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Politics: Fauci's God Complex Destroyed Trust In American Institutions

POLITICS: Fauci’s God complex destroyed trust in American institutions

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It looks like the self-professed human embodiment of science is also full of you-know-what.

Ahead of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s public testimony Monday before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic, Republicans released a transcript of their January sit-down with the pandemic poobah.

And, boy, was it revelatory.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has admitted that some of his COVID recommendations weren’t backed by data. REUTERS

In it, he essentially admitted major parts of his prescription for the public were not, in fact, backed by science — in particular, masking children and the social-distancing mandate of six feet as the magic mitigator.

The former National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director, who retired in December 2022 after decades at the helm, was pressed on how the six-foot standard came to be.

“You know, I don’t recall,” he said. “It sort of just appeared.”

Asked if he recalled any studies that supported it, he said: “I was not aware of studies that … in fact would be a very difficult study to do.”

Maybe someone just liked the number six?

As for recalling any data that supported masks for children as young as 2, Fauci was unable to definitively say.

During the COVID pandemic, Americans were told to social distance and stay six feet apart. But Fauci now says he can’t recall where that number came from. Christopher Sadowski

“I might have … but I don’t recall specifically that I did,” he said.

“Was there ever a cost-benefit analysis done on the unintended consequences of masking kids versus the protection that it would give them?” a committee staff member asked him.

Fauci’s reply: “Not to my knowledge.”

During covid, masking and social distancing signs were ubiquitous. AP

So he was just spitballing some of this — while simultaneously telling “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd in 2021 that criticism of him was “really attacking not only Dr. Anthony Fauci, you are attacking science.”

In Monday’s hearings, Rep. Brad Wenstrup from Ohio got to the heart of our anger with Fauci.

“Americans were aggressively bullied, shamed and silenced for merely questioning or debating issues such as social distancing, masks, vaccines, or the origins of COVID,” Wenstrup said.

Children as young as 2 were being told to mask up during the pandemic. Xinhua News Agency via Getty Ima

The House committee grilled Fauci on emails from his ex-senior advisor Dr. David Morens that showed Morens used private email to dodge record requests and evade transparency.

In one, Morens wrote: “I learned from our foia [Freedom of Information Act] lady here how to make emails disappear after i am foia’d but before the search starts, so i think we are all safe. Plus i deleted most of those earlier emails after sending them to [personal] gmail.”

Fauci said of Morens, “I knew nothing of his actions.”

Parents and kids, outside of Manhattan’s Gracie Mansion, protested the closure of public school due to COVID cases — while private schools remained open. Matthew McDermott

It seems there were a few consequential things he knew “nothing of.”

In the early weeks of the pandemic, I admired and trusted Fauci — thinking he stood for continuity, experience and restraint. In such an unprecedented time, it felt like having a steady hand at the wheel.

But as two weeks to stop the spread turned into two years of moving the goalposts — and making up different metrics until we could return to normal — it was clear the doctor was developing a God complex. And much of our media became higher clergy genuflecting at every turn.

Many adherents found in Fauci a religious purpose, with a mask and a needle serving as virtue symbols and “trust the science” as their main recitation.

Anyone with questions or objections was a heretic to be shamed.

We were forced to mold our society around these arbitrary and draconian rules. Children’s test scores went down; school absenteeism and depression shot up. Parents who advocated for schools to re-open were ostracized and called “grandma killers.”

Anthony Fauci (center) who was a proponent of masking, let one hang off his face while at a baseball game, an image many saw as a sign of his hypocrisy. AP

The six-foot method shaped our mentality on everything from business to social gatherings, effectively making connections impossible and creating a pandemic of loneliness. People lost their jobs for refusing to get a jab.

And yes, we can also blame American Federation of Teachers head Randi Weingarten and many blue state governors, who were all Fauci’s dutiful disciples.

Personally, I could have dealt with a mis-step or two. Covid-19 was a novel virus, and we were all learning in real time. But there was no humility and no openness from Fauci & Co. — only suppression and control.

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers was integral in keeping schools closed. AP

It’s ironic now, but in 2021 Fauci actually said to Margaret Brennan on “Face the Nation,” “If you damage science, you are doing something very detrimental to society long after I leave. And that’s what I worry about.”

He leaves in his wake a tidal wave of American distrust in institutions. And an absolutely inability to see his role in dissolving that trust.

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