Dr. Anthony Fauci is facing backlash after he insisted that it was “too soon” to tell whether the COVID-19 pandemic would disrupt this year’s Christmas holiday gatherings.
In an interview Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” the White House chief medical adviser was asked whether groups could get together to celebrate the holiday.
“It is just too soon to tell. We have to concentrate on continuing to get those numbers down and not try to jump ahead by weeks or months and say what we’re going to do at a particular time,” Fauci said.
But his response was slammed by Republican leaders, who called him a “scrooge.”
“I don’t think anyone is going to be listening to Scrooge Fauci. I know I won’t be,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wrote on Twitter.
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) added, “No one elected Fauci to be Christmas Czar.”
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) also blasted the nation’s top infectious diseases expert.
“Fauci has lost all credibility with the American people. We aren’t waiting on his permission to celebrate Christmas together,” she wrote on Twitter.
Fauci encouraged Americans last year to skip their holiday gatherings in hopes that they could get together safely in 2021.
“For my own family, I’m saying we had a really great Thanksgiving and Christmas last year. We’re looking forward to a really great Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2021,” Fauci told USA Today at the time. “Let’s now make the best of the situation and show our love and affection for people by keeping them safe.”
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