National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Dr. Anthony Fauci has become a household name through his frequent press conferences and media appearances since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While he has become a hero to some on the left, plenty of critics have balked at his recommendations — and now, some social media users are petitioning for Fauci to debate pandemic-related issues with another expert in the field.
As the Daily Caller reported, Dr. Robert W. Malone is a virologist responsible for furthering the development of mRNA technology used in some of the available COVID-19 vaccines.
During the current public health crisis, however, Malone has become something of an outcast in the mainstream medical community by standing in opposition to much of the prevailing advice.
The distinct differences in opinion between the two doctors have led some Fauci skeptics to call for a debate.
“If everything were as on the level as is claimed, a Fauci vs Malone debate would be a lot more effective than twitter bans in fostering ‘trust the science,'” one Twitter user wrote, apparently referencing the accounts disabled for spreading what the platform deemed to be misinformation on the topic.
Twitter recently suspended the personal account of U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), explaining in a statement that the decision was made in light of “repeated violations of our COVID-19 misinformation policy.”
“Never in a million years”
Malone was also suspended by Twitter recently just as he was set to appear on comedian Joe Rogan’s popular podcast.
During that appearance, he fiercely criticized the federal government’s policies, insisting that vaccine mandates were illegal.
“When you have a society that has become decoupled from each other and has free-floating anxiety in a sense that things don’t make sense, we can’t understand it, and then their attention gets focused by a leader or a series of events on one small point, just like hypnosis, they literally can become hypnotized and can be led anywhere,” Malone said.
Although numerous tweets expressed an interest in seeing a debate between the two doctors, one user wrote that Fauci “would never in a million years agree” to the terms.
If Fauci and his acolytes were willing or able to defend their ideas against scrutiny, such a debate might have already taken place. Instead, Americans are expected to simply accept his often changing advice with no questions asked.