The Twitter boss strongly criticized Anthony Fauci on Sunday for his handling of the Covid-19 epidemic in the United States, in a controversial tweet.
Un cropping in large widths. Elon Musk violently attacked Sunday December 11 at the Dr Anthony Fauci, the outgoing White House adviser on the Covid-19 pandemic, in a tweet that immediately caused controversy. “My name is Jugez/Fauci,” wrote the wealthy Twitter boss, in an allusion to the right-wing campaign to prosecute the Dr Fauci for alleged crimes related to his involvement in the pandemic response.
He also posted a meme of the Dr Fauci telling US President Joe Biden: ‘Just another lockdown, my king […] “, in an apparent criticism of this measure adopted in the past to fight against the Covid. This tweet quickly went viral, receiving over 800,000 likes in around 11 hours, but also drawing criticism.
Vaccine specialist and author Peter Hotez called on Elon Musk to delete the tweet. “200,000 Americans needlessly lost their lives to Covid, because of this type of anti-science rhetoric and misinformation,” he lamented. Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar praised the way Dr. Fauci “calmly guided our country through the crisis” and pinned Elon Musk: “Could you just leave this man alone, in your seemingly endless quest for attention? White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre on Monday called Elon Musk’s attacks on Anthony Fauci “incredibly dangerous”. The remarks of the wealthy boss of Twitter and Tesla are “revolting and disconnected from reality”, she added.
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Many controversies during the pandemic
Republican lawmakers have threatened to go after Anthony Fauci when they take control of the House of Representatives in January, after several rows with him over Covid vaccines, mandatory mask-wearing and other related measures to the pandemic.
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First adviser to Republican President Donald Trump before Democrat Joe Biden, the Dr Fauci found himself embroiled in countless controversies, he who had always been careful to stay away from politics. In 2020, during press conferences at the White House, he politely corrected President Trump several times.
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The 81-year-old immunologist is due to step down as presidential adviser on the pandemic this month. He will also leave before the end of the year his position as director of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which he held for 38 years. In November, he said the worst difficulty he had faced in the fight against Covid was the country’s political polarization.