The nation's foremost infectious disease expert spoke to CNN's David Axelrod on his podcast and revealed the disturbing news.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was thrust in front of the nation's eyes during the coronavirus pandemic. Fauci became the face of the nation sharing his knowledge in trying to control the situation. Among the many health crises he has handled, the AIDS epidemic of the '80s and '90s stands as a testament to his expertise. However, Fauci and his family have been subject to harsh criticism reports CBS News.
Dr. Fauci says his wife and daughters have received "serious threats" https://t.co/6fYx6ysiOt— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 24, 2020
Talking to David Axelrod, Fauci explained how his family has been threatened by strangers. "I've seen a side of society that I guess is understandable, but it's a little bit disturbing," he said speaking on The Axe Files podcast. "You know, back in the days of HIV when I was being criticized with some hate mail, it was more, you know, people calling me a gay-lover and 'What the hell are you wasting a lot of time on that?'" He said he pushed away from the criticism "aside as stupid people saying stupid things" before going on to explain how hard it has been. "It's really a magnitude different now because of the anger," Fauci said. "As much as people inappropriately, I think, make me somewhat of a hero — and I'm not a hero, I'm just doing my job — there are people who get really angry at thinking I'm interfering with their life because I'm pushing a public-health agenda," he continued.
On the #AxeFiles, the usually unflappable Dr. Fauci opened up about the torrent of abuse and threats he and his family have endured since he became the most public advocate for the sacrifices necessary to curb COVID-19.— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) July 24, 2020
Listen to the full pod👉https://t.co/NuV5yEEPB6 pic.twitter.com/lIdAmTiL7q
He even admitted that he's been getting serious hate mail and threats and called them "not good". "It's tough," he noted. "Serious threats against me, against my wife, against my daughters. I mean, really? Is this the United States of America?" he questioned. As a result of these threats, Fauci and his family have received federal security from the Department of Justice. He even spoke about the politicization of the pandemic and called it "a reflection of the divisiveness in our society at the political level." He stated that the coronavirus is a public health issue and "what we're talking about are fundamental principles of public health."
"I don't see how people can have animosity to that. I understand you have to be careful because of the negative consequences of shutting down – that's understandable, which is why we are all trying to open up America again in a way that is safe, that we can do in a measured fashion," he said, "But the hostility against public health issues is difficult not only to understand but difficult to process." The country's top infectious disease expert also spoke about the prospect of a vaccine and said the country could only think of getting back to normal in 2021. Fauci's comments come in the wake of rising infection cases with as many as 4 million cases and over 140,000 deaths recorded so far in the United States. Of the states with the most cases, New York, Florida, California, Texas have been on the forefront with California already overtaking New York as the sunshine state follows in its heels.
So, Fauci needs personal security staff now because he and his family regularly get death threats. For trying to save lives. For placing science over politics.— 🌊🇨🇦BlueCanadian🇨🇦🌊 (@AngryCanuck70) July 25, 2020
Dr. Fauci has had to get security after multiple threats.— Andrew Goss 👊USAF👊 (@Goss30Goss) July 24, 2020
Only in Trump's America would a scientist who is trying to save the lives of human beings is being threatened by uneducated inbred brainwashed morons.
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