A Tuesday Senate hearing on the US response to new Covid-19 variants went heated with accusations exchanged between Dr. Anthony Fauci and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.
The Republican lawmaker, also a doctor, accused the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director of “conspiring” to smear epidemiologists from Harvard, Oxford, and Stanford because they opposed “lockdowns”.
“Instead of engaging them on the merits, you and Dr. Collins sought to smear them as fringe and take them down, and not in journals in lay press. This is not only antithetical to the scientific method, it’s the epitome of cheap politics, and it’s reprehensible, Dr. Fauci.”
Fauci responded that the email presented as evidence against him was actually sent to him from Collins, adding that the Senator’s usual fashion is to “distort everything about me.”
“You keep coming back to personal attacks on me that have absolutely no relevance to reality,” he said.
The expert added that Paul’s attacks encourage hateful acts against him, citing “obscene phone calls” and “threats upon my life” all “because people are lying about me.”