Trump vs Dr. Fauci — Round #1

fauciDr. Anthony Stephen Fauci is a well-respected member of the medical community who has served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984.  As a physician with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Fauci has served American public health in various capacities for over 50 years, and has been an advisor to every U.S. president since Ronald Reagan.  He has made contributions to HIV/AIDS research and other immunodeficiencies, both as a scientist and as the head of the NIAID at the NIH, and from 1983 to 2002 was one of the world’s most-cited scientists in scientific journals.

Here is a list of Dr. Fauci’s awards and honours through the years:

  • 1979: Arthur S. Flemming Award
  • 1993: Honorary Doctor of Science, Bates College
  • 1995: Ernst Jung Prize (shared with Samuel A. Wells, Jr.)
  • 1995: Honorary Doctor of Science, Duke University
  • 1996: Honorary Doctor of Science, Colgate University
  • 1999: Honorary Doctor of Public Service Degree, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
  • 2002: Albany Medical Center Prize
  • 2003: American Academy of Achievement’s Golden Plate Award
  • 2005: National Medal of Science
  • 2005: American Association of Immunologists Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2007: Mary Woodard Lasker Public Service Award
  • 2007: George M. Kober Medal, Association of American Physicians
  • 2008: Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • 2013: UCSF medal
  • 2013: Robert Koch Gold Medal
  • 2013: Prince Mahidol Award
  • 2015: Honorary Degree, Johns Hopkins University
  • 2016: John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award
  • 2018: Honorary Doctor of Science, Commencement Speaker, American University
  • 2018: Honorary Doctor of Science, Boston University

Dr. Fauci is a member of the National Academy of Sciences; the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; the National Academy of Medicine; the American Philosophical Society; and the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters; as well as other numerous professional societies including the American Society for Clinical Investigation; the Infectious Diseases Society of America,; and the American Association of Immunologists. He serves on the editorial boards of many scientific journals; as an editor of Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine; and as author, coauthor, or editor of more than 1,000 scientific publications, including several textbooks.

In contrast …

Donald Trump is, according to his former lawyers, biographers, and nearly anyone who has ever had business dealings with him, a racist, liar, conman, and cheat, to name just a few.  He has received no notable awards or honours, has written no books (those that carry his name were ghostwritten). His father bought his degree in Business from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  He has been involved in more than 5,000 lawsuits and has been accused of sexual misconduct more than twenty times.

Which one of these two are you going to entrust with your life?

Dr. Fauci has a long record of telling the truth, while it has been documented that Donald Trump has told the people of this nation more than 20,000 lies since January 2017.

From the very beginning of this pandemic, Dr. Fauci has issued warnings that Donald Trump did not, on behalf of the nation, heed.  Today, we are paying the price for Trump’s perfidy.  And yet …

Donald Trump and his cadre of White House clowns have publicly sought to undermine Fauci in at least five separate instances over the past four days, even as the coronavirus surges across the US, with the death toll now above 140,000 and 3.6 million cases.  Rather than address the problem, they have decided to go into attack mode against one man:  Dr. Fauci.  They published what they refer to as an “opposition research paper”, listing a number of instances — on community transmission, asymptomatic transmission and mask wearing in particular — where Dr. Fauci’s views have shifted over time.

Given the unique nature of the coronavirus, there is no perfect information available even today, but certainly in the early days, perfect information was not available and the health experts, including Dr. Fauci, used their best judgement based on their knowledge and the data available.  As more data and research has become available, it is natural that their views will shift.  But Trump & Co have decided to use this as a weapon to discredit the man who is probably the most knowledgeable of any in the nation, to discredit Dr. Fauci.

The question is:  why???  Because it gives Trump a scapegoat for his own horrific failure in containing and controlling the virus.  If there was a misstep to be made in this entire pandemic, Trump has made it.  He has put our lives and the lives of our children at risk and continues to do so even today with his ‘demands’ that schools re-open and that we send our children into the lion’s den.  Trump has lost followers even within his own party as a result of his bungling response to the pandemic.  So, he needs somebody to blame, somebody to publicly shame.

Even the two-faced Lindsey Graham, typically a Trump sycophant, had this to say …

“Has he been right all the time? No. We don’t have a Dr Fauci problem, we need to be focusing on doing things that get us where we need to go. So, I have all the respect in the world for Dr Fauci. I think any effort to undermine him is not going to be productive, quite frankly.”

For Graham, that is a strong statement of support for Dr. Fauci.  And Dr. Fauci is stronger than many may have thought.  Although he doesn’t get down and wallow in the mud with Trump & Co, he makes himself heard in an interview with The Atlantic in which he responded to Trump’s criticisms …

“I cannot figure out in my wildest dreams why they would want to do that. I think they realize now that that was not a prudent thing to do, because it’s only reflecting negatively on them.  I stand by everything I said. Contextually, at the time I said it, it was absolutely true … [The White House document] is totally wrong. It’s nonsense. It’s completely wrong. The whole thing is wrong. The whole thing is incorrect. I just want to do my job. I’m really good at it. I think I can contribute. And I’m going to keep doing it.”

Now I pose the question again.  Which of these two, Donald Trump or Dr. Fauci, do you trust with your life and the lives of your loved ones?

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30 thoughts on “Trump vs Dr. Fauci — Round #1

  1. Why??? Why does anyone continue to support the trumpian “stupid train”? 5) a lot of smart people who voted for trump are too embarrassed to admit they were wrong, 4) a lot of evil people know exactly what they are doing in supporting trump, 3) a lot of Americans have been irretrievably ‘dumbed down’ by social media. 2) a lot of religious people believe trump will give them a theocracy they can embrace…..and TADA… number 1) you just can’t fix stupid.🙏 Love ya, Jill. 😁

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    • 🤣🤣 I laugh, but sadly every single one of your reasons are likely part of the reason. I think #3, especially, is something we must find ways to address, for far too many people take their ‘news’ from Facebook and Twitter. Love ya back, Larry! ❤

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  2. But, but, but — WHAT???? Maybe Dr. Fauci should give up on the CV-19 research and try to find an antidote or a vaccine that will work on stupidity and idiocy in the White House. Each time I think I have seen/heard it all, the Turd makes an even more idiotic statement. Isn’t there any tape in D.C? His mouth is so small and puckered it shouldn’t take more than a case of tape to keep it shut! Of course his hands might need some attention also just to keep him from ripping the tape from his mouth.

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    • I think there is only one cure for the stupidity we see in the White House, and I cannot name it, for I don’t want the cops pounding on my door first thing in the morning! I’m with you … I’ve often questioned why his aides and advisors (God knows there are enough of them!!!) don’t duct tape his mouth and his tiny hands! Keep him off of Twitter … just for one day!!!

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      • I’m not sure if he could do without Twitter for an hour so an entire day would be real torture for him. I just wonder how he could get this far in life with a god complex and not have been locked in a rubber room long ago. We might all need butterfly nets for our protection if this goes on much longer.

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        • I would still love to see Twitter just ban him altogether. I’ve been reading his niece’s book and apparently his “god complex” goes back to both his father and his grandfather. And, they were both draft-dodgers, too. Heh heh … butterfly nets??? I’m thinking my 18-inch solid wooden rolling pin to bash his head in!

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  3. I’ve concluded the idiot followers of the donald all have notions that he is the second coming……….and therefor anything he says is okay cause they’ll somehow end up walking those pearly gated streets waving wings and playing harps.

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    • Sigh. How I wish they would go on, then, and head to the winging and harp-playing world they think exists, so that we could begin to actually solve problems here in the real world! Sigh.

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  4. It is almost like Trump wants his fans and followers to die. Seriously. They are the ones right now being infected and dying off. How does this idiot think he is going to win a second term if he kills off his base? Well that would Make America Great Again as it is. But this stupidity has to stop.

    They are now projecting because of states opening too soon? We will have 224,000 deaths by Nov 1.

    We got churches suing California to stay the heck open and spread this virus, even though over 40 of their pastors have died and churches have become hot spots.

    Again, it is like they are purposefully doing this.

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    • So true … it is his base that refuse to wear masks and insist on going out to bars, attending the opening of Disney World, and lying on crowded beaches. I’m with you … the stupidity is destroying us and it needs to stop, but as long as some 40% of the people in this nation still love him …

      Common sense and logic seem to have flown out the door when Trump paraded in. Let the religious freaks have their churches open, let them go in and hug each other and cull the herd of crazies for all I care anymore. Then those of us who were sensible and stayed home, wore masks and used gallons of hand sanitizer when we just had to go out, can begin to work together to control the virus and bring order back out of the chaos. Sigh.

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  5. After a very lonng and hard fought thunk today II’ve decided not to avail mrself of your kind offtr. I decided not to get into a situation where I should ever need either of them. I would trust De Fauci with anything virus related but I’m not so sure I’d like a 79 year old wielding a knife over me. I expect Trump would faint at the first sign of blood or ask for black pudding.
    Cwtch

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    • Now, now … I didn’t offer for either of them to perform brain surgery on you or anybody else, silly! But rather, I was asking which one you trust to tell us how to keep safe, how to control this virus. As for Trump fainting at the sight of blood … are you sure? Isn’t it possible he’s a vampire in disguise and would relish it? There’s one for you to think about as you fall asleep! 😉
      Cwtch

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  6. Jill, we are of like minds today. I just used Fauci’s words that we should stop the bizarre talk and focus on the virus. It is akin to the teacher telling the unruly boys, Little Donnie and Little Petey, to behave and focus on the problem on the chalkboard. Little Petey as in Navarro,

    Republican Governor of Maryland Larry Hogan called the president on the carpet today for his poor pandemic response. Keith

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    • PS – An ABC/ ISPOs poll last week said 67% of Americans disapprove of how the president is handling the pandemic. Frankly, it should not be that low, as he has downplayed, naysayed the pandemic misinforming us from the get go. Governors have begged for help from the White House, some concerted orchestrated effort. Yet, we have a rudderless ship in the oval office. When the ball was sitting on a tee to lead us after his intelligence briefings in January, Donald J. Trump stepped up to the tee and whiffed. Keith

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      • Yeah … if 67% disapprove, then that means that 33% actually approve … or more likely 24%, for there are always about 9% of people who are ‘undecided’. We do indeed have a rudderless ship, and we’re headed for an iceberg the size of Australia!

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    • I noticed yours in my reader a bit ago … I’ll be there shortly to read it! Peter Navarro’s lunacy seems to escalate with age. I hadn’t seen Hogan’s comments … I’ll look for them shortly, too. As I was telling daughter Chris about Georgia Governor Kemp’s latest idiocy, she asked a very good question: When did safety become a political issue?

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