Not long ago, Dr. Anthony Fauci, who serves as the director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), was an invincible hero within the left-leaning mainstream media and the scientific community. However, a recent trove of emails obtained by a watchdog group seem to tell a different story with regard to how Fauci tackled messaging during the COVID-19 pandemic — and now, he’s quickly losing ground with even the ones who once protected him.
A Stanford University epidemiologist and professor of medicine said last week that Fauci’s credibility “is entirely shot,” according to the Washington Examiner.
What did the professor say?
In an interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, Stanford University’s Jay Bhattacharya held nothing back as he criticized Fauci’s tendency to flip-flop on COVID-19 guidance, particularly the part about whether or not Americans should have worn masks.
“I think he’s been all over the place on masks,” Bhattacharya said, according to the Examiner. “There are emails you can find in the treasure trove of emails that have been released where he acknowledged that the virus is aerosolized — well, the cloth masks people have been recommending, they’re not very particular[ly] effective against aerosolized viruses.”
“I think his credibility is entirely shot,” the professor added of Fauci.
The criticism comes on the heels of one particular email exchange in which Fauci admitted that the typical masks Americans purchased at their local store was “not really effective in keeping out the virus, which is small enough to pass through the material,” adding: “I do not recommend that you wear a mask.”
As we all now know, Fauci would later become the quasi-commissioner of the mask police, even going as far as suggesting that Americans don multiple masks at one point during the pandemic — guidance for which he was widely ridiculed.
“Fire Fauci” movement grows
In the wake of the release of thousands of Fauci’s emails, a number of high-profile Republicans have increased their calls for President Joe Biden’s administration to relieve the infectious disease specialist of his duties.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is the latest Republican to issue such a call, writing in a recent op-ed for Fox News that he believes that Biden should fire Fauci if he truly believes in “science over fiction.”
“Dr. Anthony Fauci has repeatedly demonstrated a history of moving goal-posts when it comes to public health, withholding facts that don’t conform with his own narrative, and issuing inappropriate personal judgments that distort the truth,” the Florida Republican wrote.
But for now, it appears as if Fauci’s highest-paid government position is safe, as White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki recently told Fox News reporter Peter Doocy that there’s no circumstance in which Biden is considering terminating Fauci, according to the New York Post.
Only time will tell if Americans are made privy to any further revelations concerning Fauci’s role in a pandemic that crippled the American economy and killed far too many. Needless to say, he faces a growing number of questions that demand immediate answers.