Rep. Tom Emmer of Minnesota has called on Dr. Anthony Fauci to resign as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).
In a Wednesday email to supporters, Emmer blasted Fauci as a power-hungry “medical tyrant” and criticized his messaging throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Fauci has lied to the American people for too long. He needs to resign,” he said. “We are now almost two years into his ‘2 weeks to stop the spread.’ His constant flip-flopping has resulted in shutdowns and a crippled economy. He has devolved into a medical tyrant who will do anything to secure liberal power in government.”
Fauci has served as NIAID director since 1984. On Jan. 20, President Joe Biden’s first day in office, he assumed an official White House position — chief medical advisor — and also began leading its COVID-19 Response Team.
Throughout 2020 and early 2021 he served on then president Donald Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force, being vaulted into the spotlight at the beginning of the pandemic when he spoke at Trump’s daily COVID briefings.
Fauci has been under fire from conservative politicians, activists, and commentators for well over a year. Most grievances pertain to his capricious pandemic advice, his involvement in “gain of function” research, his cozying up to the mainstream media, and his tumultuous relationship with Trump.
Emmer implied in his email that Fauci has demonstrated himself to be an opponent of “freedom and liberty.”
“Instead of maintaining a consistent plan, he will bend to whatever direction the radical liberal agenda demands. COVID shouldn’t be political, but Fauci and the Dems found a way to use it for their own selfish agendas,” he said.
The email then concluded with a link to a petition titled “Hold Dr. Fauci Accountable.”