Senator Bernie Sanders seems more interested in the dismissal of President Donald Trump than in the dismissal of Dr. Anthony Fauci. Sanders responded to Trump by telling a crowd that he was thinking of firing the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease after Election Day and encouraging everyone to pursue the science behind the coronavirus.
“Fire Trump.” Keep Fauci. Wear a mask. Stop the war against science. VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!” Sanders tweeted.
Fire trump. Keep Fauci. Wear a mask. End the war against science. VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!
– Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) November 2, 2020
Sanders has a long history of science-friendly positions. He has supported scientific endeavors including space exploration, global warming mitigation and vaccine development. One need only look at Sanders’ website to see that he is a dedicated supporter of scientific research.
He also told Buzzfeed News 2019 that he believes vaccines “work and are critical to public health overall,” a topic he explained in detail.
“The number of serious but preventable diseases has been significantly reduced by vaccines, and many have been completely eliminated by vaccines… The opt-out may pose deadly risks to children with diseases who may not be able to get vaccination and then be exposed to children who are not vaccinated,” a Sanders spokesperson told the publication. “Any exceptions should be rare and compatible with public health needs.
During a rally on Sunday, Trump teased to fire Fauci after the election after the crowd began a “fire Fauci” chant. “Don’t tell anyone, but let me wait until shortly after the election,” Trump said. “I appreciate the advice.”
Later during the event, Trump said that Fauci was “a nice guy, but he’s often mistaken”.
On Friday, Fauci told the Washington Post that he was proud that Democratic candidate Joe Biden was focusing on the corona virus. He “takes it seriously from a public health perspective,” Fauci told the Washington Post, while Trump “looks at it from a different perspective. Trump’s focus, Fauci said, is “the economy and the reopening of the country.
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“We are facing a great deal of suffering. This is not a good situation,” Fauci also said. “All the stars are in the wrong place when you go into the fall and winter season and people gather at home in the house. They couldn’t possibly be in a worse position,” Fauci said.
However, it is unlikely that Trump could give Fauci his walking papers. Under federal law, Trump does not have the authority to dismiss Fauci….