(USA Features) Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton compared lead immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci to a “Democratic Party activist” in an interview with Fox News Monday.
“Tony Fauci is not acting like a scientist or a doctor anymore. He’s acting as a Democratic Party activist in a white lab coat,” Cotton, who has been critical of the long-serving director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases over his handling of the COVID pandemic.
“Why doesn’t he tell us what science, what data backs up the Biden administration’s stupid mask mandate for airports and airplanes? Are you more likely to get the coronavirus in an airport than you are a shopping mall?” he added.
“Or an airplane with its massive filtration systems? Is it really necessary to kick off a family with an autistic child who can’t wear a mask peacefully for an entire airplane? Does Dr. Fauci have evidence to support that from the data and the science?” the Arkansas Republican noted further.
He went on to suggest that the opposition party used the pandemic for political gain.
“From the very beginning, the Democrats saw this pandemic as a way to defeat the former president in the election last year. And anything he said or I said was rejected by the science even if it was proven correct in retrospect,” Cotton said.
“Again it just goes to show that Tony Fauci almost from the beginning has been working as more as a Democratic Party activist in a white lab coat, not a public health expert,” Cotton said.
Cotton’s interview on Fox News follows an Op-Ed he published earlier this month assailing those who opposed the theory that the coronavirus escaped from a lab in Wuhan, China.
“The conventional wisdom about the coronavirus pandemic’s origins has changed rapidly, as conventional wisdom often does,” he wrote.
“Even skeptics and apologists have finally begun to acknowledge the Chinese Communist labs in Wuhan as a possible — even the likely — source of this plague,” Cotton added.