Rand Paul trolled after accusing Anthony Fauci of wearing two masks ‘for show’: ‘Americans know who to trust’
Senator Rand Paul stirred a controversy after indulging in a heated argument with Dr Anthony Fauci as the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases continued to push his support of face masks being worn throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
The argument started when Paul denounced face masks and Fauci’s projection that masks will be really important for the entire population until 2022. Fauci believes that face-covering will play an important role in preventing the spread of the disease. However, Paul feels that Fauci’s projection is ridiculous and told the doctor that people of America shouldn’t have to wear masks after getting vaccinated.
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The senator from Kentucky also accused Dr Fauci of ‘theater’ and wearing two masks ‘for the show’ after being vaccinated.
He said, “You (Fauci) want people to wear a mask for another couple of years. You’ve been vaccinated and you parade around in two masks for show. You can’t get it again, there’s virtually zero percent chance you’re getting it. You’re telling everybody to wear a mask whether they’ve had an infection or had a vaccine. What I’m saying is they have immunity and everybody agrees they have immunity.”
Sen. @RandPaul: "If we're not spreading the infection, isn't it just theater? You have the vaccine and you're wearing two masks, isn't that theater?— CSPAN (@cspan) March 18, 2021
Dr. Anthony Fauci: "Here we go again with the theater. Let's get down to the facts."
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In response, Fauci said, “Here we go again with the theatre.” He also expressed his disappointment over Paul’s remarks and noted that “masks are protective.” Fauci said, “Let’s get down to the facts. When you talk about the infection and you don’t keep in the concept of variants, that’s an entirely different ball-game. That’s a good reason for a mask.”
“In the South African study conducted by [Johnson & Johnson], they found that people who were infected with wild type and were exposed to the variant in South Africa, the 351, it was as if they had never been infected before, they had no protection. Masks are not theatre, they are protective and I totally disagree with you,” he added.
Rand Paul is 'ignorant'
Social media users had a lot to say about the heated exchange that took place during a Senate hearing examining the nation’s coronavirus response efforts. A plethora of people believed that Paul is “ignorant” and told him to shut up because he is not even a real doctor. One user said, “Sen Rand Paul said that Dr Fauci wears a mask just for "show".
Rand Paul is always quick to “show” how (explicit) pathetically ignorant he is.” Another user said, “Rand Paul isn't even a real doctor. Why is he always trying to tussle with Dr. Fauci? Call his damn neighbor.”
Sen Rand Paul said that Dr Fauci wears a mask just for "show". Rand Paul is always quick to "show" how fucking pathetically ignorant he is.— Amy Lynn ✡️🍭🌊 (@AmyAThatcher) March 18, 2021
Rand Paul isn't even a real doctor. Why is he always trying to tussle with Dr. Fauci?— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) March 18, 2021
Call his damn neighbor.
“Dr. Fauci just owned Rand Paul, because unlike the Senator from Kentucky, he's actually a real doctor and not a salesman who self-certified his practice,” said another one. Meanwhile, one of the users said that Paul has two malpractice suits against him and thought of going up against “an international expert in immunology” who saved millions of lives during the pandemic.
Dr. Fauci just owned Rand Paul, because unlike the Senator from Kentucky, he's actually a real doctor and not a salesman who self-certified his practice.#WearAMask pic.twitter.com/W03EPKO0OE— Grant Stern (@grantstern) March 18, 2021
.@randpaul is an uncertified eye doctor who has faced two malpractice suits.— Charles Booker (@Booker4KY) March 18, 2021
Dr. Fauci is an international expert in immunology who is responsible for saving millions of lives during this pandemic.
As a Kentuckian, I know who I trust, and so do the American people.#MaskUp
Another user noted, “Rand Paul promoted disinformation on Covid-19 all last year - I think the Medical Board in Kentucky should revoke his license to practice medicine.” One social media user shared, “Geez, all of this drama by Rand Paul, just so that some folks won't have to endure the extreme hardship of having to wear a mask in public a bit longer. Cry me a river, Rand. And as if you had credentials that come anywhere close to Dr. Fauci's!”
Rand Paul promoted disinformation on Covid-19 all last year - I think the Medical Board in Kentucky should revoke his license to practice medicine— Joe Joseph (@J0sephJ) March 18, 2021
Geez, all of this drama by Rand Paul, just so that some folks won't have to endure the extreme hardship of having to wear a mask in public a bit longer. Cry me a river Rand... And as if you had credentials that come any where close to Dr. Fauci's!— Chuck McCullough (@mcculloughchuck) March 18, 2021
On the other hand, Fauci also warned the lawmakers of a possible fourth surge in Covid-19 cases as numbers continue to rise in some states and Europe. The US is the worst-affected country with more than 30 million cases and 552,000 deaths so far.