Fox News host Tucker Carlson blasted Anthony Fauci on Wednesday and said the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases should be under criminal investigation.
The emails showed Fauci received a theory in January 2020 that the virus could have leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China, BuzzFeed reported. The origination of the coronavirus continues to be a topic of discussion.
He also said in February 2020 that he did not recommend the use of face masks to protect against the virus. COVID-19 was declared a worldwide pandemic a month later and Fauci soon became a vocal proponent of mask wearing.
Carlson began his show Wednesday by declaring the “utter fraudulence” of Fauci is obvious.
Carlson said that the emails showed that Fauci “was worried that the public might conclude COVID had originated at the Wuhan Institute of Virology” before denouncing the media for not questioning the Biden administration over the emails and insisting that the doctor is “a figure of religious veneration” for some.
“No reporters asked about these emails at today’s White House press briefing,” Carlson said. “Not one question. But you shouldn’t be surprised, of course they didn’t ask. Tony Fauci is too big to question at this point.”
“We’re Americans, so we assumed the man in charge of protecting the U.S. from COVID must be rational and impressive. We also assumed he must be honest, but we were wrong,” Carlson said. “It soon became clear that Tony Fauci was just another sleazy Federal bureaucrat, deeply political, and often dishonest.”
The host commented on how Fauci is being revered in some parts of the country. In an area of Washington, D.C., he says, there are still signs in neighborhoods that read, “Thank you, Dr. Fauci.”
“What does that tell you? It tells you that Tony Fauci is no longer a scientist, assuming he ever was one,” Carlson said. “Tony Fauci is a figure of religious veneration. He is Jesus for people who don’t believe in God.”
Carlson accused Fauci of perjury for what the scientist wrote in his emails versus what he said under oath before the U.S. Congress.
Kristian Andersen, the Scripps researcher who emailed Fauci about the theory of the virus’ origination, also commented after the emails were released.
“As I have said many times, we seriously considered a lab leak a possibility,” Andersen said on Twitter. “However, significant new data, extensive analyses and many discussions led to the conclusion in our paper. What the email shows, is a clear example of the scientific process.”
He linked to a March 2020 study he authored about the origin of COVID-19, which shows he changed his mind about his theory when looking at evidence.