Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical adviser and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has faced severe backlash following the release of thousands of emails obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests earlier this month, revealing the top doctor’s communications from early on in the pandemic.
Republicans have taken issue with what they believe is a stance reversal by Fauci on issues ranging from masks mandates to the origin of the coronavirus.
Cruz accused Fauci of playing politics by following Democratic talking points
“This is someone that had a position of enormous responsibility in the government, during a time of great peril during a time of a worldwide pandemic,” Cruz said in a Tuesday interview with radio host Michael Berry. “And what these emails showed is that he behaved more like a two-bit politician than a scientist.”
Cruz accused Fauci of following Democratic talking points when he advised people that it was unnecessary to wear masks during the early stages of the pandemic, before reversing course.
“He was saying whatever was politically convenient,” Cruz said. “He initially said masks were not very helpful. That’s what the science told him. But then the politics said, let’s have everyone wear masks.”
For several weeks following the outbreak of coronavirus in the U.S., Fauci said that wearing masks was unnecessary unless someone was already infected with the deadly virus.
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