Rand Paul slams Fauci book as ‘science fiction’

This week, Paul called for Fauci to be fired after thousands of infectious disease expert’s emails surfaced. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., took another jab at frequent foe Dr. Anthony Fauci on Thursday following reports that the infectious disease expert’s upcoming book was pulled from online stores.

Listings for the book, titled “Expect the Unexpected: Ten Lessons on Truth, Service, and the Way Forward,” were removed from Amazon and Barnes & Noble’s websites on Thursday. Fauci’s publisher, National Geographic Books, said the upcoming release was developed in connection to an upcoming documentary and noted it was “prematurely posted for pre-sale.”

“Oh, I don’t know. I think they should publish it. I love science fiction,” Paul wrote on Twitter.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., took another jab at frequent foe Dr. Anthony Fauci on Thursday following reports that the infectious disease expert’s upcoming book was pulled from online stores.

Listings for the book, titled “Expect the Unexpected: Ten Lessons on Truth, Service, and the Way Forward,” were removed from Amazon and Barnes & Noble’s websites on Thursday. Fauci’s publisher, National Geographic Books, said the upcoming release was developed in connection to an upcoming documentary and noted it was “prematurely posted for pre-sale.”

“Oh, I don’t know. I think they should publish it. I love science fiction,” Paul wrote on Twitter.

According to the publisher, Fauci was not paid for the book and will not receive any royalties from sales. The White House coronavirus adviser had faced scrutiny from critics who accused him of attempting to profit from the pandemic.

In recent days, Paul has stepped up his criticism following mounting calls for further scrutiny of the so-called “lab leak theory” that the COVID-19 pandemic may have originated through an accident the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. Fauci has long argued that human contact with infected animals, not a lab leak, was the most likely origin.

This week, Paul called for Fauci to be fired after Buzzfeed obtained thousands of his emails through a Freedom of Information Act request. The senator has argued that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases funded “gain of function” research at the Wuhan lab, making viruses more dangerous.

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