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Rand Paul is left speechless after Dr. Fauci tears into him for lying in Senate hearing

Rand Paul is left speechless after Dr. Fauci tears into him for lying in Senate hearing

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So desperate are they to cover up Donald Trump’s outsized role in botching the federal response to the COVID-19 outbreak that Republicans have decided to scapegoat one of the few officials to consistently approach the pandemic in a responsible fashion: Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Today, the Senate held hearings on whether or not the National Institutes of Health provided funding for a kind of research that right-wingers like Senator Rand Paul (R-TX) want us to believe helped cause the coronavirus outbreak. Called “gain-of-function research” the process revolves around studying how changes to the nature of a virus can make it more effective at transmitting itself to new hosts. Conservatives have rallied around the idea that the NIH backed such research and that it led to the pandemic despite Fauci denying such allegations during a previous Senate testimony.

During his testimony today, Fauci locked horns with Senator Paul. As expected, Paul tried to push his Fox News-friendly narrative about the NIH and gain-of-function and as expected the accomplished Dr. Fauci had no problem dismantling his bad faith fishing expedition.

“Knowing it’s a crime to lie to Congress, do you wish to retract your statement of May 11th where you claimed the NIH never funded gain-of-function research in Wuhan?” asked Paul.

“Senator Paul I have never lied before the Congress and I do not retract that statement,” said Fauci without hesitation. “This paper that you’re referring to was judged by qualified staff up and down the chain as not being gain-of-function. What was– Let me finish!” said Fauci as Paul rudely interrupted.

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“You take an animal virus and you increase its transmissibility to humans. You’re saying that’s not gain-of-function,” said Paul, who is an ophthalmologist, not a virologist.

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“That is correct and Senator Paul you do not know what you are talking about quite frankly and I want to say that officially,” said Fauci, visibly irritated by the senator’s weaponized ignorance. “You do not know what you are talking about. Okay, you get one person…” Fauci tried to explain before Paul interrupted him.

Paul continued his grandstanding rant by rambling about virology concepts that he clearly doesn’t fully understand. Fauci then tried to explain the details about the science and research funding which Paul so clearly couldn’t care less about.

Fauci wasn’t done reprimanded Senator Paul just yet though.

“I totally resent the lie that you are now propagating senator,” said Fauci. “Because if you look at the viruses that were used in the experiments, that were given in the annual reports, that were published in the literature it is molecularly impossible–” Fauci said before Paul once again interrupted him to spew his talking points.

Fauci finally got a chance to make his point. He explained Paul’s implication that the NIH is responsible for COVID-19 and the ensuing deaths simply doesn’t make sense to anyone who actually understands the science.

“And if anybody is lying here senator it is you,” said Fauci. Paul was left speechless and just sipped his water as he tried to recover from Fauci’s blunt words.

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