Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert has dropped the hammer on Dr. Anthony Fauci, warning President Joe Biden’s chief medical advisor that he won’t get to “retire and move on with his life” on her watch.
Boebert was responding after Fauci revealed he plans to retire from his long-held federal government positions before the end of Biden’s current term.
Fauci has been director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984
“Fauci thinks he’s just going to retire and move on with his life,” Boebert fired back on Twitter.
“Not on my watch,” she added before warning that Fauci “belongs in jail.”
Fauci thinks he's just going to retire and move on with his life.
Not on my watch. He belongs in jail.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) July 18, 2022
“Even Fauci knows a Republican is getting elected in 2024,” said Fox News commentator Tomi Lahren.
“His ass doesn’t wanna be investigated so he will ‘retire.'”
“Whether Fauci retires or not, he still must be investigated and held responsible for his role in Covid-19,” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) said.
Whether Fauci retires or not, he still must be investigated and held responsible for his role in Covid-19.
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) July 18, 2022
Fauci said: “It’s becoming more and more difficult to get people to listen because even the people who are compliant want this behind them.
“That doesn’t mean giving up.
“What I try to convince them of, with my communication method, is we’re not asking you to dramatically alter your lifestyle.
“We’re not asking you to really interfere with what you do with your life.
“We’re just asking you to consider some simple, doable mitigation methods.
“I don’t think there is anything else that I, Tony Fauci, can do except leave behind an institution where I have picked the best people in the country, if not the world, who will continue my vision.
“I don’t need to be there for HIV, because we have enough good people that could carry it on.
He said of the GOP who may launch a probe into his leadership after the midterms:
“If that’s what you want to investigate, be my guest.
“My telling somebody that it’s important to follow fundamental good public health practices, what are you going to investigate about that?
“They’re going to try and come after me, anyway.
“I mean, probably less so if I’m not in the job.
“I don’t make that a consideration in my career decision.”
As to when he will end his government career, he said he’s leaving by the end of President Joe Biden’s term.
“We developed an interesting relationship,” said Fauci of Trump.
“Two guys from New York, different in their opinions and their ideology, but still, two guys who grew up in the same environments of this city.
“I think that we are related to each other in that regard.”