(USA Features) The country’s lead immunologist is a functionary and “bureaucrat” who has been in Washington too long and “lost his credibility,” said Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., in describing Dr. Anthony Fauci on Wednesday.
In an interview with Newsmax, Donalds said that Fauci has “lost his credibility” because he’s been “wrong more than he’s been right,” but the Biden administration isn’t going to remove him from his post as the president’s chief medical adviser or as director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
“The American people see it. They don’t really want to hear from him anymore,” he said.
That said, Fauci is a “bureaucrat” who has remained in Washington D.C. for more than three decades and he will “do whatever he needs to keep his job.”
Donalds’ comments come a day after Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., had another fiery back-and-forth with Fauci during testimony on Tuesday, in which Paul accused the immunology, through his NIH division, of funding dangerous “gain-of-function research” of the type that may have led to the creation of COVID-19 in a Chinese lab, though that claim has yet to be proven.
Later Tuesday, Paul said he would be making a criminal referral of Fauci to the Justice Department for allegedly lying during sworn testimony in which he denied funding that kind of research.
“You mean to tell me nobody else in our country is qualified to do the same job he has been doing?” said Donalds. “I don’t think so.
“The reality is he’s a creature of Washington. He’s not going anywhere,” the Florida Republican continued.
“This administration is not going to get rid of him because he’s going to sing the company line. It’s that simple.”
Donalds also railed at Texas state Democrats for abandoning their legislature to deny majority Republicans a quorum so they could not pass new voter integrity legislation.
“They would prefer that as opposed to actually doing their job in Texas and making sure we have sound voting laws,” said Donalds.
“If they stayed there, did their job, and even voted no, but Texas passed the bill anyway, people would actually see that what the Texas legislature is doing actually empowers more voters to go and vote and actually secures the process,” he reasoned.
Instead, however, those Democrats held a [COVID] “superspreader event on their private plane” and are now “moving COVID all over Washington D.C.” rather than returning to their own capital and going back to work,” said Donalds, referring to reports that at least six of them tested positive for the virus as have a White House staffer and staffer for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after coming in contact with them.
“This is a sad look at what’s happened frankly, to the Democrat Party in 2021,” said Donalds.
“They have gone off the deep end. If you had Republicans who even tried to do something like this, it would be wall-to-wall coverage on the major news networks about how we were derelict in our duty,” Donald continued.
“It’s a massive double standard. It should never be tolerated.”