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Dr. Anthony Fauci came under renewed criticism as a hypocrite after defending himself against “mischievous” remarks about not wearing a face mask.
The nation’s leading infectious disease expert addressed a headline-making photo of him taken at the Washington Nationals home opener against the New York Yankees on Thursday, explaining to Fox News why it was perfectly okay for him to not be social distancing or fully wearing his mask.
(Source: Fox News)
“John, I think this is sort of mischievous with this thing going around,” Fauci told Fox News’ John Roberts, noting he was with his wife and a “good friend” in the stands after his attempt to throw out the first pitch of the game while his team-themed mask was looped around his ears, pulled down, exposing his nose and mouth.
“I had my mask around my chin, I had taken it down. I was totally dehydrated and I was drinking water trying to rehydrate myself. And by the way, I was negative COVID literally the day before,” he explained.
“So I guess if people want to make a thing of that, I wear a mask all the time when I outside,” Fauci added. “To pull it down, to take some sips of water, and put it back up again, I guess if people want to make something about that, they can. But to me, I think that’s just mischievous.”
The photo of the White House coronavirus task force member set off a wave of tweets criticizing him for not practicing what he preaches. Fauci was slammed for the hypocrisy as well as the double standard where rules don’t seem to apply to a select few, as he was allowed to attend a baseball game while others are not, due to COVID-19.
Dr. Fauci called out for not wearing a mask while enjoying ‘perks’ at Nationals game https://t.co/p8Y4MRi6Iz
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 24, 2020
Back in March, as the virus outbreak was beginning to become more clear, Fauci said there was “no reason to be walking around with a mask” though it “might make people feel a little bit better.” His change of heart on the issue was brought up by Roberts during Fauci’s Fox News interview where he asserted that “you can always second-guess yourself.”
(Source: Fox News)
“But had you back then advocated strongly for some sort of facial covering, whether it be a scarf like Dr. Birx was wearing or whether it might be these cloth masks that are ubiquitous now, would we be in a different place now than we are?” Roberts asked.
“Well, I think we would be somewhat better off if people were continually wearing masks back then, John, but you can always second-guess yourselves and say what could have been or what should have been done,” Fauci replied.
“So the situation was different. I mean, you acted on the information you had at the time,” he added. “I believe that in the context of that it was not unreasonable, what was being done, but as you get more information, the way we have right now, there’s no question what we should be doing and that’s why everyone is uniformly recommending the use of masks.”
Fauci’s mask photo on Thursday added to the attention on the night’s game as his opening pitch drew plenty of online mockery as well. A “Nats super-fan,” according to the team, the Nationals had announced last week that they had invited Fauci to do the honors, but the end result was less than stellar.
The game also made headlines as every single player took a knee before the national anthem in a tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement.
In the end, Fauci’s attempt to explain his disregard for the mask-wearing guidelines he has himself touted seemed to make things worse. Twitter users blasted the physician as well as those who routinely condemn President Trump for not wearing a mask.
Yesterday, “Dr.” Fauci was wearing a mask on his chin while his companion treated hers like a cell phone resting by her ear.
Maybe Trump’s mask was on his elbow.
Same level of protection. https://t.co/VpvvYvWrZO
— BDW (@BryanDeanWright) July 24, 2020
@johnrobertsFox, by the way, there’s more than one photo of Dr. Fauci w/o the mask: pic.twitter.com/3h4JoJGk2R
— Jeryl Bier (@JerylBier) July 24, 2020
BULLETIN FROM DR. ANTHONY FAUCI: #sarscov2 does not spread when you are seated with a water bottle in your lap! At all other times a mask remains required. Also, social distancing doesn’t apply at baseball games. Full paper to follow. BULLETIN FROM DR. ANTHONY FAUCI! pic.twitter.com/9b7JMYemTk
— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) July 24, 2020
When Lord Fauci gets criticized for not fully complying with mask wearing expectations, suddenly there’s lots of qualifications and conditions that justify not wearing a mask.
Interesting how that works.
— Jon A (@Is2020_OverYet) July 24, 2020
Now I admit I ain’t no fancy water expert but when I look at this photo I personally don’t see a bottle of water. https://t.co/H3S0R4wDS3
— Ken Webster (@KenWebsterII) July 24, 2020
From now on, I’m carrying a water bottle everywhere I go. I’m dehydrated too…especially if it gets me out of his mask and social distancing rules.
— hotasatoaster (@hotasatoaster) July 24, 2020
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