Fauci Spars With Cruz, Paul Over Calls To Resign
Chief White House medical adviser Anthony Fauci is in an ongoing war of words with Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY), recently responding to their calls for his resignation during an interview on CBS. Fauci called their criticisms “dangerous.”
“Sen. Cruz told the Attorney General you should be prosecuted,” Face the Nation host Margaret Brennan told Fauci, referring to an October hearing where Cruz called on Merrick Garland to investigate Fauci over gain-of-function research.
Fauci responded by invoking the riot at the US Capitol on January 6, suggesting that Cruz is the one who should face prosecution.
“Yeah,” Fauci replied. “I have to laugh at that. I should be prosecuted? What happened on January 6, Senator?”
“So it’s easy to criticize, but they’re really criticizing science because I represent science,” Fauci said in the interview. “That’s dangerous. To me, that’s more dangerous than the slings and the arrows that get thrown at me. I’m not going to be around here forever, but science is going to be here forever. And if you damage science, you are doing something very detrimental to society long after I leave. And that’s what I worry about.”
Cruz responded to Fauci’s remarks on Twitter, saying, “Fauci is an unelected technocrat who has distorted science and facts in order to exercise authoritarian control over millions of Americans.”
Paul, who has repeatedly called for Fauci to resign or be fired, also responded on Twitter.
“The absolute hubris of someone claiming THEY represent science. It’s astounding and alarming that a public health bureaucrat would even think to claim such a thing, especially one who has worked so hard to ignore the science of natural immunity,” Paul wrote.
Fauci responds to Ted Cruz’s suggestion he should be prosecuted: ‘I should be prosecuted? What happened on January 6, senator?’