WASHINGTON — Anthony Fauci accused Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., of falsely attacking him to raise campaign money, encouraging people to threaten Fauci’s life at a Senate hearing Tuesday. Gone.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden on the coronavirus, has drawn criticism from Paul and other conservatives during the pandemic about the science behind coronavirus vaccines, masks and other public health But raises questions. guidance and false claims that Fauci was part of a conspiracy that led to the creation of the coronavirus in a Chinese laboratory.
After Paul confronted him at a Senate health committee hearing, Fauci, apparently furious, sought to speak uninterrupted. He called Paul’s attacks a distortion of reality, and cited the arrest last month of a California man in Iowa who police said was traveling to Washington with an AR-15 and several magazines of ammunition. who had a “hit list” including Fauci. Many others, mostly Democratic politicians and officials.
“What happens when he [Paul] Comes out and accuses me of things that are completely untrue?” Fauci said of Paul. “All of a sudden that sparks crazy, and I have a life – threat to my life, harassing my family and my kids with obscene phone calls because people are lying about me.
“Now, you know, I guess you can say, ‘Okay, that’s how it goes. I can take the hit.’ “Well, it makes a difference because, as some of you might know, about three or four weeks ago on December 21st, a man was arrested, at a speed stop in Iowa on his way from Sacramento to Washington, D.C. Was. And they asked, the police asked him where he was going, and he went to Dr. He was on his way to Washington, DC to kill Fauci.
A police report confirmed the arrest of 25-year-old Kuachua Brillian Xiong in Iowa on December 21, carrying an AR-15 and several magazines of ammunition.
Fauci said that in an attempt to understand why Paul is following him, he went to the senator’s website, which says ‘Fire Dr. Fauci’, with a small box to contribute here. You can make five dollars. ten dollars. Twenty dollars, hundred dollars.
“So you’re creating a catastrophic pandemic for your political gain,” Fauci said.
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The criminal complaint filed in Xiong’s case said he was traveling to Washington and had a “hit list” that included Fauci and others. A lawyer for Xiong has filed a notice of insanity defense.
Mitt Romney, R-Utah, testified in support of Fauci and other scientists in the Biden administration, without criticizing Paul’s name, in an otherwise strongly partisan hearing,
“In this process [of participating in a Senate hearing], as I’m sure those of you who are testifying here today believe that everything we do is performing and that something we do is to be informed. And I do both from time to time.
“. . . but I want to point out how great I am personally, and I believe that most of our nation respect you personally and professionally for your work. You are scientist, politician No. Still, you are being subjected to the political whims of various political figures. And this comes at a high cost.”