Anthony Fauci was ALWAYS on Donald Trump’s shit list….
Now Trump & Co. will go at the good doctor harder to trey to harness their anti-virus political campaign to try to blunt a President Biden political strength ….
President 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.
Trump amped up his longtime Fauci rants yesterday in a statement calling for COVID reparations from China:
- “The correspondence between Dr. Fauci and China speaks too loudly for anyone to ignore. China should pay Ten Trillion Dollars to America, and the World, for the death and destruction they have caused!”
What we’re hearing: Look for Trump to light into Fauci tomorrow during dinner remarks to North Carolina annual Republican convention, in Greenville — Trump’s second big speech, after CPAC, since leaving office.
- Jason Miller, Trump’s senior adviser, told Axios the base has a “visceral” reaction to Fauci: “People see Anthony Fauci and they think of shuttered businesses, lost school.”…..
President Biden on Friday made clear he has confidence in his medical adviser Anthony Fauci as conservatives ramp up their attacks on the government’s top infectious diseases expert over his comments on the origins of COVID-19.
“Yes, I’m very confident in Dr. Fauci,” Biden told reporters in Delaware after giving remarks on the economy. Biden had left the room, but popped back in to respond to a question about the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Fauci has been a target for some Republicans dating back to last year, when he evolved his guidance on masking and distancing as more information about the pandemic emerged. Former President Trump turned Fauci into a consistent foil at campaign rallies as he and other Republicans held the doctor up as an example of an overcautious approach to the pandemic that had shut down the economy. Fauci required a security detail as he and his family faced threats…