Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious-diseases expert, gave an assessment of his vocal critic Tucker Carlson in an interview with The Washington Post on Friday.
While Fauci said he is “not concerned about” what the Fox News host says about him, he said that Carlson’s remarks often “triggers some of the crazies in society to start threatening me.”
Fauci was recently assigned personal security after receiving threats to his and his family’s safety, which he said on Friday was “ridiculous.”
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Dr. Anthony Fauci criticized Tucker Carlson on Friday, saying the Fox News host “triggers some of the crazies in society” to threaten him.
Fauci, the top US infectious-diseases expert on the White House coronavirus task force, made the comment in a wide-ranging interview with The Washington Post’s Geoff Edgers on Instagram Live.
When asked whether he had heard of Carlson, Fauci said: “He’s the guy that really loves me, right?”
Edgers went on to recite various criticisms the Fox News host had made of Fauci in recent weeks — such as “Unelected Fauci has been leading this country” — and asked if it bothered or concerned Fauci.
Fauci responded: “I’m not concerned about what he says. It’s a little bit — I think you could say that when he does that, it triggers some of the crazies in society to start threatening me, actually threatening, which actually happens.”
Fauci and his family were assigned personal security after receiving threats to him and his family last month.
He told The Washington Post on Friday: “I mean, who would have thought when I was in medical school doing things to save people’s lives, I’d have to be going around with a security detail? That’s really ridiculous.”
In the interview, Fauci also said that he does not pay attention to people who appear to idolize him, saying: “I actually don’t pay attention to that, because that can really be distracting. I mean that sincerely.”
“I don’t see the hero part, and I don’t pay attention to the death threats and harassments either. We live in an extraordinary society where public-health issues become so politicized and divisive that when you start talking about prudent things to do to preserve public health, that’s actually considered by some — hopefully a really small minority — by some as something worthy of threatening you. That’s really bizarre.”
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