Texas Lt. Governor Says Fauci ‘Doesn’t Know What He’s Talking About’
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) blasted Dr. Anthony Fauci on Tuesday, saying his state did not need the infectious disease expert’s advice on its recent surge in coronavirus cases, according to The Hill.
- After Fauci, who heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testified before a Senate committee about the U.S. response to the outbreak, Patrick said the expert “doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”
- Patrick told Fox News: "Fauci said that he’s concerned about states like Texas that skipped over certain things. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about. We haven’t skipped over anything."
- He added, "The only thing I’m skipping over is listening to him.”
"He has been wrong every time, on every issue. I don’t need his advice anymore. We’ll listen to a lot of science, we’ll listen to a lot of doctors, and [Gov. Greg Abbott (R)], myself and other state leaders will make the decision. No thank you, Dr. Fauci."
- The Hill noted that Patrick’s comments came “the same day that Texas reported nearly 7,000 new cases of COVID-19, representing a new high in a state that has seen a consistent rise in infections for weeks now.”
- Fauci told Congress on Tuesday “that he is "quite concerned" about the rise of infections in states like Texas, Florida, California and Arizona,” noting “that the states represented about 50 percent of the country's new infections.”
- Fauci also “suggested that states ‘skipping over’ some reopening guidelines may have played a factor.”
- However, he also noted that “states following health protocols didn't necessarily lead to better results.”
"I think we need to emphasize the responsibility that we have both as individuals and as part of a societal effort to end the epidemic that we all have to play a part in that," Fauci said.
Texas Democratic Party Communications Director Abhi Rahman responded to Patrick’s comments in a statement, saying: “Last night, Dan Patrick confirmed what we already knew: he and the rest of Texas’ GOP leadership are ignoring the advice of Dr. Fauci and public health experts. Their abysmal failure of leadership is costing Texans their lives."