Again, if anyone still believes that Republicans and, specifically, former President Donald Trump, are the ‘authoritarians,’ they are either being intentionally dishonest or simply not paying attention because Democrats continue to demonstrate it is they who have a taste for tyranny.
The latest example of this comes from none other than the director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins, who told the Washington Post last week that Americans who criticize his NIH colleague Dr. Anthony Fauci ought to face federal prosecution.
One of the paper’s blogs quoted Collins as demanding that anyone who spreads what he deems “misinformation” online should be “brought to justice,” and that specifically should include anyone who rips on Fauci for being as wrong as he often is when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic (and let’s understand that ‘misinformation’ is in the eyes of the beholder most of the time, especially when it comes to the left).
Fauci, by the way, has also been busted for lying about federal funding for very dangerous gain-of-function research at a lab in Wuhan, China, where the virus is believed to have originated (and either escaped or was released by the Chinese government in order to get rid of Donald Trump — which worked, by the way).
Collins made his most forceful comments yet against the pervasive spread of falsehoods online to our colleague Yasmeen Abutaleb. He was defending his own colleague, Anthony Fauci, Brandon’s chief medical adviser, against the biggest onslaught of angry messages and threats he’s received throughout the entire pandemic.
Those attacks stemmed in part from a viral and false claim that Fauci, who leads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, had funded a medical experiment that involved trapping beagles’ heads in mesh cages filled with diseased sand flies. Fauci received so many messages — 3,600 phone calls in 36 hours — that his assistant quit answering the phone…
The Post and Collins are using a single example of what turned out to be a false allegation against Fauci regarding the beagle research. But so much of what Fauci has said throughout the pandemic has been demonstrably false, and of course, neither the Post nor Collins is focused on any of that.
In fact, Fauci’s dishonesty has stretched all the way to Congress, where several Republicans, including House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes of California, have even called for him to be arrested and prosecuted for his role in allegedly funding COVID research.
“If he was notified, our committee did a year-long investigation. We talked about it on your show back in May, we put out an official report. So he was clearly on notice then,” Nunes told Fox News in October, going on to note that Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) specifically asked Fauci about gain of function research funding.
“He [Fauci] said it [gain-of-function research] didn’t happen, and that’s simply not true,” Nunes said.
“And I don’t think his e-mails, when you go back and look at the time, show that he wouldn’t know something about this either. So he’s long been on notice, he knows this, and now the question is, will The Department of Justice do anything about it,” Nunes continued.
“Look, we heard Dr. Fauci say simply ‘I don’t know how many times I can say it,’” added Richard Grenell, Trump’s former acting director of national intelligence. “I think we should take him up on this and we should count how many times he said it, because this isn’t just once or twice or three times. He has been unequivocal in denying this. This is a real problem. He not only doubled down, tripled down, but he promised that unequivocally this wasn’t even close, it wasn’t a spin.
“And I think that his total deception is what takes place in Washington D.C.,” Grenell continued. “Look, those of us on the outside of Washington, we look at this clown show and we say how is this possible? How is DOJ not immediately going after them?” Grenell continued, “This is really scary for the United States to not have a DOJ and an attorney general to jump on this immediately, prosecute the guy.”
If only the Washington Post and Frances Collins cared about Fauci’s ‘misinformation.’