Fauci Refuses to Criticize Protests, deflects and Says ‘Any Crowd of People Close Together’ Is a Risk

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies during the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., July 31, 2020. Kevin Dietsch/Pool via REUTERS

Dr. Anthony Fauci on Friday repeatedly declined to criticize those who have gathered in large crowds to protest. Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was asked multiple times by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) about large protests (that have devolved into riots and looting) contributing to the spread of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus also known as COVID-19.

“Do protests increase the spread of the virus? I think I can make a general statement,” Fauci said initially, adding; “Crowding together, particularly when you’re not wearing a mask, contributes to the spread of the virus.”

Jordan then wondered if the government should limit protests if they’re making the virus spread more.

“I’m not in a position to determine what the government can do in a forceful way,” Fauci responded.

“Well, you make all kinds of recommendations. You make comments on dating, and baseball, and everything you can imagine,” Jordan responded.

The back-and-forth continued for five minutes, as Fauci avoided directly telling people not to protest or riot.

Many have been critical of Fauci and his motives from the beginning of this pandemic. His deflection during the hearing Friday illustrates, at best, a complacency Fauci may have.