The coronavirus is steadily making its way into every nook and cranny of American, infecting our most sensitive, and killing at a staggering rate. That is enough to scare the truth out of most people, but Donald Trump is not most people. The president continues to spout his misinformation from the daily press briefing platform, with the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, waiting patiently behind him.
Trump has been hijacking the daily virus briefings because there’s a camera, of course, but also because he wants to be the one who determines the rhetoric that Americans hear. So he uses the platform to advertise for bizarre malaria drugs he claims cures the virus, even though experts, including Fauci himself, say those claims are unsubstantiated.
Fauci has faced criticism from people who say he is allowing the president to misinform the public by not doing much to stop the takeovers of the briefings. Fauci responded with this:
“I can’t jump in front of the microphone and push him down.”
According to Fauci, he has informed “the appropriate people” of the president’s lies, and basically just hopes that the president one day decides to change his ways, saying:
“OK, he said it. Let’s try and get it corrected for the next time.”
Sounds pretty delusional, right?
When asked by Science Magazine on Sunday how he managed to keep his job in the White House, Fauci said:
“even though we disagree on some things, he listens.”
The entire interview went as follows:
Q: The first question everyone has is how are you?
A: Well, I’m sort of exhausted. But other than that, I’m good. I mean, I’m not, to my knowledge, coronavirus infected. To my knowledge, I haven’t been fired [laughs].