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13/07/2020
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US Presidential advisor Anthony Fauci faces Online Attacks and COVID-19 Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories

Jon Cohen (of Science magazine) asked Fauci,“How are you managing to not get fired,” which probably isn’t a question that most people typically get. Fauci answered, “Well, that’s pretty interesting because to [Trump’s] credit, even though we disagree on some things, he listens. He goes his own way. He has his own style. But on substantive issues, he does listen to what I say.

... a White House statement by mid April indicated that “Dr. Fauci has been and remains a trusted advisor to President Trump.” Trump himself said “I like him. He is terrific,” about Fauci. Although, Trump did add, “Not everybody's happy with Anthony” and “Not everybody‘s happy with — everybody.

May 10.– Fauci doesn't exactly ooze controversy. As the longtime Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984, he’s been able to work through multiple different Presidential administrations and iterations of Congress that have crossed both major political parties. This has included beginning that position under President Ronald Reagan and being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008 by President George W. Bush. Fauci was one of the principal architects of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Over the years, he hasn’t had any real outrageous public moments. He’s never lip synced on stage, interrupted someone’s MTV Award acceptance speech, been accused of deflating any footballs, or made fun of any particular groups of people.

Bi-partsan support for Fauci has remained throughout the current COVID-19 coronavrius pandemic. Results of a Quinnipiac University National Poll released on April 8 showed that Fauci has had fairly broad support from people across different political parties. Among 2,077 self-identified registered voters, 78% approved of his efforts during the pandemic, and only 7% disapproved. That was much higher than the 46% approval that President Trump got and the 44% approval that Congress received in the same poll. Again, such numbers don’t exactly scream controversial figure.

In fact, during this pandemic, by many accounts, Fauci has made efforts to remain diplomatic and non-controversial, at least publicly. Just look at his interview for Science magazine, where Jon Cohen asked Fauci,“How are you managing to not get fired,” which probably isn’t a question that most Sexiest Men Alive candidates typically get. Fauci answered, “Well, that’s pretty interesting because to [Trump’s] credit, even though we disagree on some things, he listens. He goes his own way. He has his own style. But on substantive issues, he does listen to what I say.” OK. That answer was about as inciting as Iceberg lettuce.

Again, Cohen’s question is not typical ...

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