President Trump on Sunday night retweeted a post that called for the ousting of Dr. Anthony Fauci after the infectious disease specialist appeared on CNN.
The tweet from DeAnna Lorraine, a former GOP candidate for Congress, included the hashtag #FireFauci and referred to Fauci’s concession that more lives could have been saved if the US had acted sooner to stop the spread of coronavirus.
“Sorry Fake News, it’s all on tape,” Trump wrote, insisting his travel ban was the action needed to stem the virus. “I banned China long before people spoke up.”
Earlier on Sunday, Fauci appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” and acknowledged the country “could’ve saved lives” if it had started mitigation efforts earlier.
“You know, Jake, as I have said many times, we look at it from a pure health standpoint,” Fauci told host Jake Tapper.
“We make a recommendation. Often, the recommendation is taken. Sometimes it’s not. But we — it is what it is. We are where we are right now.”
Lorraine’s tweet was critical of Fauci’s cable news appearance and used the hashtag #FireFauci to encourage Trump’s fanbase to add the medical expert to the president’s list of perceived enemies. Fauci is now saying that had Trump listened to the medical experts earlier he could’ve saved more lives,” wrote Lorraine.
“Fauci was telling people on February 29th that there was nothing to worry about and it posed no threat to the US
public at large,” she continued. “Time to #FireFauci.”