Dr. Anthony Fauci has blamed his flip-flopping on federal health advice during the COVID-19 pandemic on “the evolution of science.”
Fauci famously pushed back against mask-wearing before changing his tune to promote the practice.
According to Democrat President Joe Biden’s outgoing chief medical advisor, however, such flip-flops were down to the science changing.
Fauci defended his ever-changing scientific advice during an appearance on MSNBC.
“With COVID, I mean, the things that we thought we knew, in the beginning, turned out, as the months went by, to not be the case, which really forced us to adapt and to change some of our policies and recommendations,” Fauci claimed.
“That was interpreted by many as flip-flopping, or not really knowing what’s going on,” he added.
“When it really was the evolution of the science.”
Fauci: "With covid, things that we thought we knew at the beginning as the months went by turned out not to be the case… That was interpreted as flip flopping when it really was the evolution of the science." pic.twitter.com/mxG27yEV9g
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) August 23, 2022
Conservatives refused to Fauci get away with that sleight of hand, however, and fired back on social media.
“No F-ing way, Fauci,” Buck Sexton, co-host of Clay & Buck tweeted in response.
“Can’t let him pull this bulls***.
“He lied about his certainty in the ‘the science’ at every phase so he could please his lunatic fan base.”
“His falsehoods were used to fire people- including veterans- from their jobs.
“He’s the disgusting villain of Covid,” he added.
No F-ing way, Fauci. Can’t let him pull this bullshit. He lied about his certainty in the “the science” at every phase so he could please his lunatic fan base. His falsehoods were used to fire people- including veterans- from their jobs. He’s the disgusting villain of Covid. https://t.co/Ccp9rHJLRU
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) August 23, 2022
Commentator Yossi Gestetner rebutted, “This is garbage on multiple levels: A) Why implement never-tried policies based on an evolving thing? B) Some of these things he/CDC could have known months sooner if they were not arrogant. C) People who YELLED about some of these things were suspended from social media!”
Cultural critic Chef Andrew Gruel also argued, “If science is always evolving, every aspect of covid policy should have been treated with an open mind, but instead it was mandate, mandate, mandate; ban those who ask questions.”
“Now that it is all proven wrong it’s ‘just evolution.’
“Criminal,” he added.
“Anyone who believes this needs help.”
If science is always evolving, every aspect of covid policy should have been treated with an open mind, but instead it was mandate, mandate, mandate; ban those who ask questions. Now that it is all proven wrong it’s “just evolution”. Criminal. Anyone who believes this needs help.
— Chef Andrew Gruel (@ChefGruel) August 23, 2022
There was one man early on arguing that exact premise.
In April 2020, legendary technology prophet and President Ronald Reagan’s favorite economist George Gilder warned against ceding decision-making to scientists like Fauci.
In The Wall Street Journal, Gilder wrote, “There are not, and never will be, scientific answers to all public problems. Scientific expertise and specialization inform good policy, but they should never be the final word.”
“To navigate successfully between competing interests or competing calamities, between war and peace, and even between deadly pandemics and deadly economic depressions, we need politics—and politicians,” Gilder opined.
Gilder’s prescient words were proven true.
Fauci even admitted to manipulation of facts throughout the pandemic on things like herd immunity based on how the American people responded.
“When polls said only about half of all Americans would take a vaccine, I was saying herd immunity would take 70 to 75 percent,” Fauci told The New York Times.
“Then, when newer surveys said 60 percent or more would take it, I thought, ‘I can nudge this up a bit,’ so I went to 80, 85.”
As recently as this week, Fauci is still denying that he had any involvement in the shutting down of the U.S. economy.
On Fox News, Neil Cavuto asked Fauci if he regretted “the shutdown, the sweeping shutdown, that some say made things worse.”
“No, I don’t, Neil,” a defiant Fauci said.
“In fact, I think we need to make sure that your listeners understand, I didn’t shut down anything.”
"Do you regret the sweeping shutdown that some said made things worse?"
FAUCI: "No…I didn't shut down anything." pic.twitter.com/IZqMTZ0hIb
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) August 23, 2022