Minnesota Dems rush to Fauci’s defense after Elon Musk criticisms 

U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips said Musk should be ashamed for the comments because Fauci “has likely saved more human lives than any living person in the world.” 

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Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks at a White House press conference. (Trump White House Archived/Flickr)

Minnesota Democrats rushed to the defense of Dr. Anthony Fauci Sunday after he was criticized by Twitter CEO Elon Musk.

“My pronouns are Prosecute/Fauci,” Musk wrote on Twitter. He also tweeted a meme of Fauci saying to President Joe Biden: “Just one more lockdown, my king.”

U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips said Musk should be ashamed for the comments because Fauci “has likely saved more human lives than any living person in the world.”

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who was recently elected to a Senate leadership position, criticized Musk for “courting vaccine-deniers.”

“Could you just leave a good man alone in your seemingly endless quest for attention?” she said.

Republicans plan to investigate Fauci when they retake the House majority come January. U.S. Rep. James Comer told The Daily Signal that these investigations will focus on the mounting evidence that COVID-19 originated in a lab in Wuhan, and whether Fauci knew of or helped fund research that contributed to the potential outbreak.

They will also look into any efforts Fauci made to discredit the “lab leak” theory, which is the hypothesis that COVID-19 originated in a Chinese lab via U.S.-funded “gain-of-function” research.

“We will continue this oversight to hold U.S. government officials accountable for any wrongdoing and ensure Americans’ tax dollars aren’t being used on risky research at unsecure labs,” Comer told The Daily Signal.

Other lawmakers, such as Fauci rival Sen. Rand Paul, agreed with Musk’s remarks.

“Fauci’s resignation should not prevent a full-throated investigation into the origins of the pandemic. He must be required to testify under oath regarding any discussions he participated in concerning the Wuhan lab leak. His policies destroyed lives,” Paul said.

Fauci announced in August that, after 38 years, he will be stepping down as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases effective this month.

 

Anthony Gockowski

Anthony Gockowski is Editor-in-Chief of Alpha News. He previously worked as an editor for The Minnesota Sun and Campus Reform, and reported for The Daily Caller.