Donald Trump attacks Tony Fauci calling him a ‘Democrat’ and ‘Cuomo’s friend’ to booing crowd at North Carolina rally
- President Donald Trump lashed out at Dr. Anthony Fauci at his North Carolina rally as the crowd booed
- ‘He’s a Democrat, everybody knows it, he’s Cuomo’s friend,’ Trump said of Fauci, linking him to New York’s Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo
- The president called Fauci a ‘friend’ and a ‘nice guy’ before making up quotes that the doctor said, such as ‘do not wear a mask under any circumstances’
- Fauci initially cautioned against mask-wearing to prevent medical professionals from dealing with a shortage in the early weeks of the coronavirus pandemic
- He’s since encouraged Americans to wear masks, while the president has continued to question if they work
‘He’s a Democrat, everybody knows it, he’s Cuomo’s friend,’ Trump said of Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease doctor, as he referenced New York’s Democratic governor.
The president called Fauci a ‘friend’ and a ‘nice guy’ before making up quotes that the doctor said, such as ‘do not wear a mask under any circumstances.’
President Donald Trump lashed out at Dr. Anthony Fauci during his Thursday’s rally in Greenville, North Carolina. Trump suggested Fauci was a ‘Democrat’ and a friend of Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo
The president also boasted about the number of mask-wearing supporters at his North Carolina rally, however photos and accounts from the ground show that mask-wearing was largely sporadic
Trump hit Fauci (pictured), claiming he said ‘do not wear a mask under any circumstances.’ Fauci warned of a PPE shortage in the early weeks of the pandemic, but never signaled mask-wearing was bad
‘So we don’t wear them,’ Trump said. ‘And then they say, “wear a mask.” Do you ever see any conflicts?’
Fauci had advised every U.S. president since GOP President Ronald Reagan. That includes Republican Presidents George H.W. Bush, George Bush and Trump.
Early in the pandemic, Fauci had urged Americans to reserve masks for healthcare professionals fearing that there could be a personal protective equipment shortage.
‘It’s not providing the perfect protection that people think that it is. And, often, there are unintended consequences – people keep fiddling with the mask and they keep touching their face,’ Fauci also said.
More recently, Trump has parroted a version of that line when asked about his resistance to mask-wearing.
Fauci, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has since recommended Americans wear masks, now that there’s evidence of coronavirus spread due to people unaware they’re infected.
The president continued to complain that he’s taken heat for hosting large rallies without social distancing where many of his supporters do not wear masks.
‘And look at all the masks,’ Trump told his Greenville, North Carolina audience Thursday. ‘They keep saying nobody wears masks.’
Reporters on the ground and photographs show only sporadic mask-wearing.
Trump, who contracted coronavirus earlier this month, continued to blame Democratic governors for the pandemic’s most negatives results.
‘Cuomo did the worst job of any governor in the United States,’ Trump told the crowd.
The administration, on the other hand, should be applauded.
‘I don’t want the credit, but our vice president worked 24 hours a day, Mike Pence,’ Trump said.
‘And we had a lot of governors, they worked with us, but we had some that were really good and some that were really not so good,’ the president said. ‘I’ll let you know, one day I’ll write a little book and I’ll tell you who the good ones were.’