As Covid rates rise again across the US, Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) has joined the chorus of other far-right GOP lawmakers in criticizing Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Fauci, 80, is Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). He is one of the most well-respected public health officials in the world. For decades, he has led the fight against HIV and AIDS and in recent months has been at the forefront of the fight against Covid.
But to Cawthorn, he’s a “punk” who “lied to Congress” and needs to be arrested. Oh, and he also can’t throw a baseball.
At a Senate committee hearing on Tuesday, Senator Rand Paul had a terse exchange with Fauci as he questioned him whether NIAID had provided research funding to a lab in Wuhan, China. Paul asked Fauci to retract a statement saying there had been no funding, but Fauci declined to do so.
Interviewed on Newsmax, Cawthorn, 25, who was elected last year and is currently the youngest member of Congress, made his views on Fauci clear.
“The reason you see Dr. Anthony Fauci dodging questions, although if he was to throw a baseball at one of these questions it wouldn’t have to move at all because the guy can’t throw a baseball to save his life,” Cawthorn joked.
“But the reason he dodges all these questions is I believe he is culpable and he actually bears some responsibility for what happened in the Wuhan lab.”
Fauci has destroyed countless small businesses, taken years of critical development away from America’s youth, and done it all in the name of personal wealth and fame.
He is a disgrace. https://t.co/Nn6fdikkPf
— Madison Cawthorn (@CawthornforNC) July 20, 2021
“It really makes me angry to say that he does not want to retract his statements because he did lie to the American people,” Cawthorn continued later. “He did lie to Congress, which is a crime.”
“And I’ll tell you, I normally have a great amount of respect for the people who work here on Capitol Hill, knowing that they, although we have different ideas on how to accomplish it, we are all trying to work for the betterment of the American people.
“But I will tell you right now, that is not the case with Anthony Fauci. He is a punk who is trying to further his own career, make himself wealthy and famous. But let me tell you, he deserves neither wealth nor fame because he has destroyed countless small businesses.”
He went on to blast Fauci as, “a pawn for the Chinese government.”
“He has taken years of development away from young children who are missing the best parts of their entire lives,” claimed Hawthorn.
“He has shackled entire states and destroyed their economies. All because of what? He wants to see his face on the news?”
Cawthorn’s comments come as concern grows about the spread of the Delta variant of Covid. In Los Angeles County, the Covid positivity rate has gone up from 0.7% a month ago to 5.2% this week.
Gregory Poland of the Mayo Clinic was blunt about the risk of the Delta variant when he spoke to CBS 4: “This is a very different variant. It will find you. This virus will find everybody who is not immune.”
Yesterday, President Biden said the CDC was due to advise that kids who haven’t been vaccinated should wear masks when they return to school in the fall.
Cawthorn’s comments about Fauci, particularly the accusation the health expert is out to further his career, received scorn on Twitter.
That’s the Republican playbook: accuse others of what they are guilty of.
— How in the WORLD (@HowintheWORLD3) July 20, 2021
Yes an 80 year old man is very concerned for his career…
— Maiden Everett (@MaidenEverett) July 21, 2021
Fauci could have retired a successful man a couple decades ago.
— Madman Moe’s Pressure Cooker (@barfing_noises) July 20, 2021
Lol, the dropout claiming the scientist is wrong. Can’t make this stuff up.
— Madison Cawthorn’s Chin (@MadCawChin) July 20, 2021
Hmmm, taking pot-shots at an 80-yo’s physical abilities… not a great look on you, Mr. Cawthorn.
— Michael Stone (@MikeStoneUSA) July 20, 2021
— Jonathan Yarbrough (@JWYarbrough) July 20, 2021
Please do something to help your dying constituents. The vaccination rate in the 11th is way too low. It will cost lives. Why on earth are you not out in the community posting about vax sites and praising the healthcare workers still being worked to the bone at Mission?
— RonMcKernan (@EricRiffe) July 21, 2021
You are an idiot. And you are deadly.
Grow up, stop the insanity, people are STILL DYING.
2022 is coming up fast….
— SCC Democratic Party (@SCCDP) July 21, 2021
Mirror, mirror on the wall. pic.twitter.com/Y9ZUyGAVN1
— Rob Jackson (@muh_thoughts) July 21, 2021