‘Sympathy-seeking’ Fauci gets surprising taxpayer-funded perk since retiring with $400K pension

Dr. Anthony Fauci’s sympathy-seeking book tour had Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) slamming the ongoing perk award to the former bureaucrat whose net worth was estimated at eight figures.

“…nobody picks me up in a limo and takes me where I want to go every day.”

A year-and-a-half after retiring as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Fauci’s decades-long career that ended as the highest salaried government official on record continued to pay dividends. While congressional figures like Paul sought accountability for the devastating losses wrought by draconian COVID policies recommended by “The Science™,” the senator took aim at the lasting, taxpayer-funded security detail provided to the 83-year-old.

Speaking with the Daily Mail, Paul expressed concerning about the U.S. Marshals accompanying the bureaucrat while out exercising or moving from one TV studio to another to promote his book, “The only other person probably getting his level of security would be the president, vice president, maybe cabinet members, and a few members in leadership in the House and Senate.”

“And he’s getting this while not in the government anymore,” added the Kentucky lawmaker.

“Dr. Fauci was the highest paid employee who now has a very generous pension estimated at more than $400,000,” asserted Taxpayers Protection Alliance president David Williams. “Now he continues to cost taxpayers money. With an estimated net worth of more than $11 million.”

After Fauci appeared at a congressional hearing to answer questions about the government’s response to COVID, he repeatedly played the victim card with corporate media sycophants, including on CNN where he blamed conservatives for claims “that I’m responsible for the deaths of X number of people because of policies or some crazy idea that I created the virus,” resulting in death threats.

Paul, who actually suffered an attack at his own home that resulted in broken ribs and the need for lung and hernia surgeries, had little in the way of pity for Fauci as he added to the Daily Mail, “He wants to develop empathy and sympathy. He wants to paint Republicans as creating this danger. I’ve had 34 death threats in a week before. I have had death threats as soon as this last week.”

“So we get them all the time, and nobody picks me up in a limo and takes me where I want to go every day,” the lawmaker contended.

Alabama Rep. Barry Moore (R), co-sponsor to a bill aimed at rescinding funds for Fauci’s security last year, argued, “A country that is nearly $35 trillion in debt should not be funding the security detail of one of our highest-paid bureaucrats who has retired and has a net worth of $11 million. Dr. Fauci spent years lying to the American people about the origins of COVID-19 and what practices would keep us safe, and now he has left taxpayers to foot the bill for his security? That’s unacceptable.”

Meanwhile, Williams chided the waste of taxpayer funds for the wealthy retiree continuing to benefit from his career in government, “Giving Dr. Fauci taxpayer-funded US Marshal protection after he is no longer an employee of the federal government sets an expensive precedent for future former employees.”

“Dr. Fauci can afford his own security detail,” he added. “Taxpayers paid for his mishandling of COVID-19, they shouldn’t continue to pay.”

“Myself, my three daughters, they have had credible death threats,” Fauci said during a recent appearance on ABC’s “The View” where he’d postured himself against former President Donald Trump in 2020. “Credible death threats meaning someone who clearly was on their way to killing.”

“It’s very troublesome to me. It is even more troublesome because they involve my wife,” he added, and bordering on the late O.J. Simpson’s tale, “If I Did It,” insisted, “If trying to save people’s lives is a crime, then I’m guilty.”

Unrelenting, Paul who had already twice-referred Fauci to the Justice Department argued, “He committed a felony by lying to Congress saying he didn’t fund [gain-of-function] research. He’s still saying that.”

“It is annoying that he’s still out there crowing how great he is when really his philosophic opinion that gain-of-function research is worth the risk is something that I think history should remember,” added the senator, “and I’m going to do every bit of making sure that history remembers that he was philosophically in favor of the research that I believe allowed millions of people to die from this lab leak.”

 

Kevin Haggerty

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