Senator Rand Paul, a Kentucky physician with a history of tangling with Dr. Fauci, finally lost his patience with the unelected bureaucrat, whom millions of Americans look to for guidance in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Whether or not progressives like what Rand Paul has to say, he indeed speaks for millions of Americans who are fed up with “experts” like Fauci running their lives. Especially ones who have been wrong on countless occasions.
On Thursday, Senator Paul let Dr. Anthony Fauci have it. Watch:
“No evidence that there are significant re-infections after vaccine,” Senator Paul said. “In fact, I don’t think we have a hospitalization in the United States after the two-week period after the second vaccination.”
“You have a death in the United States,” Dr. Fauci replied. “You’re not hearing what I’m saying about variants, we’re talking about wild type versus variants, and now the…”
“What proof is there that there are significant re-infections with hospitalizations and death from the variants…” Paul continued. “None in our country. Zero.”
“Well, because we don’t have a prevalent of a variant yet,” Fauci objected. “We’re having one… can I finish? We’re having 117 that’s becoming more dominant…”
“You’re making a policy based on conjecture,” Senator Paul responded.
“No, it isn’t based on conjecture,” Fauci said.
“You’re pointing to variants, so… you want people to wear masks for another couple of years,” Paul continued.
“No,” Fauci said.
“You’ve been vaccinated and you parade around in two mask for show,” Paul went on.
“No,” Fauci said again.
“You can’t get it again,” Paul continued. “There’s almost… there’s virtually zero percent chance you’re gonna get it, and yet you’re telling people with that have had the vaccine who have immunity… you’re defying everything we know about immunity by telling people to wear a mask who have been vaccinated.”
“No,” Fauci said again, though it is unclear what part he was objecting to.
“Instead, you should be saying, ‘There is no science to say we’re going to have a problem from the large number of people who have been vaccinated,” Paul went on. “Do you want to get rid of vaccine hesitancy? Tell them they can quit wearing their mask after they get the vaccine. You want people to get the vaccine? Give them a reward instead of telling them that the nanny state is gonna be there for three more years and you got to wear a mask forever. People don’t want to hear it. There’s no science behind it.”
“Well, let me just state for the record, masks are not ‘theater,'” Fauci said. “Masks are protective.”
“If you have immunity, they are theater,” Paul responded. “If you already have immunity, you are wearing a mask to give comfort to others, you are not wearing a mask because of any science,” Paul concluded while talking over a member who was interrupting him.
“I totally disagree with you,” Dr. Fauci said, though he gave no reasoning why.
New studies released by the CDC shows masks were remarkably ineffective at preventing case rate growth and mortality rates. Masks’ effectiveness after weeks of compliance varied from 0.5% to 1.9% maximum possible COVID-19 spread prevention after 100 days of implementation. This is virtually within the margin of error due to reportage issues. Futhermore, a CDC report from October said that over 70% of COVID-19 said they “always” wear masks.
In March, the CDC nonetheless stated that people who get vaccines should also wear masks.
“Fully-vaccinated Americans can gather with other vaccinated people indoors without wearing a mask or social distancing, according to long-awaited guidance from federal health officials,” the AP reported.
“The CDC is continuing to recommend that fully vaccinated people continue to wear well-fitted masks, avoid large gatherings, and physically distance themselves from others when out in public,” the AP continued. “The CDC also advised vaccinated people to get tested if they develop symptoms that could be related to COVID-19.”
As RealClearNews’ Philip Melanchthon Wegmann reported on Monday, the Biden White House is nonetheless sending mixed messages to Americans about whether vaccinated people should still wear masks.
On Monday, the president said “it’s important to get it, to get the vaccine, and even after that, until everyone is in fact vaccinated, to wear this mask.”
Does he think we should all be wearing masks “until everyone is in fact vaccinated,” Wegmann asked Press Secretary [Jen Psaki], he tweeted.
Her non-sensical response: “I think he’s speaking generally about the need to still observe measures like social distancing and wearing of masks so that even when you’re vaccinated, you’re keeping your neighbors, your friends, your family members safe.”
“If you have immunity, they are theater.”
Senator Rand Paul is absolutely right about masks. And the Democrats will keep up the charade as long as the American people continue to let them.
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