Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick pounded NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci yesterday.
The second-in-charge claimed, “Fauci said that he’s concerned about states like Texas that skipped over certain things. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about.” Patrick said after Fauci testified before a Senate committee. “We haven’t skipped over anything.”
Patrick continued, “The only thing IPost’m skipping over is listening to him. He has been wrong every time, on every issue. I don’t need his advice anymore. We’ll listen to a lot of science, we’ll listen to a lot of doctors, and [Gov. Greg Abbott (R)], myself and other state leaders will make the decision. No thank you, Dr. Fauci.”
From The Hill:
Patrick made hiw comments the same day Texas reported nearly 7,000 new cases of COVID-19, representing a new high in a state that has seen a consistent rise in infections for weeks now. The uptick in cases caused Abbott last week to pause the state’s reopening and order bars to close.
While speaking before Congress on Tuesday, Fauci said he is “quite concerned” about the rise of infections in states like Texas, Florida, California and Arizona. He noted the states represented about 50 percent of the country’s new infections and suggested that states “skipping over” some reopening guidelines may have played a factor.
“I think we need to emphasize the responsibility that we have both as individuals and as part of a societal effort to end the epidemic that we all have to play a part in that,” Dr. Fauci declared.
Plus Texas Democratic Party Communications Director Abhi Rahman added in a statement, “Last night, Dan Patrick confirmed what we already knew: he and the rest of Texas’ GOP leadership are ignoring the advice of Dr. Fauci and public health experts. Their abysmal failure of leadership is costing Texans their lives.”
This only the latest in a series of clashes between state and federal officials.