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Rand Paul Rips Fauci for Flip-Flopping on Reopening Schools: He Believes ‘that We Should Submit’

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CARLSON: “It has been confirmed tonight, the authorities have admitted it, 60 million American children languishing in their rooms since spring, sitting in front of spring, learning nothing, no isolated from human contact and in many cases driven to mental illness, we can now report there was no reason for any of that.”

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SMITH: “That was Tucker Carlson on his show last night after Dr. Anthony Fauci, who earlier in the pandemic urged schools to remain closed, changed his position on the situation. Kentucky senator Rand Paul is now calling on Fauci to apologize to every single parent and school-aged child in America. Let’s bring in senator Paul, member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, he joins us now. Senator, good morning to you. So what is it exactly that you want to hear from Dr. Fauci?”

PAUL: “Well, I think this illustrates the danger of centralizing power and decision-making in one person or in Washington, because when one person is so wrong as Dr. Fauci has been, it has grave effects for millions of school children. The evidence has been clear for six months, evidence from entire countries in Europe and Asia, that schools don’t lead to a surge, that kids are poor transmitters of this. Country-wide studies were showing this six months ago and he wouldn’t listen. And I tried to convince him of this and now he sort of flippantly says, ‘Oh, we’ll let kids go to schools, we’ll just close the bars.’ Well, we should also look at the evidence on that. Do lockdowns prevent the spread of this? Right now we have more mandates and more lockdowns than we’ve had and yet the incidence of Covid is rising exponentially. It may argue that none of the things we’re doing are working and we at least ought to be honest and assess it from an honest perspective, not a biased one.”

SMITH: “You use the words you tried to convince Dr. Fauci back in June. This is an exchange with him on the schools that again were shut at that time. Listen.”

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PAUL: “All of this body of evidence about schools around the world shows there is no surge. All of the evidence shows that it’s rare. I hear nothing of that coming from you. All I hear, Dr. Fauci, is we can’t do this, we can’t do that.”

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SMITH: “Did you get the sense then that he wasn’t listening, that he had some other reason why he wanted the schools to remain closed? What are you suggesting or can you — can he make the case that more data points were needed to come to this conclusion or months of studying and observing kids in the classroom?”

PAUL: “You know, we went through a two-hour hearing back in June. We’ve been through several of these. And not one person brought up, from the so-called experts, that the mortality rate among children was about one in a million. So I brought this up with Dr. Fauci, and immediately his defensive response was, ‘What about Kawasaki Disease?’ Well, Kawasaki Disease is a rare, rare complication of viral illness and yes, it does exist and it is not to discount it if your child gets it, but we shouldn’t be closing schools because of it. Because we get it every year and it’s very, very rare. But he wasn’t really listening and I think the reason is that with Dr. Fauci, I think his belief that we should submit, that we’re all members of the hive, we’re all members of the collective, that submission is more important than the facts. For example, in the spring he said masks don’t matter and don’t work. ‘New England Journal of Medicine’ also said in their editorial that they’re basically a talisman, that they don’t work outside of the hospital setting, but then they changed their course over time but they’re not really looking at data. We have mask mandates in dozens and dozens of states and countries and every — without fail, every time we’ve instituted a mandate, the actual incidence of the disease has risen. So there is no evidence that these mandates are working and we’re crippling the economy. So maybe we ought to reassess what we’re doing.”

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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