(CNN) – Anthony Fauci on Tuesday said Fox News anchor Jesse Watters should be fired for using harsh language at a conservative conference to induce attendees to ambush him and “fire a killer shot.”
“I mean, this is crazy,” Fauci added. “The guy needs to be fired on the spot.”
A Fox News spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
On Monday, Watters gave a speech at the Turning Points in the United States conference on the right. He gave the audience guidance on how to record the confrontation that Fox News broadcasts and that other right-wing media outlets will escalate.
“Now take the fatal shot. A killer shot? With an ambush? Deadly dangerous. Because he doesn’t see it, ”Watters said, urging them to confront Fauci’s COVID-19 conspiracy theories.
Fauci reacted in shock to Tuesday’s “gruesome” comments, but also admitted that it was “very likely” that Watters would become “inexplicable” on Fox News.
“The only thing I’ve ever done in these two years is to encourage people to practice good public health practices: get vaccinated, be careful in public, wear a mask,” Fauci said in New Day.
“And for that,” Fauci continued, “do you have some guy who says people have to shoot me to ambush me? I mean, what kind of madness reigns in modern society? “
Watters’ comments came just weeks after Lara Logan, another Fox News personality who hosted the show on the channel’s streaming network, compared Fauci to a Nazi doctor notorious for experimenting on prisoners at the Auschwitz death camp.
At the time, Fauci yelled at Fox for keeping quiet and not commenting on Logan’s comments.
“What struck me, Chris, is that she is not receiving any discipline from the Fox network,” Fauci told MSNBC host Chris Hayes. “How can they let her say this without comment and without disciplinary action. I am amazed at this. “
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