Fauci: Attacks on Me Are an 'Attack on Science’
'What’s happening now is very much an anti-science approach'
Embattled White House Chief Medical Adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci responded to the growing backlash against his newly discovered emails, saying it was “really very much an attack on science."
During an interview on MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show,” Maddow asked:
“Am I building you up to be thicker-skinned about this than you are?"
"Are you actually worried about this new sort of re-upping of attacks on you?”
“Well, I’m concerned about that, more because it’s really very much an attack on science, I think, Rachel.”
Fauci then noted his past conflicts with AIDS activists and said those activists “were fundamentally good people. They were not anti-science."
"What is — the thread going through what’s happening now is very much an anti-science approach. So, that’s a big, big difference," he added.
"I mean, it is what it is. I’m a public figure," Fauci stated.
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"I’m going to take the arrows and the slings."
"But they’re just — they’re fabricated, and that’s just what it is.”
Fauci added the origin of the virus was important, but “it is being approached now in a very vehement way, in a very distorted way, I believe, by attacking me.”
Fauci is now under fire after thousands of his emails were released this week under the Freedom of Information Act.
None of Fauci's emails, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins sent Fauci a link to a Fox News report which mentioned COVID-19 may have originated in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
In another email, immunologist Kristian Andersen wrote to Fauci, arguing the virus had "unusual features" that could suggest lab manipulation.
Regarding maks, Fauci wrote:
"Masks are really for infected people to prevent them from spreading infection to people who are not infected rather than protecting uninfected people from acquiring infection."