By Duncan Smith
By any account or definition, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s lead immunologist, has been in his position far too long.
Appointed to his post during the early 1980s under Ronald Reagan, Fauci has served through six presidents.
No one should spend their entire career in government in one position; you become the very definition of a political animal, a functionary who knows how to game the system backward and forward, in order to keep your job.
And no doubt, Fauci has been an expert at keeping his job.
He’s not just been a very good expert in the one thing he’s supposed to know front and back: Combatting pandemics.
Just this week he flip-flopped again when he said the country should think hard about reopening our public schools to in-person instruction — after saying for months schools should not reopen.
Fox News’ Tucker Carlson called out ‘The Fouch’ on his Monday program, describing him (correctly) as a “power-mad incompetent.”
After noting that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden broke his foot allegedly playing with his dog, thus raising new concerns about his health, Carlson turned to the issue of COVID-19 and public schools.
“The country's public health establishment has tortured your children for eight months for no apparent reason. That happened. That story has not received a lot of coverage, but it has been confirmed tonight. The authorities have admitted 60 million American children languishing in their rooms since spring, sitting in front of screens, learning nothing, isolated from human contact, in many cases driven to mental illness,” he said.
“We can now report there was no reason for any of that. The experts were wrong. They had no idea what they were doing. But the most amazing part — and this really is the headline of the story — is that they knew they were wrong when they did it. But they kept lying about it, even as American children began to kill themselves,” he continued, adding:
On Sunday in New York, city officials all but admitted this. They announced the reopening of elementary schools. Those are the same schools that they closed fewer than two weeks ago. Now, from a medical standpoint, nothing has changed. New York didn't get an early shipment of the Pfizer vaccine. There wasn't some groundbreaking new research paper that revolutionized our understanding of the coronavirus, nothing like that at all.
In fact, parents simply had enough and they forced Bill de Blasio to admit the obvious. This virus is not a threat to children. As de Blasio put it in that weird euphemistic way that dumb people speak, quote, 'We know that the health realities for the youngest kids are the most favorable.' Well, yes, we do know that. We've known it for a long time. We knew it when Bill de Blasio shut down New York schools.
And Tony Fauci knew it, too, though he didn't say anything about it. Now, he has decided to say something about it eight months late. Here's Anthony Fauci on Sunday. And as you watch this, keep in mind that this man on the screen is leading our response, America's response to the coronavirus.
Carlson then played a clip of Fouci’s amazing COVID/schools reversal.
“Close the bars and keep the schools open is what we really say. Obviously, you don't have one size fits all. But as I've said in the past, and as you accurately quoted me, the default position should be to try as best as possible within reason to keep the children in school or to get them back to school,” said Fauci. “If you look at the data, the spread among children and from children is not really very big at all. Not like one would have suspected.”
More from Carlson:
Oh, I've always said you should keep the schools open says the man in charge of America's coronavirus response to a nation whose schools have been closed for months. Right. Yes, I always said that. Check the tape. Because, quote, 'If you look at the data,' says Anthony Fauci.
But wait a second. Why is this just now occurring to Tony Fauci? Isn't this Fauci's entire job to quote, 'look at the data'? Yes, it is. And yet somehow he never thought to do that. That's our corona czar.
Over the summer when the data look the same as they do tonight, Fauci explained that he couldn't really say, if kids should be allowed to go to school, it was quote, 'complicated.' Except it wasn't complicated. It wasn't complicated then, it's not complicated now.
In April, many months ago, a study by the 'Journal of the American Medical Association' found that school-aged children who get the coronavirus, quote, 'Develop only mild symptoms and typically recover within two weeks.' Months later, same story, in June, a study in 'The Lancet' affirmed this, quote, 'COVID-19 is generally a mild disease in children, including in infants.' Other studies found the exact same thing. No studies found anything but that. There was never much question about it.
After several minutes more of presenting the data that have shown, for months, that children and COVID were incompatible (and that kids were not super-spreaders), Carlson said:
Dr. Scott Atlas was attacked as a monster for saying that. Really attacked. Dr. Tony Fauci, by contrast, was deified. Signs throughout Northwest DC said I believe, Dr. Fauci, but the truth is that Scott Atlas was right and Dr. Fauci was revealed as a power-mad incompetent.
That's not our opinion, by the way, the data prove it.
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