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Fri Jun 11, 2021, 03:23 PM

Only in our anti-truth hellscape is Fauci a villain

By Margaret Sullivan / The Washington Post

Right-wing commentators are pretending that thousands of newly released emails from Anthony Fauci represent some kind of smoking gun against the government’s top infectious-disease expert, whom they have recently decided to try to destroy.

I haven’t been nearly as excited by the emails, which are mostly full of mundane correspondence. But there’s at least one line in them that stands out.

“I genuflect to no one but science and always, always speak my mind when it comes to public health,” the normally even-tempered scientist wrote in March of last year, to an epidemiologist who had accused a number of public health officials of appeasing the science-challenged President Trump.

Fauci, 80, has served in Republican and Democratic administrations since the Reagan era. And until recently, he has garnered widespread respect. The reason is in that email: He’s really not a political animal, but someone who is all about the science.


Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., wants Fauci fired immediately. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., expressed shock at the supposed revelations in Fauci’s emails and called for a full congressional investigation.

Tucker Carlson wants a criminal investigation. His Fox News colleague Scott Hilton claimed last weekend that Fauci lied to Congress about ties between a Chinese lab and the Obama administration.


Sure, COVID is a conspiracy between Fauci, Obama and the Chinese to make Trump look bad.

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