Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) took on National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Anthony Fauci during a sit-down with conservative satire website The Babylon Bee, letting loose “how [he] really [feels] about Dr. Fauci.”
Paul was asked by the Babylon Bee boys who he would consider the superior doctor between classic video game character Dr. Mario, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, and Dr. Fauci.
His answer didn’t disappoint.
Well, Mario would be right up there, I would think,” Paul joked, “but it's hard to judge Dr. Fauci, because he really has seen very few patients, would be my guess, in his career. I mean, most of his [career] has been government medicine. The people who tend to gravitate to government medicine tend to be people who believe government’s the solution, not the problem. And so, I don't think he's ever seen a problem where he didn't figure there wasn't a [government] solution.
The Kentucky senator also decried Fauci’s “arrogance,” hearkening back to Fauci’s insistence that he represents “science.
Fauci’s response to a Florida judge voiding the national travel mask mandate, Paul argued, is also reflective of this arrogance. Paul lampooned Fauci’s fury at the ruling.
“How dare they?” Paul facetiously asked. “How dare the courts get involved with judging my edicts? Only God should judge Dr. Fauci's edicts!”
Paul was later asked for his favorite moment shared with the longtime bureaucrat. Paul prefaced his response with a disclaimer, saying, “You know, I don't really relish – I really don't don't go in there…spoiling for a fight, as they say. I go into it looking for some semblance of the truth.”
Paul then recalled an incident during which he questioned Fauci about whether there was evidence that COVID-19 vaccines could keep children from being hospitalized or dying, with Fauci being unable to cite any evidence. The senator continued:
I said, ‘Well, why did they approve it?’— which I already knew the answer [to]. If you give the vaccine, the kid makes antibodies. It's like, well, I can give your kid 200 vaccines and he'll make antibodies every time. Doesn't mean your kid needed to be vaccinated, particularly if he already had COVID. So, I don't know, I think [Fauci] knows he's being dishonest with us, or he's dissembling, this might be a better way of putting it.
But he does it because he believes that mankind isn't very smart, and the really smart elite few need to make these decisions, and if the truth might hamper what he thinks is best for us, it's okay to sort of have a … platonic or a noble lie, that's just a little lie, but you're not smart enough to really understand. You can't handle the truth.
Paul has frequently butted heads with Fauci, with their disagreements ranging from topics like the origins of COVID-19, the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines, Fauci and his organization’s transparency (or lack thereof), and Fauci and his colleagues’ finances.
Paul is now on track to hold the first-ever congressional hearing on gain-of-function research, a practice defunded during the Obama presidency and resumed by Fauci’s organization in 2017. Controversy over the practice is associated with the COVID-19 lab leak theory, which has increasingly come into focus after the pandemic’s height.
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