Dr. Anthony Fauci recently shared that he and his family have received “serious threats.” Fauci has been the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for more than three decades. He has worked under six presidents. He has tackled many health crises including the AIDS epidemic.
Fauci was recently interviewed by David Axelrod of CNN. During the interview, he shared that the magnitude of criticism he is receiving now is completely different than the past. He says that he, his wife, and his daughters have received threats.
During “The Axe Files” podcast, Fauci was asked about how he’s become a target during the pandemic.
“I’ve seen a side of society that I guess is understandable, but it’s a little bit disturbing,” Fauci said. “You know, back in the days of HIV when I was being criticized with some hate mail, it was more, you know, people calling me a gay-lover and ‘What the hell are you wasting a lot of time on that?'”
Fauci shared that back then he pushed the criticism “aside as stupid people saying stupid things.”
“It’s really a magnitude different now because of the anger,” Fauci said. “As much as people inappropriately, I think, make me somewhat of a hero — and I’m not a hero, I’m just doing my job — there are people who get really angry at thinking I’m interfering with their life because I’m pushing a public-health agenda,” he continued.
“It’s tough,” he added. “Serious threats against me, against my wife, against my daughters. I mean, really? Is this the United States of America?” Fauci said.
Axelrod asked Fauci if he had taken extra security precautions and he stated, that he had been given security. The Department of Justice began increasing security for Fauci in April after threats were made against him.
Fauci called the politicization of the coronavirus, “a reflection of the divisiveness in our society at the political level.” He added that the coronavirus is a public health issue and “what we’re talking about are fundamental principles of public health.”
“I don’t see how people can have animosity to that. I understand you have to be careful because of the negative consequences of shutting down – that’s understandable. Which is why we are all trying to open up America again in a way that is safe, that we can do in a measured fashion,” he said. “But the hostility against public health issues is difficult not only to understand but difficult to process.”
Fauci said that he doesn’t see the country talking “normalcy” again until 2021 with the use of a COVID-19 vaccine.
The number of coronavirus cases in the United States just surpassed 4 million.