“This will be one of the first opportunities for Dr. Fauci to tell the American people the unvarnished truth without the president lurking over his shoulder,” Sen. Charles Schumer said Monday. So the New York Democrat had high expectations for Fauci’s testimony to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on Tuesday.
“If some areas – cities states or what have you – jump over those barriers, checkpoints and prematurely open up without having the capability of being able to respond effectively and efficiently,” Fauci testified. “My concern is that we will start to see little spikes that might turn into outbreaks.” But the news wasn’t all bad.
“Hopefully our research efforts, together with the other public health efforts, will get us quickly to an end to this terrible ordeal that we are all going through,” Fauci said. The National Institutes of Health “is focused on developing safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics, and sensitive, specific, and rapid point-of-care diagnostic tests.”
All told, it was hardly the veni-vidi-Fauci moment Democrats had been expecting. On the other hand, the testimony invites a look back at the deep state campaign against candidate Donald Trump. That may end with the white coats, but it didn’t start there.
The previous president deployed the upper reaches of the FBI and DOJ against candidate and President Trump. As the president says, these were “dirty cops,” and despite Robert Mueller and his squad of partisan Democrats, their efforts came to nothing. The dust had barely settled when some mysterious “whistleblower” outed a Trump phone call.
That brought in State Department troops such as George Kent, William Taylor, Gordon Sondland and Marie Yovanovitch. They produced no evidence that Trump had done anything wrong but did showcase their own bias, incompetence and arrogance.The same was true of National Security Council drones Fiona Hill and Alexander Vindman.
This show-trial led to impeachment proceedings that also failed to remove Trump from office. The economy was booming and Trump holding forth at rallies, but then came the coronavirus. As China expert Steven Mosher explains, “while the coronavirus may not have been designed as a bioweapon, once it had escaped from the lab China certainly used it as such.” As they targeted Trump for his handling of the crisis, Democrats looked to the white coat legions, with good reason.
Absent a moral framework, the left operates on the medical modal. Dissenters are held to be afflicted with “homophobia,” “Islamophobia” and “xenophobia,” as Joe Biden charged Trump when he shut down travel from China on January 31. Two days before, Trump made Dr. Anthony Fauci part of his coronavirus task force. A federal bureaucrat for 36 years, Fauci came wrapped in the white coat of medical science but with no claim to infallibility.
Back in the 1990s, Fauci was wrong that AIDS would ravage the heterosexual community. In January of 2020, Fauci said it was unclear whether the coronavirus could spread person to person and cited a low risk to the United States. In March, Fauci said the coronavirus might become a “seasonal cyclic thing,” with “inevitable” new outbreaks.
In press conferences, Dr. Fauci did not underline the most important fact about COVID-19, the true mortality rate. Instead Fauci showed a preference for computer models and their meaningless numbers. Prophecy is not science, but on Tuesday Fauci warned about new outbreaks should the economy be opened up too soon. Sen. Rand Paul, a medical doctor, called him on it.
Paul cited varying mortality figures and decried a singular approach for the entire United States. “I don’t think you’re the end-all,” Paul told Fauci. “I don’t think you are the one person who gets to make a decision. We can listen to your advice but there are people on the other side saying there’s not going to be a surge and we can safely open the economy.” Joe Biden didn’t think so.
If he were president, Biden told George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday, “I would be telling governors to listen to Dr. Fauci.” Biden also inclines to CDC mouthpiece Dr. Nancy Messonnier, who was not a member of the White House coronavirus task force. In March, Biden posted a video falsely claiming that Trump silenced Messonnier for speaking out.
In a February 25 telebriefing update on COVID-19, a reporter asked, “Is the Chinese government leveling with you? Are they telling you the truth?” Messonnier responded, “there has been a WHO team on the ground in China as well in Wuhan. There are data coming out from those efforts.” So a month after the WHO comes out as Communist China’s public relations agency, Messonnier defers to the UN agency.
Dr. Messonnier began her CDC career with the Epidemic Intelligence Service, which failed to prevent the Wuhan virus from arriving in America. She is also the sister of Rod Rosenstein, the DOJ boss who tapped Robert Mueller to investigate Russia collusion. Turns out, the deep state is a cozy place.
The dirty cops and State Department drones failed to remove Trump from office. The white coat supremacists strive to keep the nation shut down, at least until November 3. Trump and his allies want to open up the economy, as soon as it is safe to do so, and millions of people want their lives back. As the president says, we’ll have to see what happens.