Former “Good Morning Britain” and CNN host Piers Morgan joined the “beat on Fauci” movement in earnest on Tuesday with a scathing op-ed published by Dail Mail. A quick look at the headline provides a subtle glimpse of what’s to come to the more discerning among us. [sarc] See if you can figure it out:
Warning: some of the tweets below contain coarse language
Flip-Flop Fauci’s Partisan Political Point-Scoring Shows He’s More Interested in Promoting Himself That Saving Lives — He Should Park His Gigantic Ego, Stay off TV and Shut Up
Any questions? It gets worse.
Piers Morgan goes off! https://t.co/DgR2p57fqB
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) November 30, 2021
Morgan kicked off the festivities with classic British wit:
“I’ve never heard Dr. Anthony Fauci’s cell phone voicemail greeting, but I imagine it says: ‘Yes, I’ll come on your show.'”
“For someone whose day job is supposed to be leading America’s scientific and medical war against Covid-19,” Morgan observed, “he seems to have an incredible amount of spare time for self-promotional media interviews.”
“Barely a week seems to go by without him popping up on TV or in newspapers and magazines, and as time has gone on, Fauci’s become more and more brazenly political in those interviews since the Biden administration took over.”
Without question. Not to mention Fauci’s brazen “I represent science” declaration, as if to suggest he alone is the be-all and end-all of accumulated knowledge on emerging and infectious diseases. The problem is, example after example flies in the face of his arrogant claim.
Fauci, as we reported, for the refresher:
“Anybody who’s looking at this carefully realizes that there’s a distinct anti-science flavor to this. If they get up and criticize science, nobody’s going to know what they’re talking about.
“But if they get up and really aim their bullets at Tony Fauci — people could recognize there’s a person there, so it’s easy to criticize.
“But they’re really criticizing science, because I represent science, and that’s dangerous.”
Incidentally, I’ve frowned at the arrogance of referring to one’s self in the third person. Not to digress, but a recent president had the same habit. Morgan shared the same sentiment:
“It’s always a worrying indicator of rampant egomania when a public figure starts talking about themselves in the third person, and sure enough that’s what Fauci then did.”
Morgan recounted comments Fauci made about Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), whose disdain for the little know-it-all is rivaled only by Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.) and Tom Cotton (Ark.) — outwardly and to his face, at least.
“Yesterday, he was everywhere again, speaking about the new Omicron variant.
“What he said in these new interviews should give every American serious for concern, not just about the latest Covid threat but about some of the outrageously partisan statements the country’s top doctor made.
“The most egregious came on CBS’s Face The Nation when Fauci burst out laughing after he was asked about Republican senator Ted Cruz calling for him to be prosecuted over his links to the Wuhan Institute of Virology from where many think the coronavirus outbreak leaked.
“‘I should be prosecuted?’ he chuckled. ‘What happened on January 6th, senator?'”
One: Supreme arrogance and condescension. Two: Unrelated to his job.
Dr. Fauci on Ted Cruz saying he should be prosecuted: "I should be prosecuted? What happened on January 6, senator?"
And on Republicans scapegoating him: "That's okay. I'm just gonna do my job, and I'm gonna be saving lives, and they're gonna be lying." pic.twitter.com/fJm1Hh8lSJ
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 28, 2021
Morgan nailed it by comparing Fauci to a religious leader berating non-believers:
“He sounds more like a religious leader berating non-believers than a scientist trying to grapple with a pandemic that has seen more scientific flip-flopping than any global medical crisis in my lifetime.
“The parallel is apt because the more he’s been attacked, the more self-righteous, zealous, and preachy Fauci has grown.”
Let’s also toss in “defensive as hell.”
After ticking through multiple examples of “Mr. Science” indeed getting the science wrong during the pandemic, from his initial downplaying of masks to his flip-flop on vaccine mandates, Morgan kindly advised Fauci to “put his ego away” and “shut the f*** up.”
“The more he talks, the less many Americans either like or believe him. They just see a narcissistic blow-hard who likes the sound of his own voice and constantly changes his mind […] If, as he insists, his only interest is in saving lives, then it’s time Anthony Fauci put his ego away, stayed off TV and shut the f*** up.
Amen, Mr. Morgan. Not a fan, typically, but well done. Little doubt remains that the little Napoleonic trip Fauci’s been on as the hood ornament of the Democrat COVID car has seen its better days.
Here’s the thing. I don’t give a damn if Fauci puts his ego away or not. As long as he stays off TV.
And, please — shut the f*** up.