After Dr. Anthony Fauci called criticism “attacks on science,” Republican Sen. John Kennedy told the White House chief medical adviser to “cut the crap.”
In an interview with Fox News, Sen. Kennedy said that he knows Fauci, likes Fauci, and respects him; however, the White House chief medical adviser needs to “cut the crap.” Kennedy also added that the issue is not about Fauci’s feelings, and he apologized if Fauci’s feelings were hurt.
Sen. John Kennedy said he knows, likes, and respects Dr. Anthony Fauci, but he still wants him to "cut the crap" after the doctor called the growing criticism of him and his decisions "attacks on science." https://t.co/AYrQkWtYAu
— Newsmax (@newsmax) June 11, 2021
The Republican senator then mentioned that we are not debating about “dance moves on TikTok,” but we are talking about the lives of millions of people.
In recent days, Fauci has been criticized due to a number of issues associated with the coronavirus pandemic. The issues come to light after thousands of Fauci’s emails were released.
The emails showed Fauci’s stance on the effectiveness of wearing masks and his dismissal of the possibility the virus could have been a result of a lab leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China.
Fauci: “Attacks on me are attacks on science”
Meanwhile, earlier on Wednesday, fed-up Fauci told MSNBC that many of these criticisms seen as attacks on him are “attacks on science.” Fauci added that the things he talked about from the very start are very consistent, and essentially based on science.
Fauci added that if people want to fire him or put him in jail for what he has done, they should follow the science.
"A lot of what you’re seeing as attacks on me, quite frankly, are attacks on science."
Dr. Anthony Fauci hit back at his critics and claimed "science and the truth are being attacked." pic.twitter.com/5NXBOh9LFF
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) June 9, 2021
The White House chief medical adviser then reemphasized his belief that the origin of the virus most likely is natural, coming from an animal reservoir to a human. However, they have not yet ruled out the possibility that it could’ve been a result of a lab leak.
On the other hand, Kennedy was not pleased with Fauci’s explanation; he noted that the White House chief medical adviser directed a lot of taxpayer money to a lab for Chinese scientists to research bat coronaviruses.
Kennedy added that neither Fauci, nor any other, could guarantee scientists did not use that money to do gain-of-function research and mutate a regular virus to a “supercharged virus.” The senator added that these researchers in China were not monitored and that Fauci and his staff did not observe the lab.
To add more, Kennedy then asked Fox News anchor Sean Hannity whether he thinks China could prove that the virus occurred naturally without evidence.
Sen. Kennedy, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, then concluded and said that Fauci needs to tackle these issues “head-on.”
Otherwise, it will undermine public health and the people’s confidence in public health. He then closed the interview by saying that this could result in American people trusting “Dr. Pepper” above Dr. Fauci.