Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) fired back at Dr. Anthony Fauci after he claimed that attacks on him are “attacks on science.”
“Dr. Fauci should have learned in science class that you need evidence to support a claim,” Blackburn said. “Fauci was once again evasive and dishonest. Rather than conduct a serious interview, Chuck Todd downplayed the concerns of the American people. We have had enough of that from the media over the past 15 months. I stand by my tweet.”
While interviewing Fauci, Todd played a video in which Blackburn said, “Dr. Fauci was emailing Mark Zuckerberg from Facebook trying to create that narrative, cherry-picking information so that you would only know what they wanted you to know, and there would be a narrative that would fit with this cherry-picked information.”
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— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) June 8, 2021
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“I don’t even know where to begin, but it’s a sitting United States senator,” Todd said after the clip ended, adding that he feels that Blackburn’s remarks are one of the most “extreme” versions of what he has heard.
“How do you debunk something like that? She’s got it in her own head, again, a United States senator that represents the state of Tennessee. What do you say to that?” Todd asked.
Fauci responded by trying to claim ignorance.
“I don’t have a clue of what she just said. I don’t have a clue of what she’s talking about,” Fauci said before Todd chimed in to say, “Neither did we.”
“I mean, so welcome to the club. I have no idea what she’s talking about. And I’m sorry. I don’t want to be pejorative against a United States senator, but I have no idea what she’s talking about,” Fauci continued, claiming that Blackburn’s points were “so ridiculous” and alleging that each and every one could be easily debunked, though he notably didn’t really do so.
Fauci went on to say that he feels that it is “very dangerous” to discredit public health officials and to claim that attacks on him are “quite frankly, attacks on science.”
“Science and the truth are being attacked,” he said.