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Dr. Anthony Fauci took a lot of heat after lamenting on Thursday that it was “disturbing” that a federal court would rule against the CDC’s COVID-19 travel mask warrant, adding his opinion that “it’s not a court case”.
Prominent conservative Twitter users have slammed Fauci for his “stupidity”, with many accusing the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of thinking he and the CDC are “above the law” and be “determined to use Covid to control people”. “
Fauci’s annoying comments came during a Thursday interview with CBS News about U.S. District Court Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle quashing the travel mask warrant on Monday.
During the “Red & Blue” streaming show segment, CBS anchor Robert Costa asked Fauci, “Do you personally agree or disagree with his interpretation of public health law? “
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Fauci replied, “Well, I clearly disagree, I mean this stuff should be decided as a public health issue by public health organizations, in this case the CDC. That’s a matter of public health, not a court case.”
“So obviously the CDC will abide by the court order because it’s a legal requirement,” he continued. “But one of the problems we have there is that the principle of a court overturning a public health judgment by a qualified organization like the CDC is troubling in the precedent that could send,” Fauci concluded.
Rep. Dan Bishop, RN.C., responded on Twitter: “What’s ‘disturbing’ is that Fauci and the bureaucrats think they’re above the law.”
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Conservative radio host Mark Davis tweeted: “Stupidity or willful blindness? The #CDC is entitled to all the opinions it wants; he does not have the right to impose them by law inside aircraft.
He added, “That’s why #JudgeMizelle was right; none of this is about anyone’s view on masks. It’s about the rule of law.”
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, RW.V., tweeted, “Fauci may want to take some time off and review the Constitution and case law. The CDC must obey the law like any other agency or person.
Morrisey then wrote: “We must fight against the woke left who seem determined to use Covid to control people for as long as possible. #NoToFauci.”
Conservative podcaster Bryan Dean Wright claimed via Twitter, “The CDC wants the power. That’s it. That’s what it’s all about.”
Conservative radio and podcast host Derek Hunter asked: ‘Does @costareports understand how the law works? He then wrote, “The decision had nothing to do with efficacy, it had to do with whether or not the CDC had the authority. Chemo exists, the state has no power to forcing you to take it. And that’s being generous to the idea that masks work.”
Other conservatives responded Thursday to a similar Fauci interview with Kasie Hunt in which he said he was “both surprised and disappointed” that the court would end the travel mask mandate this Monday, “Because this kind of stuff really falls under the CDC.”
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Former Intercept reporter Glenn Greenwald tweeted, “This is either very ignorant or very misleading of Fauci. Of course this is the job of the CDC, not a judge’s job. “Making public health policy. That wasn’t what the judge was doing. She was ruling on the legal limits and scope of the CDC’s power. And that’s a judge’s job to do, not the CDC.”
And Mollie Hemingway, editor of The Federalist, wrote, “Fauci seems to argue that bureaucracy should not be beholden to the Constitution and the rule of law.”
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