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Trump Lashes Out at Fauci Amid Criticism of Slow Virus Response

I’m not a fan of carnival barker Trump, and I don’t especially trust High Priest of the white coat priesthood Fauci, but it looks like the media, which is overwhelming neoliberal/Democratic (except for the recycled know-nothings at FOX) is trying to drive a wedge between Trump and Fauci, probably because Fauci is relatively popular with the public, and the press sees this as an angle to exploit in order to score points against Orange Man and the Deplorables and get Dementia Man elected president.

WASHINGTON — President Trump publicly signaled his frustration on Sunday with Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the federal government’s top infectious disease expert, after the doctor said more lives could have been saved from the coronavirus if the country had been shut down earlier.

Mr. Trump reposted a Twitter message that said “Time to #FireFauci” as he rejected criticism of his slow initial response to the pandemic that has now killed more than 22,000 people in the United States. The president privately has been irritated at times with Dr. Fauci, but the Twitter post was the most explicit he has been in letting that show publicly.

The message Mr. Trump retweeted came from a former Republican congressional candidate. “Fauci is now saying that had Trump listened to the medical experts earlier he could’ve saved more lives,” said the tweet by DeAnna Lorraine, who got less than 2 percent of the vote in an open primary against Speaker Nancy Pelosi last month. “Fauci was telling people on February 29th that there was nothing to worry about and it posed no threat to the US at large. Time to #Fire Fauci.”

In reposting the message, Mr. Trump added: “Sorry Fake News, it’s all on tape. I banned China long before people spoke up.”


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  1. I wish I had a dollar for each time the news media uses the term “lashes out” in connection with Trump. Aside from being very non-literal, it avoids using more obvious and appropriate terms like “criticizes”.

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