Conservative podcast host Megyn Kelly ripped into outgoing National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director Dr. Anthony Fauci over his response to a potential GOP investigation into his actions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The former Fox News star was incensed over Fauci’s retort to Republicans in Congress who threatened to hold him accountable for pandemic era lockdowns and knowledge about the virus’s origins after his retirement announcement on Monday.
“In January, a GOP Congress should hold Fauci fully accountable for his dishonesty, corruption, abuse of power, and multiple lies under oath,” Texas GOP Senator Ted Cruz tweeted.
During a Tuesday interview with CNN, Fauci said that he “certainly would consider that… I believe oversight is a very important part of government structure, and I welcome it and it can be productive. But what has happened up to now, is more of a character assassination than it is oversight.”
“So, sure, I would be happy to cooperate, so long as we make it something that is a dignified oversight, which it should be, and not just bringing up ridiculous things and attacking my character. That’s not oversight,” he continued.
On Wednesday’s episode of “The Megyn Kelly Show,” the titular host remarked that Fauci sounds like he’s been invited to afternoon tea at one of our houses.”
“I will consider it, I’ll consider it, you know, only if it’s oversight because what I experienced was personal attacks. I will go if it’s true,” she said in an imitation of the nation’s top immunologist.
“F—k you Dr. Fauci, you don’t get to say whether you go,” Kelly continued. “You get a congressional subpoena, you show up, or you get the Steve Bannon treatment.”
Conservative celebrities concurred with Kelly’s take on the nation’s top doctor. “Fauci’s legacy is presiding over the greatest debacle in public health history. His recommendations of lockdowns & school closures failed. They failed to stop the infection, they failed to stop the known vulnerable to die and they inflicted enormous harms,” wrote actor Rob Schneider.
“Fauci has resigned,” added country star John Rich. “I’m guessing it’s so he has time to prepare with his lawyers for his appearance at the 2023 Nuremberg Code trials.”
Fauci has resigned. I'm guessing it's so he has time to prepare with his lawyers for his appearance at the 2023 Nuremberg Code trials.
— John Rich🇺🇸 (@johnrich) August 22, 2022