Dr. Anthony Fauci was called out on social media after it emerged that the retired NIAID director is now cashing in by charging up to $100,000 for speaking engagements.
To cash in on government service has long been the way of the Washington D.C. establishment and Fauci is no different.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s rapid response director Christina Pushaw broke the news by posting a screenshot from the Leading Motivational Speaker’s Agency’s website.
It shows Fauci is listed as a “motivational” and “health care” keynote speaker.
The website revealed that it costs a staggering $50,000 to $100,000 per appearance to hire Democrat President Joe Biden’s former medical advisor.
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) February 5, 2023
However, it is worded in a way that suggests Fauci started promoting his speaking career while he was still in federal government service.
The website says of Fauci: “Keynote Speaker Anthony Fauci is America’s leading expert on infectious diseases.
“He is currently the Director of the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases (NIAID).
“He is a lead member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force addressing the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.
“Anthony’s career as a public health servant has spanned over 50 years.
“He is the son of a pharmacist and earned his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College.
“He commits his life to saving others through research and development of vaccines and emergency plans to combat dangerous diseases.
“The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic thrust Anthony into the limelight as a voice of education and reason during a very alarming time in American history.
“Anthony got his start in public health as a clinical associate for the Laboratory of Clinical Investigation at the NIAID.
“He then went on to serve as the Head of the Clinical Physiology Section before being appointed Chief of the Laboratory of Immunoregulation. In 1984, he took his current position as Director of NIAID.
“Anthony’s important contributions to public health safety are wide-ranging.
“As an immunologist, he leads U.S. efforts to understand and combat viral diseases such as HIV/AIDS, the 2009 swine flu pandemic, Ebola and SARS among others.
“Anthony was instrumental in the development of biodefense drugs and vaccines following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
“Additionally, his scientific observations are crucial to the understanding of the human immune response.
“Anthony is a keynote speaker who’s career warrants execution under immense pressure that can alter the course of human existence.
“His work on domestic as well as global health issues has saved millions of lives. This high level of research, discovery and execution is amazing given the grave challenges he faces on a daily basis,” the company says.
Critics were outraged over the news, accusing Fauci of inflating his self-worth while emphasizing his role as one of the most controversial figures of the pandemic.
“Follow The Science Starting at 50k an hour,” Substack writer Jordan Schachtel wrote.
Follow The Science
Starting at 50k an hour
— Jordan Schachtel (@JordanSchachtel) February 5, 2023
“Gotta replace the 400K federal salary…,” NewsBusters’ Tim Graham replied.
Gotta replace the 400K federal salary…
— Tim Graham (@TimJGraham) February 5, 2023
“The grift that keeps on gifting,” Kingsley Cortes, a conservative influencer and Trump 2020 campaign staffer, quipped.
The grift that keeps on grifting
— Kingsley Cortes (@KingsleyCortes) February 5, 2023
Bitcoin and finance expert Saifedean Ammous tweeted, “Motivational?
“WTF is he motivating them to do?
“Triple mask? Gain of function?”
Motivational? WTF is he motivating them to do? Triple mask? Gain of function?
— Saifedean Ammous (@saifedean) February 5, 2023
“The audacity of this man,” Latina conservative influencer Jennifer Barreto-Leyva tweeted.
The audacity of this man 🤦🏻♀️
— Jennifer Barreto-Leyva (@JenBarretoLeyva) February 5, 2023