Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) Sent an email to fundraising campaigns calling for Dr. Anthony Fauci “hysterical”, shortly after Fauci accused Paul of profiting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and president Joe Biden’s senior medical adviser, turned to the Kentucky Republican on Tuesday during a Senate hearing. While the couple has had other heated exchanges in the Senate, Fauci pointed out on Tuesday that Paul’s campaign has used his image along with calls to “fire Fauci” in the fundraising effort.
Shortly after the hearing ended, a Paul fundraising email was sent to potential donors with the subject line “Fauci is hysterical.” according to to a tweet shared by journalist Ariel Cohen. A photo of the email maintained that it was “time to FOUR FAUCI!” and included a link to Paul’s followers for “Sign in if you agree!”
During a COVID-focused Senate Health Committee hearing shortly before, Fauci said Paul “distorted pretty much everything” he had said about the pandemic after the senator accused him of using his position to “blacken” anyone who disagreed. his attitudes. . Fauci claimed that Paul attacked him for “political reasons.”
“You are attacking me personally, and with absolutely no piece of evidence for anything you say,” Fauci told Paul during the hearing. “So I want to make something clear to the committee, he’s doing this for political reasons … It’s distracting from what we’re all trying to do here today – get our arms around the epidemic and the pandemic that we’re dealing with. , not something imaginary. “
“When he comes out and accuses me of things that are completely untrue, it’s suddenly what turns the crazy people out there,” Fauci added. “I have threats on my life, harassment by my family and my children with obscene phone calls because people are lying about me.”
Fauci went on to say that Paul’s statements “make a difference,” suggesting that he had inspired a California man who was arrested last month. Kuachua Xiong, 25, was pulled over during a road trip while armed and carrying on a “hit list” that included Fauci, Biden and others, police said.
Fauci then pulled printed pages from Paul’s website urging followers to “fire Dr. Fauci” while asking for donations.
“I asked myself why the senator should [Paul] will you do this? “said Fauci.” Go to [the] Rand Paul website and you see ‘guy Dr. Fauci ‘with a small box that says,’ contribute here ‘. You can make $ 5, $ 10, $ 20, $ 100. So you’re making a catastrophic epidemic for your political gain. “
Newsweek contacted NIAID and Paul’s office for comment.