Trump Attacks Dr. Fauci and Spews Coronavirus Lies on Campaign Call

On a campaign call, President Trump said people are sick of hearing about the pandemic which has now killed more than 215,000 Americans. He also panned Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has been the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, referring to him as a “disaster” who has been around for “500 years,” according to CNN. Trump criticized other health experts as well.

“People are tired of Covid,” Trump said. “I have the biggest rallies I’ve ever had, and we have Covid. People are saying whatever. Just leave us alone. They’re tired of it. People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots.”

Trump made the comments despite testing positive for coronavirus himself and despite the fact cases are now rising again, and medical experts are warning the winter could make things worse. He also claimed that if Fauci were in charge, more than half a million people would be dead in the United States. On a telephone call with “Fox and Friends,” Trump added Dr. Fauci is a “nice guy” but not a “team player,” according to the Associated Press.

A Trump adviser said attacks against Dr. Fauci are “not smart” just two weeks away from the election, especially since the campaign wants him to avoid discussing the pandemic. Ironically, Dr. Fauci, who is also a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, was being awarded the National Academy of Medicine’s first-ever Presidential Citation for Exemplary Leadership during a virtual ceremony at almost the same time Trump was attacking him.