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Dr. Fauci Faces Fierce GOP Grilling Over COVID-19 Leadership and Vaccine Mandates

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the former medical adviser to President Joe Biden, faced intense questioning from GOP lawmakers on Monday while testifying before the House Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Fauci appeared to discuss his leadership during the COVID-19 lockdowns, a period marked by widespread implementation of masking, social distancing, and vaccination requirements. However, the hearing was contentious, with some Republican lawmakers, including Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, refusing to address him as a doctor. Greene went as far as to suggest that Fauci should be imprisoned. “I want to tell you this is disgusting and evil, what you signed off on and these experiments that happened to beagles paid for by the American taxpayer, and I want you to know Americans don’t pay their taxes for animals to be tortured like this, so this type of science that you are representing, Mr. Fauci, is abhorrent and it needs to stop,” Greene stated.

Rep. Rich McCormick of Georgia also criticized Fauci, playing an audio recording of an interview in which Fauci was heard advocating for vaccine mandates by making life difficult for unvaccinated individuals. “Once people feel empowered and protected legally, you are going to have schools, universities, and colleges say, ‘You want to come to this college, buddy, you’re going to get vaccinated; lady, you’re going to get vaccinated,’” Fauci had stated. He continued, “Big corporations like Amazon and Facebook, and all those others, are going to say, ‘You want to work for us, get vaccinated,’ and it’s proven that when you make it difficult for people in their lives, they lose their ideological bullshit and they get vaccinated.”

McCormick pressed Fauci on his remarks, asking if he believed people who refused the vaccine were adhering to “ideological bullshit.” Fauci denied this characterization.

“You affected people’s ability to work, travel, be educated, to actually flourish in America, to self-determine, as well as God-given rights,” McCormick charged.

Later that evening, Fauci appeared on CNN with host Kaitlan Collins, expressing his surprise at the “level of vitriol” he encountered during the hearing. He stated that there was “nothing about trying to better.”