Attacks on Fauci grow more intense, personal and conspiratorial

Conservatives are amplifying attacks on Fauci after the release of his emails. And they’re fundraising off of it too.

6/5/2021 5:30:00 AM

Conservatives are amplifying attacks on Fauci after the release of his emails. And they’re fundraising off of it too.

Conservatives are amplifying attacks on Fauci after the release of his emails. And they’re fundraising off of it too.

An analysis from GMF Digital at the German Marshall Fund provided to POLITICO showed that the online attacks on Fauci have grown more personal and egregious, with claims that he is “corrupt, a war criminal, deserves to go to prison, or is responsible for child abuse circulating on social media.” GMF Digital found four “misleading” themes across social media including that Fauci lied about masks and other public health measures. The organization found that on Facebook, the top posts about Fauci emanated from Paul as well as a host of conservatives, including Ben Shapiro, Donald Trump Jr., Steven Crowder, Dan Bongino and Newsmax.

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According to data from Bully Pulpit Interactive, Republicans or conservative interests over the last month have spent $300,000 on Facebook ads targeting Fauci.Nearly seven years ago, during the heart of the Ebola crisis, the Obama administration’s internal motto for handling challenging stretches was “PTFOTV”: Put Tony Fauci on TV. No one had more credibility with the public or was a better spokesperson,

said Ron Klain, who acted as Ebola czar under Obama and now serves as Biden’s chief of staff.But in an ever-polarized nation, Fauci too has fallen victim to tribalism. His advocacy for mask wearing and social distancing — in the face of Trump’s opposition — was met by vocal detractors across the country, who launched anti-mask protests and demanded the economy reopen. His conservative predictions about the pace of vaccine development and the timeline for reopening the country led to criticism that his expertise had been dramatically overstated.

But the attacks on Fauci have increasingly veered into the conspiratorial, experts say. This week, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson questioned why one of the emails involving Fauci was redacted, then speculated that it could mean Fauci was under investigation.

“Republicans employed the same attempts to divide and distract the American people in 2020. We know that these strategies don't work,” said Aneesa McMillan, deputy executive director of Priorities USA, a top Democratic super PAC. “The American people are looking for a concrete policy agenda that speaks to their priorities and improves their communities. The GOP has none of that — so they turn to fear-mongering and misinformation.”

At the heart of the current broadside against Fauci is reporting around — and the investigation into — the Wuhan lab leak theory, which holds that the virus leaked, accidentally or intentionally, from a virology lab in the city where it was first found. Republicans and right-wing media outlets have circulated such theories since the beginning of the pandemic even as scientists, including Fauci, insisted that problematic coronaviruses, from the SARS and MERS epidemics to Covid-19, were becoming increasingly common.

The pressure to probe Wuhan lab leak theories continued to mount, leading Trump’s White House to demand in April 2020 that the National Institutes of Healthabruptly cancela multimillion-dollar grant to EcoHealth Alliance, a nonprofit studying coronavirus origins that had worked with the Wuhan viral lab in the past. April emails between EcoHealth Alliance CEO Peter Daszak and Fauci, published as part of the recent FOIA, have become a new touchstone for conspiracy theorists, after Daszak thanked the NIAID director for dismissing lab leak theories early in the pandemic.

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“I just wanted to say a personal thank you on behalf of our staff and collaborators, for publicly standing up and stating that the scientific evidence supports a natural origin for COVID-19 from a bat-to-human spillover, not a lab release from the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” Daszak wrote to Fauci on April 18, 2020.

“Many thanks for your kind note,” Fauci responded the next day, just over a week before POLITICO first reported that NIH canceled the EcoHealth grant. Daszak did not respond to a POLITICO request for comment.Theories about a leak from the Wuhan virology lab became a consistent line of questioning for Republican lawmakers by last spring and soon turned into a mainstay of congressional hearings and increasingly contentious exchanges between Fauci and Paul, who sits on the Senate health committee. The longtime NIAID director and Kentucky doctor have exchanged barbs on television after Senate hearings where Paul accused Fauci of moving the goalposts on coronavirus science while the infectious disease scientist has told Paul that “with all due respect,” he was “entirely and completely incorrect.”

Paul was swift to accuse Fauci on Wednesday of knowledge of the Wuhan lab allegedly carrying out controversial “gain-of-function” studies, a field of research that alters viruses in a way that can make them more transmissible or help them hop to new hosts, such as humans.

A senior NIH official insisted to POLITICO that detractors such as Paul are taking Fauci’s emails “out of context.” But the prevailing posture, like that of the White House, was to downplay rather than engage.“The FOIA articles are discussed like any other issues and then we move on,” the official said. “We're taking it seriously, of course, but it's not changing how we do business or our focus.”

Erin Banco contributed to this report. Read more: POLITICO »

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Bet he was involved from the very beginning. Because the conservative movement has become a compulsively obsessed movement of Cultism, filled by delusional large groups of people who believe in Q-Anon, propaganda, lies & conspiracy theories. When people become irrational cultists it is almost impossible to remove themselves

It's not just conservatives. The are getting vicious and crazy. ....the man is questionable at least. He is not running for office OK !!! No matter what Gaetz says about Fauci, let’s remember Gaetz is the one under investigation for possible obstruction of justice, sex trafficking, and sex with a minor. Gaetz is the one sharing nude photos and videos. But all that is OK with your Trump Republican Party

typical of the gop thuggery, the enemy Unlike Very bizarre

Trump's new Hillary: Conservatives launch war on Fauci ahead of revived MAGA ralliesPresident Trump plans to make Anthony Fauci a top target at upcoming rallies, using increased attention to the Wuhan lab-leak theory as a weapon against an official long viewed as more trustworthy. Why it matters: Trump and conservative media have made Fauci an improbable face of the opposition, trying to give him the cartoon-villain status once accorded to former Sen. Harry Reid, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, or — in Trump’s case — Hillary Clinton. Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets I wonder Y Trump never mentioned the China covid lab origin issue wen he was president. Maybe because he didnt want to look bad?!?Its all about himself, not the American people...when will people learn. If you R a Trump supporter N U dont C his flaws then U R just as bad as he is He realize all this happened under his admin-close to half million American dead by Jan 20, 2021 . should review all the State dept cables. Logic time Trump knew it was a Chinese Lab virus, ok Trump LIED to Americans and promised 'it will go away by April' Trump suggested Injecting Disinfectant Trump held rallies KNOWING it was from China and a Weapon Trump let China kill 600,000 Americans. Why is this good?

そりゃそうくるだろうな。ファウチが被害者面してくるだろうな。民主党中共DSメディアの反撃がどうなるか。でも、世界を敵に回せるのか。 Disgusting Dr. Fauci was and is superb at his job. I mean the way he played trump like a fiddle for the good of the country. If fools continue to fund the Republican grifters than so be it. They do know that it just a money grab by the Republicans they do get a Trump sticker

White House defends Fauci amid attacks over newly released emailsThe White House is standing by President Biden’s top medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci as he faces the latest in a series of attacks from the right, this time over a trove of recently released emails he sent during the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Nothing new in this claim. Who supported the Lab in China? 3 of the China lab workers were infected by China Virus. We need to accept that the GOP is primarily populated by low IQ folks and those that enjoy the power of manipulating them for profit.

Opinion | Anthony Fauci and the Wuhan LabFrom WSJopinion: Anthony Fauci’s emails from the early days of the pandemic raise more questions about the origin of Covid-19, writes The Editorial Board opinion Not putting blame on anyone here besides China. Who covered it up. The virus was created in a lab in Wuhan. And no one can deny it now. opinion It's clearly a Plot made by those who gains from covid-19 vaccine opinion

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Fauci: ‘Conceivable’ COVID Came From Cave in ChinaAnthony Fauci, MD, the chief White House medical adviser, has called on China to release information about nine people who got sick with a COVID-like illness before the pandemic began spreading around the world. Trump called on China to do this over a year ago and he was mocked as a conspiracy theorist. Now he’s vindicated and we are all acting like this is new information. How many lives were lost because no one wanted to believe him and find out the origins? COVID19 coronavirus He’s full of it CYA Doctor

Fauci calls on China to release medical records of Wuhan lab workers - FTTop U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci has called on China to release the medical records of nine people whose ailments might provide vital clues into whether COVID-19 first emerged as the result of a lab leak, the Financial Times reported on Thursday. China has allowed three times the WHO experts to probe origin of COVID-19, but the US dares not let WHO experts investigate the shut down of Port Detrick along with the reason for the death of 59 vaping pneumonia patients and thousands of flu patients in 2019 even one time. He belongs in jail So how about the article you published on Nov. 16, 2020? 'ROME (Reuters) - The new coronavirus was circulating in Italy in September 2019, a study by the National Cancer Institute (INT) of the Italian city of Milan shows,...' Before Any Chinese Cases.