By Michael P Senger
Downfall: Anthony Fauci Resigns
The spectacular rise and fall of “America’s doctor”
After more than five decades in the federal government, Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984, has announced his resignation as of December to pursue “the next chapter” of his career.
Fauci first came to prominence during HIV/AIDS in the 1980s, in which he advocated for widespread use of the drug AZT, a practice later discontinued due to the drug’s extreme toxicity and deadly side effects including anemia and bone marrow toxicity. Fauci also pushed for the widespread application of PCR testing for diagnostic purposes, which was strongly opposed by Nobel laureate Kary Mullis, inventor of PCR technology.
As Director of NIAID, Fauci amassed unprecedented power over the funding distributed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In the initial weeks of Covid, Fauci secretly fretted that the virus may have leaked out of the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Jeremy Farrar—one of the leading voices behind lockdowns in the United Kingdom—recalled clandestinely discussing the possibility of a lab leak with Fauci and others.
During the response to Covid, Fauci was one of the “Trifecta” of three leading officials behind lockdowns in the United States. Fauci’s emails reveal that he’d been inspired to adopt lockdowns as national policy due to the conversations he’d had with New York Times reporter Donald McNeil, an early advocate of strict lockdowns in the Times.
McNeil had been very impressed with the Chinese Communist Party’s lockdown of Wuhan, China, and expressed great admiration for WHO Assistant Director-General Bruce Aylward, who’d instructed the world: “What China has demonstrated is, you have to do this.” Fauci had been in constant contact with McNeil, and as McNeil wrote to him regarding China’s lockdowns:
In China, we in the media tend to report the horrors and the lockdown and the government’s early lies… But the truth is that a lot of average Chinese behaved incredibly heroically in the face of the virus… Meanwhile, in America, people tend to act like selfish pigs interested only in saving themselves.
“You make some very good points Donald,” Fauci replied.
Fauci’s pro-lockdown sentiment ran contrary to the instincts of President Donald Trump. Thus, he planned for the White House to merely encourage lockdown rules which governors could then mandate. As former White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator recalls in her book:
The White House would “encourage,” but the states could “recommend” or, if needed, “mandate.” In short, we were handing governors and their public health officials a template, a state-level permission slip they could use to enact a specific response that was appropriate for the people under their jurisdiction. The fact that the guidelines would be coming from a Republican White House gave political cover to any Republican governors skeptical of federal overreach.
When Trump announced “15 days to slow the spread,” encouraging those who were sick, elderly, or had underlying health conditions to stay home, Fauci encouraged Americans to read the “small print.” The “small print” encouraged governors to implement full lockdowns:
School operations can accelerate the spread of the coronavirus. Governors of states with evidence of community transmission should close schools in affected and surrounding areas. Governors should close schools in communities that are near areas of community transmission, even if those areas are in neighboring states. In addition, state and local officials should close schools where coronavirus has been identified in the population associated with the school. States and localities that close schools need to address childcare needs of critical responders, as well as the nutritional needs of children… In states with evidence of community transmission, bars, restaurants, food courts, gyms, and other indoor and outdoor venues where groups of people congregate should be closed.
These lockdowns were unprecedented in the western world and weren’t part of any democratic country’s pandemic plan prior to Xi Jinping’s lockdown of Wuhan, China. However, they did cause Americans to believe the virus was hundreds of times deadlier than it really was. For this, Fauci became “America’s doctor.”
Despite this, as late as May 2021, Fauci was still advising the government of India to “learn from China’s experience fighting Covid-19” and to implement a complete national lockdown for “a few weeks.” By that time, lockdowns had already killed more than 228,000 children in South Asia.
Fauci’s resignation letter does not discuss the response to Covid.
All sources we have so far testify that Trump greenlighted nationwide lockdowns the weekend of March 14-15, 2020, under the influence of Deborah Birx, Anthony Fauci, Jared Kushner, and a few others.
Trump agreed with a 30-day extension, meaning that his promise of an Easter opening would mean nothing.
He is on record in believing that it was his decision to reopen and he was not ready for that. “I’m going to have to make a decision and I only hope to God that it’s the right decision, he said on April 10.
Then an incredible thing happened on April 22. Trump himself criticized Governor Kemp of Georgia for making this decision to open gyms, hair and nail salons, bowling alleys and tattoo parlors. Kemp went out on a limb but Trump himself sawed it off.
At a White House press briefing, Trump said: “I want him to do what he thinks is right, but I disagree with him on what he is doing. I think it’s too soon.”
Too soon, said Trump. The 15 days were long gone. The additional 30 days were nearly done. Now Trump, the man who had signed off on the lockdowns and extensions, was now shooting down a Republican governor who read the tea leaves and decided to give people back their rights. Trump said do not.
Two weeks later, he was still of the same opinion, doggedly claiming that lockdowns are the way to deal with a virus. He tweeted the following about Sweden:
Consider the incredible timeline here. Trump readily agreed to a two-week lockdown, even though he had no such direct power to order such a thing. He then agreed to a 30-day extension though all reports are that he was upset that he had done so.
At this point, fully 36 days after his initial call for a lockdown, Trump went public, both in a press conference and on Twitter, to criticize even the smallest efforts to end his own lockdowns.
In August, finally, Scott Atlas showed up at the White House. This was the first real introduction of reality into this hot house of panic. Atlas explained basic virology to the president. They became fast friends.
Trump never admitted to having been tricked. Once Atlas had introduced clarity and reason, Trump just decided to stop talking about it, as if that last six months of catastrophe had never happened.
When Did Trump Change His Mind about Lockdowns? ⋆ Brownstone Institute https://brownstone.org/articles/when-did-trump-change-his-mind-about-lockdowns/
As a result, nothing is as it was. And we are left with the fight of our lives, for the basic rights and liberties for which civilization has worked for some 800 years.
It was Trump who did this and did not undo this and the course of history was fundamentally changed. His enemies prevailed. His successor not only continued the bad policies but added nationwide mask mandates and vaccine mandates on top of all the existing carnage
from his March 16, 2020, press conference all the way to the November election, there was never a moment (that I can find) in which Trump decisively and clearly declared that the entire country should open up.