In government for 54 years, and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984 – a full 38 years – Dr. Anthony Fauci has inflicted massive suffering and loss on the nation. If Congress does not call Fauci to account, and make strategic changes to NIAID, white coat supremacy will continue to trample the rights and freedoms of the people. These realities are emerging in the quest to replace the outgoing Dr. Fauci, who turns 82 on December 24.
“Seeking exceptional candidates: NIH posts job ad to replace Fauci,” headlined a November 23 Helio report, which asked “experts” what qualities they would like to see in the person who replaces the NIAID boss. One of the experts was Dr. Peter Hotez, professor of pediatrics and molecular virology at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Hotez earned a degree in molecular biophysics from Yale, a PhD in biochemistry from Rockefeller University, and an MD from Cornell.
Dr. Hotez is also the author of in “The Unique Terror of Being a Covid Scientist After January 6.” That June 21, 2021 Daily Beast commentary came subtitled “It’s no coincidence that one of the first guilty pleas in connection with the Capitol riot was of an anti-vaxxer.” Readers also learn that Dr. Fauci is “a punching bag for the far right since the earliest days of the outbreak,” and a lot more.
The “attacks accelerated” in the first half of 2020, when “the Trump White House embarked on a deliberate anti-science disinformation campaign.” Dr. Hotez agrees with Dr. Fauci that attacks “represent an assault on American science,” and the author compares the situation in Brazil, Nicaragua and Venezuela.
“Ultimately, the far-right hunt for biomedical scientists represents an essential element for totalitarian control that goes back almost 100 years.” Therefore, “moral courage and standing up for democratic values demands that the American people throw their full support behind scientists and scientific institutions. To do otherwise is to capitulate to the forces of insurrection.”
The next month, Dr. Hotez followed with “Mounting Antiscience Aggression in the United States” on the Plos website. The Covid scientist’s Daily Beast commentary is the first reference.
According to Dr. Hotez, “a band of ultraconservative members of the US Congress and other public officials with far-right leanings are waging organized and seemingly well-coordinated attacks against prominent US biological scientists.” These scientists are “stalked” and “attacked” on every hand, by “ultraconservative” politicians and “far-right media” alike.
For Dr. Hotez, it recalls Nazism under Hitler, Fascism under Mussolini, and Marxism-Leninism under Stalin, but not Marxism-Leninism under Communist dictators such as Mao Zedong or Xi Jinping. And the right-wing stalkers and attackers, Dr. Hotez explains, are “pointing fingers at virologists both in the US and China.” Dr. Hotez wants “expanded protection mechanisms” and one possibility is “to extend federal hate-crime protections.” (emphasis added) That caught the attention of attorney Jonathan Turley.
Dr. Hotez, Turley noted, is “calling for federal hate-crime protections to be extended to cover criticism of Dr. Anthony Fauci and other scientists.” What Dr. Hotez calls “attacks” and “stalking” is really criticism of Dr. Fauci and his policies. Despite his upscale education, Dr. Hotez makes no attempt to chart the facts and arguments Fauci’s critics are advancing, nor the science behind Dr. Fauci’s own declarations.
For example, Dr. Fauci told people not to bother with masks, then urged everybody to wear a mask or even two masks. Dr. Hotez doesn’t say which view represents science. Dr. Fauci recommended vaccines that failed to prevent Covid infection or transmission, as Dr. Fauci and Joe Biden, both vaccinated and boosted, have confirmed.
Dr. Hotez does not unravel the science behind this failure, which turned out quite profitable for drug companies. That marks a departure from the Salk vaccine, 90 percent effective against polio, and which creator Jonas Salk gave away. Albert Sabin also declined to patent his very effective polio vaccine.
Dr. Fauci shut down schools and locked down children, the group least vulnerable to Covid. Dr. Hotez does not unravel the science behind that policy. For the self-proclaimed “Covid scientist,” any criticism of Fauci “represents an attack on American science.”
The NIAID boss, whose bio shows no advanced degrees in biochemistry or molecular biology, claims “I represent science.” So no surprise that Dr. Fauci is always in attack mode.
Consider the medical scientists of the Great Barrington Declaration, including Dr. Jayanata Bhattacharya, professor of medicine at Stanford, and Martin Kulldorff, a former professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. They took issue with Fauci’s draconian lockdown policy but the NIAID boss did not offer to debate them on the facts and science.
Dr. Fauci and NIH boss Francis Collins teamed up for “a quick and devastating published takedown,” of the Barrington scientists. Dr. Hotez would have these scientists charged with a hate crime for daring to criticize Dr. Anthony Fauci. Dr. Hotez seems unaware that criminalization of dissent is the hallmark of totalitarian regimes.
After Fauci steps down, NIAID will likely appoint an interim director, and NIH is accepting applications for the job through January 17. The obscurantist Dr. Hotez, like Fauci a Cornell alum, may be a contender. The Biden Junta will doubtless select a devout Faucist, and the outgoing NIAID boss retains strategic allies in the system.
Dr. Fauci’s wife, Christine Grady, is head of bioethics for the National Institutes of Health, which oversees NIAID. This is a conflict of interest, as it were, on steroids.
By all indications, Grady had no ethical problems with Fauci funding gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) and lying about it to Congress. By all indications, Grady has no problem with anything Dr. Fauci imposed on the people, or his shady connections with Big Pharma. The NIH bioethics boss will doubtless give her husband’s successor a free pass, and that’s a problem.
The NIAID boss leads a $6.3 billion institute, with a staff of 5,300, and research efforts in more than 100 countries. That is far too much power for any individual, especially a Faucist. In “The Collins and Fauci Attack on Traditional Public Health.” Bhattacharya and Kulldorff show the way ahead.
“In academic medicine, landing an NIH grant makes or breaks careers, so scientists have a strong incentive to stay on the right side of NIH and NIAID priorities,” they write. “If we want scientists to speak freely in the future, we should avoid having the same people in charge of public health policy and medical research funding.”
Those functions should be permanently separated, and NIAID cut down to size. The new boss should be under a five-year contract, renewable only once, subject to review, and fireable by the president. Every dollar the NIAID boss spends is supplied by the American people. For purposes of accountability, every grant application, with all particulars, should be posted on a government website in downloadable form.
These common-sense reforms will help the people fight back against white coat supremacy. So the new Congress should deploy every investigative tool against Dr. Fauci, who claims to have forgotten everything he did during the pandemic.
The NIAID boss suffers from a variant of Waldheimer’s Disease, which made the late UN Secretary General forget he was a Nazi, a member of the Sturmabteilung, also known as Sturmtruppen. Of course, comparisons of Dr. Fauci with Nazi doctor Josef Mengele may be unfair – to Mengele.
For a different comparison, see Dr. Jonathan Fishbein, Director of the NIH Office for Policy in Clinical Research Operations. The NIH official, a biologist who earned his MD at Johns Hopkins, was fired after flagging misconduct in Fauci’s trial of nevirapine to treat AIDS.
“Dealing with Tony Fauci is like dealing with organized crime,” Dr. Fishbein told Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in The Real Anthony Fauci. “He’s like the godfather. He has connections everywhere. He’s always got people that he’s giving money to in powerful positions to make sure he gets his way, that he gets what he wants. These connections give him the ultimate power to fix everything, control every narrative, escape all consequences, and sweep all the dirt and all the bodies under the carpet and to terrorize and destroy anyone who crosses him.”
Members of the new Congress, understand what you are dealing with. Hold Dr. Fauci accountable and roll back the structures of white coat supremacy. The people will be watching.