Perhaps the most significant reason for the retirement is that Americans are no longer buying what Fauci is selling.
It looks like 2024 is already shaping up to be the best year this nation’s had in some time.
A few short weeks ago, White House medical advisor and covid godlet Dr. Anthony Fauci vowed he would retire if President Donald Trump were reelected.
Dr Anthony Fauci bluntly said “no” when CNN’s Jim Acosta asked him during an interview on Sunday if he would want to stay on as the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases in the event that voters gave Trump a second stint as president.
Fauci, 81, has led the institute since 1984, serving under seven presidents. He said he wasn’t confident in Trump’s ability to lead the country through a public health emergency like the coronavirus pandemic, and his administration’s response at the beginning of the crisis in early 2020 was “less than optimal”.
“If you look at the history of what the response was during the administration, I think at best you could say it wasn’t optimal,” Fauci said. “And I just think history will speak for itself. I don’t need to make any further comment about that – it’s not productive.”
I will note for the record Trump foolishly relied on “experts” like Fauci for guidance during the early phase. Fauci had a history of grandstanding, flip-flopping, and obfuscating during the covid pandemic response that I have chronicled at Legal Insurrection.
It appears that Fauci has been prevailed upon to expand his terms of retirement, and will be gone in 2024 . . . regardless of who is POTUS.
The country’s leading infectious disease expert made the announcement during an interview with Neil Cavuto on Wednesday when the Fox News anchor asked if he would continue serving in government if former President Donald Trump were reelected.
“Well, I’m not going to get involved in any politics about who is or is not going in the White House,” the doctor said.
“By the way, by the time that happens, I think I won’t be around, no matter who the president is,” he added.
Fauci currently serves both as Chief Medical Advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases [NIAID].
Cavuto asked him if that means he is “done.”
“No, I’m not done yet,” he responded, chuckling. “But you’re talking about a few years from now. And I don’t foresee that I will be doing this a few years from now.”
Perhaps the most significant reason for the retirement is that Americans are no longer buying what Fauci is selling. This is being noticed by those observing the response to the recent monkeypox outbreak.
While the U.S. has only confirmed one case of monkeypox so far amid the current rise, previous criticisms of Dr. Anthony Fauci may make it more difficult for him to lead certain segments of the public through a larger monkeypox outbreak, according to one expert.
Fauci, the chief medical adviser to the president and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), became a household name in 2020 at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. But conservative media attacks and other factors, including criticism of masking and vaccination requirements, resulted in a gradual degradation of American confidence in Fauci.
As of April this year, for example, research from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) found that more than half of adults, 53 percent, trust COVID-19 vaccine information from Fauci. But among Republicans, that figure is much lower. Between December 2020 and April 2022, the share of Republicans who said they trusted Fauci to provide reliable COVID-19 vaccine information fell from 47 percent to 25 percent.
The news is being celebrated across the nation, with suggestions he retire earlier.
Early retirement is fine. I'm sure he can afford to do it right now. pic.twitter.com/GwIeqevxqq
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