Former head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, is once again in the crosshairs of several Republican lawmakers.
Sen. Rand Paul has accused Fauci of playing a role in the COVID-19 pandemic, claiming that Fauci funded gain-of-function research in a totalitarian country that allowed them to create super viruses that likely leaked into the public, causing the deaths of seven million people.
Paul criticized Fauci’s judgment and suggested that he should apologize to the world for funding research that allowed superviruses to be created in a lab that was not properly outfitted for safety. Fauci has been accused of covering up his actions for the past two years, but Republicans have caught him red-handed, according to Paul.
Other Republicans have called for Fauci to be held accountable for his actions, including Rep. Jim Jordan and Sen. Ted Cruz. Jordan called for Fauci’s resignation, stating that he has lost the trust of the American people, while Cruz suggested that Fauci should face a criminal investigation for his role in the pandemic.
The controversy surrounding Fauci has only intensified after a photo of him with a young woman at an event in Washington, D.C. went viral on social media.
The woman, Melissa Rein Lively, was making an obscene gesture in the photo, which many Republicans saw as a sign of their frustration with Fauci.
Republican voters are demanding accountability from Fauci, and many are calling for him to be held responsible for his actions. They believe that he should apologize for his mistakes and that he should be investigated for his role in the pandemic. For Republicans, the issue of Fauci’s actions is not about politics, but about holding public officials accountable for their actions.