Ted Cruz, Anthony Fauci Engage in War of Words

Headline Roundup November 29th, 2021

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, have traded criticisms and accusations over the origins of COVID-19 and partisan politics.

In an interview over the weekend, Fauci criticized Cruz for suggesting that he be investigated for statements he made to the U.S. Senate regarding COVID-19's origins and gain-of-function experiments at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Cruz responded by saying that Fauci is an "unelected technocrat" who engages in "distorted science and facts" in order to exercise control over the public.

Left-rated media often highlighted Fauci's comments. Right-rated sources usually highlighted Cruz's comments.

From the Center
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in a wide-ranging interview that aired Sunday said the political attacks against him are nothing more than "nonsense" and "noise." 

"So anybody spins lies and threatens and all that theater that goes on with some of the investigations and the congressional committees and the Rand Pauls and all that other nonsense, that's noise," Fauci said during an appearance on CBS News' "Face the Nation."

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican, in October called for Fauci to...

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From the Right
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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Sunday called Dr. Anthony Fauci an "unelected technocrat who has distorted science and facts in order to exercise authoritarian control over millions of Americans" after Fauci blasted Cruz for suggesting he be investigated for statements he made about COVID-19.

"He lives in a liberal world where his smug 'I REPRESENT science' attitude is praised," Cruz tweeted.

The lawmaker also called for the Justice Department to investigate Fauci for making false statements to Congress.

During an interview with CBS News, Fauci told host Margaret Brennan that "anybody who spins lies and threatens...

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Dr. Anthony Fauci got a bit snarky towards one of his loudest Republican critics on Sunday, firing back at Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s demand that Attorney General Merrick Garland prosecute the nation’s top infectious disease expert. During a wide-ranging sit-down with CBS News anchor Margaret Brennan, Fauci dismissed the political “theater” coming from GOP lawmakers such as Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who has called for Fauci to be arrested while accusing him of being responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brennan then noted that Cruz told the attorney general to prosecute Fauci, prompting the...

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