Earlier this week we reported that Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) had confirmed Dr. Anthony Fauci attacked for misleading Americans over masks and herd immunity related to the coronavirus pandemic. Now Rubio is doubling down, saying he found it “appalling” that Fauci misled the public with the intent of “manipulating their behavior”.
Rubio escapes Fauci to lie
Rubio initially released Fauci on Twitter after the infectious disease expert admitted to the New York Times that he had deliberately misled Americans about how many would have to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity. Rubio has since fired back in a comment published by Fox News criticizing the media for ignoring Fauci’s admission before setting out exactly what he’d done.
“The story is straightforward,” wrote the Florida Senator. “For most of this year, Dr. Fauci and other scientists at our public health facility were telling Americans that about 60 to 70 percent of the nation would need a vaccine for us to achieve herd immunity and make the coronavirus a non-virus can do.” Problem.
“In an interview with the New York Times, Dr. However, Fauci admitted that he believed the real number was actually significantly higher – maybe 75 to 90 percent – and declined to be frank because he felt the country was unwilling to hear them “He added.” Only now has he said that he feels he has the freedom to do this a little without discouraging the nation. “
While Rubio went on to say that he believed Fauci had good intentions, that does not change the fact that he “lied to the American people in order to manipulate his behavior”.
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Rubio went on to explain that the main problem with unelected personalities like Fauci deliberately misleading Americans in order to manipulate their behavior is that there is no accountability. He explained:
“The American people deserve the truth; You also deserve accountability. When elected representatives make decisions, the public can hold them accountable.
But when public health officials with decades of experience and leadership in our country’s institutions short-circuit the political process and make those decisions themselves, they deny the American people an equal opportunity – and change course if they wish.
Finally, accountability is a core tenet of representative government. This is the best way to ensure that the vision of what is being enforced by decision makers is in line with the values of the population who voted it. “
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When it comes to tough decisions that affect the entire community, Rubio argued that “elected officials must lead at all levels of government”, not “unelected technocrats.”
While Rubio said Americans should generally follow public health guidelines, he also said they should not “blindly trust unelected prominent scientists” and “call out” them when they transgress their authority.
“I’m appalled by his arrogance,” Rubio concluded, referring to Fauci. “If he wants to lead the nation, he should run for office.”
This piece was written by James Samson on December 30th, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used with permission.
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