With the apex of the global pandemic that's upended daily life in the United States still looming, information about the virus—and the most effective ways to slow its spread—has never been more vital.
For Americans across the country, National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director Dr. Anthony Fauci has been the most reliable source of that information.
While Trump bloviates about television ratings and the deep state at daily press briefings regarding the virus, Dr. Fauci counters cuts through the muck and delivers the expertise and advice that led Americans to watch the briefings in the first place.
Given Trump's propensity for lying, however, Fauci's dedication to the truth sometimes contradicts his boss.
For Trump's supporters, any questioning or contradiction of their leader is tantamount to treason—even when it's to convey life saving information. As a result, hundreds of Trump's supporters claim that Fauci is a Democratic plant whose mission is to humiliate Trump.
To add to fuel to the fire, Trump's response to the virus and the press briefings regarding it have been widely panned, while Fauci's emergence as one of the most authoritative voices on the virus has been constantly lauded.
Never one to give up the spotlight, the President soon retweeted a call to fire Fauci.
Sorry Fake News, it’s all on tape. I banned China long before people spoke up. Thank you @OANN https://t.co/d40JQkUZg5— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1586731893.0
Trump was responding to Fauci's admission that fewer people would have succumbed to the virus had Trump acted sooner.
The President touted travel restrictions—which he falsely called a ban—he imposed on China as evidence of a rapid response. This is despite the virus already being in the U.S. at the time of the ban and despite most of the infections in New York City—the U.S. epicenter of the virus—originating in Europe, not China.
What's more, hundreds of thousands of people have traveled from China to the United States since Trump instituted the so-called ban.
Yet again, Trump was spreading misinformation.
People said it was the President who should be fired, and not the expert with 50 years of experience in fighting infectious diseases.
Before long, the hashtag #FireTrump was trending on Twitter.
We're all in a lifeboat and a loudmouth psychopath is trying to tip it over and all of our lives are on the line. #FireTrump— JRehling (@JRehling) 1586764179.0
If Trump dares to fire Fauci, the ONLY pandemic expert on the job, the only hope we have in the WH to prevent Trump… https://t.co/UO3m5jfpzN— PassMeAPickle (@PassMeAPickle) 1586754225.0
Time to #FireTrump https://t.co/urC4ruv0fh— Cheri Jacobus (@Cheri Jacobus) 1586743518.0
Trump lashes out at: China, WHO, Dems, Congress, Hospital Staff and dr. Fauci... Incompetence is always someone els… https://t.co/TYddiuk7YI— GrumpyAlpaca (@GrumpyAlpaca) 1586773648.0
I don't know if a D POTUS could have prevented community spread. But I do know ANY POTUS could have had our nation… https://t.co/IUZQnAJUSe— Alternative NOAA (@Alternative NOAA) 1586768093.0
The President firing Fauci to appease his vanity would be disastrous.
Firing Dr. Fauci would be like firing Capt. Sullenberger over midtown Manhattan. There is no flower more delicate i… https://t.co/kOZisNJ7zo— Steve Schmidt (@Steve Schmidt) 1586786995.0
Donald Trump wants all the credit for things that go right and no blame for things that go poorly. This is not how… https://t.co/s9aOajZpJe— Karine Jean-Pierre (@Karine Jean-Pierre) 1586780485.0
Donald Trump is intimidated by anyone who is smarter than he is...which is everyone. He will fire Fauci, and it wi… https://t.co/EaP1kfPk75— Tony Posnanski (@Tony Posnanski) 1586789698.0
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