If you didn’t know that Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted that he lied to the American people in order to manipulate us into behaving in a way he thought was right, I wouldn’t blame you. The bombshell revelations didn’t exactly make it into mainstream consciousness thanks to the media nearly shrugging it off completely. The story was reported by only a handful of places, including this one.
“When polls said only about half of all Americans would take a vaccine, I was saying herd immunity would take 70 to 75 percent … Then, when newer surveys said 60 percent or more would take it, I thought, ‘I can nudge this up a bit,’ so I went to 80, 85,” said Fauci. “We need to have some humility here …. We really don’t know what the real number is. I think the real range is somewhere between 70 to 90 percent. But, I’m not going to say 90 percent.”
CNN asked Fauci about the lie themselves but Fauci’s answer effectively amounted to saying that he has no real numbers to achieve herd immunity, he’s just guessing.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio saw the story and spoke up on Twitter, calling Fauci out for his lies about the need for masks and what it would take to achieve herd immunity.
“Dr. Fauci lied about masks in March Dr. Fauci has been distorting the level of vaccination needed for herd immunity It isn’t just him Many in elite bubbles believe the American public doesn’t know “what’s good for them” so they need to be tricked into “doing the right thing,” tweeted Rubio.
It would appear that Rubio isn’t done yet. The Florida Senator wrote an entire piece for Fox News wherein he lambasted Fauci for his lies and attempts at misleading the American people. He admits that Fauci lied with the best of intentions, but regardless, lying to manipulate the American people is a sin that denies people the right to make decisions for themselves based on good information:
I am sure that Dr. Fauci — the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases — made the decision to mislead with nothing but good intentions. However, let’s be clear about what he was doing: lying to the American people in order to manipulate their behavior.
The American people deserve the truth; they also deserve accountability. When elected representatives make decisions, they can be held responsible by the public. But when public health officials with decades of experience and leadership within our nation’s institutions short-circuit the political process and make these decisions themselves, they deny the American people that same opportunity — and to change course if desired.
After all, accountability is a central tenet of representative government. It’s the best way to ensure that the vision of what is being enforced by decision-makers matches the values of the population who have elected them.
Rubio made it clear that we’ve been presented with some very tough choices this year, but that the people need to be trusted to make these decisions for themselves:
They’re not easy questions, but people should be trusted to make these decisions for themselves armed with facts honestly presented by public officials. And when it comes time to make decisions as a community, elected officials at every level of government must lead.
Passing the buck to unelected technocrats avoids accountability and means falling back on two fallacies: first, that science gives us a straightforward playbook for answering questions facing decision-makers; and, second, that those technocrats are the only legitimate interpreters of the facts.
To that point, Rubio highlighted the fact that Fauci and other scientists didn’t seem to know where their decisions will land on things themselves:
In March, Dr. Fauci said “there’s no reason to be walking around with a mask” and cautioned that “there are unintended consequences” with wearing them. That guidance was confounding at the time, and it quickly became politicized.
But some of the first people to make decisions not based on science were the scientists who, as Dr. Fauci admitted this past June, initially decided not to recommend masks to the general public because they were supposedly “concerned that it was at a time when personal protective equipment, including the N95 masks and the surgical masks, were in very short supply.”
Rubio makes it clear that if there’s one thing this entire debacle has taught us, it’s that making “unelected celebrity scientists” like Fauci seem infallible when they are just as prone to be wrong and manipulative as the rest of us is always a bad idea. This goes double when they’re held up by a media that hands out awards to people like Andrew Cuomo, who is responsible for the deaths of thousands of elderly people.
Rubio finishes by saying he believes Fauci’s intentions to be good, but that his arrogance is what brought him to the actions he took.
“I do not question Dr. Fauci’s motives — I trust they are noble — but I am appalled by his arrogance. If he wants to lead the nation, he should run for office,” wrote Rubio. “Otherwise, he should give us an honest and transparent reading of the science, not polling data, and let the rest of us —policymakers and the American people who have elected them — do our jobs.”
Rubio’s bottom line is spot on. No matter how you swing it, Fauci purposefully misinformed the American people and elected leaders around the country in order to manipulate us all. This is not an impartial scientist. This is a scientist with an agenda who now has admitted that he can’t be trusted to deliver us the pure, uncut scientific facts we need in order to make proper decisions.
Fauci should be removed from any advisory position and replaced with a scientist who can deliver information and not try to rule the nation through the facade of professional and scientific advice.