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Blackburn, Rubio, Cotton Demand Fauci Resign Or Be Fired By Biden

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Republican Sens. Marsha Blackburn, Marco Rubio and Tom Cotton are calling on Dr. Anthony Fauci to resign, saying he has “lost the confidence of the American people” amid controversy surrounding the origins of COVID-19 —and if he won’t step down, the Republican senators are urging President Biden to fire him.

“Fauci needs to step down,” Blackburn told Fox News in an interview this week. “And the Biden Administration should ask him to step away from his post.”

“For 16 months we have seen Dr. Fauci withhold information, dismiss plausible explanations of COVID’s origin, and outright lie to Congress,” Rubio told Fox News. “He is supposed to be a fact-based public health official, not a pundit distorting the truth to conform with his personal judgment.”

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Rubio added: “If President Biden is committed to science and finding the truth about COVID, he needs to fire Fauci.”

“Dr. Fauci has lost the confidence of the American people with his repeated evasions, misdirection, and politicized statements,” Cotton said. “If he won’t resign, Joe Biden should fire him.”

The Republican calls for Fauci to step down from his post come after Fauci’s emails were released through a Freedom of Information Act filing last week, which revealed his evolving recommendations on masks, and his early doubts of the theory that COVID-19 leaked from a lab.

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Fauci, on Wednesday, responded to criticisms, saying that the attacks on him “are attacks on science.”

“All of the things that I have spoken about consistently from the very beginning have been fundamentally based on science,” Fauci said during an interview with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd. “Sometimes those things were inconvenient truths for people and there was pushback against me, so if you are trying to, you know, get at me as a public health official and a scientist, you’re really attacking not only Dr. Anthony Fauci, you’re attacking science.”

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He added: “And anybody that looks at what is going on clearly sees that. You have to be asleep not to see that. That is what is going on. Science and the truth are being attacked.”

The White House is defending Fauci amid criticism, calling him an “undeniable asset” to the country during the pandemic, with President Biden saying he is “very confident” in Fauci.

This week, White House Coronavirus Task Force Director Jeffrey Zients defended Fauci against attacks, crediting him with helping to “invent and invest” in the mRNA of vaccine platform “over the last two decades so that we would be ready in case the worse should happen.”

“That’s how you got your vaccine in the first place,” Zients said. “So, thank you, Dr. Fauci.”

And last week, after his emails were released, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Fauci has “been an undeniable asset in our country’s pandemic response,” and said there was no circumstance where she could imagine President Biden firing Fauci.

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