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"What A Fraud": Tucker Carlson Unloads On Dr. Fauci For Recent Comments On Protests


On Friday evening, Fox News show host Tucker Carlson grilled Dr. Anthony Fauci, calling him a "fraud" for his responses to Republican Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan during a recent hearing.

"Jordan grilled Fauci during a heated House subcommittee hearing exchange Friday on whether ongoing protests and demonstrations sparked by the death of George Floyd should be treated the same as churches in some states and banned to curb the spread of coronavirus," the Daily Caller reports.


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Carlson played a video clip of the exchange between Jordan and Fauci and then compared the clip to comments Fauci has made in the past.

“Oh, so he is willing to weigh in on specific responses,” Carlson said. “Government responses. What a fraud this guy is. Put on your mask. Get off your powerboat. Put on some goggles. Do it for public health. By the way, the consequences don’t matter. They are just inconveniences.”

“Oh, we just have to do it. Really?” Carlson questioned.

“Fauci is 79, but maybe if he had like 22-year-old kids who were trying to make their way in this world in an economy that is headed down the tubes thanks largely to his recommendations, he would feel differently,” Carlson blasted. “It’s not merely an inconvenience when your economy collapses. It’s the end of the American Dream. That’s not a small thing. Maybe it’s worth it. Maybe it’s not, but if it is, then you probably shouldn’t take a pass on the question, are protests and riots okay? Unless you’re a total fraud, like a complete fraud.”

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During the hearing on Friday, Jordan shredded Fauci in a series of questions about the inconsistencies he has had while giving recommendations to combat the coronavirus.

“I’m not in a position to determine what the government can do in a forceful way,” Fauci said after being asked if protests should be limited.

“Well, you make all kinds of recommendations. You make comments on dating, on baseball, on everything you can imagine. I’m just asking, you just said protests increase the spread. I’m just asking should we try to limit the protest?” Jordan said.

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“Government is stopping people from going to church, Dr. Fauci. Last week, in the Calvary Chapel case, five liberals on the Supreme Court said is was okay for Nevada to limit church services. Justice Gorsuch said it best, he said ‘there is no world in which the Constitution permits Nevada to favor Caesar’s Palace over Calvary Chapel.’ I’m just asking is there a world where the Constitution says you can favor one first amendment liberty, protesting, over another, practicing your faith?” Jordan added.

“I’m not favoring anybody over anybody. I’m just making a statement that’s a broad statement that avoid crowds of any type no matter where you are because that leads to the acquisition and transmission,” Fauci said. “I don’t judge one crowd versus another crowd. When you’re in a crowd, particularly when you are not wearing a mask, that induces spread."

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Read the full exchange:

Jordan: Do protests increase the spread of the virus?

Fauci: Do protests increase the spread of the virus? I think I can make a general statement.

J: Half a million protesters on June 6 alone, I’m asking that number of people, does it increase the spread of the virus?

F: Yeah, crowding together, particularly when you are not wearing a mask, contributes to the spread of the virus.

J: Should we limit the protesting?

F: I’m not sure what you mean. How do we say “limit the protesting?”

J: Does the government limit the protesting?

F: I don’t think that’s relevant to-

J: Well, you just said if it increases the spread of the virus. I’m just asking if we should limit it.

F: Well, I’m not in a position to determine what the government can do in a forceful way.

J: Well, you make all kinds of recommendations. You make comments on dating, on baseball, on everything you can imagine. I’m just asking, you just said protests increase the spread. I’m just asking should we try to limit the protest?

F: I think I would leave that to people who have more of a position to do that. I can tell you-

J: Government is stopping people from going to church Dr. Fauci. Last week, in the Calvary Chapel case five liberals on the Supreme Court said is was okay for Nevada to limit church services. Justice Gorsuch said it best, he said “there is no world in which the Constitution permits Nevada to favor Caesar’s Palace over Calvary Chapel.” I’m just asking is there a world where the Constitution says you can favor one first amendment liberty, protesting, over another, practicing your faith?

F: I’m not favoring anybody over anybody. I’m just making a statement that’s a broad statement that avoid crowds of any type no matter where you are because that leads to the acquisition and transmission. And I don’t judge one crowd versus another crowd. When you’re in a crowd, particularly when you are not wearing a mask, that induces spread.

J: It’s a simple question, doctor. Should we limit the protests? Government is obviously limiting people going to church, and, look, there has been no violence that I can see at church. I haven’t seen people during a church service go out and harm police officers or burn buildings. But we know that for 63 days, nine weeks its been happening in Portland. One night in Chicago, 49 officers were injured. No limit to protest but, boy, you can’t go to church on Sunday.

F: I don’t know how many times I can answer that I am not going to opine on limiting anything, I’m just going to tell you-

J: You’ve opined on a lot of things, Dr. Fauci.this is something that directly impacts the spread of the virus and I’m asking your position on the protests.

F: Yeah, well, I’m not going to opine on limiting anything. I’m telling you what it is the danger, and you can make your own conclusion about that. You should stay away from crowds no matter where the crowds are.

J: Government has stopped people from going to work. In fact, just in New Jersey four days ago Ian Smith and Frank Trumbetti were arrested for opening up, for trying to operate their business, their gym. They were arrested, but my bet is if these two individuals who owned this gym were outside just in front of their gym, and all the people who were working out in there gym were outside protesting they would have been just fine, but because they were in the gym, working out, actually running their business, they got arrested. You think that’s okay?

F: You know, I’m not going to opine on who gets arrested and who does not. I mean, you get where I’m going? I’m telling you as a public health official, I say crowds-

J: Do you see the inconsistency, though, Dr. Fauci?

F: There’s no inconsistency, congressman.

J: So you’re allowed to protest millions of people on one day in crowds yelling, screaming, but you try to run your business you get arrested? And if you stood right outside that same business and protested you wouldn’t get arrested? You don’t see an inconsistency there?

F: I don’t understand what you are asking me as a public health official to opine on who should get arrested or not. That’s not my position. You can ask as much as you want and I’m not going to answer it.

J: You’ve advocated for certain businesses to be shut down, I’m just asking you on your position on the protests. We’ve hear a lot about hair salons. I haven’t seen one hair stylist, who between hair cuts, goes out and attacks police and sets something on fire, But we’ve seen all kinds of that stuff during protests, and we know that protests actually increase the spread of the virus. You’ve said that.

F: I said crowds. I didn’t say specifically, I didn’t say protests do anything.

J: So the protests don’t increase the spread of the virus?

F: I didn’t say that. You’re putting words in my mouth.

J: I just want an answer to the question. Do the protests increase the spread of the virus?

F: I don’t have any scientific evidence that anything, I can tell you that crowds are known, particularly when you don’t have a mask, to increase the acquisition and transmission, no matter what the crowd is.

J: So you don’t have a position on whether protests increase the spread of the virus or don’t increase the spread of the virus?

F: I’m saying that crowds, wherever the crowds are, can give you an increased probability that there is going to be acquisition and transmission of it.

J: But do you understand Americans’ concern? Protesting, particularly according to the Democrats, is just fine but you can’t go to work, you can’t go to school, you can’t go to church. There’s limits placed on all three of those fundamental activities, First Amendment activities, but protesting is just fine.

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