Twitter boss Elon Musk appears to have hit a raw nerve with his criticisms of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s handling of the pandemic.
During a Saturday appearance on CNN, Fauci fired back at Musk’s December calls to “prosecute” Fauci.
Fauci told host Jim Acosta that Musk’s comments are “craziness,” “insanity,” and “disinformation.”
The former top federal health official argued that criticisms of his handling of the pandemic are based on “outright lies.”
Fauci continued by claiming that he can’t “figure out what the heck” Musk and others are “talking about.”
During the interview on CNN, Acosta displayed the tweet from Musk, which read, “My pronouns are Prosecute/Fauci.”
He then asked Fauci what his response to the tweet is.
“There’s no response to that craziness, Jim,” Fauci blasted.
“Prosecute me for what? What are they talking about?
“I wish I could figure out what the heck they’re talking about,” Fauci said.
“I think they’re just going off the deep end.”
Fauci went on to claim that the widespread criticism of him is resulting in death threats against him and his family.
“I mean, [my family doesn’t] like to have me getting death threats all the time,” Fauci alleged.
“Every time someone gets up and spouts some nonsense that’s misinformation, disinformation, and outright lies, somebody somewhere decides they want to do harm to me and or my family.”
“That’s the part of it that is really unfortunate,” he continued.
“The rest of it is just insanity, the things they’re saying.
“But it does have a negative effect when people take it seriously and take it out on you and your family.”
Acosta: "You've been vilified on the far right. We’ve seen Elon Musk tweet that his pronouns are prosecute Fauci."
Fauci: "There's no response to that craziness. Prosecute me for what? What are they talking about? I wish I can figure out what the heck they're talking about." pic.twitter.com/WqBmpB35LU
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Fauci’s comments come as mounting evidence emerges to reveal that he misled Americans about masking and vaccines in the early days of the pandemic.
Republicans on Capitol Hill have also accused him of downplaying the COVID-19 lab leak theory.
Fauci and his allies in the corporate media had dismissed the lab leak as a conspiracy theory.
That theory is now gaining traction as the most likely explanation for the origins of COVID-19.
Multiple U.S. agencies now admit that the pandemic originated from a lab in Wuhan, China.