Paul, Cruz fires back after Fauci says criticism of him is ‘dangerous’

GOP Sens. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulFauci says lies, threats are ‘noise’ Fauci overwhelmed by calls after journal published error over beagle experiments McConnell looks for way out of debt ceiling MORE (Ky.) And Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGermany urges Congress not to sanction Nord Stream 2 pipeline: report Fauci says lies, threats are ‘noise’ Biden administration resists tougher Russia sanctions in Congress MORE (Texas) fired back Monday at the White House Chief Medical Officer Anthony FauciAnthony FauciAustralia is reviewing reopening plans after reporting the first omicron cases. Biden gives Monday update on US response to omicron variant Canada reports North America’s first case of omicron COVID-19 variant MORE after giving an in-depth interview in which he called their criticism “dangerous”.

While sitting with “Face the Nation” host Margaret Brennan, Fauci suggested that lawmakers like Paul and Cruz were targeting him for distracting from scandals linked to the Trump administration, such as the January 6 Capitol attack.

“So it’s easy to criticize, but they really criticize science because I represent science,” Fauci said in the interview. “It’s dangerous. To me, it’s more dangerous than the slings and arrows being thrown at me. I’m not going to be here forever, but science will be here forever. And if you hurt science, you’re doing something very harmful. for society long after I have left. And that is what I care about. “

On Sunday, Paul, who has repeatedly called on Fauci to resign or be fired, retweeted a video of the interview, writing: “The absolute hubris of someone claiming DE represents science. It’s astonishing and alarming that a public health bureaucrat at all would think of claiming such a thing, especially one who has worked so hard to ignore the science of natural immunity. “

Cruz also questioned Fauci’s saying he represents science, tweeting: “Fauci is an unelected technocrat who has distorted science and facts to exercise authoritarian control over millions of Americans. He lives in a liberal world where his complacent ‘I REPRESENT SCIENCE’. attitude is praised. “

The Texas senator further criticized Fauci for allegedly lying that the National Institutes of Health funded research into gain-of-function at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and suggested that Fauci should be prosecuted by the Department of Justice.

Throughout the pandemic, Fauci has become a target for right-wing media and Republican lawmakers who have rejected his handling of COVID-19. Last year, allies of the former President TrumpDonald Trump Former Secretary of Defense Esper sues Pentagon in controversy Biden celebrates the start of Hanukkah Fauci says lies, threats are ‘noise’ MORE accused the leading expert in infectious diseases of trying to undermine the administration.

Trump often blew up Fauci, who at times gave advice that contradicted what Trump publicly said about the coronavirus. Shortly before election day in 2020, Trump said he was considering firing Fauci. Since President BidenJoe BidenBiden gives update on Monday on the US response to the omicron variant Restless progressives eye 2024 Emhoff turns on first light in National Menorah lighting ceremony MOREFauci’s inauguration, Fauci has commented on the “cooling” pressure that scientists felt during the Trump administration and the lack of “any direction”.

Fauci responded similarly to the GOP’s criticism earlier this year when he talks to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, after the release of thousands of his emails. Critics of Fauci challenged emails that appeared to show his reflections on a possible “lab cake” origin of COVID-19, a theory he had publicly condemned. Fauci described the Republican backlash to his emails as “largely an attack on science.

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