While somehow keeping a straight face, Dr. Anthony "I am science" Fauci told Fox News' Neil Cavuto Tuesday that not only was he not responsible for the widespread COVID shutdowns that devastated America's economy and education system throughout 2020 and much of 2021, he claims the shutdowns didn't cause a single person any unfixable lasting damage.
"Do you regret, particularly […] the sweeping shutdown that some said made things worse?” Cavuto asked, on the heels of Fauci announcing his impending retirement from his high-paid federal government job.
“No, I don’t, Neil. And in fact, I think we need to make sure your listeners understand, I didn’t shut down anything,” Fauci answered, completely contradicting his earlier statements in October of 2020 in which he flatly stated, “I recommended to the President to shut down the country."
Fauci tells Cavuto "We need to make sure that your listeners understand, I didn’t shut down anything ... I don’t think [the lockdowns] irreparably damaged anyone." pic.twitter.com/5qdvfgJQ4K— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) August 23, 2022
Speaking to Cavuto, Fauci then referred back to his early 2020 advice – along with that of former COVID task force leader Dr. Deborah Birx – that the White House roll out a “15 days to slow the spread” – a move Birx herself has admitted in her own book was a ruse that she always intended would lead to a more widespread travel ban and economic closure.
“But in retrospect, doctor, do you regret that it went to far…particularly for kids, who couldn’t go to school except for remotely, that it’s forever damaged them?” Cavuto pressed.
“I don’t think it’s forever irreparably damaged anyone,” Fauci responded.
Except, you know, for the hundreds of entrepreneurs who lost their businesses and their livelihoods during the closures, the shocking number of youth who commited suicide during the pandemic, the millions of children who fell irreparably behind in school in 2020 and 2021, the landlords left to watch helplessly as squatters sat rent-free in their property, not to mention the elderly and ill who were left to die alone in hospitals apart from family members who couldn’t even give them a proper and timely burial afterwards.
But sure, Tony. Everybody’s A-OK.
Thank God you’re retiring.