Following White House coronavirus task force adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci‘s congressional testimony this week, Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson voiced his displeasure.
Carlson’s critique focused on a back-and-forth between Fauci and U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.
The congressman hammered Fauci with multiple questions about the possibility that the virus has spread through ongoing nationwide protests.
“You’re putting words in my mouth,” the longtime National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director told Jordan in response to the assertion that “protests don’t increase the spread” of COVID-19.
“I can tell you that crowds are known, particularly when you don’t have a mask, to increase the acquisition and transmission, no matter what the crowd is,” Fauci said when pressed further.
Asked yet again about the issue, Fauci asserted the he was not “in a position to determine what the government can do in a forceful way” to shut down the demonstrations against police brutality and systemic racism that erupted in response to the death of George Floyd earlier this year.
The answers were apparently not good enough for Tucker, who claimed that Fauci would say anything “as long as it doesn’t offend the popular and fashionable left.”
Carlson went on to blame the doctor and his recommendations in large part for the fact that the U.S. economy “is headed down the tubes,” further slamming him for “tak[ing] a pass on the question ‘Are protests — are riots OK?'”
For the right-wing Fox News pundit, there was just one explanation: Fauci is “a total fraud, like a complete fraud.”
Making it clear that he meant it, Carlson later reiterated his position.
“What a fraud this guy is,” he said.