Texas Lt. Governor Torches Fauci: 'He's Been Wrong Every Time'
Gov. Dan Patrick says infectious disease expert 'doesn't know what he's talking about'
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) blasted infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci over his recent assessment of the surge in coronavirus cases in the U.S., arguing his state doesn't need his advice.
Patrick reacted to Fauci's testimony before a Senate committee on the U.S. response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
"Fauci said that he’s concerned about states like Texas that skipped over certain things. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about," Patrick told Fox News' Laura Ingraham.
"We haven’t skipped over anything."
"The only thing I’m skipping over is listening to him," Patrick continued.
"He has been wrong every time, on every issue. I don’t need his advice anymore," he added.
" We’ll listen to a lot of science; we’ll listen to a lot of doctors, and [Gov. Greg Abbott (R)], myself, and other state leaders will make the decision. No thank you, Dr. Fauci."
Ingraham noted the surge in coronavirus cases in Texas being compared to the spike in New York earlier this year.
But Patrick took issue with the comparison.
“We’ve had 2,424 people die and New York has had over 31,000. Even California has had almost three times as much as Texas, and remember Laura, those two states have been locked down the whole time while we have been open, so locking down doesn’t work,” he told Ingraham.
“If it did, those two states would be doing better than Texas,” Patrick added.
Patrick's remarks came after Fauci commented on rising infection rates in various states.
“We’ve got to make sure that when states start to try and open again, they need to follow the guidelines that have been very carefully laid out, with regard to checkpoints,” Fauci told lawmakers Tuesday, according to KXAN-TV.
But Fauci's recent remarks have changed the tune to his comments in May.
The infectious disease expert admitted that a second wave of the coronavirus might never even happen.
Fauci said that a second COVID-19 wave is not necessarily inevitable and that wearing a mask is mostly symbolic at this point.
"We often talk about the possibility of a second wave, or of an outbreak when you're reopening," Fauci said.
"We don't have to accept that as an inevitability."
Earlier this month, Fauci said the fight against the coronavirus is far from over.
“In a period of four months, it has devastated the whole world,” Fauci warned.
“And it isn’t over yet,” he warned.