Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and Chief Medical Advisor to the president, spoke to Princeton University’s graduating class on Monday. During his speech, Fauci attacked supposed “distortions of reality” spread by his opponents, even as he faces accusations of promoting falsehoods.
“What troubles me is that differences of opinion or ideology have, in certain situations, been reflected by egregious distortions of reality,” Fauci said. “Sadly, elements of our society have grown increasingly inured to a cacophony of falsehoods and lies that often stand largely unchallenged, ominously leading to an insidious acceptance of what I call the ‘normalization of untruths.’”
Fauci also suggested that “certain elected officials in positions of power” are partially to blame for these “untruths,” which seems like it might’ve been a jab directed at former President Donald Trump or Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).
Paul is among Fauci’s top critics in Congress and has called for an investigation into Fauci, as well as his removal from his position.
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In a May 10 appearance on Fox News, Paul claimed that Fauci’s recommendation for young people to be vaccinated defied “large, multi-million person studies showing that you have an increased risk for inflammation of the heart the more vaccines you give young people.”
“The biggest purveyor of untruths, I think, right now in public health is Dr. Fauci,” Paul said, “so when someone says, ‘We’re going to stop disinformation,’ they can’t even agree to what the truth is.”
For his part, Fauci has responded in kind to Paul when Paul has confronted him with supposed evidence of his wrongdoing.
“In usual fashion, Senator, you are distorting everything about me,” Fauci said back in January during a Senate Health Committee hearing.