(USA Features) Rep. Matt Gaetz lashed out Friday at Dr. Anthony Fauci over the lead immunologist’s alleged role in covering up gain-of-function research on coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China, the city where COVID-19 reportedly originated.
The Florida Republican said Fauci has “blood on his hands” during an interview with Newsmax TV’s “Spicer & Co.” after he authorized funding for the law where COVID research was said to be taking place.
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“Dr. Fauci has blood on his hands, and now the entire country knows it,” Gaetz said. “We know that the very type of research that erupted this virus onto the world was research that the U.S. taxpayer was funding in part and that Dr. Fauci and his friends were directly involved in.”
The research is said to improve a pathogen’s ability to cause and spread disease, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has noted.
He went on to discuss how much of the media downplayed theories that the virus may have leaked from the Wuhan lab.
“Then, in April of 2020 when I came out and said, ‘this is something that escaped from a lab; it’s not something that jumped from a bat to a pangolin,’ whatever that is, I was smeared by CBS News, ’60 Minutes’ and the like for having even suggested such a racist concept,” Gaetz noted.
“Now that we’re seeing the emails, not only are we getting to the truth, we’re also identifying those that were involved in covering up the truth, and that’s where the cover-up lands, right on the desk of Dr. Fauci,” he added.