Liz Cheney Bows at the Altar of Government Science, Declares America “Needs” Dr. Fauci to Defeat the Wuhan Virus
Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney came to the defense of White House Wuhan virus task force member Anthony Fauci on May 12 and congratulated him for his work throughout the pandemic.
“Dr. Fauci is one of the finest public servants we have ever had. He is not a partisan,” the congresswoman tweeted. “His only interest is saving lives. We need his expertise and his judgment to defeat this virus. All Americans should be thanking him. Every day.”
Dr. Fauci is one of the finest public servants we have ever had. He is not a partisan. His only interest is saving lives. We need his expertise and his judgment to defeat this virus. All Americans should be thanking him. Every day.
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) May 13, 2020
Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been at the center of the U.S. government’s response to the Wuhan virus. Fauci’s advice regarding the virus and the government’s actions to tackle the pandemic has, at times, conflicted with President Trump’s statements.
On May 12, Fauci and three other members of the task force appeared at a virtual hearing in front of the Senate Health Committee to talk about the country’s response to the virus which has claimed over 80,000 lives in America.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul took Fauci to task during his speech at the hearing, telling Fauci that he respected him but that he didn’t believe he was the “end all” when dealing with the virus.
“So I think we ought to have a little bit of humility in our belief that we know what’s best for the economy,” Paul stated. “I don’t think you’re the one person that gets to make a decision. We can listen to your advice, but there are people on the other side saying there’s not going to be a surge and that we can safely open the economy and the facts will bear this out.”
Fauci responded to the Kentucky senator, stating he had “never made myself out to be the end all and only voice in this.”
“I’m a scientist, a physician and a public health official. I give advice according to the best scientific evidence,” Fauci remarked.
At the same hearing, Fauci advised against the U.S. reopening its economy in a quick manner.
“There is a real risk that you will trigger an outbreak,” Fauci highlighted. He noted that states that reopen their economies too quickly may have problems with containing new outbreaks, thus prolonging the recovery time.
A number of states have started to reopen parts of their economies recently, as more and more citizens growing anxious about the lockdowns and the economy continues to sputter.