Dr. Anthony Fauci Names The Trump Moment That Shocked Him: 'Like A Punch To The Chest'

Written by on March 29, 2021

Dr. Anthony Fauci mentioned one in all then-President Donald Trump’s strikes final yr early within the pandemic left him shocked.

“The factor that hit me like a punch to the chest was then impulsively he received up and mentioned ‘Liberate Virginia, Liberate Michigan,’” Fauci mentioned on a CNN particular on Sunday. “And I mentioned to myself, ‘Oh my goodness. What’s going on right here?’”

Fauci was referring to a collection of Trump tweets in assist of right-wing protests in opposition to measures meant to cease the unfold of the virus, together with measures beneficial by his personal administration. 

“LIBERATE MINNESOTA!” “LIBERATE MICHIGAN!” “LIBERATE VIRGINIA,” Trump wrote in numerous messages in April, egging on the demonstrators. 

“It shocked me as a result of it was such a jolt to what we have been making an attempt to do,” Fauci, the nation’s main infectious illnesses professional, mentioned. 

After Trump’s tweets, anti-mask, anti-vaccine and anti-lockdown protesters have been emboldened. Armed teams invaded the Michigan Capitol in late April. Later within the yr, six members of a Michigan militia have been arrested and accused of plotting to kill Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), who was a frequent goal of Trump barbs throughout the pandemic. One member has already pleaded responsible to conspiracy.

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