RAND Paul says Dr Fauci is "lying" about people vaccinated against Covid needing to still wear face masks, as their ongoing feud continues.
The Senator, who has repeatedly clashed with the infectious diseases expert said Fauci "lies to say masks make a difference when in reality he knows better" – and said the disease expert wears two coverings for "theater".
"There are no news reports or scientific studies saying after vaccination that there is some sort of widespread contagion that people vaccinated are spreading the disease," Paul told Tucker Carlson this evening.
"It is just not true. What Fauci won't tell you is he is telling you a noble lie.
"He is lying because he doesn't think we are smart enough to make decisions.
"His fear is if the vaccinating, if we quit wearing masks, the vaccinated will say what the hell, I'm not wearing a mask either."
Paul then when on to make a jaw dropping claim that the White House health adviser was "immune" to coronavirus.
"He's wearing two masks for theater.
"He is immune and he knows he will not get it but he's not being honest with the American public."
In an earlier public spat between the pair this week, Fauci earlier said the Kentucky senator's public exchange with the nation's leading infectious disease expert could lead to more deaths and Covid cases.
Following a bitter exchange between the White House chief medical advisor and Paul, an eye doctor, during a Senate hearing, Fauci appeared on CNN saying he worries Paul's rhetoric could land some people in the hospital.
"I don't know what he believes, to be honest with you," Fauci told CNN's Chris Cuomo. "I've been dealing — this is not the first time we've clashed at a Senate hearing."
"You know, there is always — as is always the case — a kernel of truth in what he says about that there is protection to some extent after you get infected, there's no doubt about that," Fauci continued.
"He completely does not take into account the variants," Fauci said of Paul, in reference to a number of strains first seen in Britain and South Africa now making a larger presence in the United States.
The senator and Fauci went at it during a Senate hearing earlier in the day in which Fauci told Paul "you're not hearing what I'm saying about variants."
The political back and forth concluded when Paul advocated Americans need not wear masks anymore given the vaccine.
At one point, Paul told Fauci: "You’ve been vaccinated and you parade around in two masks for show."
Fauci responded "can I just state for the record that masks are not theater?"
Fauci on CNN said he was worried someone who could become susceptible to the variants might heed Paul's erroneous advice and fall ill.
"If people hear what he says, and believe it, and you have an elderly person who has been infected, and they decide, well, Rand Paul says, 'Let's not wear a mask,' they won't, " Fauci told Cuomo.
"They could get reinfected again and get into trouble," he added. "So that's the thing that bothers me about that type of an interchange."
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