Friday, July 24, 2020

Fauci says he has been assigned personal security after receiving 'serious threats' to his family

Dr. Anthony Fauci at a House committee hearing on Capitol Hill on June 23, 2020. 
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious diseases expert on the White House coronavirus task force, says he and his family have been assigned personal security after receiving "serious threats."
Speaking on CNN's "The Axe Files" podcast, Fauci said the threats were of a different magnitude from those he received while working on the federal government's response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the 1980s and 1990s.
"I've seen a side of society that I guess is understandable, but it's a little bit disturbing," he said. "Back in the days of HIV when I was being criticized with some hate mail, it was, you know, people calling me a gay-lover and 'what the hell are you wasting a lot of time on that?'"
"I mean, things that you would just push aside as stupid people saying stupid things," Fauci said.
But the criticism this year is "really a magnitude different now, because of the anger," he said.
"As much as people inappropriately, I think, make me somewhat of a hero — and I'm not a hero, I'm just doing my job — there are people who get really angry at thinking I'm interfering with their life because I'm pushing a public-health agenda," he continued. 
He said he received "not only hate mail but also serious threats — it's not good. I don't see how society does that. It's tough. Serious threats against me, against my family … my daughters, my wife — I mean, really? Is this the United States of America?"
He said that the threats had led to him and his family being assigned personal security. 

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