Dr. Anthony Fauci was a rather sizable lightning rod of controversy over the course of the last several years, as his take on the COVID-19 pandemic and the precautions surrounding it became ever more convoluted and allegedly absurd.
Fauci took his lumps, that’s for certain, especially from Republican lawmakers who saw his over-the-top overreaches as a threat to freedom itself.
Now, he’s retiring, and the GOP thinks that they know why.
Conservatives, politicians and more reacted Monday to the news that Dr. Anthony Fauci would be stepping down in December as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
“I am announcing today that I will be stepping down from the positions of Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and Chief of the NIAID Laboratory of Immunoregulation, as well as the position of Chief Medical Advisor to President Joe Biden,” Fauci said in a statement. “I will be leaving these positions in December of this year to pursue the next chapter of my career.”
It didn’t take long for the reactions to come rolling in.
“His handling of COVID should be studied in the future as a blueprint of what not to do,” New York Post columnist Karol Markowicz said. “More than anything else, Fauci politicized a health crisis and people died because of him. That should be the lasting memory we all have of him. He was terrible at his job and the media loved him.”
Then, in response to the timing of Fauci’s retirement coming ahead of the midterm elections…
“Fauci’s running scared with Republicans taking control of the House, at minimum, next year. Fauci should face criminal charges for lying to congress about gain of function research and covid,” Outkick founder Clay Travis said.
Those on the other side of the aisle were predictably tripping over themselves to congratulate Fauci on his lengthy career, drawing a stark political contrast around the epidemiologist’s recent brush with infamy.