Senator Rand Paul, the outspoken Kentucky Republican, has once again made headlines by calling for Dr. Anthony Fauci to be sent to prison. In a recent interview on “The Cats Roundtable” radio show, Paul accused Fauci, the former Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, of being responsible for the deaths of millions of people during the COVID-19 pandemic. The senator pointed to U.S.-funded gain-of-function research at a lab in Wuhan, China as evidence of Fauci’s wrongdoing.
During the interview, Paul didn’t hold back in his criticisms of Fauci, stating, “He’s never been held responsible for this. This is probably the worst decision ever made by a public health official in the history of time.” The senator went on to argue that Fauci should go to prison for his dishonesty and refusal to accept responsibility. Paul also stated that history should judge Fauci as a deficient person who made one of the worst decisions in public health history.
Rand Paul Fires Off on What He Really Thinks Fauci Deserves: 'Frankly, He Should Go to Prison' for creation of SARS-CoV-2 with Baric, Daszak, Zhengli, conspiring to cover it up with Collins, Anderson, Farrar, Holmes et al. @baric_lab @EcoHealthNYC @NIH https://t.co/ws5w1zCBNi
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This is not the first time that Paul has called for Fauci to face justice. Last year, he submitted a criminal referral for perjury to the Justice Department over Fauci’s comments about funding gain-of-function research at the Wuhan lab. Paul has also written a book on Fauci and America’s COVID-19 response, titled “Deception: The Great Covid Cover-Up.”
Fauci, for his part, has dismissed calls for his prosecution as “craziness.” In an appearance on CNN, he said, “I mean, prosecute me for what? What are they talking about? I mean, I wish I could figure out what the heck they were talking about. I think they’re just going off the deep end.” Fauci has consistently maintained that he has acted responsibly and in the best interest of public health throughout the pandemic.
The ongoing feud between Paul and Fauci underscores the deep divisions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and its handling. As the debate continues, it remains to be seen whether any further action will be taken against Fauci, or if he will be able to move past these allegations and focus on his work in public health.