Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) criticized White House Chief Medical Adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci for his reported support of so-called gain-of-function research on FNC’s “Hannity” on Friday.

According to the Kentucky Republican lawmaker, Fauci’s faith in Chinese scientists was misguided, and the impact of the world’s current bout with COVID-19 could be insignificant in comparison to other viruses being researched by the Wuhan Laboratory of Virology.

“You know, there’s been no more prominent scientist in favor of gain of function research than Dr. Fauci,” he said. “He still hasn’t backed off of that position. He believes that it’s OK to take animal viruses, make them into super viruses to infect humans, even if a pandemic should occur. He says, oh, the research is worth it. But, you know, there’s a host of other scientists in this field, and they say it’s not worth it at all, that we haven’t learned anything. All we’ve done is put ourselves at risk.”

“But even after all of this evidence points towards the Wuhan lab, this last week in committee, Dr. Fauci said that he still trusts the Chinese scientists, and the thing is that’s a very naive notion,” Paul continued. “That’s how we got here. But there are worse viruses. This is a bad one. This has about a one percent mortality, three and a half million people have died, but they’ve been experimenting with some viruses that have 15% mortality. That would mean 50 million deaths right now.”

“So, this kind of research needs not to be funded by the U.S. taxpayer, and so I had an amendment this week that passed actually unanimously saying no more funds for this Wuhan lab,” he added. “So, we’ll see what Dr. Fauci has to say, but he doesn’t really have the judgment to be in the position he’s in.”

Rand Paul Receives Death Threats Amid Fauci Clash

Rand Paul says he and his family received death threats and a suspicious package over the senator’s clashes with Dr. Anthony Fauci over the origins of COVID-19.

“This week, I’ve had five death threats just for being outspoken on it,” Paul said according to The Hill. “I don’t know what the world’s coming to, you can’t ask honest, difficult questions that in the end have proved out that Dr. Fauci was not being honest with us, but as a repercussion, my family had white powder sent to our house, and five death threats phoned in.”

The comment came weeks after the FBI and U.S. Capitol Police announced they were investigating the suspicious package filled with white powder sent to the senator’s home.

“I’ll finish what your neighbor started you motherf*****,” a letter in the package read. The package also contained an image of Paul with bandages and a gun to his head.

The letter came after Paul’s assessment of how Fauci handled the pandemic’s outbreak, such as Fauci’s downplaying that the virus could have leaked out of a lab in China and his personal incredulity on mask-wearing. A string of emails pointed that Fauci himself didn’t believe that masks were a preventable measure against COVID-19.

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