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President Joe Biden triggered apoplectic horror from conservatives Thursday when he “joked” that sometimes he feels as if longtime government bureaucrat Dr. Anthony Fauci is America’s real president.
The president made the bizarre joke while thanking National Institutes of Health officials at a press conference Thursday afternoon at the NIH’s headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland.
He said he wanted to “thank all of you,” including Fauci, who serves as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases subagency, for the “advice” they’ve offered him during the coronavirus pandemic.
Zeroing in specifically on Fauci, he added while giggling, “I’ve seen more of Dr. Fauci than my wife. We kid each other, but they … look, who’s president? Fauci.”
“But all kidding aside, I sincerely mean it,” he continued, indicating that he was joking about Fauci being president but not joking about being grateful.
Funny guy, huh? Not so much, according to Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, a fierce Fauci critic with a history of scolding the government bureaucrat over his controversial policy prescriptions.
‘I don’t look at this as a liberty thing’: Fauci comments on perpetual restrictions do NOT sit well with Jim Jordan https://t.co/4pDNBO4rgu pic.twitter.com/xOXpIqdotJ
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 15, 2021
Asked during an appearance on Fox News’ “America Reports” for his take on the president’s whole speech, Jordan immediately brought up the president’s ostensible joke.
“That’s not a joke. That’s a nightmare to so many Americans! When did Dr. Fauci ever put his name on a ballot and run for office and get elected by we the people? But yet he has complete authority,” the congressman said.
“Remember what he said on Sunday. He said, ”I represent science,’ almost as if he was declaring from on high that he’s the all-knowing. And this is frightening, this guy who’s not directly accountable to the people with so much power.”
His point was that, while the president’s remark was a joke, it’s no joke that Fauci wields an incredible deal of power — and that he does so with the arrogance of an unaccountable emperor.
Listen to the Republican congressman’s take below:
“And then the other takeaway … the idea that he makes some Americans the villains. Let’s just deal with this virus. Let’s just deal with it in a common-sense way. … Let’s deal with it that way,” Jordan continued.
“Certainly not give any more power to Dr. Fauci, who misled the country on the origins of this virus and who used American tax dollars to go to the Wuhan lab to do gain-of-function research. Certainly don’t give him any more authority or power, even if it’s just a joke.”
Meanwhile on social media, a large number of critics opined that while Fauci isn’t technically the president, he might as well be given the president’s demonstrable presidential impotence.
Biden: Saint Fauci is president
Wow, our Country is in really big trouble. Especially, when we all know, Biden isn’t actually the president, he’s only the bobble head for the President. So it may not be funny that Biden called Fauci President because he may actually be. 🤦🏻🤦🏻🤔
— 100%_Conservative👮♂️ (@redwavemovement) December 3, 2021
I don’t think Biden really knows who the president is. Might as well be Fauci since we all know @POTUS isn’t calling the shots.
— Living an Ultra Life (@LivinUltraLife) December 2, 2021
Slow Joe may have said some truth when he said Fauci is the real president
— BTC REHAB (@btc_rehab) December 3, 2021
Fauci is President is the truest thing @POTUS has said in his not presidency
— Recruiter Times (@RecruitingTruth) December 3, 2021
So joe actually spoke the truth when he said Fauci is president. He’s obviously one of Biden’s puppet masters.
— bridget bordelon (@2darnold) December 3, 2021
Interestingly, it appears this view is somewhat shared by Hoover Institution senior fellow Victor Davis Hanson.
Speaking on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” late Thursday, he argued that “in his befuddlement,” the president can sometimes “be very clear.”
Such as, in this case, him referring to Fauci as president, because according to Hansen, the longtime bureaucrat does indeed act “more like a monarch” than just an advisor.
“He has legislative, judicial, and executive power all in one,” Hansen noted.
Later that same evening, Fox News host Sean Hannity suggested that the president should stop “blindly” following Fauci’s leader, especially given the American people’s distaste for him.
“Americans don’t like Anthony Fauci because he’s horrible at his job, and he’s wrong constantly, and the bar changes every hour of every day. If Biden really cared about reaching all Americans, he would replace Fauci with someone less toxic. That appears not to be happening,” he said.
“Joe Biden is not a uniter. He is a cognitive mess in way over his head. Now he does whatever his far-left advisors tell him to do,” Hannity added, referencing Fauci, who’s about as left-wing as one can be.
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