In his inaugural address, President Biden vowed to “defend the truth and defeat lies.”
So, let’s start with brutal honesty about Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is the source of some of the most harmful misinformation about COVID-19.
At the very least, Biden’s top national infectious disease expert and chief medical adviser is unaware of the facts and is inclined to change his mind.
This is the man who dictates coronavirus policy in the Trump administration. If mistakes are made, as the Biden administration claims, they are Fauci’s.
Yet, surprisingly, Fauci told CNN on Friday that the Trump administration’s “lack of openness”
But if people’s lives were really at stake last year, why did he wait until now to tell us?
Attach it to another convenient fiber from the usual fiber, which has deceived us about everything – from masks to herd immunity.
Even if you decide that these are not lies, but omissions in Fauci’s judgment, they have had potentially fatal consequences.
Take, for example, Fauci’s calm on January 21 last year, when he assured us that the virus that convulsed China at the time “is not something that the citizens of the United States should worry about.”
To be honest, the pandemic has caught a lot of people who don’t know, but the thing about Fauci is that he’s always so confident.
The following week, he resumed this, vehemently opposing Donald Trump’s proposed ban on flights from China, which Biden described at the time as “xenophobia.”
It was January 28, and Trump had asked his trade adviser, Peter Navarro, in the Situation Room to convince Fauzi and other officials that a travel ban on China would save lives.
“The person I fought the most that day was Fauci,” Navarro told me on Sunday. “He was strongly opposed to the travel ban. All he kept saying was that travel restrictions didn’t work. ”
Navarro repulsed, “If you stop 20,000 Chinese citizens coming in every day and some are infected, you’re telling me it won’t spread the virus?” It was like talking to a brick wall. ”
The next day, Navarro wrote a note outlining three possibilities: If you do nothing and there is no danger, that’s OK; if you make a travel ban and there is no danger, you lose several million dollars; but if you do nothing and there is danger, the risk is one million American lives and over $ 2 trillion in damage.
“I prepared everyone in the working group with her note.” . it turned everyone to support the president, “Navarro said.
Trump imposed a travel ban on Jan. 31, and Fawcy later credited the rescue operation.
But, says Navarro, “If Biden was president and Fautsi was the best adviser, we would probably die a million more Americans.”
Then there was Fauci’s advice on masks.
Back in March, when the coronavirus was destroying New York, he told us that masks were useless.
“People in the United States don’t have to walk in masks right now,” he told 60 Minutes.
Three months later, he took a reverse photo: “The masks work. . . to prevent you from infecting someone else. . . but it can also protect you to some extent. ”
Posing by her pool with sunglasses and new socks last June, Fauci told InStyle magazine she did not regret the lie:
“They told us. . . we have a serious problem with the lack of PPE and masks for healthcare providers [and decided] we really need to keep the masks for the people who need them the most. ”
It was a noble lie, so he didn’t feel the need to apologize or even be a little ashamed.
But nothing has eroded public confidence in medical experts in the midst of the pandemic.
If Fautsi lied about masks, what else would he lie about?
It turns out that he also lied about herd immunity.
In December, Fauzi told the New York Times that he was “slowly but deliberately moving targets” to the percentage of the population that needed to be vaccinated before “herd immunity” against COVID-19 could be achieved.
“When polls show that only about half of all Americans will get vaccinated, I said herd immunity would take 70 to 75 percent. Then, when more recent studies said 60% or more would take it, I thought, “I can push it a little bit,” so I went to 80, 85, “he said.
Foki is not accurate with the numbers, which is strange for a scientist who confesses that he is interested in facts.
For example, on Biden’s first day last week, Fauci said we would have “100 million people vaccinated in the first 100 days” and said he meant both “primary and propulsion” shots, a total of 200 million gunshots.
On Sunday, he was forced to “clarify this because there was a little misunderstanding. What we are talking about is 100 million shots in the face. ”
The goal of 100 million is false anyway, because we are already there. In the week before taking office, 912,000 shots were fired per day, according to a Bloomberg News tracker. There were 1.6 million shots on inauguration day.
Last week, Fauci was wondering how “liberating” it was to work for Biden now. “One of the new things in this administration is: If you don’t know the answer, don’t guess. Just say you don’t know the answer. ”
This would suit Fauci, because as an expert he never knows the answer to anything.
Kuo’s “brazen” court
Governor Andrew Cuomo was doing his favorite thing on Friday, bragging.
“Never pick on COVID,” he said, proud of his captivating alliteration.
“More real words have never been uttered. I will take credit for this offer. ”
Maybe he should have taken his own advice before accepting an Emmy and writing a book congratulating COVID’s worst response in the country.
You call this arrogant in every sense of the word.