Fauci lashes out at Elon Musk over COVID claims: ‘Prosecute me for what?’

Fauci lashes out at Elon Musk over COVID claims: ‘Prosecute me for what?’

Dr. Anthony Fauci lashed out at Twitter CEO Elon Musk after the billionaire instructed Fauci ought to be “prosecuted” as critics blasted his dealing with of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fauci responded to a December tweet from Elon Musk throughout a Saturday look on CNN, telling host Jim Acosta that requires his prosecution have been “madness.”

Acosta displayed the tweet, which learn, “My pronouns are Prosecute/Fauci,” and requested what Fauci’s response was.

“There is not any response to that craziness, Jim. Prosecute me for what? What are they speaking about? I want I may determine what the heck they’re speaking about. I believe they’re simply going off the deep finish,” Fauci stated.

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Fauci lashes out at Elon Musk over COVID claims: ‘Prosecute me for what?’

Dr. Fauci says it’s “madness” for folks to name for his prosecution. (Graeme Jennings/Pool through AP, File)

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Billionaire Elon Musk tweeted in December that his “pronouns are prosecute/Fauci.” (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Pictures for The Met Museum/Vogue / Getty Pictures)

Fauci went on to say the widespread criticism of him was leading to dying threats in opposition to him and his household.

“I imply, [my family doesn’t] wish to have me getting dying threats on a regular basis. Each time somebody will get up and spouts some nonsense that is misinformation, disinformation and outright lies, someone someplace decides they wish to do hurt to me and or my household,” Fauci acknowledged.

“That is the a part of it that’s actually unlucky,” he continued. “The remainder of it’s simply madness, the issues they’re saying. But it surely does have a detrimental impact when folks take it critically and take it out on you and your loved ones.”

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Fauci’s critics argue he misled People about masking and vaccines within the early days of the pandemic, pointing to repeatedly flip-flops on the problem.

Republicans on Capitol Hill have additionally accused him of downplaying the COVID-19 lab leak principle, which Fauci and far of the media had dismissed as a conspiracy principle.

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Dr. Fauci’s critics say he purposely downplayed the COVID-19 lab leak principle. (Photograph by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP through Getty Pictures / Getty Pictures)

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That principle is now gaining traction as an evidence for the origins of COVID-19, with a number of U.S. companies saying it’s the almost definitely supply.