Anthony Fauci showing his teeth. The only question is why he didn’t do that before

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Only one question really comes to mind: Why not? Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, would you rather bite back?

Amid the whirl of bad news about Covid infections reaching record levels as a large percentage of Americans continue to refuse to be vaccinated, Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said. testify on Capitol Hill.

Along with other experts — including Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Dr. Janet Woodcock, acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration — Fauci’s job was to defend the government’s record during the “massive, unprecedented wave” of Omicron.

“This is an extraordinary virus, the likes of which we have not seen in more than 100 years,” he said during a Senate health committee hearing on Tuesday. “It’s a very cunning virus that has fooled everyone all the time, from when it first came in, to Delta, to now Omicron. We do our best.”

Still, it seemed that some Republicans on the committee were more eager to attack the scientist for them than to hear any information or explanation he could provide.

Rand Paul, a Kentucky senator who previously clashed with Fauci, accused him of smearing scientists who suggested the Covid vaccine was made in a lab in Wuhan, China. Fauci told the senator that he was twisting the contents of an email.

“There you go again, you just do the same thing every hearing,” Fauci said. “In the usual way, Senator, you’re twisting everything about me. You keep coming back to personal attacks on me that are absolutely irrelevant.” He suggested that Paul’s inspiration was both political and financial, and as part of his presentation he showed a screen from Paul’s campaign website calling for “Brand Dr Fauci”, alongside links to donate to the campaign. “So you’re creating a catastrophic epidemic for your political gain,” Fauci added.

There was more.

Fauci said the attacks on him by the likes of Paul and another Republican senator, Roger Marshall — whom he called “completely and unequivocally inaccurate” — had an impact on real life.

“What happens when he gets out and accuses me of things that aren’t true at all is suddenly the madmen flare up out there and I have threats on my life, intimidation of my family and my kids with obscene phone calls because people lie about me.” , he said.

He described how on December 21 in Iowa a man was arrested while driving from Sacramento to Washington with intent to kill several government officials. One of his targets was Fauci. “The police asked him where he was going and he went to Washington DC to kill Dr Fauci,” he said. “They found an AR-15 and several ammunition magazines in his car because he thinks I might be killing people.”

The exchanges came as the US had reached its highest number of infections in a year, with 132,646 people sent to hospital with Covid on Monday. That figure surpasses the previous record of 132,051 almost exactly a year ago. More than 840,000 have died.

If Fauci showed his teeth a little, it wasn’t surprising. Indeed, one wonders why he has not defended himself a bit more vigorously in previous cases. The 81-year-old has been routinely attacked by many on the right since he became the face of Donald Trump’s Covid response team, which advocated wearing masks, social distancing and vaccines, even though the president didn’t. At a given moment. Trump told supporters Fauci and other scientists were “idiots”.

As Fauci pointed out today, America — a nation awash with guns — is no stranger to political violence. The list of those who have suffered harm or lost their lives as a result of someone’s anger or misinformation is so long that it hardly needs to be repeated. Ronald Reagan was nearly killed by a gunman as he left the Hilton Hotel in Washington DC in March 1981. In the summer of 2017, the Republican chief Steve Scalise was previously injured by a man with a gun while he and other lawmakers were playing baseball.

A year after the January 6 riots, many Americans feel that the country has rarely felt so unsafe or anxious. The last thing anyone needs is one more “excuse” to do something stupid.

Rand Paul should know that. He was one of dozens of members of the House and Senate playing baseball when they were attacked by a left-wing extremist. Scalise and a lobbyist were seriously injured, along with a Capitol Hill police officer and a congressman. Paul said afterwards that had the protective department not engaged in a 10-minute firefight to protect lawmakers, it “would have been a bloodbath”. Has he already forgotten?

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