President Donald Trump believes the American people are “tired” of the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and “all these idiots.”
The president slammed the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases on Monday during a call with campaign staffers.
“People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots, these people,” Trump said. “Fauci, he’s a nice guy, he’s been here for 500 years.”
Trump criticized Fauci for saying Americans did not need to wear face masks earlier in the year.
“I have a list of 15 things about this guy and yet we keep him,” Trump said. “Every time he goes on TV, there’s a bomb, but there’s a bigger bomb if you fire him.”
Hours after the phone call, the president tweeted “Dr. Tony Fauci says we don’t allow him to do television, and yet I saw him last night on @60Minutes, and he seems to get more airtime than anybody since the late, great, Bob Hope. All I ask of Tony is that he make better decisions. He said ‘no masks & let China in.’ Also, Bad arm!”
Trump also added “P.S. Tony should stop wearing the Washington Nationals’ Mask for two reasons. Number one, it is not up to the high standards that he should be exposing. Number two, it keeps reminding me that Tony threw out perhaps the worst first pitch in the history of Baseball!”
Monday wasn’t Trump’s first time attacking Fauci over his opening-day pitch. Last week, Trump said Fauci’s “pitching arm” is “far more accurate than his prognostications.”
Twitter users didn’t take long to chime in regarding Trump’s critical comments of Fauci.
Eugene Gu, MD, and founder and CEO of CoolQuit.com, is often critical of Donald Trump. His response today to his nearly 528,000 followers was no different.
Similarly, Howard Forman, a health policy and economics professor at Yale was also critical of the president.
A parody account of “God” with over six million followers also chimed in.
However, some followers on Twitter agreed with Trump, including Buzz Patterson, a Republican candidate for Congress.