Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said in an interview that he will introduce an amendment before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions to eliminate the position of director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), currently held by controversial scientist and immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has been director of the institute since 1984.
In an interview with Jesse Watters Primetime, the Republican senator called Fauci a “petty tyrant” who is “monopolizing” public health decisions affecting all Americans. Paul has been one of the harshest politicians criticizing the scientist’s work throughout the pandemic, questioning his recommendations on the mandatory use of masks or his various contradictions related to COVID-19 and health restrictions.
“Tomorrow we will have a health committee meeting and … I will present an amendment, get a vote on eliminating Anthony Fauci’s position. I think we should eliminate his position, divide it into three and appoint three new directors that will be approvable by the Senate,” Paul told Jesse Watters.
“The problem with having only one person and having everything go before him for like 40 years is that he has monopolized power and created a culture not conducive to scientific inquiry. You need people who question. That’s what science is – about questioning and putting forth your hypothesis and trying to prove it with experiments. But he has shown – Dr. Fauci and Dr. Collins, have both shown that they will get into the mud. If you don’t agree with their political opinions, they will go after you,” he added.
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The senator mentioned that “it’s not good” for a person like “Dr. Fauci” to control $5 billion worth of money and also that we “have a really petty tyrant who wants to take down the people he disagrees with.”
“That’s not conducive to scientific inquires. So It’s long past time that we remove him from government (…) and then one person wouldn’t have a monopoly of so much power this they could use against their enemies,” asserted the senator who, in addition, mentioned that he doesn’t anticipate any support on the amendment from his Democratic colleagues, he does believe the “dam is breaking on the Democrat side” on COVID more broadly.
“When you see old guys in the Senate, these old Democrats finally listening to Biden without their masks on, but they want your 4-year-old to wear a mask, people aren’t believing this anymore,” Paul said. “The public is smarter than these people, and it’s starting to show. I think it’s starting to break their will towards authoritarianism. It’s only a matter of time, but we can’t give up on trying to get our freedom back.”