Rand Paul has a long libertarian streak running through him, and the Kentucky Senator wasn’t shy about it this week.
For months on end, Paul has been engaged in a bitter feud with the White House’s top epidemiologist Dr. Anthony Fauci, with the two publicly trouncing one another on all manner of subjects relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In their latest spat, Paul appears to be dropping the gloves completely, suggesting that Dr. Fauci’s role as the “big government” voice is what’s actually driving vaccine hesitancy in the United States.
“The vaccine hesitancy, I think, is mostly a response to misinformation that you have gotten from Fauci and others,” Paul said on the Breitbart Daily News podcast with host Alex Marlow.
Marlow said more conservative and Republican Americans would be receptive to accepting coronavirus vaccines if the federal government’s chief vaccine advocates were agreeable to the political right.Trending:
Paul concurred, “If you were leading a vaccine effort and you really wanted people to be vaccinated, the people who are unvaccinated would be much more likely to listen to me than they would be to Fauci, and yet, no one’s ever asked me, ‘Will you do a public service announcement?’ Every time I’m on the air, I do say that if you’re vulnerable, I would be vaccinated, particularly over 65 and overweight. I think people at almost any age — probably after age 30, in particular overweight [or] significantly overweight — are at risk for this disease.”
And then, in the soundbite of the week…
“I think hesitancy is coming from the misinformation of the big-government types,” he added. “Actually, they’d be better off actually saying that voices like ours from the right would actually be voices that might encourage some people to get vaccinated.”
Fauci has recently come under fire for an absurdly-broad claim that he “represents science”, which was seen by many Americans as a desperate, self-applied accolade.