Tucker says 'Pope' Fauci lockdown was to distract from Wuhan lab leak
Tucker Carlson says that ‘Pope’ Fauci used COVID lockdowns to distract from Wuhan lab leak coverup, but doctor hits back saying attacks since release of smoking gun emails are ‘nonsense’
- Tucker Carlson on Friday night used his show to accuse Fauci and other public health officials of a cover-up
- He said they imposed ‘medical martial law’ to reduce scrutiny of their actions – like funding the Wuhan lab
- Carlson pointed out that Fauci’s emails, published this week, appeared to show discrepancy in his views
- The Fox News host insisted Fauci had deliberately misled the public and imposed strict and unnecessary rules
- Fauci on Friday night told MSNBC that the tsunami of attacks on him were ‘nonsense’
- He has repeatedly defended funding the research work of the Wuhan lab, insisting it was vital
- Fauci also said that some of his emails were ripe for taking out of context and twisting
- On Friday the White House gave Fauci, Biden’s chief medical advisor, their full and unequivocal support
Tucker Carlson has accused Dr Anthony Fauci and other public health officials of lying about the severity of the COVID pandemic and ushering in ‘medical martial law’ to distract from their support of the Wuhan laboratory – where Carlson said the pandemic begun.
Fauci, the nation’s top public health expert and Joe Biden’s chief medical advisor, on Friday night shrugged off a week of attacks from Carlson and other conservative critics, who blame him both for excessive lockdowns and for funding the lab from where they believe the outbreak escaped, in Wuhan, China.
Fauci told Rachel Maddow on MSNBC that the attacks were ‘a terrible, not-happy type of a distraction, but it’s all nonsense.’
Carlson, however, continued with his onslaught, and accused Fauci on Friday night of orchestrating a cover-up to distract from his decision to fund the Wuhan lab.
‘It’s now clear in the earliest days of the pandemic public health officials in Washington were panicked,’ Carlson said.
‘Officials in Washington were terrified for themselves. They were afraid of being exposed.
Tucker Carlson on Friday night accused Fauci and other health professionals of imposing ‘medical martial law’ in a bid to cover up their own actions. Carlson said that Fauci’s decision to fund ‘reckless experiments in China’ at the Wuhan lab ‘likely’ created COVID-19, and the virus escaping from the lab started the pandemic
The Wuhan Institute of Virology is one of only three sites in the world to perform ‘gain of function’ research, making viruses more transmissible and deadly, to explore how they react. The other two are in North Carolina and Texas. The China lab is now being investigated amid fears that the COVID-19 virus could have escaped from its facility
‘They had used American tax dollars to fund reckless experiments in China that in the end likely created COVID-19.
‘If that fact were to become public it would be over. They would be shamed, and ridiculed – possibly even indicted. Their professional lives would be done.
‘So they immediately set to work hiding it on a cover-up.’
Carlson argued that Fauci’s emails – released this week to BuzzFeed, The Washington Post and anti-vax advocates Informed Consent Action Network – showed that he was deliberately misleading the public.
‘Last winter a group of well-known scientists publicly dismissed the lab leak theory in a letter to The Lancet as absurd and categorically untrue,’ Carlson said.
‘And yet at the same time they wrote emails to each other conceding the virus did look engineered by human hands in a lab. ‘Meanwhile, Tony Fauci worked on censorship.’
He accused Fauci of dismissing any suggestion of the ‘lab leak’ theory in order to cover up the fact that he had authorized payment of $826,000, over six years, to support their research into coronaviruses.
‘Fauci made certain that the self-appointed fact checkers who control the flow of information in this country shut down anyone who dared challenge the official story which again we now know was a lie,’ said Carlson.
Carlson, who mockingly calls the veteran health expert ‘Saint Fauci’ or ‘Lord Fauci’ or ‘Pope Fauci’, questioned the mortality rate, and asked whether it was bad enough to warrant lockdowns.
Fauci on Friday night appeared on Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC show and said that the criticism of him was ‘nonsense’ and an attack on science. He has found himself firmly in the spotlight for the past few weeks amid concern at his funding of the Wuhan lab. This week his emails were published, showing in some cases discrepancy between what he said in private and in public
What Dr Fauci said in emails vs. what he said in public
Dr. Anthony Fauci’s emails reveal the contrast between his public and private sentiments, showing what the top infectious disease expert said behind the scenes.
The trove of emails obtained through public records requests and published on Tuesday by Buzzfeed and the Washington Post offers a rare glimpse behind the curtain as Fauci responded to the pandemic last year.
Origins of COVID-19: Fauci was warned privately of lab leak possibility but dismissed it in public
Fauci’s emails do not reveal his personal take on the theory that coronavirus escaped from a lab in China, but show that multiple experts warned him of the possibility.
He received emails about this issue in January 2020, on February 21, 2020 and April 16, 2020
On April 18, 2020, Fauci received an email from the head of a research group which partners with the Wuhan Institute of Virology thanking him for publicly insisting that the evidence did not point to the lab as the source.
Last month – after mounting evidence supporting the lab leak theory – Fauci hedged, saying the origin is likely a natural occurrence, where it goes from an animal reservoir to a human.
In an interview with CNN on Thursday, Fauci said that he is ‘keeping an open mind that it might be a lab leak’ but dismissed the idea of bioengineering as ‘far out’.
Working with China: Fauci was courteous to Chinese counterparts in private but critical in public
Fauci exchanged several emails in March and April of 2020 with George Gao, the head of the Chinese CDC.
Fauci did not ask Gao any questions about the origins of the virus.
In one exchange, Gao apologized for an article quoting him as saying that Fauci’s then stance against public mask wearing was a ‘big mistake’.
‘I understand completely. No problem. We will get through this together,’ Fauci replied.
Less than a week later, Gao emailed Fauci again expressing his support amid the onslaught of attacks, saying ‘Hope you are well under such a irrational situation.’
‘Thank you for your kind note. All is well despite some crazy people in this world,’ Fauci replied three days later.
In public, Fauci was polite but critical of China for failing to disclose key information early in the pandemic.
White House censorship: Fauci denied being ‘muzzled’ and said he always said what he wanted based on scientific evidence
On March 1, 2020, Fauci responded to an email from a member of the public who expressed concern that he was being ‘muzzled’ by the Trump administration and offering to make an outcry.
‘Please stay silent since I have not been muzzled,’ Fauci responded. ‘I will be on multiple TV shows tomorrow and was on FOX this AM. No one is censoring me.’
Publicly, Fauci also denied being ‘muzzled’ early in the pandemic, but once Trump left office suggested that he had been ‘blocked’ from certain appearances.
On January 23, 2021, just three days into President Joe Biden’s term, Fauci appeared on Rachel Madow’s MSNBC show, an interview he implied Trump’s administration had denied.
Hydroxychloroquine: Fauci expressed doubts in private and in public
Early on, Fauci expressed doubts about the immunosuppressive drug hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19.
A small French study, which was not randomized for proper control, suggested that the cheap drug could help patients with severe COVID, and Donald Trump seized on the possibility to Fauci’s dismay.
He said there’s no data supporting this claim in emails on February 22, 2020, April 22, 2020 and May 1, 2020.
In public, Fauci was also dismissive, dismissing the French study at a March 20, 2020 press conference as Trump looked on.
Masks: Fauci flip-flopped in private emails and in public
Fauci’s evolving views on masks were just as evident in his private emails as they were in his public statements.
On February 5, 2020, Fauci said masks are ‘really for infected people to prevent them from spreading infection’
Two days later, he delivered the same advice on CNN, saying ‘A lot of people are wearing masks that don’t need them.’
By late March, Fauci was changing his tune in public and private.
‘There are some data from NIH that indicate that mere speaking without coughing elicits aerosols that travel a foot or two. If that is the case, then perhaps universal wearing of masks in the most practical way to go,’ he wrote in an email on March 31, 2020.
He explained his reasoning in an interview with NBC one day earlier, saying asymptomatic individuals can transit the infection.
He said Fauci himself, in one email at the start, said it may end up being like a bad flu season, or a mild pandemic.
Carlson also pointed out Fauci telling one woman in an email that some simple face masks, bought in drug stores, were ineffective – and the Fox News host then asked why Fauci was recommending them, if they did not work.
Fauci earlier this week said that his emails were easy to take out of context and misinterpret.
‘Those drug store masks don’t work but Fauci continued to demand that you wear those drugstore masks. He continued to demand that the lockdown continue,’ said Carlson.
‘Why did he do that when he knew – and we know for certain now because we can prove with it the emails – he knew those were not recommendations grounded in science.
‘But he pushed them anyway. Why? We can’t say for certain.
‘We do know the effect of these recommendations was a kind of medical martial law.’
Carlson ridiculed White House press secretary Jen Psaki’s defense of Fauci – who has known Biden for years, and who appears to have a much easier working relationship with the current president than with Trump.
Psaki said on Friday that she would not ‘relitigate emails from 17 months ago,’ and Fauci could speak for himself.
‘He did speak for himself,’ said Carlson.
‘He’s always got a place on Nicole Wallace’s show where they will tell him what a great man he is. A great hero.
‘He can speak for himself on MSNBC.’
Fauci did on Friday night appear on the liberal network, talking to Maddow about his difficult week.
She asked whether the 80-year-old was ‘actually worried about this new sort of re-upping of attacks on you’.
Fauci replied: ‘Well, I’m concerned about that more because it’s really very much an attack on science.
‘My job was to make a vaccine and use my instituted and the talented scientists we have there and that we fund in the various universities to get a vaccine that was highly safe and highly effective and we succeeded.
‘That’s what I do. All the other stuff is just a terrible, not-happy type of a distraction, but it’s all nonsense.’
He went on to discuss the debate over the coronavirus pandemic’s origin.
‘You know, there’s this concern, is it a natural evolution, or is it something that happen out of a lab, an accident, or what have you. It is important to understand that,’ he said.
‘But it is being approached now in a very vehement way, in a very distorted way, I believe, by attacking me.
‘I think the question is extremely legitimate, you should want to know how this happened so that we can make sure it doesn’t happen again.
‘But what’s happened in the middle of all of that, I’ve become the object of extraordinary, I believe, completely inappropriate, distorted, misleading and misrepresented attacks.
‘It is what it is, but it’s happening, and that’s unfortunate,’ Fauci said.
Scientists are seen working inside the Wuhan lab. The site is one of only three in the world – the others are in North Carolina and Texas – where ‘gain of function’ research is carried out on viruses, to make them more transmissible or deadly
Joe Biden has order an investigation into whether COVID-19 escaped from the Wuhan laboratory (above), rather than evolved naturally and passed from animals to humans. He told the team at the end of May that they have 90 days to report back
The Wuhan lab is increasingly seen as a possible source for the COVID-19 outbreak. Initially scientists dismissed the idea as a wild conspiracy theory promoted by Donald Trump
ORIGINS OF COVID-19: THE THEORIES
US state officials have given momentum to the idea that COVID-19 either leaked from a lab or was man-made by China as some kind of weapon against humanity.
A Wuhan wet market was first thought to be the breeding ground of the virus, where the selling of live, wild animals would have given the perfect opportunity for it to naturally spread between species.
It is thought the virus first developed in bats before passing on to a creature such as a pangolin that then came into contact with humans and transmitted the virus.
Once it entered humans, the coronavirus is likely to have mutated to survive and then escalated out of control as a result of an unprepared population.
There are also theories that the virus was genetically engineered by scientists, or that it has actually been around for years and even killed people in the past.
Two high security laboratories in the city – the Wuhan Centre for Disease Control and the Wuhan Institute of Virology – have been the subject of many conspiracy theories.
President Donald Trump claims he has seen evidence the virus, which he solely blames China for, came from Wuhan Institute of Virology – but he is not allowed to reveal it.
The Institute has denied the claims from the early days of the outbreak.
In April, Trump said: ‘We are doing a very thorough examination of this horrible situation that happened.’
Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, claimed in May there is ‘enormous evidence’ the coronavirus outbreak originated in a Chinese laboratory – but failed to provide any of the alleged evidence.
At least four State Department employees said in separate interviews that they repeatedly were ‘warned’ that an investigation into a possible COVID-19 leak from the Wuhan lab would ‘open Pandora’s Box;’ and reveal that the U.S. funded gain-of-function research there.
It ‘smelled like a cover-up,’ Thomas DiNanno told Vanity Fair.
How Fauci flip-flopped on the origins of COVID
April 2020: Fauci repeatedly made public statements suggesting that that COVID was the result of an ‘unusual human-animal interface’ in a Chinese ‘wet market’ and that ‘the mutations that it took to get to the point where it is now is totally consistent with a jump of a species from an animal to a human.’
May 2020: Still adamant that he didn’t believe the coronavirus was man-made. ‘If you look at the evolution of the virus in bats and what’s out there now, [the scientific evidence] is very, very strongly leaning toward this could not have been artificially or deliberately manipulated,’ he told National Geographic in an exclusive interview published May 4, 2020. ‘Everything about the stepwise evolution over time strongly indicates that [this virus] evolved in nature and then jumped species.’
Late May 2021 to early June 2021: During an event called ‘United Facts of America: A Festival of Fact-Checking,’ Fauci was asked if was ‘still confident’ that the virus evolved naturally.
‘No, actually … I am not convinced about that. I think we should continue to investigate what went on in China until we continue to find out to the best of our ability what happened,’ Fauci said. ‘Certainly, the people who investigated it say it likely was the emergence from an animal reservoir that then infected individuals, but it could have been something else, and we need to find that out.’
He added: ‘So, you know, that’s the reason why I said I’m perfectly in favor of any investigation that looks into the origin of the virus.’
DiNanno, the former acting assistant secretary of the State Department’s Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, was one of four State Department officials who told Vanity Fair they wanted to investigate the possibility that COVID-19 spread after it escaped from the Wuhan lab.
The others were David Asher, David Feith and Miles Yu.
But they were muzzled by other State Department officials as well as the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation and even ‘ostracized,’ Yu told Vanity Fair.
The lab leak was touted by then-President Donald Trump and other right-wing leaders, but was deemed impossible by a ‘scientific consensus’ in a letter signed by 27 scientists, published on February 19, 2020 in the medical journal The Lancet.
After that, the Wuhan lab theory was considered to be at best a conspiracy – some even considered it racist – so it wasn’t discussed as a realistic origin of COVID-19 until recently.
Yu, the State Department’s principal China strategist, found the government’s and scientists’ silence ‘maddening,’ Vanity Fair reported.
He said, ‘Anyone who dares speak out would be ostracized.’
Asher, now a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute who ran the State Department’s day-to-day COVID-19 origins inquiry, told Vanity Fair it became clear that ‘there is a huge gain-of-function bureaucracy’ inside the federal government.
One of the people with an interest in hiding it was Peter Daszak, the president of EcoHealth Alliance who’s been working with Shi Zhengli – the Wuhan virologist known in China as the ‘bat lady’ – for more than 15 years.
Daszak was spotted outside of his million-dollar home in upstate New York on Friday, just as DailyMail.com learned that he has ‘ignored’ a request from Congress to answer questions about his charity’s funding of the Wuhan Insitute of Virology.
Daszak is accused of using ‘thuggery and intimidation’ to dismiss a theory that Covid-19 came from a Chinese lab his charity, EcoHealth Alliance, worked with and helped support with U.S. government dollars.
In April the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent him 34 questions about his involvement with the lab.
Despite a deadline of May 17, Daszak has failed to respond, a source close to the committee told DailyMail.com.
The questions were about his charity, its federal funding which went to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in China, and the work the U.S. nonprofit did with the Chinese lab.
Daszak – who last year earned more than $410,000 – lives with his immunologist wife Janet Cottingham in a five-bed, five-bath home in an affluent town in Rockland County, New York, 30 miles northwest of Manhattan. They bought the house, set on two acres of land, for a bargain $665,000 in 2015. It is now estimated to be worth around $1 million.
Rather than respond to the allegations that he ‘bullied’ other scientists into signing off on a letter to a prestigious medical journal that removed blame for Covid-19 on the Wuhan Institute of Virology – and that his ties to the lab led to such a conflict of interest that he should never have sat on two panels investigating the cause of Covid-19 – he told a DailyMail.com reporter: ‘You need to remove your car from our drive right now, leave the area and never come back.
‘Goodbye, I have no comment,’ he added.
DailyMaill.com spotted Dr. Peter Daszak outside of his million dollar home in the affluent neighborhood in Rockland County, New York on Friday
Daszak — who last year earned more than $410,000 — lives with his immunologist wife Janet Cottingham in a five-bed, five-bath home 30 miles northwest of Manhattan
Wearing a blue polo shirt, shorts and sandals, he went on to the porch of the house overlooking the Ramapo Mountains, sat down and started waving his arms around in apparent anger as he had an animated conversation on his phone
Rather than respond to the allegations that his letter ‘bullied’ other scientists and that his ties to the Wuhan Institute of Virology led to such a conflict of interest that he should never have sat on two panels investigating the cause of Covid-19, he told a DailyMail.com reporter: ‘You need to remove your car from our drive right now, leave the area and never come back’
Minutes later, wearing a blue polo shirt, shorts and sandals, he went on to the porch of the house overlooking the Ramapo Mountains, sat down and started waving his arms around in apparent anger as he had an animated conversation on his phone.
Soon afterwards, three police cruisers turned up at his house.
The Republican minority group of the committee launched an investigation in March into the origins of Covid-19 after a growing number of prominent scientists began voicing their concerns that the deadly virus may have escaped from the lab – and could even have been created there.
EcoHealth and Daszak have come under intense scrutiny after it emerged that the charity funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal grants to the lab for controversial coronavirus research.
Source: Read Full Article