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Yes — Fauci Must Go

Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., NIAID Director. Photo: NIAID, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en).

After watching Anthony Fauci once again obfuscate, evade and outright lie before Congress about his failures as this nation’s de facto COVID-19 czar, we’re led to one inescapable conclusion: He needs to resign immediately or be fired for incompetence and dishonesty.

Fauci’s appearance this week before a congressional panel should be the final straw, even for his partisan supporters in the Democratic Party.

Challenged by Sen. Rand Paul, himself a medical doctor, on U.S funding of so-called gain of function research at China’s Wuhan Virology Laboratory, Fauci showed his petulant side.

Deploying little word games, he denied that the U.S. did any such thing. But the evidence that Fauci’s own agency did is piling up. It can no longer be ignored.

For those who have not followed this story, “gain of function” research is conducted to find out how to make a virus or other biological agents more potent in some way. Its only logical purpose is, of course, military or state-sponsored bioterrorism.

So why would the U.S. fund that? More to the point, why would quintessential deep-state denizen Fauci allow the funding to go on and then lie about it?

Not surprisingly, China is in a full-on panic over this issue. The last thing it wants is to be found to have intentionally loosed the coronavirus on the world to kill millions while wreaking havoc on the global economy and on democratically elected governments.

Paul was tough on Fauci, grilling him Monday, and on Tuesday, accusing Fauci of “responsibility for 4 million people dying around the pandemic.”

True enough, as Fauci’s own emails show, he helped cover for China’s government in 2020. Paul has released clear evidence that, indeed, Fauci’s NIH/NAID funded gain of function work at the Wuhan Virology Lab.

“It was known early on that the epicenter of the pandemic was Wuhan, just miles away from the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” summed up the Daily Caller. “It was also known that Dr. Shi Zhengli was an expert in working on bat-based coronaviruses at that facility, and that dangerous gain-of-function research had been performed there.”

This is why the Chinese Communist Party has rejected a proposed World Health Organization investigation into the origins of the virus, and even has threatened the U.S. with unspecified retaliation if it keeps pushing the issue.

President Donald Trump in May 2020 claimed there was evidence of Chinese government involvement in creating the virus. The left howled in derision. Today, even the far-left Biden White House appears to recognize the truth: That China’s government likely manufactured the virus.

Yet, after once again being caught falsifying the past, Fauci said, “I have not lied before Congress, I have never lied, certainly not before Congress. Case closed.”

Case closed? Lying to Congress under oath, whatever you might think of Congress, is a crime. A felony, to be exact.

Even the Washington Post, not exactly a hot-bed of pro-Rand Paul sentiment, weighed in:

“Hey guys, @RandPaul was right and Fauci was wrong. The NIH was funding gain of function research in Wuhan but NIH pretended it didn’t meet their ‘gain of function’ definition to avoid their own oversight mechanism,” Post columnist Josh Rogin tweeted Tuesday.

Yes, “Fauci was wrong,” and about a lot of other things, too.

He initially said COVID-19 was “not a major threat,” on Jan. 21, 2020, then just over a week later amended that to a “a very, very low risk to the United States.” Wrong both times.

As COVID-19 swept the nation, he told us on March 8, 2020, that “people should not be walking around with masks.” He later reversed himself, creating confusion among the public about conflicting messages from the government.

He later explained it this way to InStyle magazine: “We were told … we have a serious problem with the lack of PPEs and masks for health providers [and decided] we really need to save the masks for the people who need them most.”

He touted the New York lockdowns — which resulted in the second most deaths in the U.S. after much-larger California lockdowns — as a model. “When you do it properly, you bring down those cases,” Fauci boasted. “We have done it. We have done it in New York.”

No mention of Texas or Florida, which opened early and aggressively and suffered less than either of those states.

He also lied about “herd immunity,” again, turning it into a political (non-scientific) football.

“When polls said only about half of all Americans would take a vaccine, I was saying herd immunity would take 70 to 75%,” Fauci said. “Then, when newer surveys said 60% or more would take it, I thought, ‘I can nudge this up a bit,’ so I went to 80, 85.”

We could go on. Suffice it to say, Fauci, the U.S. government’s most highly paid employee (reportedly $434,312 last year), rejects any blame for his actions and mistruths. He’s always a victim of mean Republicans, and criticizes those who disagree as anti-science. Sorry, but the only science Fauci seems to follow is “political science.”

Paul says he’ll seek a criminal referral for Fauci’s lies to Congress. To Joe Biden’s woke Department of Justice? Good luck with that, senator.

Fauci has headed the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1983. He’s always worked for the federal government. Far too long for someone whose track record as a public health official, to be charitable, has been uneven at best, and awful at worst.

During the COVID crisis, Fauci has seemed more concerned with Chinese communist officialdom than with the American people. Now enduring a second year of severe restrictions on their constitutional freedoms and the threat of a new outbreak, Americans deserve better. Fire him or retire him, it’s time for Anthony Fauci to go.

— Written by the I&I Editorial Board

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  • The DOJ, regardless of the president, is not just woke – it is run by evil people. Your last paragraph nailed it – like so many of the traitors in leadership in Washington, Fauci is more concerned about the evil CCP than the Americans who pay his salary.

  • Tony Two-Tongues has transformed into a politician, for many believe that he has lied even though he denies it, just as so many of his new class of deceivers do. Now he is both a medical scientist and a deceiver, and the latter, if true, disqualifies him for the authority of the former.

  • Yes. But much wider action has to be taken to deal with a “science” funding system that has turned into global gangsters having their way with US government institutions.

  • As of a couple of days ago, this legend is still on the following article:

    “30 March 2020 Editors’ note, March 2020: We are aware that this article is being used as the basis for unverified theories that the novel coronavirus causing COVID-19 was engineered. There is no evidence that this is true; scientists believe that an animal is the most likely source of the coronavirus.”

    From the summary of the research:

    “Therefore, to examine the emergence potential (that is, the potential to infect humans) of circulating bat CoVs, we built a chimeric virus encoding a novel, zoonotic CoV spike protein—from the RsSHC014-CoV sequence that was isolated from Chinese horseshoe bats—in the context of the SARS-CoV mouse-adapted backbone. The hybrid virus allowed us to evaluate the ability of the novel spike protein to cause disease independently of other necessary adaptive mutations in its natural backbone.”

    from “A SARS-like cluster of circulating bat coronaviruses shows potential for human emergence” (www. nature. com/ articles/ nm.3985/)

    Science and “scientists” have been thrown for a very big loss by COVID-19.

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