They ended up on this topic when Sunny Hostin chose to blame Fox News’s (now-fading) skepticism about masks for outbreaks in red states, which understandably annoyed Meghan McCain. What about all the woke politicians and public health experts who cheered on the protests last month, going so far as to carve out special exceptions for demonstrators from social-distancing rules? The governor of New York just lost a case in federal court because of that double standard. Why not blame them, and specifically Fauci, asks McCain? “The leaders in place, like Dr. Birx and Dr. Fauci, I think should have been screaming bloody murder when all the protesting and rioting started,” she added.
Which is a little unfair. Fauci *did* warn about the risk from mass protests, remember. He didn’t scream bloody murder about it, but then he also didn’t scream bloody murder in May when states like Georgia began reopening early despite not having satisfied the reopening guidelines that the White House had crafted. Fauci’s attitude seems to be that he’ll offer his advice when asked, and if you don’t want to take it, fine. Reap the consequences. He’s not going to waste his time trying to convince idiots not to be idiotic.
If we want to be mad at Fauci for something, we should be mad at his apparent complicity in the big lie early on about masks. God only knows how many lives, and jobs, could have been saved if the White House had gone all-in on masks early instead of telling people that they didn’t work because they were worried the public would buy up the existing supply and deprive doctors and nurses of equipment they desperately needed.