Sen. Rand Paul slammed Dr. Anthony Fauci as a “left-wing advocate for elitism” for his handling of guiding the nation during the pandemic.
Fauci is “busy wearing three masks, strutting around, and getting books written about him and everybody calling him the world’s best doctor, when in reality all he is a TV pundit and really a left-wing advocate for elitism,” Paul told Lisa Boothe Monday on the podcast The Truth with Lisa Boothe.
“If Dr. Fauci wanted to save lives, he could be saying on his four trips to CNN each day, is that you can have your life saved if you get the monoclonal antibodies before you get too sick,” the Kentucky senator said of proteins that mimic the immune system’s ability to fight off viruses. “But if you wait too long, they won’t give them to you, and you’ll go to the ventilator.”
Paul added that there should be a public service announcement on monoclonal antibodies because Fauci and other health leaders have been quiet on the topic, and there’s only a limited window of time for people before it’s too late to receive them.
“So if you wait too long, let’s say you just say, ‘You know, I’m never sick, and I’m staying at home. I’m staying at home.’ And then, all of a sudden, you wake up one morning. You can’t breathe at all. You get there, and your oxygenation is 75 or 80. And they’re thinking about a ventilator. And you say, ‘Can I have the monoclonal antibodies?’ It’s actually too late.”
Paul’s comments come after the pair of doctors have sparred during Senate hearings about the particulars of the coronavirus, including in September when Paul questioned Fauci on how preexisting cross-reactive immunity could potentially stop the spread of COVID-19, citing data from Asia. Fauci told Paul that there was no evidence making that case.
But in November, Paul took a victory lap when the New York Times published research backing up his claims and showed that some adults, and even more children, carried an antibody that can prevent coronavirus infection, including COVID-19.
This month, the two had another heated exchange during a Senate hearing over coronavirus restrictions, with Paul accusing Fauci of performing theater by wearing two masks.
“If we’re not spreading the infection, isn’t it just theater?” the Kentucky Republican asked Fauci during a Senate hearing. “If you’ve had the vaccine and you’re wearing two masks, isn’t that theater?”
“No, it’s not — here we go again with the theater,” Fauci responded.
“Let me just state for the record that masks are not theater. Masks are protective,” he added, which is supported by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.
Paul added during his interview Monday that he has often been attacked by the media for his comments during the pandemic, saying that he faces condemnation by “10, 20, 50 different outlets all at once.”
“It’s a concerted effort, and you’ve noticed that the left-wing media moves as a herd now. You talk about herd … mentality. That’s what they have. And they do move in concert. And once one attacks, they all attack,” he said.
Fauci’s office did not immediately respond to the Washington Examiner’s request for comment on Paul’s interview.
Author : Emma Colton
Source : Washington Examiner : Rand Paul slams Fauci as a ‘left-wing advocate for elitism’ and a ‘TV pundit’