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Politics Firing Dr. Fauci Now May Help Joe Biden Manage the Next COVID Wave, and His Poll Numbers

19:35  22 october  2021
19:35  22 october  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

Over 25% of Americans are no longer living in high-transmission counties: Live COVID-19 updates

  Over 25% of Americans are no longer living in high-transmission counties: Live COVID-19 updates More than one-quarter of Americans are now living in a county that no longer has high levels of community transmission of coronavirus. COVID updates.That's a major change from earlier in the pandemic wave driven by the delta variant, when every state was considered to have high levels of community transmission, which the CDC says is 100 cases per 100,000 people per week.

Joe Biden built his presidential campaign around his assertion that he would "shut down the virus, not the economy." Accordingly, his approval rating has slumped and risen along with U.S. infection and death rates. The number of COVID cases nationwide is again on the decline—and, some Democratic strategists say, that gives the administration an opportunity to change the tone of the discussion around the virus. Biden now has a chance to depoliticize the issue with an action that is suddenly less controversial than it would have been just days ago: Fire Anthony Fauci.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, arrives to testify before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on July 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. Fauci has faced criticism for comments about Christmas gatherings and COVID-19. © Stefani Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, arrives to testify before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on July 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. Fauci has faced criticism for comments about Christmas gatherings and COVID-19.

In a testy exchange with Senator Rand Paul last July, Dr. Fauci asserted flatly, "The NIH [National Institute of Health] has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology."

Rand Paul blasts Fauci after NIH admits gain-of-function funding

  Rand Paul blasts Fauci after NIH admits gain-of-function funding Sen. Rand Paul said that while he did feel validated after the new revelation was made on Thursday, the news should focus on a push for the US to end dangerous gain of function research projects. 'This is a civilization-ending kind of research. This research could release something that could destroy civilization,' Paul said. He ultimately accused Fauci of lying and intentionally 'parsing words' so as to never fully admit that gain of function experiments could have been happening in Wuhan with grant monies from the NIH. 'His declination is this: it's inadvertent, we didn't know they were going to gain function.

That wasn't true. The NIH has conceded that EcoHealth and the Wuhan Institute of Virology did in fact conduct controversial gain-of-function experiments. Fauci, perhaps unknowingly, misled Congress in denying that.

There is no proof that a lab accident at the Wuhan Institute started the pandemic, or that SARS-CoV-2 leaked from a lab in Wuhan or elsewhere. Still, the disclosure that U.S. funds supported the controversial research—and the failure to acknowledge that—has deepened already-widespread distrust of Fauci and by extension the Biden administration.

Only the most partisan Democrats dispute the notion that Fauci has long since become a polarizing figure on the issue of COVID. The reason for that was on full display on October 17, when in an interview with Chris Wallace of Fox News, Fauci once again presented himself as the embodiment of "science, data and hard facts," and said those who disagree with or criticize him are "conspiracy theorists."

Fauci stands by gain-of-function research denials, defends collaboration with Wuhan lab

  Fauci stands by gain-of-function research denials, defends collaboration with Wuhan lab Dr. Anthony Fauci stood by his denial that the National Institutes of Health had funded risky gain-of-function research, despite the NIH admitting EcoHealth Alliance had violated grant rules when conducting bat coronaviruses research. © Provided by Washington Examiner Fauci made the comments during an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week. Stephanopoulos first played a short clip from an Axios interview with Republican Sen. Rand Paul, where he said President Joe Biden should “absolutely” fire Fauci “just for lack of judgment, if nothing else.

"Those are people that don't particularly care for me, and that's understandable because what I do and I try very hard is to be guided by the truth," he said. "And sometimes the truth becomes inconvenient for some people, so they react against me."

Biden himself has also alienated skeptics with his dismissive tone. At a presidential town hall Thursday evening, he mocked people with concerns about vaccine safety or government mandates by joking, "I have the freedom to kill you with my COVID."

While Biden's frustration with Americans who remain, for whatever reason, unvaccinated, may be understandable, ''it is not presidential," says a senior staffer to a centrist Democratic Congressman not authorized by his boss to speak on the record. "Too often he sounds like the President of Twitter, not the President of the United States." Part of the reason that message isn't breaking through to some Americans is that the virus, like so much else in American life, has become intensely politicized.

Rand Paul calls for Fauci's firing over 'lack of judgment'

  Rand Paul calls for Fauci's firing over 'lack of judgment' Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) called for Dr. Anthony Fauci to be fired over a "lack of judgment," contending that President Biden's chief medical adviser lied about research the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded in Wuhan, China."He should be fired," Paul told Mike Allen during an interview with "Axios on HBO" that aired Sunday. "The thing is, is just for lack of judgment of nothing else, and I, you know, he's probably never going to admit that he lied, he's going to continue to dissemble and try to work around the truth and massage the truth," he added..@RandPaul says Biden should fire Fauci over U.S.

The disclosure that the NIH did indeed fund gain-of-function research further undermines Dr. Fauci's standing to direct the U.S. response to the pandemic. His attitude had already infuriated a not-insignificant segment of the population. And even before the disclosure that his statements to Congress and to Senator Paul about the NIH's role were inaccurate, Democratic strategists told Newsweek that Biden could do himself and the country some good by finding a less polarizing figure to oversee the closing chapters of the pandemic. "If you can take some of the political poison out [of COVID] in an election year, it's a big win," says Ryan Pougiales, Deputy Director of Politics at Third Way, a centrist Democratic think tank.

Some senior public health officials in the Biden administration are already taking a different approach to Fauci's when talking about the pandemic. In interviews this past summer, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky discussed the current guidance on vaccine booster shots without setting off a backlash from skeptics and opponents. Her measured tone and transparency about scientists' uncertainty offered an alternative to Fauci's black-and-white presentation of the issues.

Marjorie Taylor Greene Pushes for Vote on Fire Fauci Act Despite Slim Chances of Success

  Marjorie Taylor Greene Pushes for Vote on Fire Fauci Act Despite Slim Chances of Success Greene's Fire Fauci Act is her most popular among Republicans, but it's unlikely to get the support it needs to come to the House floor for a vote.Greene's "Fire Fauci Act" has been sitting in committees since its introduction in April and on Sunday, she announced she's starting a discharge petition in the hopes of bringing it to the floor for a vote. Discharge petitions allow for a vote without reports from committees, but their success is dependent on getting majority support, which Greene's unlikely to have in the House.

President Donald Trump, who clearly disliked Dr. Fauci and disagreed with his guidance, could not have fired him without intense criticism and charges that he simply didn't want to hear the truth about the virus, vaccines, masks or lockdowns. President Biden isn't constrained by that concern. The new revelations about U.S. taxpayer support for the Wuhan lab research raise more questions about Fauci's credibility and give Biden more freedom to move forward.

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Poll: Majority of voters say Fauci should resign .
A majority of voters said President Biden's chief medical advisor, Anthony Fauci, should resign, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds.The survey, which was conducted from October 26,27, found that 52 percent of registered voters polled felt Fauci should resign. By contrast, 48 percent of respondent said he should not. A June 17-18 Hill-HarrisX poll found that 58 percent of registered voters said Fauci should not resign, while 42 percent of respondents said he should. © Provided by The Hill Thirty-two percent of Democrats said Fauci should resign, a 12 percentage point increase since the June survey, while 68 percent said he should not.

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