Dr. Anthony Fauci: The Trump campaign is ‘harassing me’ by including me in their ad

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I’m old enough to remember when the Trump White House was literally sending surrogates out with talking points slamming Dr. Anthony Fauci. While it feels like that was twenty years ago, it was maybe back in May or June of this year? Fauci is not a political appointee – he is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and he was part of the coronavirus task force, before the task force was practically dismantled because Donald Trump was bored with dealing with the pandemic. For months, Trump and his people behaved as if they thought they could simply insult Fauci and that would somehow negate… the pandemic. As if Fauci was, like, the spokesperson for the virus. Anyway, they’re not doing that anymore. Now they’re pretending like Fauci has endorsed Donald Trump. I’m not going to find the actual Trump ad, but the Guardian spliced the clip of Fauci in the Trump ad with his actual March comments:

Dr. Fauci has not endorsed Donald Trump in any way, shape or form. Fauci has not endorsed anyone. He’s asking the Trump campaign to remove the ad or simply edit out the clip from the existing ad. The Trump campaign refuses. Fauci said in an interview, “By doing this against my will they are, in effect, harassing me. Since campaign ads are about getting votes, their harassment of me might have the opposite effect of turning some voters off.”

So now, in the final three weeks of the campaign, Donald Trump is beefing with the director of NIAID.

Fauci was unclear about whether masks would be helpful… very early on in the pandemic. Once there was more data, Fauci came out wholeheartedly for masks. And, again, Trump is acting like Fauci = the virus. It’s ridiculous. Especially given Trump’s super-spreader events and the f–king fact that Trump contracted the virus and is currently hopped up on ‘roids to the point where he feels like a god.

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  1. souperkay says:

    Steroids are a hard come down and I hope there is a medical plan to deal with stepping him down off of them. Otherwise he will likely induce secondary adrenal insufficiency which will make his health so much harder to maintain.

  2. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Fauci is like a rock star shaman sage of our age.

  3. Kate says:

    The only reason they “weren’t sure” if masks would help in the beginning is that they didn’t want to cause a shortage for hospitals and medical staff by telling every American to buy them.

    • Kkat says:

      This was always what it was. Obviously masks help, we all knew that. But it was very important at that time to not have everyone hoarding masks like they did toilet paper.

      We were doing surgery using n95′s that we kept in a paper bag and baked in the oven over night to be ready for the next day.

  4. Eleonor says:

    So on one side we have an old man on steroids who has denied for months that Covid exist and he is spreading the virus to all his staffers.
    On the other side we have one world class immunologist .
    Nothing more to say.