Fauci Says It Is ‘Completely Crazy’ To Call Him Political

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the outgoing Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told ABC’s “This Week” that for people to think he is political is “completely crazy.”

“I think the misconception is that I was misleading people to say that I, who have been adviser to seven presidents and have never, ever veered one way or the other from an ideological standpoint for somebody to say that, you know, I’m political – yeah, political,” Fauci said. “I mean, that’s completely crazy.”

In his role as Director of NIAID, Fauci became the de facto leader of the American response to COVID-19, and as such Fauci faced pressure from many sides. His decisions on mask-wearing, school closures, and lockdowns were seen too harsh by many on the right and too lenient by many on the left.

During the interview, Fauci described the conditions he faced with the pandemic starting during an election year like this, “It got political very, very quickly because we had the misfortune of an outbreak, and a double misfortune of an outbreak in a divided society, and the triple misfortune of a divided society in an election year. I mean, you couldn’t get more … cards stacked against you, than right there. It was a triple whammy.”

Fauci says COVID-19 was politicized by ‘triple whammy’ of outbreak, division and 2020 election  

That “triple whammy,” did not stop Fauci from acting as an expert and proclaiming things that later were shown to be false.

For instance, Interviewer Jon Karl asked, “Would you take back what you said about masks? Obviously, the guidance changed, but you were very definitive.”

Fauci replied, “Sure if I had to do it over again, of course, I would have analyzed it a little bit better.”

Karl followed up that question by asking, “Was it a mistake in so many states, in so many localities, to see schools closed as long as they were?”

To which Fauci replied, “I think, I don’t want to use the word mistake, Jon. If I do, it gets taken out of the context – the question you’re asking.”

Fauci closed by saying, “I just want people to know that I gave it everything I had and didn’t leave anything on the field.”

With Fauci, however, the number of mistakes he made and the “definitive” way in which he gave advice, not to mention his alleged connections to Wuhan, have made it difficult for many to look past what they consider grave miscalculations on his part.