Donald Trump screwed up a lot of things in his four long, painful years as President of the United States, there’s simply no denying that. But perhaps nothing quite to the degree that he screwed up his administration’s response (or, really, lack thereof) to the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump and his people not only did as little as they could possibly get away with to combat this deadly virus, he went out of his way to silence the people who tried to save this nation — most notably, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Dr. Fauci desperately tried to warn the American public that Donald Trump was not acting on science, evidence, and facts, but rather his own personal, selfish motives to push this pesky pandemic behind him as quickly as possible, lives and livelihoods be damned. As we’re all well aware, this resulted in Dr. Fauci being pushed off the scene by Trump, who ultimately cut the doctor out of briefings and even tried to control the interviews he could give.
However, it’s a new dawn, a new day, and a new presidential administration. And with the transition in power came a transition in the way Dr. Fauci was allowed to operate. A big transition.
Biden has promised all along that as soon as he took office, Fauci would once again be front and center of the COVID-19 pandemic, giving the American people the honesty, transparency, and factual information they deserve. Today, they made good on that promise as Dr. Fauci gave his first public briefing under the new administration.
As promised, Fauci delivered the facts, no matter how hard they were to hear, along with a heaping helping of hope for the future under the new administration. However, through the course of his briefing, he also had more than a few thinly-veiled jabs to take at his old boss.
With an air of humor about him that we haven’t seen in ages, Fauci took a few digs at the Trump administration before finally telling reporters with a bit of a laugh, “You said I was joking about it. I was very serious. I wasn’t joking.”
To be honest, Fauci seems like a brand new person. Now let’s let the man work.
You can watch the video thread of the briefing from Vox’s Aaron Rupar here:
Fauci is back in the White House briefing room pic.twitter.com/2Sq3zeKBjH
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 21, 2021
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