The differences between the negligent, incompetent, and wantonly corrupt administration of Donald Trump, and that of the incoming Joe Biden administration have been evident in just the few hours that Biden has been President. The stench of ego-driven criminality has been replaced by the refreshing fragrance of experience and compassion. And America has heaved a massive, collective sigh of relief.
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Among those relieved by the passing of the Trump era is Dr. Anthony Fauci, the widely respected expert on infectious diseases. His presence on Trump’s phony Coronavirus Task Force – that was nothing more than a thinly veiled reelection campaign operation – was awkward, to say the least. He frequently had to cover his face in shame as Trump dispensed pure idiocy and flagrant falsehoods. Often he was ignored or even uninvited to the press briefings altogether.
Those times are over. Dr. Fauci was interviewed Friday for the first time on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show. It was the sort of enlightening hour of useful information that the public sorely needs during these troubling times. And Dr. Fauci was clearly pleased to have the opportunity to communicate with Maddow and her audience. In fact, he addressed his prior absence from the show during this exchange:
Maddow: Dr. Fauci…The country really trusts you in particular, but we’ve seen this sort of disappearance of, and sort of muzzling of, these other senior folks within the government. Do you think that we’ll have more access to you, both the press and the public?
Fauci: I’m positive of it. I’ve been wanting to come on your show for months and months. You’ve been asking me to come on your show for months and months, and it’s just gotten blocked. Let’s call it what it is: It just got blocked because they didn’t like the way you handle things, and they didn’t want me on. I mean it was just so clear when we sent it down. “Why would you want to go on Rachel Maddow’s show?” “Well, because I like her and she’s really good.” “It doesn’t make any difference. Don’t do it.”
I don’t think you’re going to see that now. I think you’re going to see a lot of transparency. You might not see everybody as often as you want, but you’re not gonna see deliberate holding back of good people when the press asks for them. We were assured that that’s the case. And that goes along with what you were mentioning before about different types of pressures that were put on. It was a tough situation. It really was.
Fauci to @Maddow: "I've been wanting to come on your show for months and months. You've been asking me to come on your show for months and months… It just got blocked, because they didn't like the way you handled things." He says things are better now. pic.twitter.com/ZHEYBzlBjk
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) January 23, 2021
Those gracious and honest remarks also reveal the dangerous censorship by Trump of critical information necessary for the preservation of life during a deadly pandemic. Trump never cared about the welfare of the American people, particularly if it contrasted with his own narcissistic self-interest. Dr. Fauci said as much in another interview on CNN (where he had also been barred by Trump from appearing) when asked…
John Berman: Did the lack of candor over the last year and lack of facts, in some cases, cost lives?
Fauci: You know, it very likely did… When you start talking about the things that make no sense medically and no sense scientifically, that clearly is not helpful.
The lack of candor and facts “likely did” cost lives last year, Dr. Fauci says.
“There’s no secret. We’ve had a lot of divisiveness, we’ve had facts that were very, very clear, that were questioned. People were not trusting what health officials were saying.” pic.twitter.com/NDOP0Nhy3W
— CNN (@CNN) January 22, 2021
In the weeks, months, and years to come, we are going to learn more and more about how unconscionably destructive Trump was for the nation and the world. And the damage he’s done will not be repaired overnight. But at least we won’t be seeing the sort of suppression and deliberate disinformation going forward that was so painfully prevalent while Trump was occupying the White House.
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2 thoughts on “Dr. Fauci Tells Rachel Maddow How the Trump Admin ‘Blocked’ Him From Her Show”
When the Biden team took over the pandemic they found there were not any daily or strategic plans for combatting the COVID-19 virus. Trumpelstiltskin was so obsessed in overturning the election he lost that he could not think about anything else.
Thar’s what happens when a deranged narcissist of the worst kind, criminally inclined, is not only allowed, but supported & encouraged for 4yrs by his own Party, to break our laws without consequence, act like a 2-bit thug, lie to the point of no return & claim – against all evidence -that he election was stolen from him, the “rightful heir to the throne”.
Trump & the GOP don’t care that 400,000+ Americans are dead, their families grieving, tens of millions more are out of work, going hungry, can’t pay their bills, on verge of being homeless & the Senate GOP can’t be bothered to do anything to help them survive! Our gov’t is full of millionaires, many of whom are making money off this pandemic & they have the very best health care there is…all paid for by us ~ working class Americans who pay taxes! Trump & his cohorts who say/do nothing, caused this catastrophe of physical & economic death, by mishandling coronavirus pandemic & refusing to do anything about it. Since May, House-passed stimulus/aid bill has been waiting for Senate to do their part & approve the help that Americans so desperately need! Senate, led by McConnell & GOP, have done NOTHING about it! Congress has gone on vacations & “stern words” are all we hear from Dems ~ not even that from Trump’s GOP mongrels of misery!
Not even the ultimate UnAmerican act against democracy — a violent takeover attempt (a coup), at the command of the U.S. President who incited it, provoked the hoard of armed & angry people they bussed in for the event, making them believe the election had been fraudulently stolen from Trump, when all evidence showed that was untrue. This huge armed mob, 80 busloads of militia, racists & others blindly supporting Trump…he who purposefully got the crowd all riled up into violent frenzy with speeches by Trump & friends at a rally, then told them to march up the street to Capitol bldg. & do what it takes, to “fight hard” & must stop Congress from certifying Biden as winner of election, or “we” won’t even have a Country left! Trump said he’d “be right there with them”, but of course, he jumped into limo back to WH, to watch with glee as the violent mob smashed their way into the Capitol, beating on cops & causing Congress to run for their lives!
All of this cuz a deranged psycho in WH refused to accept that HE LOST the election & lied for months that he really won, but other side “stole the election” from him. FauxNews & other propaganda outlets, along with his GOP cohorts, echoed Trump’s lies nonstop since election, despite knowing it was not true! The only election fraud was that which Trump was caught on tape attempting to pull off. 2nd time he’s been caught in a recording illegally trying to force others to help him cheat to win re-election!
400,000+ dead from viral pandemic Trump mishandled….
Election fraud attempted by the president himself ~ who then lied like hell, accusing Dems of what he had done, cheating to get what he could not win fairly & by that, he’s destroyed Americans’ faith in our democracy…
And last, but not least ~ Trump & friends incite huge mob of armed & angry people & sends them to violently takeover the Capitol bldg., to stop Congress from certifying Biden’s win of 2020 elections…
Only thing that stuns me is that the GOP is still supporting the worst president in this nation’s history & is not taking strong, decisive action – albeit, mostly symbolic at this point – against this “Trump of Treason”!! If Senate GOP had just done their job on 1st Impeachment, none of this would have happened at all! What the hell does it take before GOP will honor its Oath of Office & defend our Country??! (Oh wait! I know. A Dem President getting a blow job & lying about it… Right?!)
The 1 other stunning thing is fact that Pelosi has again chosen to just hold him accountable for minimal charges ~ as in 1. (They’d throw the book at any Dem for much less, or nothing at all!) Trump is caught, recorded on phone, as he pushed really hard to coerce help to commit election fraud by changing results of Georgia’s election! It’s obvious. It’s illegal as hell. It shows everyone who was actually trying to steal the election! Plus, it connects to the 1 charge being brought, of Trump inciting the armed & angry mob to violently takeover the Capitol on Jan. 6th.
What’s wrong with you people?
Are you stupid, or ‘compromised’?
“We the People” are quite fed-up with this bullshit!
Or, maybe it’s just me?
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