Sensors Rand Paul (Republican) and Ted Cruz (Texas) say Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, became dangerous in his pronunciation after he claimed to “represent science.”
Speaking over the weekend on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Fauci said the Republican senators criticizing him were wrong.
“It’s okay. I’m just going to do my job. And I’m going to save lives, and they’ll lie,” Fauci said.
“They really criticize science because I represent science. This is dangerous. For me, this is more dangerous than slinging and arrows thrown at me. And if you harm science, you are doing something very harmful to society long after I leave, ”he added later.
Fauci also specifically targeted Paul, joining him with others who, he said, “weave lies, threaten, and all that,” and offered an inquest against Cruz for objection to the January 6 state election results.
Cruz responded by saying that Fauci himself had damaged the credibility of science.
“During this pandemic, he behaved dishonestly. He was a politician. He was a guerrilla, ”Cruise told Fox News Hannity.
Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was criticized by some senators for telling Congress that his agency, part of the National Institutes of Health, never funded research aimed at improving functionality in China. The agency admitted last month that it has funded research that experts say is a function enhancement, that is, an enhancement of a biological agent.
Rather than answering the question of whether he lied to Congress, Fauci “just attacked and participated in ad hominem attacks,” Cruz added.
Paul took to Twitter to reply to Fauci.
“The absolute arrogance of someone who claims THEY represent science. It is shocking and disturbing that a public health bureaucrat would even consider making such a statement, especially one who has worked so hard to ignore the science of natural immunity, ”Paul said.
Natural immunity is the protection gained when recovering from COVID-19. Research shows protection is higher than COVID-19 vaccines, although Fauci and other senior government health officials said vaccines provide better immunity, pointing to a smaller group of studies.
Paul sent Fauci to the Justice Department for allegedly lying to Congress, but the Department took no public action on the matter. Paul and Fauci had an intense exchange of views during several Congressional hearings this year.
Senator Tom Cotton (Arctic Republican), who also worked to oust Fauci, told Fox that the doctor’s recent remarks made it clear that he was an “outspoken supporter.”
“This weekend you saw him come out and become an openly guerrilla – attacking an incumbent United States Senator who is democratically elected by the people, like the other 99 senators – like – just a bureaucrat who works for those people who are democratically elected 100 senators attacking him in a guerrilla manner, ”said Cotton.
“It’s a simple fact that he testified to Congress, by the way, that he didn’t fund – through his agency – research into improving functionality in Wuhan laboratories, which made coronaviruses there more dangerous and more transmissible. However, his agency has since admitted that they did fund this functionality enhancement study. ”