Infectious disease specialist Dr. Anthony Fauci has addressed the attacks on his career and reputation by the notorious anti-vaccine Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who last month published the book “The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma, and the Global War on democracy and public health ”.
Talking to yahoo newssaid the NIAID director, “it really is a shame that he is attacking me in my career,” when asked if RFK’s book is not “a flattering portrait of” his career.
“I think if you look at my career, not many people are attacking my career, but he seems to do that,” Fauci continued in comments posted earlier this week. “It’s very unfortunate because I don’t think it’s inherently malicious. I think he is a very disturbed individual. And I … I don’t like having to say that, but it’s very, very clear. And it’s a shame because he comes from such an extraordinarily distinguished family, many of whom I know personally, and I was very close to Senator Ted Kennedy, who was such an extraordinary person and a true warrior for public health. And having RFK Jr. just saying things that make absolutely no sense. “
Fauci said that RFK’s comments, which have included unsubstantiated and unsupported claims such as that Fauci is an investor in Moderna, something that RFK claimed Newsweek earlier this year, and which Fauci called “unequivocal and completely incorrect,” have a broader impact than just the doctor.
“And what makes it even more painful is that ultimately, that is hurting people, that will cause disease and lose lives for the things that it is saying,” Fauci added. “So I’m very sorry that he’s doing that not just because he’s attacking me, that seems to be the rage among some people, but because ultimately he’s going to hurt people. So it’s really unfortunate that he’s doing that. “
Fauci’s comments came after he addressed an earlier comment from RFK, Jr. that he met and spoke with Fauci at the Donald Trump White House in 2017.
Well, I didn’t speak to RFK Jr. in the Trump White House. We invited him to the NIH, and he talked to me and talked to Dr. Collins, the NIH director, and several of us and gave a presentation that was really … full of inaccuracies and distortions, ”Fauci said.
RFK Jr. blamed Dr. Fauci for the “catastrophic mismanagement” of the COVID-19 pandemic in a statement to Yahoo News Tuesday night, and for “embracing a militarized response to a public health crisis,” in response. to Fauci’s comments.
“Dr. Fauci’s belief that, as a government official, you should be immune from criticism is contrary to our nation’s democratic traditions,” he continued his statement to Yahoo News.
During the interview, Fauci was asked if he and his family continue to receive death threats.
“Oh, the answer is yes. And it even accelerates when you have the inflammatory statements that are made as people like RFK Jr. and some of the Fox media personalities who blatantly [are] making extraordinarily inflammatory statements that, in my opinion, it is strange that they are not controlled without consequences for people to say that, ”Fauci replied. “And when they do it publicly, that’s when I get the most death threats and people harass me, my wife and my children. It is a sad testimony in society what is happening when a person that the only thing that I have said or done is to encourage people to get vaccinated, to put on a mask and to do things that would be good for their health, the health of their family and the health of the community. So being villains for that is a sad testament to our society, unfortunately. “