Musk reveals Twitter employees had ‘Fauci Fan Club’ Slack channel

There were many remarkable things learned during the Covid-19 pandemic, including how quick so many Americans were to embrace an authoritarian government. But another phenomenon that stands out was the embrace of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert who would be the first to tell you that he and science are one and the same.

Like most things today, when it comes to Fauci things line up along political lines. If you’re on the right, you have questions about his actions, beginning with his support for gain-of-function research, which is a leading candidate in the cause of a virus that killed more than a million Americans, assuming we can believe the stats provided by the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.

On that note, new Twitter CEO Elon Musk shared on the social media platform Wednesday that the left-wing “tech bros” running the company had a Slack channel titled “Fauci Fan Club.”

Musk responded with gusto to a tweet from venture capitalist Marc Andreessen about whether Fauci had ever lied, sharing a link to a Newsweek article about Fauci being “untruthful” about Wuhan lab research when testifying before Congress. The article linked to a Sept. 2021 story by The Intercept that found the Fauci-led National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases provided funds to research “gain-of-function research of concern.”

He followed that up with this:

Not finished yet, Musk linked to a corresponding article while tweeting: “‘Gain-of-function’ in this context is just another way of saying ‘bioweapon’. Some good nuggets in article. Important to note that Fauci authored 2012 paper arguing for gain-of-function research! Obama wisely put this on pause, but Fauci restarted it.”

He then dropped this gem: “Despite these glaring issues, Twitter nonetheless had an internal Slack channel unironically called ‘Fauci Fan Club.'”

This is not the first time Musk has commented on Fauci. Earlier this month he said in a tweet that the chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden “lied to Congress and funded gain-of-function research that killed millions of people. Not awesome imo.”

Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:

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