Dr. Anthony Fauci called Senator Rand Paul an uneducated liar on the Senate floor Tuesday after Paul asked Fauci to reconsider his May 8 statements to Congress to avoid any penalty for telling untruths.
The Republican senator from Kentucky has been on Fauci’s case ever since discovering the National Institute of Health gave the Wuhan Institute of Virology a grant to fund “gain of function” research. However, Fauci didn’t take Paul’s accusations lightly and put on a song and dance.
“Senator Paul you do not know what you are talking about, quite frankly.” said Fauci. “And I want to say that officially.”
“[So if] you take an animal virus and you increase its transmissibility to humans, you are saying that this is not gain of function? Paul asked Fauci.
“That is correct,” Fauci answered.
Fauci claims he wasn’t lying on May 8 but tried to pick a strawman argument with Dr. Paul, insinuating the Kentucky senator was claiming Fauci funded the COVID-19 coronavirus strain. Keeping the session on track, Paul countered Fauci’s claims.
“It’s a dance, and you’re dancing around this because you are trying to obscure responsibility around the world for four-hundred million people in a pandemic,” said Paul.
“We don’t know if it did come from a lab, but all of the evidence is pointing that it came from a lab,” said Paul. “And there will be responsibility for those who funded the lab including yourself.”
“What we are alleging is that gain of function research was conducted in that lab and the NIH funded it,” Paul stated.
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