Trump hints that he’ll fire Dr. Anthony Fauci after Election Day
President Donald Trump signaled early Monday morning that he may fire Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, after Election Day.
The suggestion from the president came just minutes after midnight at a campaign rally in Opalocka, Fla., where Trump again claimed the United States was “rounding the turn” in its fight against the coronavirus, even though the country has set records in recent days for new cases.
Trump also complained that the media was overly focused on coverage of the pandemic — “you turn on the news, ‘Covid, Covid, Covid, Covid, Covid’” — and predicted that on “Nov. 4, you won’t hear too much about it.”
The dismissive remarks were followed by scattered shouts of “fire Fauci,” which the president paused to take in as they consumed the crowd. “Ooh,” Trump appeared to say, surveying his supporters.
“Don’t tell anybody, but let me wait till a little bit after the election,” Trump said as the chanting died down, provoking a new round of cheers and applause.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden invoked Trump’s comment at his own campaign rally Monday afternoon in Cleveland.
“Last night, Trump said he was going to fire Dr. Fauci. Isn’t that wonderful?” Biden said. “I got a better idea. Elect me, and I’m going to hire Dr. Fauci, and we’re going to fire Donald Trump.”
Former President Barack Obama, with whom Fauci worked during the Ebola and swine flu crises, also blasted the suggestion at a rally in Atlanta on Monday.
“One of the few people in this administration who’s been taking this seriously all along, and what’d he say: His second-term plan is to fire that guy," Obama said incredulously.
“I mean, they‘ve already said they‘re not going to contain the pandemic, now they want to fire the one guy that could actually help them contain the pandemic.“
“If you think they've done a bad job at managing Covid so far,“ he added, “basically what they‘re telling you now is you ain‘t seen nothing yet.”
Trump’s latest indication that he will possibly oust Fauci comes as the president has escalated his attacks on the widely trusted immunologist in the final months of the general election campaign.
In a heated call with his campaign staff last month, Trump described his administration’s public health officials as “idiots,” and said of Fauci: “Every time he goes on television, there’s always a bomb. But there’s a bigger bomb if you fire him.”
At the same time, Trump has continued to downplay the severity of the pandemic’s threat during his crowded rallies — where social distancing and mask-wearing are uneven and not enforced — while also mocking face masks and arguing spiking Covid-19 caseloads are caused by increased testing.
But Trump’s own coronavirus testing czar, Adm. Brett Giroir, has debunked that claim, and the U.S. has reported daily records of Covid-19 infections over the past week — tallying a new all-time high of roughly 99,000 cases on Friday.
Joe Biden is projected to win the 2020 presidential election, defeating Donald Trump in a nail-biter of a race sure to remain contentious given the country’s bitter partisan divide and the president’s reckless and unfounded claims voter fraud. Major news networks projected that Biden, a former Delaware senator and vice president during Barack Obama’s administration, would win Pennsylvania, pushing him over the 270 electoral-vote threshold. Counting continues in several states, where Biden is leading or expected to win.
It wasn’t pretty. To use a sports analogy: it was winning ugly. Especially when the projected loser racked up some 70 million votes. But Donald Trump’s botched plays and self-inflicted sacks throughout the year—along with Joe Biden’s steady hand and his and Kamala Harris’s appeal to an array of constituencies—contributed, cumulatively, to the Democrat’s winning margin in the key battleground states. No amount of working the refs (or Hail Marys to come) will change the final score.
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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is leading in most national and state-level polls one day before Election Day, leaving his supporters cautiously optimistic as they near the finish line. Polling shows Biden with leads in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — three states that contributed to President Trump’s unexpected victory in 2016. The former vice president is also making inroads in other battlegrounds like Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Ohio and Georgia. The FiveThirtyEight forecasting model gives Biden a 90-percent chance of winning the election.