Fauci Testifies Before House on COVID Origin

Fauci Testifies Before House on COVID Origin
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The Facts

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci testified Monday before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic, facing questions from Republican lawmakers over his role in the government’s response to COVID.

  • The hearing was Fauci’s first public appearance since stepping down as director of the National Institute on Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in 2022. He faced questions about the lab-leak theory and his statements on the pandemic.

The Spin

Republican narrative

The House’s investigation into the origins of the pandemic and the government’s response confirm the suspicions of millions of Americans who wouldn't accept the establishment narrative. From enforced social distancing, to mask mandates for children, to forced inoculations, it appears that the government was making up arbitrary rules at best, and at worst, exercising brutal tyranny. Fauci and everyone else involved should pay for their crimes against the public.

Democratic narrative

Republicans went full tin foil hat during Fauci’s hearing, espousing conspiracy theories with no basis in reality. The pandemic started more than four years ago, and nothing suggests that Fauci or any government officials were involved in a cover-up scheme or lab leak. When Republicans weren’t yelling over him, Fauci was able to disabuse their arguments and explain how his agency was able to save the lives of millions by promoting safety measures and vaccinations.

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