During a tense exchange with lawmakers on his work on the country’s COVID-19 response, a frustrated Anthony Fauci appeared to call U.S. Sen. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., a “moron.”
In response to a question from Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., Fauci was heard whispering “what a moron” and “Jesus Christ” as the heated exchange ended.
When questioned, Fauci appeared visibly annoyed. Finally, he called Marshall “misinformed” for claiming that Fauci had not disclosed important financial information at the end of the exchange.
Marshall questioned Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a top health advisor to President Joe Biden, about his financial disclosures during a Senate Health Committee meeting.
Fauci’s financial disclosure information can be obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request because he is a public official; however, Marshall’s staff was unable to locate it. According to a report, Fauci is the federal government’s highest-paid employee with a salary of more than $400,000.
In Marshall’s opinion, this is a major problem. “The appearance of shady dealings is enhanced because you see things before Congress members do, wouldn’t you agree? That doesn’t sound right to me.”
When I asked, “What are you on about?” Fauci got in on the act. “My financial disclosures have always been available to the general public. Unbelievable mistakes litter your knowledge base.”
Past years have seen Fauci’s financial disclosure information leaked to the media, including by the Center for Public Integrity (CPI).
According to Marshall, Fauci had a “very frustrating day” because of questions about the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as other things.
A Senate hearing may have reduced the stress of the least trusted bureaucrat in the United States, but it didn’t diminish the facts,” Marshall said.
Officials were asked to explain why they weren’t spending more money on developing and distributing therapeutics to treat COVID-19.
Fauci has long been the target of Republican attacks, and the hearing reaffirmed that. Since he resisted theories about the origin of COVID-19 and rebuffed criticism for his handling of the pandemic, some lawmakers have called for his resignation in recent months.
“The American people don’t trust the words coming out of your mouth,” Marshall told Fauci earlier.
When it comes to educating the public about COVID, Marshall said, “Every day you appear on TV, you do more harm than good.”
“It’s a real distortion of reality,” Fauci said in response to Marshall.
According to Fauci, “Everything I’ve said on TV is to validate the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” Fauci said.