Who is Alexis Toon? Kentucky TikToker lauded for telling Rand Paul to ‘get f**ked’
Dr Anthony Fauci critic Republican Senator Rand Paul was told by a person to "get f**ked" during a virtual town hall event, drawing applause from his critics.
During the event, Alexis Toon told the senator that she was a "proud Kentucky citizen" and that she "just wanted to tell you to get f**ked." An awkward pause ensued, before the staffer moderating the event stated, "Alright, we'll go ahead to our next question." Paul has been in the spotlight of late for grilling Dr Anthony Fauci, the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases over the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Toon shared a video of the strange encounter on her TikTok Friday, July 23, writing, "for some unknown reason they called and asked if I’d like to join the town hall Q&A so I took the opportunity and ran with it." Critics of Paul, who is being challenged by former Kentucky state legislator Charles Booker in the 2022 midterm elections, hailed Toon as a "hero" for the unexpected verbal attack.
"I can’t tell if I like the caller more or the reaction of the person handling questions," political strategist Adam Parkhomenko tweeted. "I bet Dr Fauci wanted to say the same thing to Rand Paul as Alexis Toon did. '...get fucked,'" one Twitter user quipped."Meet our new hero, Alexis Toon. According to Alexis, “for some unknown reason” she was asked to participate in a town hall Q&A, so she took the opportunity and ran with it. Thank you, Alexis," another chimed in. "Alexis Toon said out loud and straight to Rand Paul what we all feel. You go girl," another added.
i can’t tell if i like the caller more or the reaction of the person handling questions pic.twitter.com/Inb74PM3m3— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) July 23, 2021
I bet Dr Fauci wanted to say the same thing to Rand Paul as Alexis Toon did.— RD (@Polo1De) July 24, 2021
Meet our new hero, Alexis Toon. 🤣— Brynn (@pcbrynn) July 24, 2021
According to Alexis, “for some unknown reason” she was asked to participate in a town hall Q&A, so she took the opportunity and ran with it.
Thank you, Alexis 🥂 pic.twitter.com/H97hJlcVrx
Alexis Toon said out loud and straight to Rand Paul what we all feel. You go girl. https://t.co/RHmYUKM0Po— Anita Copley (@copley_anita) July 24, 2021
Paul, a physician himself, has declared he wouldn't be getting a Covid-19 jab as he was infected with the virus last year and so he still had "natural immunity." The Republican firebrand explained that he was waiting for "evidence that people who have already had the infection are dying in large numbers or being hospitalized or getting very sick".
This came after the senator requested Attorney General Merrick Garland criminally investigate Fauci over Senate testimony in which President Joe Biden's chief infectious disease expert claimed that the National Institutes of Health never funded gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Paul believes that is an "obfuscation of the truth".
He warned Fauci during the most recent Select Subcommittee on Coronavirus Crisis hearing on Tuesday, July 20 that it was a crime to lie to Congress — a felony that could lead up to five years in prison — and stated that “gain-of-function research was done entirely at the Wuhan institute by Dr Shi [dubbed the 'bat scientist'] and was funded by the NIH.”
“I have never lied before the Congress, and I do not retract that statement,” Fauci responded. “This paper that you are referring to was judged by qualified staff up and down the chain as not being gain-of-function.” Paul asked, “When you take an animal virus and you increase its transmissibility to humans, you’re saying that’s not gain-of-function?”
Fauci replied, “That is correct, and Sen Paul, you do not know what you are talking about.”
The Kentucky Senator asserted, “They’re gain-of-function viruses because they were animal viruses that became more transmissible in humans, and you funded it. You won’t admit the truth.”
“If anyone is lying here, senator, it is you,” Fauci shot back at Paul. “This has been evaluated multiple times by qualified people to not fall under the gain-of-function definition. I have not lied before Congress," he added.