The nation’s top infectious disease expert says there is “not a chance” he quits the task force. But he’s openly angry with how he’s being politicized.
The nation’s top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci demanded that the Trump campaign refrain from using him in future campaign ads, saying Monday that it would be “outrageous” and “terrible” if he was featured in another commercial and it could “come back to backfire” on Team Trump.
Asked by The Daily Beast if his comments were a thinly-veiled threat to leave his post if he ended up in a new campaign spot, Fauci replied: “Not a chance.”
“Not in my wildest freakin’ dreams,” he said, “did I ever think about quitting.”
From there, Fauci went on to explain what he meant by “backfire.”
“By doing this against my will they are, in effect, harassing me,” Fauci said. “Since campaign ads are about getting votes, their harassment of me might have the opposite effect of turning some voters off.”
Fauci comments underscore the heightened level of tension that has erupted between the White House and the president’s COVID task force as the election comes to a dramatic close and with COVID infections spiking across the country.
Fauci, a member of that White House coronavirus task force, prides himself on being apolitical. And he pushed back aggressively over the weekend when President Donald Trump’s campaign featured him in a video advertisement and used remarks he made in the past out of context.
“In my nearly five decades of public service, I have never publicly endorsed any political candidate,” Fauci told CNN on Sunday. “The comments attributed to me without my permission in the GOP campaign ad were taken out of context from a broad statement I made months ago about the efforts of federal public health officials.”
Appearing on CNN’s The Lead on Monday, Fauci was immediately pressed by anchor Jake Tapper on the growing controversy and whether he believed that the Trump campaign should take the ad down.
“You know, I think so,” the doctor replied. “I think it’s really unfortunate and really disappointing that they did that. It’s so clear I’m not a political person and I have never, either directly or indirectly, endorsed a candidate. And to take a completely out-of-context statement and put it in, which is obviously a political campaign ad, I thought was really very disappointing.”
There is more at the link above. This shows again that tRump and his people are willing to lie, cheat, steal, and gaslight everyone to win. They are willing to do anything to pretend the virus, which could kill over 300,000 by next February, is gone, over, nothing to worry about. The dead bodies and loss of life mean nothing to tRump and crew. The tRump people have no honor, no dignity, no morals, and they are deplorable. Hugs