A pompous Dr. Anthony Fauci laughed out loud Sunday during a “Face the Nation” interview on CBS when he was asked about Sen. Ted Cruz suggesting that he should be prosecuted for lying to Congress about gain of function research, before throwing the Jan. 6 protest at the U.S. Capitol in the Texas Republican’s face.
“Yeah. I have to laugh at that. I should be prosecuted? What happened on Jan. 6, senator?” the Biden White House medical advisor said snidely.
On Monday, Cruz delivered his answer during an appearance on Fox News’ Hannity, calling Fauci “the most dangerous bureaucrat in American history.”
“I don’t think anyone has hurt science, has hurt the credibility of the CDC, has hurt the credibility of doctors more than Dr. Fauci,” the senator said. “Because throughout this pandemic, he’s been dishonest, he’s been political, [and] he’s been partisan, and the American people know it!”
Cruz pointed to masks in school as an example, saying this was pushed by the administration not because of scientific reasons but because teachers unions wanted it.
Referencing Sunday’s interview, where Fauci said, “It’s easy to criticize, but they’re really criticizing science because I represent science,” Cruz compared the infectious disease expert to Louis XIV, the Sun King of France, who said, “I am the state.”
“It is this delusion of grandeur, that you cannot criticize him and it was very striking,” Cruz said, adding that when Fauci was asked about the allegation that he lied to Congress, he “just attacked and engaged in ad hominin attacks and basically did the Beavis and Butt-head defense, he just screamed liars at everything.”
The senator cited Fauci’s testimony saying “the NIH has not ever and does not now found the gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” then referenced the NIH appearing to contradict that claim.
“At the end of the day, 18 USC Code 1001 makes it a felony punishable by up to five years in prison for lying to congress. The statement from Dr. Fauci and the NIH are directly contradictory,” Cruz said. “I think (CBS anchor) Margaret Brennan is a talented journalist, but she dropped the ball in not following up, letting him just respond with insult instead of asking the simple question.”
“The reason this matters is there is a lot of circumstantial evidence to suggest that the U.S. government participated in funding research modifying coronaviruses that could well have led to COVID-19, and if that’s true, that’s stunning and indefensible,” he added. “We know the Chinese government has enormous culpability, but there’s a real possibility the American government under Dr. Fauci does as well, and that’s what he doesn’t want to address.”
As for the recent travel ban imposed by President Biden, Cruz said, “I think a travel ban where there’s an outbreak makes sense. It makes sense when Trump was president, it makes sense now.”
“I will say this also, there’s always going to be a new variant. People should get vaccinated if they want, we need no mandates and we need to stay open,” he said. “Joe Biden and the Democrats need to stop threatening shutdowns of schools, stop threatening shutdowns of businesses. Enough is enough, take care of your own health and we are going to stay open. We are not going to be in a constant state of fear from this government.”
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