Is Kentucky Senator Rand Paul the only politician who will stand up to Anthony Fauci and speak out about what most people are thinking?
“He’s been there for 40 years, probably 39 years too long, but he controls all the funding, so people are deathly afraid of him,” Paul said this week on “Fox News Primetime” of Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984.
“I get letters from scientists all the time. You can find them. They’re very distrustful of what he’s saying,” Paul noted. “They don’t think he’s making sense. They don’t think he’s reading the science accurately, but they’re afraid to speak out because many of them are university scientists and they depend on NIH [National Institutes of Health] funds, and to cross him means it’s the last money you’ll ever get.”
“Dr. Fauci, knowing that it is a crime to lie to Congress, do you wish to retract your statement of May 11 where you claimed that the NIH never funded gain-of-function research and move on?” asked Paul in Tuesday’s Congressional hearing.
“Senator Paul, I have never lied before the Congress, and I do not retract that statement,” Fauci responded.“This paper that you’re referring to was judged by qualified staff, up and down the chain, as not being gain-of-function.”
“Gain-of-function research is defined by the NIH. We read the definition to him,” Paul threw it back. “It’s when you take an animal virus and you make it more transmissible or more dangerous, or more likely to cause a disease in humans.”
“So we presented a paper from the Wuhan Institute, by Dr. Shi, where she took viruses, combined two viruses, that were not infectious in humans and made them infectious in humans,” Paul commented. “And all Dr. Fauci could do was sputter, call me a liar, but he never, at any point in time, did he address the facts that we laid out – that the money he was giving to Wuhan was indeed for gain of function.”
Fauci tried to come off the ropes with a left jab, “you do not know what you are talking about, quite frankly, and I want to say that officially.”
Paul countered with an uppercut, accusing Fauci of “dancing around this, because you’re trying to obscure responsibility for 4 million people dying around the globe because of the pandemic.”
After the fight, Paul told Fox News, “If this disease came from the lab and they were funding gain of function, guess what? There’s at the very least moral culpability he has for the beginning of the pandemic.”
“But if you go back to Fauci’s statements in 2012, he said that the research was worth it even if a pandemic should occur, even if a leak from a lab should occur, the research was worth it. That, to me, shows incredibly bad judgment.”
“I don’t any take great pleasure … in clashing with the senator. I have a great deal of respect for the institution of the Senate of the United States. But [Rand Paul] was completely out of line.”
“He totally distorted reality. And he made some inflammatory and, I believe, slanderous remarks about lying under oath, which is completely nonsense.”
“I mean, and some of the things he says are so distorted and out of tune with reality, I had to call him on that. I didn’t enjoy it, but I had to do that because he was completely out of line. Totally inappropriate.” —Dr. Anthony Fauci
The Knock Out: Paul
“I do think that [Dr. Anthony Fauci has] been giving us shades of the truth from the very beginning, but I also think that he is predictable as an elitist.”
“People on the Left believe they know better than you and they think that the common man’s too stupid to make their own decisions, so these decisions need to be made by their betters.”
“And I truly think that he believes that he knows better. … He calculates what the people need to hear and he tells them that regardless of whether it’s true.” —Senator Rand Paul