse than any place in the world. And they did it correctly by doing the things that you’re talking about,” Fauci added, referring to measures like social distancing and wearing face masks. (Apparently, doing things “correctly” also means having more deaths from the coronavirus than Florida, Texas, and California combined, according to data from Statista.)
“Disregards the facts”
Recognizing how badly leaders in New York botched their response to COVID-19, Sen. Paul called out Fauci on Monday for his remarks to PBS, as the Examiner reported.
Paging Dr. Fauci! According to JHU, NY’s per capita death rate is more than 2X greater than Italy Spain & Britain & more than 8X worse than Florida & 10X worse than Texas. For you to say NY got it done correctly disregards the facts & calls your judgement into question.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) July 20, 2020
Only time will tell, however, if President Donald Trump opts to replace Fauci with someone who has higher aspirations when it comes to keeping Americans safe.